Pick of the Year: 1988

‘They don’t have the edge that I need. I’m not interested in reliving 1988’ – Sebastian Bach



Dad’s ‘Pick of the Year’ tapes were always a firm family favourite where he would make a compilation cassette of his favourite songs form that year. He stopped in 1992 however, when music got a bit too modern for him. It’s something over the years I’ve tried to carry on, and did for a while but, no one listens to CDs anymore and they don’t have the same impact as mp3 playlists. I’ve often thought about restarting it all from 1982 on my blog though just so I have somewhere to put them all for prosperity sake.

The first rule of POTY is DON’T TALK ABOUT PICK OF THE YEAR, sorry, that’s the illegal underground fight club i’m part of.

The first rule of POTY is that you can only pick songs that charted in the top 75 in the UK. The second rule of POTY is that you can only pick enough songs that would fit onto an old C120 cassette (between 30-40 tracks). The final rule, one which I’ve imposed myself, is that you must include that year’s Christmas number 1 (highlighted in green)

  1. Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know it’s True
  2. Aztec Camera – Somewhere in my Heart
  3. Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
  4. Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer
  5. George Michael – Father Figure
  6. Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall
  7. INXS – Need You Tonight
  8. Phil Collins – Two Hearts
  9. Salt n Pepa – Push It
  10. Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
  11. Phil Collins – Groovy Kind of Love
  12. Bruce Springsteen – Tougher Than the Rest
  13. Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
  14. S-Express – Theme from S-Express
  15. Wet Wet Wet – With A Little Help from my Friends
  16. Chubby Checker & the Fat Boys – The Twist
  17. Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine
  18. Kylie & Jason – Especially For You
  19. Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
  20. Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
  21. Madonna – La Isla Bonita
  22. Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo’anna
  23. Erasure – A Little Respect
  24. Aztec Camera – How Men Are
  25. Yazz – The Only Way is Up
  26. Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry be Happy
  27. Kylie Minogue – Je ne sais pas pourquoi
  28. Wee Papa Girl Rappers – Wee Rule
  29. Morrissey – Everyday is Like Sunday
  30. Travelling Wilburys – Handle With Care
  31. Bill Withers – Lovely Day
  32. Decon Blue – Real Gone Kid
  33. George Michael – One More Try
  34. Glen Medeiros – Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You
  35. Jason Donovan – Nothing Can Divide Us
  36. Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine
  37. Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
  38. Level 42 – Tracie
  39. Cinderella – Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)
  40. Mike & the Mechanics – The Living Years
  41. Edie Brickell & the Bohemians – Circle
  42. London Boys – Requiem
  43. Bobby Brown – My Perogative

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