1988 in pop marked the arrival of Kylie Minogue, sibling duo Bros and the rise of house music, but it was long-standing chart icon Cliff Richard who claimed the year's best-selling single.
Mistletoe & Wine spent four weeks at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, across the whole of December - including the Christmas Number 1 - racking up an estimated 737,000 sales by the end of the year to claim 1988's top song, according to Official Charts Company data.
As revealed on Channel 5 series Britain's Favourite 80s Songs, the festive track was Cliff's 12th chart-topper and is still proving popular more than 30 years on from its release, re-entering the Top 100 at Christmas for the past two years during the festive season.
The UK's second best-seller of 1988 was The Only Way Is Up by Yazz & The Plastic Population, with 630,000 sales. The track - a cover of Otis Clay's 1980 single - spent five weeks at Number 1 that summer.
1988 was also the breakout year for Kylie Minogue; the Australian singer landed an impressive five Top 2 singles that year, all of which land on the end-of-year chart. Her debut UK release, I Should Be So Lucky, is third on 616,000 sales, followed by Jason Donovan collaboration Especially For You in fourth on 555,000 sales.
Rounding out the Top 5 is I Think We're Alone Now by Tiffany (498k); the US singer was just 16 when she hit the top with her first UK single, claiming three weeks at the summit.
A total of 20 songs occupied the Number 1 spot across the year, all of which feature on the end-of-year Top 40; including The Hollies' He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, which hit the top 19 years after its release after being reissued thanks to its use in a beer advert.
Elsewhere, big debut singles that make the 1988 best-sellers list include Belinda Carlisle's Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Orinoco Flow by Irish artist Enya, and I Owe You Nothing by Bros.
Official Top 40 best-selling songs of 1988
|1||MISTLETOE & WINE||CLIFF RICHARD||1|
|2||THE ONLY WAY IS UP||YAZZ & THE PLASTIC POPULATION||1|
|3||I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY||KYLIE MINOGUE||1|
|4||ESPECIALLY FOR YOU||KYLIE MINOGUE & JASON DONOVAN||1|
|5||I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW||TIFFANY||1|
|6||NOTHING'S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU||GLENN MADEIROS||1|
|7||GROOVY KIND OF LOVE||PHIL COLLINS||1|
|8||HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER||THE HOLLIES||2|
|9||WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHES LEAVING HOME||WET WET WET/BILLY BRAGG||1|
|10||TEARDROPS||WOMACK & WOMACK||3|
|11||THE LOCO-MOTION||KYLIE MINOGUE||2|
|12||FIRST TIME||ROBIN BECK||1|
|14||ONE MOMENT IN TIME||WHITNEY HOUSTON||1|
|15||PUSH IT / TRAMP||SALT 'N PEPA||2|
|17||HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH||BELINDA CARLISLE||1|
|19||THEME FROM S'EXPRESS||S'EXPRESS||1|
|20||JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI||KYLIE MINOGUE||2|
|21||GOT TO BE CERTAIN||KYLIE MINOGUE||2|
|22||THE HARDER I TRY||BROTHER BEYOND||2|
|23||TELL IT TO MY HEART||TAYLOR DAYNE||3|
|25||I OWE YOU NOTHING||BROS||1|
|26||HEART||PET SHOP BOYS||1|
|27||GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR||BILLY OCEAN||3|
|28||DON’T TURN AROUND||ASWAD||1|
|29||NOTHING CAN DIVIDE US||JASON DONOVAN||5|
|30||BEAT DIS||BOMB THE BASS||2|
|31||DROP THE BOY||BROS||2|
|32||SIGN YOUR NAME||TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY||2|
|33||THE TWIST (YO, TWIST)||FAT BOYS & CHUBBY CHECKER||2|
|34||WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS?||BROS||2|
|35||BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE)||SABRINA||3|
|37||YOU CAME||KIM WILDE||3|
|38||LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX)||BILL WITHERS||4|
|39||I NEED YOU||B.V.S.M.P.||3|
|40||GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE||MILLI VANILLI||3|
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