1988 in British music

1988 In British Music

1988 in British music

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This is a summary of 1988 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.


The growing popularity of House Music was evident in the charts by the start of 1988, with many songs of this genre becoming big hits, such as "House Arrest" by Krush, "Beat Dis" by Bomb the Bass and "Rok Da House" by The Beatmasters. The Acid House band S'Express had three Top 10 hits this year including a number 1 in April with the song "Theme from S'Express", but the biggest dance hit of the year came from London singer Yazz, who had first had a big hit with producers Coldcut on the song "Doctorin' The House". Still with Coldcut but now with her name billed as the lead artist, her song "The Only Way Is Up" topped the chart for five weeks and was the second biggest-selling single of the year, and paved the way for a successful solo career, including the follow-up "Stand Up For Your Love Rights" which hit No.2 in October.

One of the biggest successes of the year was 19-year-old Kylie Minogue, well known to the public from her role in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Signed to the production trio Stock Aitken Waterman, her debut song "I Should Be So Lucky" was number 1 for five weeks, and all of her other solo releases this year - "Got to Be Certain", "The Locomotion" and "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi" - reached number 2. Her album "Kylie" was...
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