List of Top 25 singles for 1988 in Australia

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The following lists the top 25 singles of 1988 in Australia from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) End of Year Albums Chart.[1] These were the first End of Year singles charts created by ARIA, it had started producing its own charts from mid-1988.[2] ARIA had previously used the Kent Music Report, known from 1987 onwards as the Australian Music Report.[3]

# Title Artist Highest pos. reached Weeks at No. 1
1. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes 1 6[a]
2. "Simply Irresistible" Robert Palmer 1 5[a][b]
3. "The Flame" Cheap Trick 1 3[b]
4. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" Billy Ocean 1 5[a]
5. "I Should Be So Lucky" Kylie Minogue 1 6[a]
6. "Perfect" Fairground Attraction 1 4[b]
7. "What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong 1 2[b]
8. "Never Gonna Give You Up" Rick Astley 1 7 (pkd #1 in 1987 & 1988)[a]
9. "Age of Reason" John Farnham 1 4[b]
10. "Better Be Home Soon" Crowded House 2
11. "Heaven is a Place on Earth" Belinda Carlisle 2
12. "Whenever You Need Somebody" Rick Astley 3
13. "Don't Be Cruel" Cheap Trick 5
14. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" Bobby McFerrin 1 1[b]
15. "Doctorin' the Tardis" The Timelords 2
16. "All Fired Up" Pat Benatar 2
17. "Got My Mind Set On You" George Harrison 6
18. "Got to Be Certain" Kylie Minogue 1 3[b]
19. "Faith" George Michael 1 1[a]
20. "A Groovy Kind of Love" Phil Collins 5
21. "Stutter Rap" Morris Minor and the Majors 2
22. "Wanna Be Up" Chantoozies 3
23. "Underneath the Radar" Underworld 3
24. "Love in the First Degree" Bananarama 5
25. "Run to Paradise" The Choirboys 3

Peak chart positions from 1987 and early 1988 were calculated by David Kent for the Kent Music Report.[3] Late 1988 peak chart positions are from the ARIA Charts.[2] Overall position on the End of Year Chart is calculated by ARIA based on the number of weeks and position that the records reach within the Top 50 singles for each week during 1988.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", "Simply Irresistible", "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car", "I Should Be So Lucky", "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Faith" peaked at #1 on the Kent Music Report in early 1988.[3] "Never Gonna Give You Up" also peaked at #1 on the Kent Music Report during 1987.[3]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Simply Irresistible", "The Flame", "What a Wonderful World", "Perfect", "Age of Reason", "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and "Got to Be Certain" peaked at #1 on the ARIA Charts in late 1988.[2]


  1. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1988". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Official ARIA Charts". Australian Charts Portal. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.