As It's 35 Years Since I Left School, Lets See What Was Going On In 1988?

a collage of music single covers, news stories and film posters from the year 1988

I've just realised that it's been 35 years since I left high school and I can't help but feel a bit nostalgic. It was the 1988 and so much has changed since then. But there are certain things that will always stay with us, like the music, films, and news stories that shaped that year. So, take a trip down memory lane with me and revisit the top five number one singles, films, and news stories from 1988 in the UK.

First, let's talk about music. 1988 was a great year for pop music, with some of the biggest names in the business releasing hit after hit. But the top five number one singles in the UK chart that year were:
  1. "I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue
  2. "Especially for You" by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan
  3. "The Only Way Is Up" by Yazz and the Plastic Population (definitely my anthem of the summer) 
  4. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" by The Hollies (I'm sure this was because it was used in an advert)
  5. "Mistletoe and Wine" by Cliff Richard

These songs may seem like relics from a bygone era now, but at the time they were the soundtrack to our lives.

Now, let's talk about films. The top five most popular films in the UK from 1988 were:
  1. Rain Man
  2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  3. Crocodile Dundee II
  4. A Fish Called Wanda
  5. Beetlejuice

These films are still beloved classics today, but back then they were the talk of the town. Whether it was the heartwarming story of Rain Man, the groundbreaking animation of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, or the zany comedy of A Fish Called Wanda, these movies captured our imaginations and took us on unforgettable journeys.

Finally, let's talk about news. 1988 was a year of big events and changes in the UK, with many major news stories capturing the attention of the nation. The top five news stories from that year were:
  1. Lockerbie bombing
  2. Piper Alpha oil platform disaster
  3. Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea
  4. Publication of the "Westland affair" letters
  5. Colin Wallace, a former Army intelligence officer, is cleared of manslaughter charges

These news stories may not be as immediately recognizable as the music and films of the time, but they had a profound impact on the country and the world.

Looking back on all of this, it's hard not to feel a sense of awe at the passage of time. So much has changed since 1988, but so much has stayed the same. We may be older and wiser now, but the music, films, and news stories of that year will always hold a special place in our hearts.