Before we pick back up with the music of 1988, did you know we are less than a month away from Adele turning 30? She'll be 30 on May 5. Rihanna turned the big 3-0 back on February 20, and NBA superstar Stephen Curry turned 30 on March 14. These are just a few of the celebrities born in 1988. Be sure to take some notes as you read over this post and let your wedding DJ know which songs you'd like to get added to your wedding playlist.
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" | Whitney Houston | April 23-30, 1988
This would be the 4th song to hit the airwaves from her album "Whitney" back in February of 1988, and by April 23, it would spend a few weeks at the Top of the charts. Back in the 1980s, Whitney Houston had 7 Number One songs. Madonna was the only other female artist to equal that success.
"Wishing Well" | Terence Trent D'arby | May 7, 1988
Now we get into some of the more fun songs of 1988. Terence enlisted in the Army back in the 80s, and while in Germany he was the leader of the band "Touch". He came home and was signed to a solo record deal and released "Introducing The Hardline According To Trerence Trent D'Arby. Wishing Well was the first single to hit radio and went to Number 1 for a few weeks in 1988.
"Anything For You" | Gloria Estefan / Miami Sound Machine | May 14, 21, 1988
Surprisingly, this was the first number 1 song for Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine. You'll still hear this song on adult contemporary radio stations across America.
"One More Try" | George Michael | May 28 - June 11, 1988
This was the 5th single to be released from his multi-platinum solo effort "Faith". It was released in April of 1988, and by the end of May, it would reach Number 1 on the Billboard charts, and spend 3 weeks there.
"Together Forever" | Rick Astley | June 18, 1988
"Together Forever" was the follow-up to "Never Gonna Give You Up". It hit radio in the winter of 1988, and became Rick Astley's last Number 1 in the early summer of 1988. It's equally as fun and upbeat as "Never Gonna Give You Up" and perfect if you'd like do an 80s Pop cocktail hour at your Charleston wedding.
"Foolish Beat" | Debbie Gibson | June 25, 1988
The summer of 1988 was an incredible summer for Debbie Gibson. "Foolish Beat" was a ballad that went all the way to Number 1. It was the fourth song to be released from her debut record "Out Of The Blue". At this time, she became the youngest artist to write, produce and sing a Number 1 song.
"Dirty Diana" | Michael Jackson | July 2, 1988
One of the most interesting tracks to come from his album "Bad". It was the 5th song to break from "Bad" in April of 1988, and by early July, the song had reached Number 1 on the Billboard charts. The song incorporates a little more rock into it, and is a bit of a departure from Michael Jackson's pop songs of the early 80s.
"The Flame" | Cheap Trick | July 9 - 16, 1988
In an era where the power ballad reigned supreme, Cheap Trick had one of their own that summer. The song was released from their album "Lap Of Luxury", and also featured a cover of the classic Elvis Presley song "Don't Be Cruel"
Grab your Bic Lighter and raise it up as this song plays. :)
"Hold Onto The Nights" | Richard Marx | July 23, 1988
Continuing with the power ballad theme, Richard Marx had his first number 1 song back in the summer of 1988. This would be the 4th song to be released from his 1987 self titled record.
"Roll With It" | Steve Winwood | July 30 - August 20, 1988
The title cut from his album "Roll With It" would become one of the biggest songs of 1988, and would be nominated for Record Of The Year in 1989 at the Grammys.
This concludes Part 2 of my look back at the Year of 1988 in music. Part 3 of this blog series will be posted in the coming weeks and as we move from summer into the fall of 1988, you'll see artists like Guns N' Roses, Bobby McFerrin, The Beach Boys, and Phil Collins move into the list. I wanted to thank you once again for making it to the end of this blog post. Thank you for joining me in my passion for music. The passion you see conveyed in my blog is what I aim to provide all my brides and grooms when it comes to creating the perfect playlist for their Charleston wedding. My focus has been, and will continue to be solely on the music. Creating the best music soundtrack for your Charleston wedding starts out with a conversation with your professional wedding DJ, and I love to talk to brides and grooms about their favorite songs. Congratulations if you just got engaged. If you are looking to get married in one of the top wedding destinations in the country (Charleston) and are ready to begin your search for the right wedding DJ, I invite you to continue to look over this blog for plenty of playlist ideas, real Charleston weddings, and so much more. Click HERE to tell me a little more about your big day. Also, take a listen to the podcast down below.