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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Hello again retro music fans. Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 01ST 1988:

  1. “I Should Be So Lucky” – Kylie Minogue
  2. “Always On My Mind” – Pet Shop Boys
  3. “Together Forever” – Rick Astley
  4. “You Don’t Know” – Scarlett And Black
  5. “Shattered Dreams” – Johnny Hates Jazz

At the very end of 1987 – exactly 6 weeks after I left The United Kingdom after living and working there for 2 years as an 18, 19, and 20-year-old – an unsuspecting HI-NRG pop song entered the U.K. pop charts way down near the bottom of it. By late-February of 1988 – “I Should Be So Lucky” was a # 1 smash, and it stayed there for 5 weeks. It became one of the best-selling singles in the U.K. in 1988. Its success continued on pop charts worldwide including here stateside, and it kicked-off the music career of Ms. Kylie Minogue – which continues to this day. Kylie was 19 when she recorded and released the single, and I admit it – I had a crush on her back then when I was 20 and 21.

“I Should Be So Lucky” (and Rick Astley’s “Together Forever”) were products of the #SAW (Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete Waterman) hit music factory of the mid-to-late-1980s and into the early-1990s. They wrote and produced over 100 U.K. Top 40 hits during that era. They created Eurodance before we even knew what Eurodance was. I was a big fan of their sound, and I still enjoy it to this day.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 15 years ago to the start of May 2008. It’s when Sonny was addicted.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going retro with me !

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By Chris M. Day

I'm almost 56 years old. I've been online for 30 years - starting with my own dial-up bulletin board system in 1993 - and continuing with AOL, my own web site, Myspace, WordPress, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook.