Top 100 Singles of 1988 in Canada

billy ocean - get outta my dreamsAccording to RPM Magazine, the biggest song of 1988 in Canada was “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by Trinidad’s Billy Ocean. Eleven songs from the year-end top 100 chart below involve Canadian artists which have been bolded in red. The top song from a Canadian was “I’m Still Searching” by Glass Tiger (#12). The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from radio airplay and nationwide sales data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here. The Canadian Music Blog gratefully thanks pop music specialist blogger Bill Smith for scanning and emailing us this chart from his personal copy of RPM magazine. It is currently unavailable online at Archives Canada.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Get Outta My Dreams… Billy Ocean
2 Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley
3 Together Forever Rick Astley
4 Could’ve Been Tiffany
5 Desire U2
6 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil
7 A Groovy Kind of Love Phil Collins
8 Wishing Well Terence Trent D’Arby
9 One More Try George Michael
10 Pump Up the Volume MARS
11 I’m Still Searching Glass Tiger
12 Simply Irresistible Robert Palmer
13 Roll with It Steve Winwood
14 Don’t Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFerrin
15 Always on My Mind Pet Shop Boys
16 Perfect World Huey Lewis & the News
17 Got My Mind Set on You George Harrison
18 Fast Car Tracy Chapman
19 Need You Tonight INXS
20 Monkey George Michael
21 Father Figure George Michael
22 Don’t Wanna Go on with You Elton John
23 The Flame Cheap Trick
24 Devil Inside INXS
25 Kokomo The Beach Boys
26 New Sensation INXS
27 Make Me Lose Control Eric Carmen
28 Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson
29 She’s Like the Wind Patrick Swayze
30 Never Tear Us Apart INXS
31 Wild, Wild West The Escape Club
32 Foolish Beat Debbie Gibson
33 Faith George Michael
34 Pink Cadillac Natalie Cole
35 The Valley Road Bruce Hornsby & the Range
36 How Can I Fall Breathe
37 One Good Woman Peter Cetera
38 Don’t You Know Steve Winwood
39 In Your Soul Corey Hart
40 Hazy Shade of Winter The Bangles
41 Candle in the Wind Elton John
42 Pop Goes the World Men Without Hats
43 Would Take a Strong Man Rick Astley
44 Endless Summer Nights Richard Marx
45 Crying R. Orbison/k.d. lang
46 True Love Glenn Frey
47 I Saw Him Standing There Tiffany
48 Kissing a Fool George Michael
49 Hungry Eyes Eric Carmen
50 Sweet Child o’ Mine Guns N’ Roses
51 Love Bites Def Leppard
52 A Word in Spanish Elton John
53 Don’t Be Cruel Cheap Trick
54 Hands to Heaven Breathe
55 What Have I Done Pet Shop Boys
56 Push It Salt N Pepa
57 I Get Weak Belinda Carlisle
58 Everything Your Heart Desires Hall & Oates
59 Dirty Diana Michael Jackson
60 Diamond Sun Glass Tiger
61 The Loco-Motion Kylie Minogue
62 Sign Your Name Terence Trent D’Arby
63 The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson
64 When a Man Loves a Woman Luba
65 One Moment in Time Whitney Houston
66 Cherry Bomb John Cougar Mellencamp
67 Bad Medicine Bon Jovi
68 Forever Young Rod Stewart
69 Circle in the Sand Belinda Carlisle
70 Don’t Wanna Live Without… Chicago
71 Hands Up Sway
72 Shattered Dreams Johnny Hates Jazz
73 Better Be Home Soon Crowded House
74 Where Do Broken Hearts Go Whitney Houston
75 Big League Tom Cochrane
76 I Think We’re Alone Now Tiffany
77 Make It Real The Jets
78 Hold On to the Nights Richard Marx
79 Look Away Chicago
80 Just Like Paradise David Lee Roth
81 Lost In You Rod Stewart
82 What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
83 Seasons Change Exposé
84 Catch Me (I’m Falling) Pretty Poison
85 Rocket 2 U The Jets
86 Electric Blue Icehouse
87 Waiting for a Star to Fall Boy Meets Girl
88 I’ll Always Love You Taylor Dayne
89 Check It Out John Cougar Mellencamp
90 Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) Samantha Fox
91 Angel Aerosmith
92 My Song Glass Tiger
93 Love Changes Everything Honeymoon Suite
94 Look Out My Window Bruce Hornsby & the Range
95 Love Will Save the Day Whitney Houston
96 Tell It to My Heart Taylor Dayne
97 Out of the Blue Debbie Gibson
98 Say You Will Foreigner
99 Heaven Is a Place on Earth Belinda Carlisle
100 Hold Me Now One to One
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