Number One Song This lists songs that hit number one on the charts in the US during 1988. If a song spent nonconsecutive weeks at number one, the number of weeks for each occurrence at the top is shown in parenthesis.
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Date Artist - Title Weeks
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« 1987 1988 Number One Songs 1989 »
December 6 1987 – January 2 1988 George Michael - Faith 4
January 3 – 9 1988 Whitney Houston - So Emotional 1
January 10 – 16 1988 George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You 1
January 17 – 23 1988 Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel 1
January 24 – 30 1988 INXS - Need You Tonight 1
January 31 – February 13 1988 Tiffany - Could've Been 2
February 14 – 20 1988 Exposé - Seasons Change 1
February 21 – March 5 1988 George Michael - Father Figure 2
March 6 – 19 1988 Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up 2
March 20 – April 2 1988 Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror 2
April 3 – 16 1988 Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car 2
April 17 – 30 1988 Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go 2
May 1 – 7 1988 Terence Trent D'Arby - Wishing Well 1
May 8 – 21 1988 Gloria Estefan - Anything For You 2
May 22 – June 11 1988 George Michael - One More Try 3
June 12 – 18 1988 Rick Astley - Together Forever 1
June 19 – 25 1988 Debbie Gibson - Foolish Beat 1
June 26 – July 2 1988 Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana 1
July 3 – 16 1988 Cheap Trick - The Flame 2
July 17 – 23 1988 Richard Marx - Hold On to the Nights 1
July 24 – August 20 1988 Steve Winwood - Roll With It 4
August 21 – September 3 1988 George Michael - Monkey 2
September 4 – 17 1988 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child o' Mine 2
September 18 – October 1 1988 Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy 2
October 2 – 8 1988 Def Leppard - Love Bites 1
October 9 – 15 1988 UB40 - Red Red Wine 1
October 16 – 29 1988 Phil Collins - Groovy Kind of Love 2
October 30 – November 5 1988 Beach Boys - Kokomo 1
November 6 – 12 1988 Escape Club - Wild, Wild West 1
November 13 – 26 1988 Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine 2
November 27 – December 3 1988 Will To Power - Baby I Love Your Way-Free Bird Medley 1
December 4 – 17 1988 Chicago - Look Away 2
December 18 1988 – January 7 1989 Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn 3
Source: Billboard Magazine

33 different songs hit number one in the US during 1988.

Top 5 Songs of 1988

Number One Song of 1988: George Michael  - Faith
  1. George Michael - Faith
  2. INXS - Need You Tonight
  3. George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
  4. Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
  5. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
See the rest of the top 100 songs of 1988.