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SMASH HITS 28 December 1988 - 10 January 1989 (hey!)

Last issue of 1988

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25 December 1988
Freiheit ‘Keeping The Dream Alive’

25 December 1988

Freiheit ‘Keeping The Dream Alive’

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Freiheit ‘Keeping The Dream Alive’

25 December 1988

Highest new entry at number 27 - Freiheit ‘Keeping The Dream Alive’

  • Date entered top 75     17 December 1988
  • Highest position reached     14
  • Weeks on chart     9

Last new entry of 1988 and a proper Christmassy tune to boot.

This Beatlesque song was in fact performed by a German group called Munchener Freiheit or Freiheit when abroad.

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25 December 1988
Enya ‘Evening Falls…’

25 December 1988

Enya ‘Evening Falls…’

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Enya ‘Evening Falls…’

25 December 1989

Second highest new entry at 36 - Enya ‘Evening Falls…’

  • Date entered top 75     25 December 1988
  • Highest position reached     20
  • Weeks on chart     4

This was the follow-up to massive number one single ‘Orinoco Flow’.

This was a weird choice of single a quiet minimalist song that didn’t replicate the bombastic sound of ‘Orinoco Flow’.

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25 December 1988
Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’

25 December 1988

Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’

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Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’

25 December 1988

New entry at 38 - Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’

  • Date entered top 75     18 December 1988
  • Highest position reached     16
  • Weeks on chart     9

Third hit of the year for Gloria and Miami Sound Machine in the UK charts.

This song was originally released in early 1987 where it reached number 5 in the US but failed to chart in the UK.

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25 December 1988
A Tribe Of Toffs ‘John Kettley (Is A Weatherman)’

25 December 1988

A Tribe Of Toffs ‘John Kettley (Is A Weatherman)’

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A Tribe Of Toffs ‘John Kettley (Is A Weatherman)’

25 December 1988

Second new entry at 39 - A Tribe Of Toffs ‘John Kettley (Is A Weatherman)’

  • Date entered top 75     25 December 1988
  • Highest position reached     21
  • Weeks on chart     5

A Tribe of Toffs were a novelty pop band from Sunderland, England. They only ever had one hit.

John Kettley was a weatherman on the BBC and the song mentions lots of other minor TV personalities from 1988.