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Top R&B Songs of 1988

1987 <-1988-> 1989


  

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1.
12/1988
306

✫1
US
39
AC
3
dance
2
R&B




3
UK
[Virgin 99256]
written by Elliot Wolff
Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car
2.
02/1988
299

✫1
US
5
AC
25
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Jive 9678]
written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
Don't Worry, Be Happy
3.
07/1988
297

✫1
US
7
AC


11
R&B




2
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1989]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1989]
[EMI-Manhattan 50146]
written by Bobby McFerrin
One More Try
4.
04/1988
279

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
R&B




8
UK
[R]
[Columbia 07773]
written by George Michael
My Prerogative
5.
08/1988
271

✫1
US


7
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
[MCA 53383]
written by Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin & Teddy Riley
You Got It (The Right Stuff)
6.
11/1988
268

3
US


20
dance
28
R&B




✫1
UK
[Columbia 08092]
written by Maurice Starr
7.
01/1988
260

✫1
US
3
AC
13
dance
6
R&B




11
UK
[Columbia 07682]
written by George Michael
One Moment in Time
8.
09/1988
257

5
US
✫1
AC


22
R&B




✫1
UK
used by NBC-TV for the 1988 Summer Olympics; produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9743]
written by Albert Hammond & John Bettis
Where Do Broken Hearts Go
9.
02/1988
257

✫1
US
✫1
AC


2
R&B




14
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9674]
written by Chuck Jackson & Frank Wildhorn
Roll with It
10.
06/1988
257

✫1
US
✫1
AC
21
dance
30
R&B
✫1
rock


53
UK
Girl You Know It's True
11.
07/1988
255

2
US


3
dance
3
R&B




3
UK
[Arista 9781]
written by Bill Pettaway Jr., DJ Spen (as Sean Spencer), Kevin Lyles, Rodney Hollaman & Ky Adeyemo
Monkey
12.
07/1988
251

✫1
US


✫1
dance
8
R&B




13
UK
[Columbia 07941]
written by George Michael
Sign Your Name
13.
01/1988
250

4
US
13
AC
23
dance
2
R&B




2
UK
[R]
[Columbia 07911]
written by Terence Trent D'Arby
Buffalo Stance
14.
12/1988
241

3
US


✫1
dance
30
R&B




3
UK
[Virgin 99231]
written by Jamie J. Morgan, Cameron McVey (as Booga Bear), Neneh Cherry & Phil Ramacon (as Phillip Ramacon)
Dirty Diana
15.
05/1988
236

✫1
US




5
R&B




4
UK
[Epic 07739]
written by Michael Jackson
16.
02/1988
232

✫1
US
2
AC


✫1
R&B




21
UK
[Epic 07668]
written by Siedah Garrett & Glen Ballard
The Lover in Me
17.
11/1988
225

2
US
43
AC
2
dance
5
R&B




15
UK
produced by Babyface
[MCA 53416]
written by L.A. Reid, Babyface & Daryl Simmons
Wild Thing
18.
12/1988
222

2
US


✫1
dance
3
R&B




21
UK
charted as the double A Side Wild Thing/Loc'ed After Dark in the UK
written by Young MC
Baby Don't Forget My Number
19.
12/1988
216

✫1
US


10
dance
9
R&B




16
UK
[Arista 9832]
written by Frank Farian & Brad Howell (as B. Nail)
1-2-3
20.
06/1988
206

3
US
✫1
AC


54
R&B




9
UK
as Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
[Epic 34-07921]
written by Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia
Pink Cadillac
21.
02/1988
200

5
US
16
AC
✫1
dance
9
R&B




5
UK
[EMI-Manhattan 50117]
written by Bruce Springsteen
Giving You the Best That I Got
22.
09/1988
186

3
US
✫1
AC


✫1
R&B






[Elektra 69371]
written by Anita Baker, Skip Scarborough & Randy Holland
Mercedes Boy
23.
05/1988
183

2
US


2
dance
✫1
R&B




42
UK
[MCA 53279]
written by Pebbles (as Perri McKissack)
24.
06/1988
183

3
US
2
AC


21
R&B




41
UK
[Arista 9699]
written by Jimmy George
Love Will Save the Day
25.
05/1988
182

9
US
10
AC
✫1
dance
5
R&B




10
UK
produced by Jellybean
[Arista 9720]
written by Toni C.
Girlfriend
26.
01/1988
181

5
US


24
dance
✫1
R&B




8
UK
produced by Babyface
[MCA 53185]
written by L.A. Reid & Babyface
27.
11/1988
178

3
US




2
R&B




21
UK
produced by Babyface
[MCA 53463]
written by Babyface
Kissing a Fool
28.
10/1988
177

5
US
✫1
AC


33
R&B




18
UK
[Columbia 08050]
written by George Michael
Don't Be Cruel
29.
05/1988
172

8
US




✫1
R&B




13
UK
produced by Babyface
[MCA 53327]
written by Babyface (as Kenneth Edmonds), L.A. Reid & Daryl Simmons
30.
02/1988
172

6
US
3
AC


8
R&B




23
UK
featuring Joe Esposito
[A&M 3003]
written by Brenda Russell, Jeff Hull & Scott Cutler
Everything Your Heart Desires
31.
04/1988
171

3
US
2
AC


13
R&B




81
UK
[Arista 9685]
written by Daryl Hall
Alphabet St.
32.
04/1988
170

8
US


22
dance
3
R&B




9
UK
[Paisley Park 27900]
written by Prince
I Want Her
33.
01/1988
156

5
US


38
dance
✫1
R&B




26
UK
[Vintertainment 7-69431]
written by Keith Sweat & Teddy Riley
34.
11/1988
156

7
US


10
dance
2
R&B




8
UK
[Epic 08044]
written by Michael Jackson
35.
05/1988
149

10
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




68
UK
[Columbia 07744]
written by Johnny Kemp, Teddy Riley, Gene Griffin & Aaron Hall
If It Isn't Love
36.
07/1988
146

7
US


20
dance
2
R&B




94
UK
[MCA 53264]
written by Jimmy Jam (as James Samuel Harris III) & Terry Lewis
Make It Real
37.
04/1988
145

4
US
✫1
AC


24
R&B






[MCA 53311]
written by Don Powell, Rick Kelly & Linda Mallah
The Way You Love Me
38.
10/1988
143

7
US
38
AC
5
dance
✫1
R&B




42
UK
produced by Babyface
[Warner 27773]
written by Babyface, L.A. Reid & Daryl Simmons
Rocket 2 U
39.
01/1988
138

6
US


3
dance
5
R&B




69
UK
[MCA 53254]
written by Bobby Nunn
The Twist (Yo, Twist)
40.
06/1988
137

16
US




40
R&B




2
UK
with Chubby Checker
[Tin Pan Apple 887571]
written by Hank Ballard
Nite and Day
41.
03/1988
126

7
US
19
AC


✫1
R&B




44
UK
[Warner 28192]
written by Al B. Sure! & Kyle West
Another Part of Me
42.
07/1988
117

11
US
44
AC
18
dance
✫1
R&B




15
UK
[Epic 07962]
written by Michael Jackson
Please Don't Go Girl
43.
06/1988
112

10
US




55
R&B






[Columbia 07700]
written by Maurice Starr
I Wanna Have Some Fun
44.
11/1988
110

8
US


2
dance
19
R&B




63
UK
produced by Full Force
[Jive 1154]
written by Full Force
Some Kind of Lover
45.
01/1988
107

10
US


✫1
dance
3
R&B




81
UK
[MCA 53235]
written by André Cymone & Jody Watley
Don't Turn Around
46.
02/1988
105







45
R&B




✫1
UK
[Mango 123]
written by Albert Hammond & Diane Warren
Paradise
47.
05/1988
104

16
US
6
AC
21
dance
✫1
R&B




29
UK
48.
11/1988
101

9
US


5
dance
64
R&B


15
alt.


[Tommy Boy 7-27736]
written by Paul Robb
49.
01/1988
100

13
US
45
AC
4
dance
✫1
R&B




42
UK
[MCA 53210]
written by Reggie Calloway
50.
12/1988
92

14
US
4
AC


✫1
R&B






[Elektra 69327]
written by Alex Brown, Sami McKinney & Michael O'Hara
Dial My Heart
51.
09/1988
91

13
US


18
dance
✫1
R&B




61
UK
produced by Babyface
[MCA 53301]
written by Babyface, L.A. Reid & Daryl Simmons
52.
03/1988
91





18
dance
21
R&B




2
UK
charted as Tramp / Push It in US dance charts : charted as Push It / Tramp in UK charts
written by Lowell Fulson (as Lowell Fulsom) & Jimmy McCracklin
Say It Again
53.
01/1988
89

27
US




15
R&B




7
UK
[Arista 1-9636]
written by Bunny Sigler & Carol Davis
54.
05/1988
85

52
US


27
dance
8
R&B




5
UK
[Columbia 68575]
written by The Pasadenas & Pete Wingfield
55.
05/1988
80

17
US
2
AC


10
R&B




65
UK
[Jive 9707]
written by Wayne Brathwaite (as Wayne Anton Braithwaite), Barry Eastmond (as Barry James Eastmond), Billy Ocean & Jolyon Skinner
56.
10/1988
80

13
US
2
AC


35
R&B






[instrumental]
[Arista 9785]
written by Kenny G
Parents Just Don't Understand
57.
04/1988
76

12
US




10
R&B




87
UK
[Jive 1099]
written by Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Jeff Townes) & Peter Harris
58.
05/1988
72

80
US
14
AC


88
R&B




5
UK
featuring Stevie Wonder
written by Stevie Wonder
Never Knew Love Like This
59.
01/1988
71

28
US




2
R&B




26
UK
as Arthur Alexander featuring Cherrelle
[Tabu 07646]
written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) & Terry Lewis
60.
05/1988
70

97
US
8
AC
36
dance
15
R&B




7
UK
[Island 99252]
written by Mike Leeson, Peter Vale & Miles Waters
61.
11/1988
66







45
R&B




4
UK
62.
01/1988
66

23
US


12
dance
✫1
R&B






[Warner 28201]
written by Morris Day, Jimmy Jam (as James Harris) & Terry Lewis
A Nightmare on My Street
63.
07/1988
65

15
US




9
R&B






[Jive 1124]
written by Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Jeff Townes) & Peter Harris
64.
04/1988
65





✫1
dance
21
R&B




8
UK
as Narada
[Reprise 9 27967-7]
written by Narada Michael Walden
65.
09/1988
62





✫1
dance
50
R&B




8
UK
66.
06/1988
62







✫1
R&B




8
UK
featuring The McCampbell Brothers
written by Babyface & L.A. Reid (as L.A.)
67.
03/1988
60

20
US




3
R&B






[Capitol 44124]
written by Smokey Robinson & Ronald White
68.
10/1988
58

44
US
12
AC


✫1
R&B




31
UK
[Epic 08047]
written by Luther Vandross & Marcus Miller
69.
01/1988
58





48
dance
10
R&B




7
UK
written by Joyce Sims
70.
04/1988
53

36
US




17
R&B




24
UK
written by Rob Base (as Robert Ginyard)
The Right Stuff
71.
07/1988
52

44
US


✫1
dance
4
R&B




71
UK
written by Kipper Jones & Rex Salas
72.
04/1988
50

35
US


23
dance
✫1
R&B






[EMI/Manhattan 50115]
written by Marcus Miller & Mark Stevens
Supersonic
73.
04/1988
49

30
US


10
dance
22
R&B






co-produced by Dr. Dre
[Ruthless 99328]
written by MC J.B. (as Juana Burns), Baby D (as Dania Birks), Anna Cash, Juanita Lee & Fatima Shaheed
Going Back to Cali / Jack the Ripper
74.
02/1988
48

31
US




12
R&B




37
UK
[Def Jam 07679]
written by LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith)
75.
10/1988
48

32
US




✫1
R&B






76.
05/1988
46

35
US


✫1
dance
71
R&B






[Mercury 870 154-7]
written by Steve Harvey
77.
08/1988
46

48
US


6
dance
✫1
R&B






Thinking of You
78.
02/1988
45

67
US


✫1
dance
3
R&B




94
UK
[Columbia 07695]
written by Wayne Vaughn & Maurice White
79.
06/1988
44

45
US


25
dance
✫1
R&B




70
UK
[Warner 27870]
written by Al B. Sure! & Kyle West
80.
04/1988
43





4
dance
77
R&B




14
UK
[Island 99273]
written by David Cole, John Coltrane & Will Downing
81.
09/1988
42





8
dance
4
R&B




22
UK
featuring E.U.
charted as Shake Your Thang / Spinderella's Not a Fella (But a Girl D.J.) in Australia charts
written by Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley & Kelly Isley (as O'Kelly Isley)
82.
07/1988
40

29
US
8
AC


68
R&B






[Arista 9727]
written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall & John Oates
Get Lucky
83.
04/1988
39





12
dance
69
R&B




13
UK
[Arista 9714]
written by Errol Brown & Simon Climie
84.
07/1988
39

61
US




✫1
R&B




56
UK
[Capitol 44171]
written by Barry Eastmond & Jolyon Skinner
Symptoms of True Love
85.
10/1988
39

38
US


14
dance
11
R&B






[Capitol 44198]
written by Irmgard Klarmann & Felix Weber
86.
05/1988
38





✫1
dance
24
R&B




28
UK
[Columbia 08073]
written by Vaughan Mason
87.
08/1988
37





28
dance
✫1
R&B
43
rock
5
alt.
84
UK
[Virgin 99299]
written by Tyrone Downie & Ziggy Marley
88.
05/1988
37

47
US


43
dance
✫1
R&B






co-produced by David Foster
[Wing 887 385-7]
written by Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy & Tony! Toni! Toné!
You Will Know
89.
02/1988
36

77
US
16
AC


✫1
R&B




77
UK
[Motown 1919]
written by Stevie Wonder
Knocked Out
90.
05/1988
36

41
US


14
dance
8
R&B




98
UK
produced by Babyface
[Virgin 99329]
written by Babyface, Daryl Simmons & L.A. Reid
91.
08/1988
35

35
US
20
AC


57
R&B




55
UK
[Arista 1-9706]
written by Michael Price (as Harvey Price) & Bobby Sandstrom
92.
05/1988
35





29
dance
2
R&B




31
UK
featuring Full Force
[Scotti Brothers 07783]
written by Full Force & James Brown
Don't Believe the Hype
93.
07/1988
34





21
dance
18
R&B




18
UK
[Columbia 07934 (Def Jam)]
written by Chuck D (as Carlton Ridenhour), Keith Shocklee & Eric Sadler (as Eric "Vietnam" Sadler)
94.
09/1988
33







73
R&B




13
UK
[Columbia 68931]
written by The Pasadenas
Follow the Leader
95.
07/1988
33





11
dance
16
R&B




21
UK
written by Rakim (as William Griffin) & Eric B. (as Eric Barrier)
96.
05/1988
32

80
US




4
R&B




37
UK
[Motown 1930]
written by Stevie Wonder
97.
04/1988
31

36
US


13
dance
83
R&B






[R]
[rm]
[Virgin 99350 ]
written by Jade Starling & Whey Cooler
98.
02/1988
31

63
US


4
dance
14
R&B






charted as I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man / Hot Thing in US dance charts
[Paisley Park 28288-B]
written by Prince
Make It Last Forever
99.
07/1988
31

59
US




2
R&B






with Jacci McGhee
[Vintertainment 7-69386]
written by Keith Sweat & Teddy Riley
100.
03/1988
30

85
US




✫1
R&B




74
UK
[Epic 07708]
written by Teena Marie & Allen McGrier

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