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1 (1) THE SPICE GIRLS: Too Much

Despite claims they are on the way out, the Spices begin 1988 on a high by holding on to the top spot

2 (2) TELETUBBIES: Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!

Kiddies' favourites, but Dipsy, Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa and Po had to settle for second at the turn of the year

3 (3) VARIOUS ARTISTS: Perfect Day

Classic Lou Reed song reworked for Children In Need is still going strong thanks to an all-star cast

4 (4) ALL SAINTS: Never Ever

Sexier and sassier than the Spice Girls - and they can actually sing. Tipped for the very top in '98

5 (5) JANET JACKSON: Together Again

The world's top female artist is more popular than ever. Perhaps that's why Michael isn't talking to her

6 (7) ROBBIE WILLIAMS: Angels

Hasn't had his troubles to seek, but Robbie's shown

he can write great pop songs since leaving Take That

7 (6) AQUA: Barbie Girl

Love them or hate them, you have to admit Aqua's silly doll song is pure pop - and the video's great too

8 (8) NATALIE IMBRUGLIA: Torn

This beauty has left the world of Aussie soaps far behind with this and her hit album Left Of The Middle

9 (9) BOYZONE: Baby Can I Hold You/Shooting Star

Another safe and cynical cover version from the bland Irish lads who make Aqua sound like Mozart

10 (-) ELTON JOHN: Candle In The Wind 1997

The world's biggest-selling single returns to the Top 10, giving more charities a New Year boost

SINGLES OF THE WEEK

SPACE: Avenging Angels

I reckon Liverpool rockers Space are under-rated, despite great singles such as Female Of The Species, Neighbour-hood and You And Me Vs The World from their debut album Spiders. And this latest effort shows they've no intention of straying from the darkly pop formula. Get in fast if you want to buy their limited edition white label 12in, which is limited to 1000 copies.

BERNARD BUTLER: Stay

WHEN guitarist and songwriter Bernard Butler quit Suede to form McAlmont and Butler at the beginning of 1995, many pop pundits predicted that Brett Anderson's band would struggle . And they did. While the duo scored a Top 10 smash with Yes, Suede languished in obscurity. Now, though, Bernard is having to play catch up again after Suede got their act together with the classic 1996 LP Coming Up. Now signed to Oasis label Creation, his first solo single - on which he plays all the instruments bar drums - sounds fabulous. Let's hope it's the first of many.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 2, 1998
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