The top 10 features JP's first diatribe against his listener's choices, and probably his first use of the phrase 'boys strumming guitars', which he would use with variations right up to his final chart in 2003: yet all but one of the 50 records were ones that he had played during the year.
JP starts the show by commenting 'Well I don't think I've ever heard The Christians sounding as good as they did just now on Radio 1 FM.'
Humanoid, one and only session (repeat). Recorded 1988-11-15. No known commercial release.
(JP: 'Obviously, over the Christmas and New Year period, I've been driving backwards and forwards quite a bit, and covering a lot of miles, and I'm quite grateful, frankly, for the number of police that are out there and stopping people. There seem to be one or two people, obviously, who drive around, you think, those blighters, so quite glad to see the police, although it has meant that I've been stopped twice meself. Last night, as I was drifting along the A11, at a fairly reasonable tempo, I thought, I was pulled over. They said things that you think, "They only say that on television!" They said, "60 miles an hour not fast enough for you then, sir?"')
(JP: 'If you've been with me since we started at number 50, whenever it was, a few programmes ago quite clearly, I think you'll have to agree with me, really, that it's an ultra-conservative Festive Fifty. For example, if you want to take the number of black records that have made it into the Festive Fifty this year. I mean, it's been mainly kind of young lads strumming guitars. A lot of good tunes, I don't deny that, but as I say, conservative.')