Thursday, 28 February 2013

25 Years Ago This Week: February 28, 1988

Over the past few months, as I've been taking a look back at the ARIA charts from 25 years ago, I've stumbled across a handful of songs that would otherwise have remained lost to me.

Cher found chart success once again 25 years ago this week

Singles that I'd forgotten even existed (like last week's new entry by Eurythmics) as well as songs I never heard much of at the time (like Geisha's "Calling Your Name" and The Silencers' "Painted Moon"), which have all now been added to my iTunes library. This week, we have two more obscure songs to remember (one of which I own, the other I'm not that fussed about) before we get into the new entries.

ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending February 28, 1988

Speaking of the top 50 debuts - it was a stellar week for new songs, with all four going on to reach the top 10. Meanwhile, "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" held on to the number 1 position for a fourth straight week - but Kylie Minogue's "I Should Be So Lucky" was closing in, jumping from 10 to 3.


Single Of The Week
"Pop Goes The World" by Men Without Hats
Peak: number 66
Four-and-a-half years is a long time in pop music - and in February 1988, it had been that long since Men Without Hats had taught the world how to do "The Safety Dance" (a number 5 hit in Australia). Returning with what would become their second best known song, which I've always thought sounds like it was recorded on a kids' Casio keyboard, the Canadian synthpop band found a reasonably receptive audience in the US and some parts of Europe, but not in Australia.




Breaker
"Have A Little Faith In Me" by John Hiatt
Peak: number 61
In the late '80s, there always seemed to be some husky-voiced male singer or other on the scene. From Joe Cocker to Chris Rea to this guy, who never really made a massive impact on the chart but is one of those artists other performers cite as a huge influence on them. Even Mandy Moore, who remade this song for her Coverage album. "Have A Little Faith In Me" fell short of the top 60 in Australia, but it's one of those songs that has hung around on the periphery ever since - popping up in films and on classic radio stations.




New Entries
Number 42 "Hazy Shade Of Winter" by The Bangles
Peak: number 7
The previous couple of years had been kind to Susannah, Vicki, Debbi and Michael - thanks to "Walk Like An Egyptian" and "Manic Monday", the girl band was one of the biggest acts in the world. The group's members, however, were not being so kind to each other, with in-fighting and jealousy rife as a result of Susannah being portrayed by the media as The Bangles' lead singer. This cover of the Simon & Garfunkel 1966 song was recorded for the soundtrack to Less Than Zero and stormed into the top 10 in Australia. I realised just now that I'd never actually heard the original and so I fired it up on YouTube. The Bangles version has a much harder edge and thankfully lacks the "Oh, Pretty Woman"-style bass line.




Number 33 "I Found Someone" by Cher
Peak: number 8
This future top 10 hit featured in my list of favourite songs from 1987 (as usual, Australia was a bit slow on the uptake) and I wrote about it quite thoroughly when I counted down my top 100 for 1987. What I didn't mention at the time was that it was Cher's only hit from her self-titled comeback album, with follow-up single "We All Sleep Alone" (co-written and co-produced by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora) not hitting the top 50 locally. Another single lifted from Cher was the radical new version of her 1966 hit, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". The new "Bang-Bang" (as it was renamed) also didn't chart in Australia.




Number 31 "Always On My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys
Peak: number 10
Just missing out on being my favourite PSB single of all time - that title belongs to "It's A Sin" - this new version of the Elvis Presley classic was the UK Christmas number 1 for 1987 and would find its way to number 10 in Australia. Although the pop duo hadn't quite finished releasing singles from their Actually album - "Heart" would come later in 1988 - "Always On My Mind" wasn't added to that LP's tracklisting. These days, a "deluxe" edition would be rushed out. In fact, the song wouldn't appear in its 7" form on a PSB album until 1991's greatest hits collection, Discography. Since I didn't buy the single at the time, it was a long wait for me to finally own it.




Number 25 "Devil Inside" by INXS
Peak: number 6
INXS were really on a roll at this point, with this second single from Kick beating its Australian chart peak by getting to number 2 in the US. So big had they become in the States that the clip was even directed by in-demand St Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys director Joel Schumacher. "Devil Inside" is actually my least favourite of the Kick singles (my favourite, "Mystify", wasn't even released in Australia) but there was no doubt it was the sound of a band at the top of their game.




Next week: another hit from Dirty Dancing, plus the arrival of new solo hits from lead singers of two well-known '80s bands.


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Thursday, 21 February 2013

30 Years Ago This Week: February 21, 1988

Originally posted as 25 Years Ago This Week in 2013. Updated in 2018.

The new entries from this week in 1988 can pretty much be divided into two categories: Aussie rock and pop music originating from Britain - and there was a clear division between the fans of each genre. In 1988, you'd never get someone who was into rock music admitting to liking a pop, dance or R&B song. 

Not even all those bubbles could wash Aussie rock out of the top 50
In recent years, musical genres have become much more fluid, with R&B adopting '90s dance sounds, rock being influenced by '80s synthpop, and country and folk becoming more mainstream. Despite being primarily a pop fan, I've always liked my fair share of pop/rock music (or "music with guitars", as I thought of it in the '80s), but the homegrown bands who debuted on the ARIA top 50 this week were too far along the rock spectrum for my taste.

ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending February 21, 1988

One of this week's pop new entries would soon be the number 1 song in the country, but for now, "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" from Dirty Dancing held on to the top spot for a third week.


Off The Chart
Number 95 "Hot In The City (remix)" by Billy Idol
Peak: number 58
The original release had given Billy Idol his first hit in 1982 - it reached number 18 - but this re-release in support of the expanded version of the Vital Idol compilation fell just shy of the top 50. 

Number 93 "When The Word Came Down" by Separate Tables
Peak: number 82
In 1989, they'd change their name - and singer Lisa Schouw's hairstyle - but until then, the band eventually known as Girl Overboard tiptoed into the top 100 with their major label debut.

Number 92 "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" by The Smiths
Peak: number 91
The Smiths' second - and final - single to make the ARIA top 100 wasn't released in the UK after it was banned by the BBC following a real-life massacre due to its reference to mass murder. Two decades later, Mark Ronson gave it a makeover as "Stop Me" featuring Daniel Merriweather on vocals.


New Entries
Number 46 "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" by The Angels
Peak: number 11
Along with Rose Tattoo and AC/DC, The Angels represent everything I don't like about Aussie rock. Having said that, I can absolutely see why all three bands were so popular - their sound was just too hard for my liking. "Am I Ever..." was The Angels' debut single, released back in 1976 when it peaked at number 58. The reason for this new version hitting the chart was that it was taken from the band's double live album, Liveline, which had come out at the end of 1987. This single - which received airplay with the crowd's "no way, get fucked, fuck off" chants bleeped out - would chart much higher than the original, almost making the top 10.




Number 44 "Forget About The Working Week" by V. Spy V. Spy
Peak: number 44
Originally known as just Spy Vs Spy, this Sydney band were forced to change their name due to the threat of legal action from Mad magazine (who ran the comic after which they were named). No matter what they were called, V. Spy V. Spy always did much better on the albums chart than the singles chart. Debuting where it would peak, this was the most successful single from their third album, Xenophobia (Why?), which reached number 15. Meanwhile, their biggest hit single, 1986's "Don't Tear It Down", only got to number 31, but parent album A.O. Mod. TV. Vers. peaked at number 12. Like Midnight Oil, the band performed quite issue-driven songs, but they weren't catchy enough to pique my interest.




Number 42 "Shame" by Eurythmics
Peak: number 39
We'll leave aside the Aussie rock for the time being - and here's a single by British pop duo Eurythmics that I'd completely forgotten about since it doesn't appear on the greatest hits album of theirs that I own. That, and the fact that it barely scraped into the top 40. "Shame" was the second single from the Savage album, and was a much better track than lead single "Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)", which I hated with a passion. After four straight studio albums which had reached the Australian top 5, Savage was quite a disappointment, only managing number 15, while neither of the subsequent singles even made the top 50 in Australia. I wonder what would have happened if this song, which is reminiscent of "The Miracle Of Love", had been the first single...




Number 28 "Boys Will Be Boys" by Choirboys
Peak: number 14
More Aussie rock - and although I (and pretty much all of Australia) had liked "Run To Paradise", follow-up "Boys Will Be Boys" did nothing for me. With a chorus just made for drunken sing-alongs, the single reached the top 20 and helped ensure Big Bad Noise made a healthy showing in the albums top 5 after it was released in April.




Number 19 "Father Figure" by George Michael
Peak: number 5
This is more like it! Hot on the heels of yet another number 1 single, George released the third cut from Faith and, although it didn't top the chart, it brought his tally of consecutive top 5 singles to six - a strike rate that dated back to 1984's "Careless Whisper". George wouldn't see the top 5 again for almost four years - but it wasn't for want of trying, with three more singles still to come from Faith. "Father Figure" would return to the chart in 1993 - when it was heavily sampled on P.M. Dawn's top 20 hit, "Looking Through Patient Eyes".




Number 10 "I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue
Peak: number 1
It doesn't get much more pop than this - and there was therefore no artist as reviled in Australia by the rock fraternity as Kylie was in 1988. Still on Neighbours at that point, "the singing budgie" (as she was dubbed) fit in a quick visit to the UK and came home with this follow-up to "Locomotion" - an original track written and produced by Britain's top pop purveyors, Stock Aitken Waterman. Proving she'd be no one-hit wonder, Kylie spent six weeks at number 1 after she eventually dislodged "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life". I've written elsewhere about this song, but suffice it to say, it established Kylie would be a force to be reckoned with on the charts. There's a link to the Sydney Harbour Bridge version of the clip in the song title above and the official clip below.




Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1988 (updated weekly):





Next week: four new entries, all of them songs I liked - and one of them by an act who'd evenutally have an important part to play in Kylie's career.


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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Best Of 1991 - part 4

JUMP TO: 100-76 II 75-51 II 50-26 II 25-1


In 1991, I made my first visit to Europe - going to France and Germany as part of a school trip. Naturally, I went to as many record stores as I could along the way, particularly the Virgin Megastore on the Champs-Élysées, which was way bigger than any music shop we had in Australia.

A decade later she'd co-write Kylie's biggest hit, but in 1991,
Cathy Dennis competed on the charts with her

There are quite a few songs in my top 25 for 1991 that I picked up on that trip, as well as four entries by Kylie Minogue, who released two more singles from Rhythm Of Love and the first two singles from her final PWL studio album, Let's Get To It, in the one calendar year.

Her first single for the year, "What Do I Have To Do", came out in January and quickly established itself as not only my favourite song for 1991, but also for all time. Since I've written about Kylie's best singles elsewhere, that's all I'm going to say about her in this post. Here's the rest of my top 25...


Number 25 "My Heart Is Failing Me" by Riff
You couldn't swing a cat in the '90s without hitting an R&B vocal harmony group. Like After 7 and Boyz II Men, quartet Riff got in on the act quite early - this debut single made the US top 30 in May, 1991 - but they never really capitalised on that initial success there. However, a year later, the band hit the Australian top 10 with the title track from basketball film White Men Can't Jump.




Number 24 "Thinking About Your Love" by Kenny Thomas
This was far and away the biggest single by the British soul singer and, as was constantly mentioned at the time, former boxer. Besides this track, Kenny also remade a couple of 80s soul tracks: The Gap Band's "Outstanding" and Force MD's "Tender Love". He never caught on in Australia, unfortunately.




Number 23 "Forget Me Nots" by Tongue 'n' Cheek
Another British R&B act, Tongue 'n' Cheek finally started crossing over from the clubs to the UK top 40 in 1990 with "Tomorrow" and "Nobody", but this cover of the Patrice Rushen song from 1982 would end up being the trio's final single (and only reach number 26). Revamped from the album version by remixers du jour DNA, the single version had a driving beat - and I'll always remember listening to it on my walkman one day after school when one of the cool kids wanted to hear what I was playing and didn't really know what to say when I gave him a listen. Probably disappointed it wasn't Nirvana.




Number 22 "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" by Rozalla
Good songs never die - and that's especially true of this global smash, which has been remixed and re-released pretty much every few years since 1991. Rozalla actually had a few other UK hits besides this one - "Faith (In The Power Of Love", "Are You Ready To Fly" and "I Love Music" - but in Australia this was the Zambian singer's only top 50 entry... on three separate occasions. When it was first released in 1991, it reached number 11, then, after being used in an ad for Coca-Cola in 1992, it bounced back to number 45. Its highest position came, though, in 2009 when the Global Deejays remix made number 7 after being used in promos for So You Think You Can Dance Australia.




Number 21 "Word Is Out" by Kylie Minogue
Previously featured here

Number 20 "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" by Clivillés & Cole
The songwriting and production partnership of Robert Clivillés and David Cole had an incredibly fruitful year in 1991. As C+C Music Factory, they stormed charts around the world with "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (number 26 on this list), "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..." (number 122) and "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)" - all with a little help from rapper Freedom Williams and singer Martha Wash (although Zelma Davis appeared in the music videos). Under their own names, they released this dance remake of the U2 classic, one of two revolutionary revamps of the Irish supergroup's music in this top 25. The CD single for "Pride", which I bought from Virgin Paris, was backed by "A Deeper Love", which would end up being remade a few years later by Aretha Franklin.




Number 19 "I Believe" by EMF
"Unbelievable" was the song that put them on the world stage in 1990 and would be their biggest hit, but I preferred this follow-up from the band who came from somewhere called Forest Of Dean, which I always thought sounded like it was out of Robin Hood. EMF officially stood for Epson Mad Funkers, although I remember Ecstacy Mother F***ers being another suggestion made at the time. Their debut album, Schubert Dip, was one of my favourites for the year and yielded two other singles, "Lies" (number 112 on this list) and "Children". The band released two further albums and still play live from time to time, but I lost interest after 1991.




Number 18 "Promises" by Take That
While the likes of EMF and Jesus Jones were UK success stories there and in the US, five young men calling themselves Take That couldn't have a hit no matter how hard they tried. And, boy did they try. Their debut single, "Do What U Like" (number 58 on this list) infamously featured the leather clad boy band having jelly smeared on their bodies by mop-wielding models - but the song tanked at number 82 in the UK. Signing to a bigger record label, RCA, helped and this second single cracked the UK top 40 - but stalled at number 38. We all know that things would change in 1992 and Take That would go on to become Britain's most enduring and best loved boy band - but I was a fan from the start. Yep, it was the jelly.




Number 17 "Touch Me (All Night Long)" by Cathy Dennis
Mentioned below

Number 16 "Never Stop" by Brand New Heavies featuring N'Dea Davenport
In Part 2, we saw one of 1991's big acid jazz groups, Incognito. The other was Brand New Heavies - and although they weren't scaling the chart heights that Incognito were, they were making a name for themselves with vocalist N'Dea on board. This was another song I bought on CD single from Virgin Paris and BNH are a band I've followed to this day (through several vocalist changes) - even catching a gig in Sydney a couple of years ago with N'Dea back on board.




Number 15 "Mysterious Ways" by U2
Well, this was a surprise to me. I'd hated most of what U2 had released in the second half of the '80s - too worthy, too earnest. But, in 1991, they threw the world a curve ball with "The Fly" and the Achtung Baby album - and I was intrigued. Whereas "The Fly" was a repositioning statement, "Mysterious Ways" was the pop classic the band always had in them. It was also the song my French tour group sang repeatedly since Achtung Baby had just been released - so there was really no avoiding U2, even if I tried.




Number 14 "R.S.V.P." by Jason Donovan
1991 was an odd year for Jason. He scored his final UK number 1 with a version of "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in which he was performing at the time. But, this new Stock Aitken Waterman production barely made the UK top 20. By year's end, PWL had rushed out a greatest hits album for Christmas, despite the fact that Jason had only released two studio albums to date. It was an indication of just how steeply Jason's fortunes had declined - only two years earlier, he'd had the highest-selling album of the year with 1989's Ten Good Reasons.




Number 13 "If You Were With Me Now" by Kylie Minogue / Keith Washington
Previously featured here

Number 12 "Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You) / How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?" by Pet Shop Boys
Previously featured here

Number 11 "Running Back For More" by Delage
Previously featured here

Number 10 "Just Another Dream" by Cathy Dennis
She'd been introduced to the world in 1989 on D-Mob's "C'mon And Get My Love" and finally became a solo star in 1991 after "Just Another Dream", which had flopped first time round in the UK, became a hit in the US. A successful re-release of "Just Another Dream" followed her second single, "Touch Me (All Night Long)" (above at number 17), into the UK top 20. Although I (and Australia) preferred "Just Another Dream", "Touch Me", which was a cover of an obscure 1984 track by Fonda Rae and Wish, was the more successful of the two in the UK and US. Cathy scored again in 1991 with "Too Many Walls" (number 133 on this list), but, like so many of the female solo artists on this list, would find hits hard to come by from 1992 on - until she became a hit songwriter for other artists, that is.




Number 9 "So Proud Of You" by Paul Varney
Previously featured here

Number 8 "Get Ready For This" by 2 Unlimited
You've got to hand it to Pete Waterman - he knew a hit record when he heard it. Thanks to him, the Dutch group (comprised of producers Phil Wilde and Jean-Paul De Coster, rapper Ray Slijngaard and singer Anita Doth) released this dance classic in the UK, then went on to conquer the States. "Get Ready For This" exists in several versions - some with just the "Y'all ready for this?" sample and some featuring Ray's raps and/or Anita's vocals. I generally favoured the version with everyone contributing, which would be the case for their subsequent releases - and there would be plenty of those in the coming years.




Number 7 "That's What Love Can Do" by Boy Krazy
Previously featured here

Number 6 "Shocked" by Kylie Minogue featuring DNA
Previously featured here

Number 5 "Preacher Man" by Bananarama
1991 was not a great year for Bananarama, who struggled with the singles from Pop Life, with this track the highest UK entry from the album by getting to number 20. Their cover of The Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running" (number 149 on this list) and "Tripping On Your Love" (number 34) would fare even worse. With the album's promotion complete, ring-in member Jacquie O'Sullivan left the group, leaving just Sara and Keren, who continued as a duo - and still perform and record (with an air of mild disdain) today.




Number 4 "Chorus" by Erasure
Conversely, 1991 was much kinder to another of my favourite groups, Erasure, whose Chorus album was another UK number 1, and yielded this hit, as well as "Love To Hate You" (number 55 on this list) and "Am I Right?" before the year was out.




Number 3 "Romantic World" by Dana Dawson
My second favourite song for 1991 is one I heard in Australia and liked before heading to France - without realising that was the country where American singer Dana recorded and released her debut album, Paris New York And Me. OK, the title should have been a bit of a giveaway. When I got to France, I was hearing "Romantic World" and her other singles, like "Open Hearts" (number 79 on this list), everywhere and even got to practise some French when I asked a shop assistant if she was well known in France. At least, that's what I think I asked. Dana, who tragically passed away in 2010 from cancer, would have wider success with her second album in 1996, which featured "3 Is Family".




Number 2 "Love You Right" by Euphoria
In the early '90s, pop was still a bit of a dirty word on the Australian music scene. As for dance music... while club tracks regularly stormed the UK top 5, hits were less frequent in Australia. So, it was a bit of a shock when this homegrown dance tune went all the way to number 1 in early 1992. And then so did Euphoria's next two singles (which we'll see on my 1992 countdown).
Like so many of the dance tracks of the time, the clip for "Love You Right" featured a pretty model, who was not actually the vocalist, miming along to the song. What was fine for Europop acts was not OK in Australia, and even though the real singer, Keren Minshull, joined perky blonde Holly Garnett in the clip for follow-up "One In A Million" - and Holly even sang on that track - the damage had been done and Euphoria was forever tainted with the lip syncing "scandal".
Finally, although I'm sure he hates being reminded of it now, a shirtless Simon Baker-Denny (as he was then called) can be seen gyrating in the background of the music video - and also miming along to the male background vocals.




Number 1 "What Do I Have To Do" by Kylie Minogue
Previously featured here


My top 200 for 1991 in full:

1        WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO Kylie Minogue
2        LOVE YOU RIGHT Euphoria
3        ROMANTIC WORLD Dana Dawson
4        CHORUS Erasure
5        PREACHER MAN Bananarama
6        SHOCKED Kylie Minogue featuring DNA
7        THAT'S WHAT LOVE CAN DO Boy Krazy
8        GET READY FOR THIS 2 Unlimited
9        SO PROUD OF YOU Paul Varney
10      JUST ANOTHER DREAM Cathy Dennis
11      RUNNING BACK FOR MORE Delage
12      WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME (I CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU) / HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
13      IF YOU WERE WITH ME NOW (Duet with Keith Washington)/I GUESS I LIKE IT LIKE THAT Kylie Minogue
14      R.S.V.P. Jason Donovan
15      MYSTERIOUS WAYS U2
16      NEVER STOP Brand New Heavies featuring N'Dea Davenport
17      TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
18      PROMISES Take That
19      I BELIEVE E.M.F.
20      PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) / A DEEPER LOVE Clivilles & Cole
21      WORD IS OUT Kylie Minogue
22      EVERYBODY'S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Rozalla
23      FORGET ME NOTS Tongue 'n' Cheek
24      THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Kenny Thomas
25      MY HEART IS FAILING ME Riff
26      GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT (EVERYBODY DANCE NOW) C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
27      GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
28      BABY BABY Amy Grant
29      SWEET LIBERATION The Family Stand
30      SAVE SOME LOVE Keedy
31      CRAZY Seal
32      FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette
33      THE ONE AND ONLY Chesney Hawkes
34      TRIPPING ON YOUR LOVE Bananarama
35      PEACE Sabrina Johnston
36      SEE RIGHT THROUGH / EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT Kate Ceberano
37      RHYTHM IS A MYSTERY K-klass
38      BLACK OR WHITE Michael Jackson
39      SOMEDAY Mariah Carey
40      EVERY LITTLE THING Kate Ceberano
41      TIGHTEN UP Electronic
42      RUN FROM LOVE Jimmy Somerville
43      3 A.M. ETERNAL The KLF featuring The Children Of The Revolution
44      MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN The Shamen
45      I THINK I LOVE YOU Voice Of The Beehive
46      LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL The KLF
47      JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
48      JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT (STAND BY THE JAMS) The KLF / Tammy Wynette
49      DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME George Michael / Elton John
50      CRY FOR HELP Rick Astley
51      G.L.A.D. Kim Appleby
52      ROMANTIC Karyn White
53      JUMP TO THE BEAT Dannii Minogue
54      WHERE LOVE LIVES (COME ON IN) Alison Limerick
55      LOVE TO HATE YOU Erasure
56      ON THE WAY UP Elisa Fiorillo
57      TOO BLIND TO SEE IT Kym Sims
58      DO WHAT U LIKE Take That
59      DON'T YOU WANNA BE MINE (CLIVILLES & COLE REMIX) Denise Lopez
60      ALL 4 LOVE Color Me Badd
61      STREET OF DREAMS Nia Peeples
62      SOMETHING GOT ME STARTED Simply Red
63      BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Hazell Dean
64      GUARANTEED Level 42
65      MOTOWNPHILLY Boyz II Men
66      RIGHT DOWN TO IT Damian Dame
67      CAN'T LET GO Mariah Carey
68      ALWAYS THERE Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown
69      SHE'S A WOMAN Scritti Politti / Shabba Ranks
70      I'M TOO SEXY Right Said Fred
71      NOW THAT WE FOUND LOVE Heavy D & The Boyz
72      LOVE ME FOREVER OR LOVE ME NOT Trilogy
73      LIVE YOUR LIFE BE FREE Belinda Carlisle
74      PIECE OF MY HEART Tara Kemp
75      LET'S KISS (LIKE ANGELS DO) Wendy Matthews
76      TASTY FISH The Other Two
77      MY BODY SAYS YES Titiyo
78      UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack
79      OPEN HEARTS Dana Dawson
80      CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers
81      FEEL EVERY BEAT Electronic
82      LOVE...THY WILL BE DONE Martika
83      BACKYARD Pebbles featuring Salt 'n' Pepa
84      THAT'S WHAT LOVE IS FOR Amy Grant
85      MORE THAN WORDS Extreme
86      THE PROMISE OF A NEW DAY Paula Abdul
87      THIS HOUSE Tracie Spencer
88      SET ADRIFT ON MEMORY BLISS P.M. Dawn
89      TEMPTATION Corina
90      SARAH (I MISS YOU) Richard Pleasance
91      ALL THE MAN THAT I NEED Whitney Houston
92      ANTHEM N-Joi
93      I ADORE MI AMOR Color Me Badd
94      INSANITY Oceanic
95      IF YOU CARED Kim Appleby
96      ALL TRUE MAN Alexander O'Neal
97      BITTER TEARS INXS
98      THERE’S NO OTHER WAY Blur
99      VIBEOLOGY Paula Abdul
100    DO ANYTHING Natural Selection
101    REAL LOVE Driza Bone
102    SUCH A GOOD FEELING Brothers In Rhythm
103    P.A.S.S.I.O.N. Rythm Syndicate
104    JOYRIDE Roxette
105    ONLY FOOLS (NEVER FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
106    SEXY (IS THE WORD) Melissa
107    PEACE AND HARMONY Brothers In Rhythm
108    MADE UP MY MIND Sa-fire
109    UNDER MY SKIN Deborah Conway
110    I CAN'T TAKE THE POWER Offshore
111    FUTURE LOVE (EP) Seal
112    LIES E.M.F.
113    BABY LOVE Dannii Minogue
114    WHAT COMES NATURALLY Sheena Easton
115    PLACE IN THIS WORLD Michael W Smith
116    I DON'T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU (BUT I LOVE YOU) B.E.F. featuring Green Gartside
117    WITH YOU Tony Terry
118    DON'T GO MESSIN' WITH MY HEART Mantronix
119    I DON'T WANNA TAKE THIS PAIN (REMIX) Dannii Minogue
120    IT'S TOO LATE Quartz introducing Dina Carroll
121    IT'S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY Boyz II Men
122    THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM... C&C Music Factory
123    THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT'S IN HIS KISS) Cher
124    THE FIRST TIME Surface
125    IESHA Another Bad Creation
126    SO REAL Love Decade
127    READ MY LIPS Melissa
128    CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT New Kids On The Block
129    RESCUE ME Madonna
130    EMOTIONS Mariah Carey
131    AIN'T NO SUNSHINE The Rockmelons featuring Deni Hines
132    CHANGE Lisa Stansfield
133    TOO MANY WALLS Cathy Dennis
134    I LIKE THE WAY (THE KISSING GAME) Hi-Five
135    THE BEGINNING Seal
136    PANDORA’S BOX OMD
137    THE SIZE OF A COW The Wonder Stuff
138    STRIKE IT UP Black Box
139    WAS IT WORTH IT Pet Shop Boys
140    STONE COLD GENTLEMAN Ralph Tresvant
141    RUNNING BACK TO YOU Vanessa Williams
142    AROUND THE WAY GIRL LL Cool J
143    OPEN YOUR EYES Black Box
144    A BETTER LOVE Londonbeat
145    ALWAYS Pebbles / Cherrelle
146    MISS FREELOVE 69 Hoodoo Gurus
147    HAPPY TOGETHER Jason Donovan
148    (I WANNA GIVE YOU) DEVOTION Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom
149    LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
150    SUNSHINE ON A RAINY DAY Zoe
151    MAKE THIS A SPECIAL NIGHT Cool Notes
152    WHERE DOES MY HEART BEAT NOW Celine Dion
153    TENDER LOVE Kenny Thomas
154    SPENDING MY TIME Roxette
155    MOVE YOUR BODY Xpansions
156    GOOD BEAT Deee-Lite
157    HUMAN NATURE Gary Clail
158    EVERYBODY MOVE Cathy Dennis
159    GONNA CATCH YOU Lonnie Gordon
160    RIDE LIKE THE WIND East Side Beat
161    BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER P.J.B. featuring Hannah And Her Sisters
162    WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME? Utah Saints
163    STATE OF THE WORLD Janet Jackson
164    THERE'S GOT TO BE A WAY Mariah Carey
165    NEVER KNEW LOVE Rick Astley
166    STEP TO ME (DO ME) Mantronix
167    UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Susannah Hoffs
168    CAN YOU DIG IT? The Mock Turtles
169    WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Definition Of Sound
170    MOVE RIGHT OUT Rick Astley
171    ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT Shawn Christopher
172    IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE Bassheads
173    HOLD YOU TIGHT Tara Kemp
174    ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART Saint Etienne
175    RUSH RUSH Paula Abdul
176    LET THE BEAT HIT 'EM Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
177    BLOWING KISSES IN THE WIND Paula Abdul
178    COMING OUT OF THE DARK Gloria Estefan
179    FALL AT YOUR FEET Crowded House
180    IT AIN’T OVER TIL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz
181    MAGIC'S BACK Malcolm McClaren with Alison Limerick
182    WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Jellybean
183    CRAZY FOR YOU Incognito featuring Chyna
184    HIERONYMOUS The Clouds
185    WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross
186    POWER OF LOVE / LOVE POWER Luther Vandross
187    OBSESSION Army Of Lovers
188    GET HERE Oleta Adams
189    LOVE SICK Gangstarr
190    SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS OMD
191    THIS IS YOUR LIFE Banderas
192    WINTER IN JULY Bomb The Bass
193    UNITY Sound Unlimited Posse
194    TOGETHER FOREVER Lisette Melendez
195    ROUND AND ROUND Tevin Campbell
196    FUNKY LOVE VIBRATIONS Bass-o-matic
197    NAKED LOVE Quartz featuring Dina Carroll
198    READY TO FOLLOW YOU Dana Dawson
199    KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
200    GIVING MY ALL TO YOU Johnny Gill


On Thursday, more Kylie when she debuts with her second single in this week's ARIA chart recap from 25 years ago. See you then!


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