Wednesday, 22 January 2020

25 Years Ago This Week: January 22, 1995

Most of the new entries on the ARIA singles chart came from one of the major record companies, which in 1995 were Sony, BMG, EMI, Warner, Polygram and Festival. But every so often an independent release would find its way into the top 50.

Techno, techno, bloody techno, darling

This week in 1995, three of the week's five newcomers were distrubuted by smaller labels - and it was something we'd be seeing more of as the year continued. One of the debuts even made it all the way to number 1.

ARIA Singles and Albums Chart - week ending January 22, 1995

Still at number 1 this week in 1995 was "Zombie" by The Cranberries, which stayed put on top for a sixth week.

Off The Chart
Number 98 "You Don't Know How It Feels" by Tom Petty
Peak: number 98
This lead single from Wildflowers, his first solo album since 1989 despite featuring most of The Heartbreakers anyway, was Tom Petty's final top 40 hit in the US.

Number 87 "Feels Like I'm In Love" by Raffles
Peak: number 66
The Kelly Marie original had reached number 7 in 1980, but this frenetic, locally produced cover version wasn't able to come close to that. Fun fact: Josh Abrahams played keyboard on this track.

New Entries
Number 47 "Come Back" by Londonbeat
Peak: number 14
Londonbeat were a band I didn't expect to ever see in the top 50 again after their initial couple of hits, number 1 "I've Been Thinking About You" and follow-up "A Better Love" - especially since 1992's "You Bring On The Sun" had missed the top 100 completely despite sounding quite similar to their chart-topper. But they rallied with this lead single from their self-titled fourth album. The sort of vaguely dance-ish music that FM radio stations were happy to play, "Come Back" made the ARIA top 15 despite flopping in both the UK and the US.

Number 46 "Private Universe" by Crowded House
Peak: number 46
About a year after the Together Alone album had been released, this ballad was issued as its fourth Australian single in October 1994. And after weeks of bouncing around between the 50s and 60s, "Private Universe" finally dipped its toe into the top 50 for a single week. A fifth single, the similarly downbeat "Fingers Of Love" would follow in April, but it missed the top 100 entirely.

Number 41 "Self Esteem" by The Offspring
Peak: number 6
Here's the first of our three independently released singles to join the top 50 this week. Coming out through Shock Records, "Self Esteem" was the follow-up to "Come Out And Play", a song that was still in the top 10 after 18 weeks on the chart, and became a second top 10 hit for The Offspring, peaked two places higher than its predecessor. And shock of all shocks (no pun intended), it is actually a '90s rock song that I kinda like thanks to its sing-along melody and bass riff. I remember getting boxes filled entirely with product by The Offspring - both singles, the Smash album and their previous albums - at my casual music retail job at this point, but we would soon be ordering other releases from Shock...

Number 40 "Here's Johnny" by Hocus Pocus
Peak: number 1
For years, Central Station Records had been bubbling away as an independent record label specialising in dance music - as well as an import record store that I'd been going to in Sydney since the late '80s. Thanks to this techno track by the Dutch duo who'd also been behind "Doop" by Doop, the label, which was distributed by Shock Records, landed their first ever chart-topper. Musically, "Here's Johnny" was a harder track than most of the dance songs that had become hits in Australia, but it owed at least some of its popularity to its sample of Jack Nicholson saying "here's Johnny!" in The Shining - an element that made it almost a novelty record and an easy number 1 hit despite superior techno tracks by the likes of Ultra-Sonic not doing anywhere near as well around the same time.

Number 33 "A Girl Like You" by Edwyn Collins
Peak: number 6
The week's highest new entry didn't come through Shock but MDS, which also did a fine trade in alternative and dance releases. The former singer for short-lived new wave band Orange Juice, who'd reached the UK top 10 with 1983's "Rip It Up", Edwyn Collins had been a solo artist since 1986 but had yet to crack the British top 40 in his own right. Indeed, his Expressly EP, which included "A Girl Like You", had fallen just short there in late 1994, peaking at number 42. In Australia, the song, which sounded like it might have been released in the 1960s thanks to its sample of "1-2-3" by Len Barry, went top 10 - somewhere Edwyn would finally reach in the UK when it was re-released later in 1995.

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):

Next week: a remake of one of the biggest songs from 1983, plus a follow-up to one of the biggest hits of summer 94-95.

Back to: Jan 15, 1995 <<<<<<<<<<<<<  GO  >>>>>>>>>>>>> Forward to: Jan 29, 1995

Monday, 20 January 2020

This Week In 1980: January 20, 1980

OK, let's get this 1980 party started for real. I wrote about the first new chart for the decade in 2018 and updated my post last week - now, let's continue our journey through the Australian top 50 singles from 40 years ago.

Colleen Hewett's days of dreaming of another hit single were over

And it's the Australian singles chart and not the ARIA singles chart, since the industry body wouldn't be established until 1983. Featuring this week, is an Australian actress and singer who returned with a big hit that would almost take her all the way to number 1 (again).

Australian Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending January 20, 1980

At number 1 this week in 1980, The Buggles remained on top with "Video Killed The Radio Star" for what would be their seventh and final week.

Off The Chart
Number 100 "Fins" by Jimmy Buffett
Peak: number 100
This lead single from the American singer's ninth album was a top 40 hit in the US, but did not return him to the same portion of the Australian chart - somewhere he hadn't visited since 1974 with "Come Monday".

Number 99 "$60 Duck" by Lewie Wickham
Peak: number 99
One thing I didn't factor into my decision to recap the charts from 1980 was the prospect of having to listen to songs like this jaunty little tune which combines two of my least favourite genres: country and comedy.

Number 98 "Making Plans For Nigel" by XTC
Peak: number 94
On the upside, I get to rediscover tracks like this lead single from the British band's third album. It was their third top 50 miss in Australia - something they would rectify later in the year.

Number 93 "Judas" by Voyager
Peak: number 93
Another British band now, but one that'd already had a hit in 1979 with "Halfway Hotel" from the album of the same name. This follow-up, though catchy enough, didn't follow suit.

Number 92 "Lay Down Beside Me" by Don Williams
Peak: number 88
More country now - I always forget that it was reasonably popular at the start of the '80s. This track was taken from the American singler's Expressions album.

Number 90 "When The Money Runs Out" by Leo Sayer
Peak: number 90
He'd been having hits since 1974 and reached number 1 with a best of collection in 1979, but things weren't looking so good for the next stage of Leo Sayer's career with this single, co-written by Ray Parker Jr, flopping. Leo would be back on form before long, however.

New Entries
Number 42 "Dreaming My Dreams With You" by Colleen Hewett
Peak: number 2
I grew up being aware of Colleen Hewett without ever really knowing why. I wasn't born when she enjoyed her original trio of hits in the early 1970s - "Superstar" (made famous by Carpenters), "Day By Day" (from Godspell) and a cover of The Beatles' "Carry That Weight". And I don't recall seeing any of her acting work on stage or TV, which includes playing three different characters in Homicide and a stint on Prisoner later in the '80s. But she was always around, and back on the charts with this comeback single which also didn't make an impression on five-year-old me at the time, despite it matching the number 2 peak of "Day By Day". Another remake, "Dreaming My Dreams With You" was originally recorded by country star (yep, another one) Waylon Jennings in 1975, and Colleen gave a pretty faithful rendition - sluggish pace and all. 

Number 41 "Where Were You When I Was Falling In Love" by Lobo
Peak: number 41
Between 1971 and 1973, American singer Lobo (real name: Kent LaVoie) had reached the Australian top 10 on three occasions, hitting number 1 with "I'd Love You To Want Me" for two weeks in early 1973. But it had been a while between hits for the man born Kent LaVoie - even in the US, where he'd had a four-year gap between top 40 appearances. This breezy disco-meets-soft rock number turned things around for him, and although it didn't progress any higher on the chart, it did register 21 weeks in the top 100.

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1980 (updated weekly):

Next week: hits from another couple of local double threats, plus another patriotic jingle reached the top 50 - this time representing multicultural Australia.

Back to: Jan 13, 1980 <<<<<<<<<<<<<  GO  >>>>>>>>>>>>> Forward to: Jan 27, 1980

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

25 Years Ago This Week: January 15, 1995

Despite collecting and now blogging about the ARIA charts from decades past, I've long followed the UK charts from here in Australia. Back in the '80s and '90s, it was always hard to predict which songs that had been big hits in Britain would do the same here - sometimes following a delay of up to six months.

Eternal struggled to land another Australian hit; Bomb The Bass finally scored one

This week in 1994, a British girl group who'd recently reached the ARIA top 5 missed the top 50 for the second time in a row with their latest single, while a UK dance act that'd been registering hits at home for years finally broke through locally. Not sure I would have seen either of things coming.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending January 15, 1995

One thing I did see coming was that there was no change at the top of the ARIA singles chart this week in 1994 as The Cranberries remained at number 1 for a fifth week with "Zombie".

Off The Chart
Number 94 Mother Hubbard by Mother Hubbard
Peak: number 94
Before he became an ARIA Award-winning solo artist, Alex Lloyd played in pub rock bands as a teenager and, by his early 20s, had his first top 100 appearance on his hands as frontman for Mother Hubbard. Featuring "Pain", this self-titled EP was the band's debut release.

Number 90 "Just A Step From Heaven" by Eternal
Peak: number 62
Performing marginally better than "Save Our Love" (but nowhere near as well as it deserved), this third single from Always & Forever went to number 8 in the UK back in May 1994. The girl group released two more singles from the album in Australia, "So Good" and "Oh Baby I...", but neither made the top 100. 

Number 72 "Shed A Tear" by Wet Wet Wet
Peak: number 70
Having brought "Goodnight Girl" back to the top 50, Wet Wet Wet's Australian record company continued to mine their back catalogue to try and find another hit. Despite being among their better singles, "Shed A Tear" had missed the top 100 when it was released here at the start of 1994 as a brand new track from their greatest hits album.

New Entries
Number 44 "Big Powder Dust" by Bomb The Bass featuring Justin Warfield
Peak: number 34
Their 1988 debut album had yielded three top 10 singles in the UK - the sample-packed "Beat Dis", the superb "Don't Make Me Wait" (the double AA-side to "Megablast") and their cover of "Say A Little Prayer". Given Australia's aversion to club tracks at the time, none of them became hits here. Then, when they shifted gears to more of a trip-hop sound in 1991 with singles "Love So True" and "Winter In July", they also failed to ignite interest. Third time was the charm for Tim Simenon (who is Bomb The Bass), with this lead single from third album Clear finally giving him a hit in Australia. Featuring a rap from Justin Warfield, the rock-inflected hip-hop track was another change of pace for the project, and the type of genre-blurring we'd be hearing a lot more of on the top 50 from British dance acts in the years to come. 

Number 27 "Beautiful In My Eyes" by Joshua Kadison
Peak: number 5
Debut single "Jessie" had reached number 15, but this follow-up eclipsed that by going all the way to the top 5. Otherwise, it was business as usual - a rousing adult contemporary ballad accompanied by a music video in which Joshua rode a motorcycle down the highway, his flowing locks blowing in the wind. I recall selling vast quantities of this song to the local grandmothers who frequented the department store where I worked at the time, but, listening to it now for the first time since 1995, I'm surprised how low Joshua's voice is. Not Crash Test Dummies-level low, but still much lower than I remember.

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):

Next week: a bit more action on the top 50 with the arrival of a techno chart-topper, a new hit by a band that'd reached number 1 four years earlier and a couple of big indie (in terms of label and in terms of music) hits.

Back to: Jan 8, 1995 <<<<<<<<<<<<<  GO  >>>>>>>>>>>>> Forward to: Jan 22, 1995

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

25 Years Ago This Week: January 8, 1995

Welcome back for another year of flashbacks to the ARIA singles chart of decades past, and we're up to 1995. At the time, I was in the middle of my university degree and working casually in the music department of Grace Bros. Even though we had a Brashs and a Sanity in the same shopping centre, we actually did a roaring trade - and not just selling truckloads of Mariah Carey, Tina Arena and Celine Dion CDs. 

The first big new hit of 1995

CD singles were big business for us, and because I followed the charts and new release schedule slavishly, I helped out ordering stock in (whether the full-time staff liked it or not). One of the CD singles I made sure to get plenty of debuted on the top 50 this week in 1995, and sure enough it went all the way to number 1.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending January 8, 1995

Still at number 1 this week in 1995 was "Zombie" by The Cranberries, which, thanks to the Christmas shutdown, was now up to its fourth week on top.

Off The Chart
Number 97 "I Alone" by Live
Peak: number 97
They'd just crept into the top 50 with "Selling The Drama", and US rock band Live did the same with the top 100 with the second single fromThrowing Copper. Bigger things were to come in 1995.

Number 92 "Am I Wrong" by Love Spit Love
Peak: number 89
When Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus in 1992, singer Richard Butler went on to front this new band, best known for their version of The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" which was used in The Craft and as the theme for Charmed.

Number 91 "Buddy Holly" by Weezer
Peak: number 68
Not even its Spike Jonze-directed, MTV VMA-winning, Happy Days-inspired music video could propel this second single by Weezer any further up the chart than, once again, the 60s.

Number 85 "Turn Me Out" by Praxis featuring Kathy Brown
Peak: number 67
This club classic would be an even bigger hit internationally in 1997 when it was mashed up with the Armand van Helden mix of CJ Bolland's "Sugar Is Sweeter" as "Turn Me Out (Turn To Sugar)", but I prefer this original version from the duo comprised of Cevin Fisher and David Shaw with vocals by American Kathy Brown.

Number 71 Life Was Better by Magic Dirt
Peak: number 71
They'd split up briefly in early 1994, but it was a good thing for Australian rock band Magic Dirt that they got back together - this EP featuring "Ice" became their first top 100 entry, although it would take until 2003 for them to breach the top 50.

This week also saw the return of Enya's "Oiche Chiúin (Silent Night)" for one week at number 94 - something I previously mentioned when it reached the top 50 in early 1993.

New Entries
Number 44 "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" by Urge Overkill
Peak: number 21
The film had been released at the end of November 1994 and the accompanying soundtrack was on its way to becoming one of 1995's biggest albums, and this week, Pulp Fiction brought a two-year-old remake of Neil Diamond's 1967 single onto the top 50. Initially included on Urge Overkill's 1992 EP, Stull, the American rock band's cover memorably featured in the Quention Tarantino film when Uma Thurman's character danced to the song and was issued as a single in its own right. By reaching number 21, the track beat Neil's original chart peak by 13 places.

Number 38 "Another Night" by MC Sar & The Real McCoy
Peak: number 1
If you happened to pass by Grace Bros Roselands during the 1994-95 holiday season, chances are you would have heard one of two dance tracks playing at some point during my shift. This was one of them; the other we'll see enter the chart in a few weeks' time. Originally released in Europe in 1993, "Another Night" hit Canada in mid-1994 and went on to become a worldwide smash, peaking at number 3 in the US (for 11 non-consecutive weeks) and number 2 in the UK. In Australia, the he raps, she sings Eurodance track topped the chart, proving there was life in the genre still. 
There's a complicated history to MC Sar & The Real McCoy, who would end up shortening their name to just Real McCoy - a misnomer if ever there was one, since the video for "Another Night" featured that Eurodance staple: a female "singer" (Patsy Petersen) lip syncing to the vocals recorded by someone else (Karin Kasar). The line-up of the group, which dated back to 1989 and a quickie remake of "Pump Up The Jam", fluctuated throughout their existence, but at this point, it was fronted by Patsy and Olaf "O-Jay" Jeglitza, who actually rapped on the song and appeared in the video, but on previous releases had allowed someone else to lip sync to his performances. Told you it was complicated.

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):

Next week: another couple of new entries, and a couple of top 50 misses from groups who'd had big hits in 1994.

Back to: Dec. 25, 1994 <<<<<<<<<<<<<  GO  >>>>>>>>>>>>> Forward to: Jan 15, 1995

Monday, 30 December 2019

The Best Of 2019 - numbers 20 to 1

JUMP TO: 40-21 II 20-1

As years go, 2019 was not a bad one for music. I easily came up with 200 songs for my full year-end list, which is more than can be said for 2016 and 2017, but the list of tracks I truly love seems to get shorter each year. Here are the 20 songs I loved the most this past year...

20. "Fantasy" by Sofi Tukker

They haven't been seen on the ARIA top 50 since their debut single, "Drinkee" (which managed to be certified gold despite only reaching number 42), but this is the first track by electronic duo Sofi Tukker to pique my interest. "Fantasy" was the lead single from Dancing On The People, the latest EP from singer Sophie Hawley-Weld and producer Tucker Halpern. 

19. "Nowhere To Go" by Hayden James featuring NAATIONS

Released just ahead of his debut album, Between Us, this track from Australian DJ/producer Hayden James - his best yet - was a collaboration with fellow homegrown dance act NAATIONS, the duo comprised of Nat Dunn (formerly known professionally as Tali) and Nicky Night Time (previously in Van She), who appeared on my second favourite song for 2017 with Duke Dumont and Gorgon City. 

18. "Tonight (Bright Light Bright Light remix)" by Bananarama

Regular readers might be aware that Bananarama are my favourite girl group of all time, so naturally a new album from Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward - their first in a decade - was always going to attract my attention. And the duo, who I saw again in concert earlier this year (a much better show than the one a few years back), have a number of songs on my year-end top 200 from that album, In Stereo. My favourite track is this remix of "Tonight" by the song's co-writer Bright Light Bright Light (who is no stranger to my charts), which was issued as a bonus track on the "Looking For Someone" single.

17. "Torn" by Ava Max

I'm a late comer to Ava Max (real name: Amanda Koci), with her breakthrough hit, "Sweet But Psycho", and follow-up "So Am I" not doing much for me. But pure pop tune "Torn", which features a snippet of ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)", proved irresistible.

16. "Somebody Wants" by The Lovers Of Valdaro

I discovered this Swedish duo at the very end of 2018 thanks to their EP, Euphoric Melancholic Electronic, which just about sums up the type of music I like. In 2019, they competed with this song in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish competition to choose an entry for Eurovision, and although they didn't end up getting chosen, they wound up on my year-end list higher than the song that did (which we saw back at number 22).

15. "The Real Thing" by Client Liaison

I made a conscious effort to see more current artists perform live in 2019 - and not just veteran acts - and this Australian pop duo is one whose concert I did attend. The synthpop pair comprised of singer Monte Morgan and producer Harvey Miller, who placed much lower down on my year-end lists for 2015 and 2016, released their best song yet in the form of "The Real Thing", which was a highlight of the gig.

14. "Higher Love" by Kygo x Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love", which was included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of 1990's I'm Your Baby Tonight, has long been on my list of songs I want to own. Although it's not the original version, this remix by Norwegian tropical house DJ/producer Kygo did the job, and became my favourite track of his, surpassing his 2015 breakthrough, "Firestone".

13. "Faster To Nowhere" by The Lovers Of Valdaro

Here they are again, singer Erik Gabriel and producer Adam Warhester with their most recent release, another slice of melodic Scandipop. Hope there is more where this came from in 2020.

12. "You And I" by LÉON

More Swedish synthpop now with this single by 26-year-old Lotta Lindgren, who goes by the name of LÉON and has been releasing music since 2015.

11. "Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa

Another singer who emerged in 2015, but who has enjoyed much greater success in the years since, is England's Dua Lipa. The first taste of her second album, Future Nostalgia, and its disco-pop direction, "Don't Start Now" was my favourite track of hers since "Hotter Than Hell" back in 2016.

10. "Late Night Feelings (Krystal Klear remix)" by Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li

Mark Ronson's Late Night Feelings is probably my favourite album of 2019, although I wasn't a huge fan of its lead single, the Miley Cyrus-featuring "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart", which slipped into my top 200 for 2018. But the title track, which was released ahead of the album as its second single, was a different story. In its original form, the track is a slinky piece of disco-influenced sophistipop with pristine vocals by Swedish singer Lykke Li, while the Krystal Klear remix, which I prefer, steps things up a notch.

9. "White Lies" by M-22

Anything that sampled Inner City's "Good Life" was always going to be alright with me, and this dance track by Brit Matt James and German Frank Sanders did its source material proud, adding a tougher edge to the 1988 house classic. Vocals on "White Lies" are handled by KABBA, who used to go by the name of A*M*E and has popped up in my year-end countdowns over the years as a featured singer and an artist in her own right.

8. "Lightning" by Bag Raiders featuring The Kite String Tangle

All four of the singles from their self-titled debut album landed on my year-end charts between 2009 and 2011 - the best of which was "Way Back Home" - but Australian dance duo Bag Raiders eclipsed that with this lead single from their long-awaited second album, Horizons. "Lightning" is a collaboration with fellow local dance act The Kite String Tangle (aka musician/producer Danny Harley).

7. "Don't Leave Me Lonely" by Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA

The highlight of what is a stunning album, "Don't Leave Me Lonely" is one of three tracks on Late Night Feelings featuring vocals by Abbey Smith - her stage name is her first name spelt backwards. The American singer also featured on Ed Sheeran's "Best Part Of Me" - an ARIA top 20 hit in 2019.

6. "All The Songs" by Will Young

The one thing Will Young doesn't get enough credit for is his inventive music videos, with this lead single from Lexicon being accompanied by another visually arresting clip, not least of all because he gets his kit off as not one but several different characters. "All The Songs" was one of several standout tracks from the album, including "My Love" (which we saw at number 34), "Forever" and "Get Me Dancing" (both of which also made my top 100).

5. "Tokyo" by White Lies

They peaked just outside my top 10 for 2009 with "To Lose My Life", the title track of their debut album, and despite releasing plenty of music in the years since, it's taken until this anthemic single from fifth album Five for British band White Lies to impress me as much again. Fun fact: this is the third time a song featuring Tokyo in the title has landed in my year-end top 10, following The Wombats' "Tokyo (Vampire And Wolves)" in 2010 and last year's "Tokyo Nights" by Digital Farm Animals, Shaun Frank & Dragonette.

4. "I'll Be Your Girl" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Where would music be without Carly Rae Jepsen, who continues to fly the flag for unashamed feel-good pop? A lot less bright, that's for sure. Although "I'll Be Your Girl" wasn't an official single from the Canadian's fourth studio album, Dedicated, it was the standout track for me. Actual single "Now That I Found You" just missed out on a spot in my top 40.

3. "Wish You Well" by Sigala featuring Becky Hill

If anything were to prove the demise of the studio album, especially among dance acts, it's the fact that former The Voice UK contestant and collaboration queen Becky Hill hasn't even bothered to release a studio album, opting instead to issue Get To Know - a best of compilation covering her career highlights to date. Included on the album is this pumping dance track she recorded with Sigala - my favourite thing either of them have released. Becky also placed just outside my top 40 with "I Could Get Used To This" with Weiss.

2. "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd

Evidence that you should never be too hasty in compiling your year-end chart - they start surfacing in November! - this track was one of two The Weeknd released at the very end of that month. The other, "Heartless", reached number 1 in the US, but I much prefer "Blinding Lights", probably because it was co-written and co-produced by Max Martin.

1. "Never Let You Go" by Georgia

Her single "About Work The Dancefloor" wound up on lots of year-end lists (and can be found lower down my top 100), but it was the follow-up by British singer Georgia Barnes that did it for me. Boasting the year's most uplifting chorus, which reminds me for some reason of Tegan & Sara's "Closer", and a "Hungry Like The Wolf" synth pattern, "Never Let You Go" is unqestionably my favourite track of the year.

My top 200 for 2019 in full:

1          NEVER LET YOU GO Georgia
2          BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd
3          WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill
4          I’LL BE YOUR GIRL Carly Rae Jepsen
5          TOKYO White Lies
6          ALL THE SONGS Will Young
7          DON’T LEAVE ME LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA
8          LIGHTNING Bag Raiders featuring The Kite String Tangle
9          WHITE LIES M-22
10        LATE NIGHT FEELINGS / KRYSTAL KLEAR MIX Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li
11        DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa
12        YOU AND I LÉON
13        FASTER TO NOWHERE The Lovers Of Valdaro
14        HIGHER LOVE Kygo x Whitney Houston
15        THE REAL THING Client Liaison
16        SOMEBODY WANTS The Lovers Of Valdaro
17        TORN Ava Max
19        NOWHERE TO GO Hayden James featuring NAATIONS
20        FANTASY Sofi Tukker
21        LET YOU Cheryl
22        TOO LATE FOR LOVE John Lundvik
23        DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid
24        TO THE END Elliphant
25        SPARKING MY FIRE Sachi featuring Roe
26        SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine and Marques Toliver
27        BODY BACK Gryffin featuring Maia Wright
28        NO GOOD Ally Brooke
29        RED IS THE WAY Xenomania presents Paige Cavell
31        IN THE MIDDLE (SAD BANGER) Chlöe Howl
32        SHADOWS Alphabeat
33        SUCKER Jonas Brothers
34        MY LOVE Will Young
35        DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel
36        ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones & Martin Solveig present Europa
37        MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid
38        YOU AND I Owl Eyes
39        PIECES OF US Mark Ronson featuring King Princess
40        SPELL Hot Chip
41        NOW THAT I FOUND YOU Carly Rae Jepsen
42        FOREVER Will Young
43        STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama
44        I REMEMBER Betty Who
45        I COULD GET USED TO THIS Becky Hill & Weiss
46        FUTURE NOSTALGIA Dua Lipa
47        SO GOOD (DISCOMIX) Kohib featuring Dagny
49        BAGGAGE Gryffin, Gorgon City, AlunaGeorge
50        I’M ON FIRE Bananarama
51        GO HARD Olly Murs
52        LOST Clara Mae
53        MY SALVATION Lighthouse Family
54        HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip
55        BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill
56        EYES OFF YOU M-22 with Arlissa & Kiana Ledé
58        NICE TO MEET YA (DIPLO REMIX) Niall Horan
59        RECORD COLLECTION Kaiser Chiefs
60        SORRY Joel Corry
61        FRESH LAUNDRY Allie X
62        VIOLENCE Grimes & i_o
63        ALL THE TIME Zara Larsson
64        CHANGING Becky Hill
65        BETTER Emma Jensen
66        HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink
67        WHO DO U LOVE? MONSTA X featuring French Montana
68        STRANGER LOVE Capulets
70        TAKE YOU HOME Dido
71        GONE Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens
72        NOT YOUR TYPE Ria Mae
73        THE POWER Duke Dumont featuring Zak Abel
75        WANT YOU IN MY ROOM Carly Rae Jepsen
76        RIDE ON TIME (79 DISCO MIX) Black Box
77        SUMMER LOVER Oliver Heldens featuring Devin & Nile Rodgers
78        NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA
79        AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys
80        GET ME DANCING Will Young
81        FLOWERS DJ Spoony featuring Sugababes
82        THINKIN’ BOUT YOU Ciara
83        WORLD BELOW Raindear
84        FOOL FOR LOVE Nadine Coyle
85        HEAL ME Grace Carter
86        SALT Amy Peters
87        ANOTHER LIFETIME Luxxury & Scavenger Hunt
88        FRIDAY MOTi featuring JGUAR
89        FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello
90        ARE YOU LONELY Steve Aoki & Alan Walker featuring ISÁK
91        THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone
92        HIDE Franky Wah featuring Robinson
93        LOVING U Initial Talk & ILY
94        MELODY OF LOVE Hot Chip
95        I WANT YOU Wrabel
97        THE BEAT SUPREME Client Liaison
98        WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra
99        CASTLES Freya Ridings
100      ROOMS Self Esteem
101      RITUAL Tiësto, Jonas Blue & Rita Ora
102      SALT Ava Max
103      STILL SLEEPING Jai Wolf
104      BORED Julie Bergan
105      SOMEONE NEW Astrid S
106      TURKISH DELIGHT Roses Gabor
107      WOLVES Shining
108      LA Boy Harsher 
109      TIME AFTER TIME Franky Wah featuring Jessie Ware
110      THE HUNGER Bat For Lashes
111      HERE WITH ME Marshmello featuring CHVRCHES
112      BLOODLINE Fallulah
113      ALL MY FRIENDS Madeon
114      ANOTHER PLACE Bastille & Alessia Cara
115      GOTTA GET UP Moody
116      FEELIN’ RIGHT Eli Moon
117      HARDER Jax Jones featuring Bebe Rexha
118      DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years
119      NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue
121      SCREAM Ivey
122      POWER IS POWER SZA, The Weeknd & Travis Scott
123      OH JULIAN Junior Brielle
124      777 KDL featuring Ferras
125      ALL THIS LOVE Robin Schulz featuring Harlœ
126      SUPERNOVA Kosling & Blackcode featuring Alessa
127      CHAMPAGNE AFFECTION Client Liaison
128      NOW I’M IN IT Haim
129      BAD AS THE BOYS Tove Lo featuring ALMA
130      JECKYLL & HIDE Bishop Briggs
131      GIMME Banks   
132      SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert
133      THINK ABOUT US Little Mix featuring Ty Dolla $ign
135      BODIES Ivey
136      ONLY HUMAN Jonas Brothers
137      JULIEN Carly Rae Jepsen
138      BOYFRIEND Charlotte OC
139      HELLO HAPPINESS Chaka Khan
140      DO NOT DISTURB Mahalia
141      DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO Grace Carter
142      DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith / Normani
143      REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue
144      NO MORE Nimmo
145      HOSPITALIZED Broods
146      CYCLES Besomorph
147      TIMEBOMB Walk The Moon
148      WITHOUT A BLUSH Hatchie
149      OMG Gryffin with Carly Rae Jpesen
150      ONLY IF YOU WANT IT Magdalena Bay
152      ABOUT YOU Otto Knows
153      PEACH Broods
155      PARTYING ON MY OWN Alexina
156      SOMEBODY Bodin
157      I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU Jung
158      BONES Moyka
159      LOVE Simon Curtis
160      PROPHET King Princess
161      ANY OTHER WAY Jens
162      LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein featuring The Weeknd
164      TEENAGE MINDS Jubël
166      NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner
168      NOW OR NEVER Beverley Knight
169      DANCE MUSIC Bananarama
170      NO PLACE Backstreet Boys
171      ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke
172      FLAMES SG Lewis featuring Ruel
173      I TRIED Yaeger
174      KARMA Robinson
175      ONE TIME Vera Hotsauce
176      CRAVING ISA
178      BETTER BY MYSELF Hey Violet
180      FEEL IT Gia Woods
181      HEAL Jax Anderson
184      THE FIRST ONE Astrid S
185      SAVE ROOM FOR US Tinashe featuring MAKJ
186      TRUE LOVE Ariana And The Rose
187      GOOD INTENTIONS Magdalena Bay
189      BODY TO BODY Lilly Ahlberg
190      BLAME IT ON YOUR LOVE Charli XCX featuring Lizzo
191      SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE The Japanese House
192      CALLING YOU Peachy Pavement
193      WASTE MY TIME Silver Sphere
195      LACK OF LOVE Friendly Fires
196      LET YOU KNOW Flume featuring London Grammar
197      SELFISH Jessica Mauboy
198      FAVOURITE THING Fleur East
199      I’M SO TIRED… Lauv / Troye Sivan
200      ANOTHER LOVER Leland

And here it is as a Spotify playlist:

Coming up in January 2020, I'll be carrying on my 25 Years Ago... posts into 1995, and I'll jump way back to recap the Australian singles charts from 1980.

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