Australian Chart Recaps

Since 2012, Chart Beats has been looking back at the Australian singles top 50 chart from the 1980s and 1990s. So far, more than 700 charts have been recapped, spanning from 1980 to 1996. Check out a sample recap here.

Each recap includes:

Top 50 Printout

Take a look at each week's chart printout, which were available in records stores starting in July 1983. For recaps prior to the launch of the ARIA printout, a mocked up top 50 list has been created.

Discussion Of Every Top 50 New Entry

Information and commentary about every song to reach the top 50 in Australia, as well as a link to each track's YouTube music video. A similar discussion is provided for songs that appeared in the Breakers section and as a Single Of The Week on the ARIA printout (when those sections existed).


Rundown Of Every Song To Peak Between Numbers 51 and 100

The Off The Chart section takes a look at those songs that missed the top 50, but charted on the Australian top 100. Peak position and brief information about each song is provided. The title of each song contains a link to that track's YouTube video (where available).

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Spotify Playlist

Every top 50 hit from a given year that is available on Spotify has been collected in one playlist, which can be found at the bottom of every recap.

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