This Week In 1984: September 16, 1984
After a few busy weeks on the ARIA chart, things quietened down this week in 1984 with only two new entries to the top 50 - both by well-known artists and both reasonably big hits.
There was, more excitingly, lots of movement up the top of the chart and a new number 1 record in Australia. After seven weeks at number 1 - spread out over eight weeks when it briefly stepped aside to let Prince have a go - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham! fell from the top spot. In its place, Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" jumped up to number 1, but George Michael wouldn't be denied for long...
Off The Chart
Number 100 "Sexy Girl" by Glenn Frey
Peak: number 76
He'd have a massive hit in about six months' time with a certain soundtrack song, but until then, this lead single from second solo album The Allnighter had few takers. And no, this song has nothing to do with the Sabrina tune from 1988.
Number 99 "Screaming Dreaming" by Allniters
Peak: number 84
It was as jaunty and brass-drenched as their big hit, "Montego Bay", but not even the fact that this was a previously unreleased song could help it up the chart.
Number 78 "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top
Peak: number 66
With "Legs" taking great strides up the top 50 (see what I did there?), this earlier single from Eliminator, with another storyline music video, joined it on the top 100.
Number 48 "Passengers" by Elton John
Peak: number 9
Elton John racked up top 10 hits during the '80s with relative ease, but this second single from Breaking Hearts is probably my least favourite of the eight that did. There's something about it that's just too cutesy and kind of annoying. Nevertheless, it followed "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" into the upper reaches of the chart to give Elton back-to-back top 10 hits for a fifth and final time. Despite all that success, he never did manage three in a row.
Number 42 "Love Resurrection" by Alison Moyet
Peak: number 17
She'd been the voice of two of the best singles of 1982, and when Yazoo disbanded after a relatively short career, there was no doubt singer Alison Moyet would go on to a solo career. That got slightly delayed thanks to some record company wrangling, but in late 1984, she kicked things off with this lead single from debut album Alf (her nickname during her punk rock days in the late '70s and early '80s). Just as the synthpop sound of Yazoo was a departure from her career beginnings, so too was "Love Resurrection" another musical pivot, the slick pop track being co-written and produced by Jolley & Swain (also responsible for albums by Bananarama and Spandau Ballet). An undeniable hit from an unmistakable voice.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1984:
Next week: the song that turned a certain Irish band into true chart stars, plus two massive US hits that both peaked at number 10 locally.