This Week In Chart History

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March 1-7

1980

 

Monty Python provided a valuable life lesson.

1981

 

"Antmusic" took Australia by storm.

1984

Cyndi Lauper made her debut on the ARIA chart.

1985

 

The lead single from Mick Jagger's debut solo album.

1986

 

Billy Ocean got going towards the number 1 spot.

1987

 

Bon Jovi gave
hair metal a good name with their breakthrough hit.

1988

Ex-Van Halen singer David Lee Roth scored another solo hit.

1989

 

Simple Minds got topical on their UK number 1, "Belfast Child".

1990

 

RHCP landed their first hit by transforming Stevie Wonder.

1991

 

After 17 years, Daryl Braithwaite was headed back to the top.

1992

Australia was ready, ready, ready for 2 Unlimited.

1993

 

Ugly Kid Joe's biggest hit came with a remake.

1994

Things did only get better for D:Ream.  

1995

 

Christine Anu's version of "Island Home" was a surprising flop.

1996

 

Already massive at home, Boyzone broke through locally.

February 22-28

1980

 

Christie Allen's hit about her no.1 didn't quite top the chart.

1981

 

One-hit wonders Gibson Brothers finally made the Australian chart.

1984

Frankie says a little bit of controversry never hurt.

1985

 

Don Henley had his biggest hit by far with "Boys Of Summer" 

1986

 

Bronski Beat were back in the top 5 with a new lead singer.

1987

 

George Michael and Aretha Franklin joined forces.

1988

Cher found herself back on the chart after a lengthy absence.

1989

 

Slow-burn hit "Stop" brought Sam Brown into the top 50.

1990

 

Slowly but surely, Soul II Soul were gaining traction in Australia.

1991

 

The greatest song of all time made its debut on the ARIA chart.

1992

A first hit for the unmistakable Des'ree.

1993

 

Duran Duran were on the comeback trail.

1994

Rejoice! Dr Alban's dance anthem was praise-worthy.   

1995

 

A '70s smash was a hit all over again thanks to Stock and Aitken.

1996

 

The next generation of the Jackson family arrived.

February 15-21

1980

 

A rare singles chart appearance by Pink Floyd.

1981

 

The Swingers became the latest NZ band to reach number 1 in Oz.

1984

Hey you! Were you ready for Rock Steady Crew?

1985

 

Jim Diamond became a one-hit wonder for a second time.

1986

 

Elton John and George Michael had the top 50 all wrapped up.

1987

 

Alison Moyet achieved her highest-charting solo hit.

1988

 

Kylie Minogue was lucky, lucky, lucky on the chart once again.

1989

 

There was nothing difficult about FYC's second album.

1990

 

Nothing compared to Sinead O'Connor's single sales.

1991

 

Vanilla Ice's other big hit in Australia debuted.

1992

Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff teamed up on a huge smash.

1993

 

Shai brought a bit of a cappella back to the top 50.

1994

 

Celine Dion took a former chart-topper back to number 1.

1995

 

Annie Lennox's choice of cover was a little more obscure.

1996

 

A remix changed everything for Everything But The Girl.

February 8-14

1980

 

Queen's dalliance with rockabilly proved quite successful.

1981

 

The Police's latest sounded like baby talk but had a serious point.

1984

 

The original version of a hit for two different one-hit wonders. 

1985

 

It's Corey Hart, but not with the song you're thinking of.

1986

 

Roll over Mozart... Falco brought Amadeus into the 20th century.

1987

 

The hardest working codpiece in pop helped Cameo up the chart.

1988

 

Bananarama were guilty of scoring another top 10 hit.

1989

 

Who's looking good today?

1990

 

Australia's favourite politically aware band returned.

1991

 

It took two music legends to really irritate me.

1992

Michael Jackson debuted with not one but two new singles.

1993

 

Two-hit wonders Sonia Dada scored with their second smash.

1994

 

U2 took a break from reinventing themselves.

1995

 

Tina Arena had back-t0-back top 10 hits for the only time.

1996

 

Alex Party inched ever closer to the top 10.

February 1-7

1980

 

Captain & Tennille reached the top 50 one more time.

1981

 

The first Australian hit for ska band Madness.

1984

 

The Cure crack the top 10 for the first time.

1985

 

Goodbye, Sandra Dee. Sheena Easton sexed up her image. 

1986

 

Stevie Nicks couldn't wait to get back on the chart.

1987

 

Michael Hutchence found solo success... and became a film star.

1988

 

We welcomed Richard Marx (and his mullet) to the top 50.

1989

 

Why the 12" of New Order's "Fine Time" got special credit.

1990

 

Michael Bolton (and his mullet) was in power ballad mode.

1991

 

NKOTB weren't playing games any longer.

1992

Kylie's big ballad received extra energy on the double A-side.

1993

 

The song that gave Hunters & Collectors their highest peak.

1994

 

Take That had a bit of help for their latest remake.

1995

 

Absolute banger.

1996

 

Eternal returned to the chart minus a member

January 25-31

1980

 

Future kids' TV presenter Edith Bliss hit the chart.

1981

 

The Reels' EP of cover versions proved to be a great gift idea.

1984

 

John Lennon returned to the chart with another posthumous hit.

1985

 

The first of three top 10 singles for I'm Talking.

1986

 

Four superstars teamed up for a good cause.

1987

 

The future was so bright, Timbuk 3 had to wear shades.

1988

 

Kids In The Kitchen's underrated final single.

1989

 

The arrival of a very different kind of chart star.

1990

 

Lenny Kravitz made his first appearance on the top 50.

1991

 

Australia went Simpsons crazy!

1992

Kate Bush tried her hand at an Elton John classic.

1993

 

Short-lived TV show The Heights started off with a bang.

1994

 

What was his name? Snoop Dogg introduced himself to Australia.

1995

 

Nicki French's hi-NRG version of a Bonnie Tyler number 1 almost topped the chart.

1996

 

Janet Jackson was so big even an average single became a hit.

January 18-24

1980

 

Actress/singer Colleen Hewett's second number 2 hit. 

1981

 

Stephanie Mills' only Australian hit single.

1984

 

The music video that changed everything.

1985

 

Limahl's soundtrack smash, plus two mega ballads debuted.

1986

 

Heeeeere's Grace!

1987

 

Debbie Harry finally scored a big solo hit. Plus, Madonna's best single.

1988

 

Belinda Carlisle's heavenly return. Plus, two new hits with the same title.

1989

 

An unlikely collaboration took on a Prince classic.

1990

 

Lisa Stansfield went from guest vocalist to solo star.

1991

 

C&C Music Factory got everybody dancing.

1992

Queen were back in the chart with their biggest single.

1993

 

East 17 became Australia's favourite new boy band.

1994

 

Another year, another new boy band.

1995

 

Techno, techno, techno, techno!

1996

 

Nine new entries, including the return of George Michael.

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