This Week In Chart History

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Here's what was happening on the Australian top 50 this week in...

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December 27-January 2
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1980

 

ABBA's chart career wasn't going to go on and on and on.

1981

 

As a solo artist, Lindsey Buckingham only had one hit.

1986

Aussie rock fans had a good time with this collaboration.

December 20-26
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1980

 

Karen Knowles made the jump from YTT to the top 50.

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1981

 

Girl group The Go-Go's arrived with their often misheard debut.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

Mondo Rock caused controversy with their biggest hit.

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1984

 

They missed no. 1 but Wham's festive fave got there in the end.

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1985

No new chart this week.

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1986

This guy was responsible for the return of an old Beatles tune.

1987

Teen queen Tiffany went from shopping malls to the charts.

1988

Scrooged united two very different music legends,

1989

 

No new chart this week.

1990

No new chart this week.

1991

The single that changed everything in music.

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1992

Peter Andre succeeded with his second single.

1993

No new chart this week.

1994

Madonna took a bow on the final top 50 for the year.

1995

No new chart this week.

1996

The breakup song that showed another side to No Doubt.

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December 13-19
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1980

 

Split Enz stayed one step ahead of many local bands.

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1981

 

A cover of a little-known UK club fave gave Soft Cell a hit.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

The only single INXS took to the very top of the Australian chart.

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1984

 

A rousing ballad put Pat Benatar back where she belonged.

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1985

Love it or hate it, Starship's chart-topper was inescapable.

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1986

The Bangles walked (like Egyptians) all the way to no. 1.

1987

The hits kept coming for John Cougar Mellencamp.

1988

Australia welcomed Guns' n Roses back to the top 50.

1989

 

Peter Blakeley scored his long-awaited first hit single.

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1990

A Rolling Stones cover gave The Soup Dragons their only hit. 

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1991

Julian Lennon's environmental-themed tune went all the way.

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1992

Five years after her first hit, it was time to celebrate Kylie Minogue.

1993

Cut 'n' Move gave "Give It Up" a Eurodance spin.

1994

East 17 stayed in the ARIA top 10 for plenty more days.

1995

The Fab Four added another hit to their extensive tally.

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1996

Nothing held Unique II back... until they stalled at number 2.

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December 6-12
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1980

 

Blondie scored another hit with a cover of "The Tide Is High".

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1981

 

Australia only had eyes for Sheena Easton's Bond theme.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

It was no Grease, but ONJ and John Travolta's '83 film had a great song.

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1984

 

The Style Council shouted toward the top of the chart.

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1985

Love it or hate it, Starship's chart-topper was inescapable.

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1986

Pseudo Echo took a funky former no. 1 back to the top.

1987

Australia's obsession with Icehouse continued.

1988

Now that's what I call a music supergroup!

1989

 

Another Neighbours star hit the chart... but this one rocked.

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1990

Divinyls' ode to self-pleasure found a receptive audience.

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1991

Everybody was free to rush out and buy this Rozalla track.

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1992

The big ballad to end all big ballads, courtesy of Whitney.

1993

Caligula put a thrashy new spin on a Motown classic. 

1994

Here came Ini Kamoze to hot step all the way to the top 10.

1995

One-hit wonders Groove Theory had us hooked with "Tell Me".

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1996

A year after its UK release, "On The Bible" hit the top 50 for Deuce.

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November 29-December 5
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1980

 

For once, Australia got the jump on a hit by an overseas act.

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1981

 

These men from down under took the world by storm.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

Madonna's first single to burn up the Australian top 100 chart.

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1984

 

The smooth sounds of Sade were warmly received.

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1985

Another Duran Duran spin-off group was voted into the top 50.

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1986

A year later, a slimmed down Duran Duran was back.

1987

The teen heartthrob and his big ballad remake.

1988

The headphones, the sunnies, the massive hit.

1989

 

Technotronic got booties on the floor with "Pump Up The Jam".

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1990

Step back in time to when this Kylie classic entered the ARIA chart.

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1991

The first homegrown dance music number 1 single.

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1992

Toni Pearen became the latest soap star to turn to pop.

1993

The Madonna single that not every country received.

1994

A remix turned a decade-old Severed Heads song into a hit. 

1995

Michael Jackson's impassioned plea for the natural world.

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1996

Eurodance star Amber revealed a dark story behind her debut single.

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November 22-28
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1980

 

A musical comeback marred by tragedy.

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1981

 

British superstars Queen and David Bowie teamed up.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

Dear Enemy's synthpop tune was at the cutting edge.

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1984

 

A shiny and new singles from Madonna's second album.

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1985

The arrival of a music phenomenon on the top 50.

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1986

Billy Idol's latest hit could not have been more on brand.

1987

The single that has an important place in Chart Beats history.

1988

Australia just didn't fully understand rap yet.

1989

 

The funky little tune from The B-52's that became inescapable.

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1990

Don't call us, Scatterbrain, we'll call you. 

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1991

Salt 'n' Pepa had a frank conversation about sex.

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1992

Jump up, jump up and get down!

1993

Janet Jackson was back in the Australian chart... again. 

1994

A collaboration that has only gotten stronger over time.

1995

Another Mariah Carey collab that broke records and sound barriers.

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1996

Shania Twain changed the rules for country artists on the ARIA chart.

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November 15-21
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1980

 

Carly Simon was back with her biggest hit since "You're So Vain".

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1981

 

Into his second decade of solo hits, Rod Stewart stayed on trend.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

All summer long more like it! Lionel's party starter was huge.

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1984

 

George Smilovici was not too tuff to shoot up the Australian chart,

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1985

First released in 1984, Neil's comedy cover finally took off.

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1986

Who could forget this top 10 tune by Glass Tiger?

1987

Not everyone loved listening to this quirky song by Eurythmics.

1988

Voice Of The Beehive just sneaked into the top 50.

1989

 

Seriously by name, seriously by nature. Phil Collins was back.

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1990

Australia did stop and listen to Vanilla Ice's chart-topping smash.

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1991

With its budget-busting video, MJ's latest was a huge deal.

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1992

The controversial song that turned The Shamen into chart stars.

1993

After a slow start, M-People were moving on up the top 50.

1994

The remix that turned a three-year-old NZ song into an Oz hit.

1995

Ace Of Base were not so lucky as first with their follow-up album.

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1996

The mega-ballad that Toni Braxton didn't want to record at first.

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November 8-14
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1980

 

INXS just kept walking up the Australian chart for the first time.

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1981

 

Meanwhile, Cliff Richard's mode of transport was a pair of skates.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

Downtown guy Billy Joel showed off his real-life uptown girl.

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1984

 

The first of two top 10 smashes for Netherlands' Time Bandits.

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1985

And people thought "Physical" was raunchy!

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1986

A big hit was the way it was for Bruce Hornsby & The Range.

1987

Many Jimmy Barnes albums went to no. 1 but only one single.

1988

When one Barnesy wasn't enough... Johnny Diesel debuted.

1989

 

The UK had big fun with this boy band. Australia? Not so much.

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1990

The ghostly love scene that brought a classic back to the chart.

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1991

Still massive, Barnesy joined forces with Farnsey.

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1992

The massive hit that prompted an equally large backlash.

1993

Blind Melon had a huge single... with a little help from this girl.

1994

The latest local boy band to be hooked up with a hit single. 

1995

The third (and often forgotten) top 30 song for Merril Bainbridge.

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1996

A new sound, look and role for the everchanging Queen of Pop.

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November 1-7
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1980

 

Australia was in a time warp as an old Rocky Horror single was a hit.

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1981

 

A song so racy some places banned it was huge for ONJ.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

Say, say, say... what's going on here, Paul and Michael?

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1984

 

Telling people they were stupid didn't hurt Culture Club.

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1985

Big hair, big hit for Pseudo Echo.

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1986

The first of Stacey Q's two big hits in Australia.

1987

Fresh from his UK success, Rick Astley took off down under.

1988

Watch out Ms Minogue, another Kylie was on the chart.

1989

 

The complicated story behind Black Box's dance smash.

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1990

Warrant served up a tasty dish.

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1991

Only the third record to debut at number 1 in Australia.

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1992

The ABBA revival was in full swing with an old song a hit once again.

1993

Salt 'n' Pepa (and Spinderella) shooped back up the top 50.

1994

A remake of a disco tune gave Gloria Estefan her first ARIA top 10.

1995

Deni Hines' solo career got off to more than an alright start.

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1996

A La Bouche album track became the first hit for No Mercy.

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October 25-31
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1980

 

Donna Summer wandered back onto the top 50 with another hit.

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1981

 

The movie theme that ran and ran on the chart.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

This soundtrack hit took its time to shake it on the Australian top 50.

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1984

 

Underrated in Australia: Hazell Dean's hi-NRG smash.

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1985

 

A slow singles week means it's time to look at the albums chart.

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