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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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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1986

Another top 10 for Elton John, even if it's now overlooked.

1987

After years away, Bee Gees won again on the Australian top 50.

1988

The polarising "Don't Worry Be Happy" raced towards no. 1. 

1989

 

Billy Joel's angry history lesson made lists in songs a trend.

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1990

Thanks to a beat by DNA, Suzanne Vega was a dance music artist.

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1991

A Spandau Ballet sample helped P.M. Dawn drift up the chart.

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1992

Arguably Madonna's biggest controversy.

1993

What do Radiohead have in common with Bros and a-ha?

1994

Their best single came when Girlfriend became gf4.

1995

Berri's dance tune was one of many that took a few goes to connect.

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1996

The soundtrack single that gave Underworld their first hit since 1988.

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October 18-24
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1980

 

Barbra Streisand was a woman in the charts once again.

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1981

 

All the boys in town didn't know what hit them.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton relied on each other.

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1984

 

Dynamic Hepnotics had Australia feeling a bit of soul.

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1985

 

A second chart-topper called "The Power Of Love" in a year.

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1986

No one does a comeback (or farewell) like John Farnham.

1987

INXS slid back into the top 10 with the first single from Kick.

1988

Australians were early adopters of Melissa Etheridge.

1989

 

New Kids weren't finding it tough to land hits, with three at once.

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1990

Third generation stars Nelson were greeted with love and affection.

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1991

Belinda Carlisle returned with the title track of Live Your Life Be Free.

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1992

Another '70s classic provided K.W.S. with a second hit.

1993

Pet Shop Boys out-camped Village People (if that's possible).

1994

Nine Inch Nails told the world exactly what they wanted to do.

1995

A big hit overseas, "3 Is Family" didn't add up locally for Dana Dawson.

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1996

Livin' Joy had us movin' as they didn't stop going up the chart.

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October 11-17
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1980

 

Stevie Wonder blasted onto the chart with his biggest hit so far.

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1981

 

Australia continued to be hooked on the medley craze.

1982

Coming in 2022

1983

Australian Crawl made up for never having made the top 10 before.

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1984

 

Proof there was more than one Jackson with dynamite songs.

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1985

 

A long-overlooked Madonna single.

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1986

One of the greatest remakes of all time.

1987

The biggest band in the world scored another hit.

1988

Transvision Vamp wanted our love. They got it.

1989

 

Bobby Brown took a big step in his Australian chart career.

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1990

Groovy! Deee-lite's dance classic became a massive success.

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1991

With help from his Funky Bunch, Marky Mark became a star.

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1992

"End Of The Road" was the start of the R&B mega-ballad era.

1993

Tic-tic-tic-tic-boom!

1994

East 17 continued to be the steamiest boy band around.

1995

An unlikely collaboration yielded a killer hit.

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1996

Republica were ready to go... but were the public ready for them?

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October 4-10
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1980

 

The Pointer Sisters weren't shy about racing up the chart.

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1981

 

"The Stroke" became Billy Squier's one big hit locally.

1982

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1983

A shining pop moment from David Bowie.

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1984

 

One thing Twisted Sister were going to take: a top 50 hit.

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1985

 

Time Bandits scored another smash (and shot the video here).

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1986

One of the 80s most romantic songs from Chris De Burgh.

1987

Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield deserved all the praise.

1988

A house remake gave Yazz one of the best tracks of the year.

1989

 

Australia was in the mood for Jive Bunny's medley.

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1990

There was no indifference to Bob Geldof's comeback.

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1991

Jimmy Barnes took a trip into soul history for his latest project.

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1992

Never has a song title been more accurate than on Utah Saints' hit.

1993

The original line-up of INXS were gifted one last top 20 single.

1994

An old Wet Wet Wet UK no.1. was given a second shot.

1995

Coolio sampled Stevie Wonder on the biggest seller of the year.

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1996

3T kept it all in the family by collaborating with their uncle.

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