I have been talking to one of the staff at ARIA recently and was discussing the 'this week in aria chart history' feature on the aria website. She emailed me a copy of the Aria Chart - The Top 50 Singles and Albums from the week ending 9th June, 1985. If you would like a copy email me and I'll flick you the attachment. PS - I'm doing this just to share some good stuff!
Please can I see! :-)
May I have a look as well please mate.
This is awesome - I'll have to print them out. You really are the Guru! Cheers.
I have somewhere around 600-800 charts from late 70's to late 80's and even a pile of about 400 from the 90's (1990-98 from memory) when I used to record the Rage Top 50. I just chose a few random ones just to see if I could remember how to use Photobucket. I didn't include the albums charts as that would have been to hard to fit in.
Glad you find it of interest.
If there is a particular date you are after I should have a copy for just about every week of some sort from late 1978 up to about early 1988 but most of the earlier ones are just the Victorian 3XY charts.
These are GOLD guru. The good old days when i actually liked about 45 songs out of the Top 50. I used to have piles of these as well as the old 5AD charts from Adelaide. Great stuff!
Wow, these bring back memories indeed.
Fantastic charts there. I only some from the 90's, but I do have a book of Aussie chart listings which comes in very handy.
and Jase - yes the old 5AD charts were very popular in Adelaide! Used to love watching Music Express and Trax - great local music shows from the late 70s/80's - good times indeed.
could I ask that you please post an Aria singles chart from early December 1986 on here?
All, don't forget this website that I drew your attention to a couple of years back:
(this is the charts from 4/9/1988)
This has all the Aria Top 50 singles and albums from mid 1988 to present. You just select the year and the week in the drop down.
I've got an excel document of the ARIA top 50 singles charts from its first chart (around May 1983) until December 1988. I can upload it and post a link here if anyone's interested (it's just the chart listings in typed format, rather than scans of the printed charts).
Here's a couple I'd already uploaded to photobucket (note: I didn't do the underlining, these were from a bunch I acquired from a collector):
Did Rage start airing the top 50 singles chart from their first episode/week, does anyone know? If so, it would have been this:
1 2 Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room) PAUL LEKAKIS
2 3 The Final Countdown EUROPE
3 1 I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me) GEORGE MICHAEL & ARETHA FRANKLIN
4 4 C'est La Vie ROBBIE NEVIL
5 20 Everything I Own BOY GEORGE
6 7 Witch Queen CHANTOOZIES
7 11 We Connect STACEY Q
8 16 Male Stripper (12") MAN 2 MAN MEET MAN PARISH
9 5 Don't Give Up PETER GABRIEL & KATE BUSH
10 15 She's the One COCKROACHES
11 12 You Keep Me Hangin' On KIM WILDE
12 14 Real Wild Child (Wild One) IGGY POP
13 17 Livin' on a Prayer BON JOVI
14 6 Walk Like an Egyptian BANGLES
15 10 I Wanna Wake Up With You BORIS GARDINER
16 9 We Gotta Get Out of This Place ANGELS
17 25 What's My Scene HOODOO GURUS
18 8 Bizarre Love Triangle NEW ORDER
19 13 Pressure Down JOHN FARNHAM
20 19 Shake You Down GREGORY ABBOTT
21 34 Midnight Blue LOU GRAMM
22 29 The Right Thing SIMPLY RED
23 18 Word Up CAMEO
24 28 It's in the Way That You Use it ERIC CLAPTON
25 26 What You Get is What You See TINA TURNER
26 24 A Touch of Paradise JOHN FARNHAM
27 21 Is This Love ALISON MOYET
28 22 Don't Need a Gun BILLY IDOL
29 23 Keep Your Hands to Yourself GEORGIA SATELLITES
30 27 Something in My House DEAD OR ALIVE
31 37 Somewhere Out There LINDA RONSTADT & JAMES INGRAM
32 40 Hold On MODELS
33 43 Ever Fallen in Love FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS
34 NEW With or Without You U2
35 38 You Give Love a Bad Name BON JOVI
36 41 All I Ask of You CLIFF RICHARD & SARAH BRIGHTMAN
37 31 Don't Dream it's Over CROWDED HOUSE
38 32 To Be a Lover BILLY IDOL
39 30 Miracle of Love EURYTHMICS
40 NEW (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party) BEASTIE BOYS
41 35 Funkytown PSEUDO ECHO
42 33 French Kissin' in the USA DEBBIE HARRY
43 39 Coming Around Again CARLY SIMON
44 NEW Sign O' the Times PRINCE
45 36 Good Times JIMMY BARNES & INXS
46 46 World Where You Live CROWDED HOUSE
47 42 Hold Me COLIN JAMES HAY
48 50 Jacobs Ladder HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
49 NEW Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend) MEL & KIM
50 NEW Let's Go WANG CHUNG
I really wish there was a way to access ARIA chart positions between 51 and 100 between June 1988 and December 1989. This was the period from when ARIA commenced producing the chart 'in house' (instead of licensing the Kent Report/Australian Music Report chart complied by David Kent), and before their full top 100 chart was available via subscription from January 1990.
This period was when I was really getting into music, and noted that many of the songs I liked best charted poorly/missed the top 50. The only hint of what came below #50 on the ARIA chart is through the 'Breakers' column at the bottom of the printed charts, listing the 5 releases outside the top 50 that have yet to crack the top 50, in order of chart position.
Sometimes the ARIA and AMR charts varied wildly in their chart placings outside of the top 50, e.g. Blue Zone's 'Jackie' peaked at #67 on the AMR chart, but just #99 on ARIA's, in 1989. The Cure's 'A Letter To Elise' peaked at #67 on AMR, but missed the top 100 altogether on ARIA.
The 'Chartifacts' column in the ARIA report gives a few hints of chart placings below #50 when that artist later charted in the top 100; but I've only been able to access these reports from 1994 through the Victorian State Library.
Some that I discovered through Chartifacts were:
Blue Zone 'Jackie' - #99 in 1989 on ARIA
Bomb the Bass 'Say a Little Prayer' - #54 in 1989 on ARIA
OK, enough chart nerdiness from me...
Hi Nathan!-what are the chances of me getting a (photo)copy of the '87 Aria chart?
Thanks Guru, late December 1986 is great. I wish Aria started printing, back then, the highest position each song has reached on the chart (ie with a 'HP' - like TW, LW, TI in the column).
Nathan, Thanks for the late October '86 chart. August '86 would have been the time I got into music and Countdown, so these would be the first bunch of songs that I knew.
Looking at the other Top 50 singles charts you posted, I have to say it's a shame that 'Drive Baby Drive' didn't chart in the Top 50 and like you, I would be interested to know where it fared in the charts from 51-100.
Thanks for the chart placing for 'Say A Little Prayer' by Bomb The Bass. I had always thought how the hell did that song get on 'Hits Now '89 Vol.2'?, because I had never heard it prior to the release of this compilation and always thought it didn't reach the Top 100. I assume it was probably a big hit in the UK? which is probably why it was put on this compilation...expecting it to do the same here.
Can you upload your excel link and post it here (or just email it to me). Does it have the highest position each song reached on the chart?
So, when did the rage Top 50 start? I remember watching it the first time in Jan '88.
I remember 2 of the first video's I recorded from the rage OZ Top 50 were Sinittas's 'Toy Boy' and Whitney Houston's 'So Emotional' and they were both 1987. I think the chart run down on rage started in very late 1987 and full on in 1988!
What clips, if any, do people have recorded from Rage in 1987?
A few that I've got (acquired through trades):
Mel & Kim 'Showing Out'
Kim Wilde 'Say You Really Want Me' (12" version)
Samantha Fox 'Hold On Tight'
All just have the artist's name in caps, with no song title listed.
just like the early days of Countdown on rage. When the 5th May, 1985 episode was listed on the screen as 'APRIL 1985' What the?
Thanks for the link Nathan.
I purchased the Aria Chart Book (1988-2008) last year off the aria website and it has highest chart position for each single.
Nathan, I used to have heaps of srtuff from rage (1987) but no longer...
I do have Bananarama's Venus 12"... with just Bananarama in big letters as well as some other Bananarama vid's I taped from rage with just the band name...
I've got Bananarama's 'I Want You Back' (Motown version) from Rage with just the band name in big letters; so they were still doing that in mid 1988.
What did they play on Saturday mornings before the top 50 began? Just random clips?
Hey Guru Bob, not sure if ur still around on here, but I'd be hugely interested in getting my hands on some scans of whatever Countdown/ARIA charts you have from 1983-1987. Happy for you to get in touch via my personal email if you prefer.
I am still around here but a lot less during footy season.
I do have a fair few charts from that era but no time to scan them unfortunately as there are too many other projects on the go - I am busy right through to November at this stage.
Nathan is the most knowledgeable on charts around here and it may pay to try the link that he mentioned.
can you please sent me the list of the Top 50 singles Aria Chart from 9th June, 1985?
I'm not Michael, but I'll oblige. The date on this chart is the 'week commencing' date. 9th June is the week-ending date (which appears on the printed ARIA chart).
TW LW Song Titles ARTISTS
1 1 We Are the World USA FOR AFRICA
2 6 Everybody Wants to Rule the World TEARS FOR FEARS
3 3 Can't Fight This Feeling REO SPEEDWAGON
4 12 Would I Lie to You EURYTHMICS
5 2 One More Night PHIL COLLINS
6 5 Some Like it Hot POWER STATION
7 7 Wide Boy NIK KERSHAW
8 9 Don't You (Forget About Me) SIMPLE MINDS
9 10 We Close Our Eyes GO WEST
10 4 The Heat is On GLENN FREY
11 22 Rhythm of the Night DE BARGE
12 8 Nightshift COMMODORES
13 14 50 Years UNCANNY X-MEN
14 15 Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody (Medley) DAVID LEE ROTH
15 11 Barbados MODELS
16 17 Kiss Me STEPHEN 'TIN TIN' DUFFY
17 NEW Angel / Into the Groove (12" Only) MADONNA
18 NEW 19 PAUL HARDCASTLE
19 21 Something That You Said KIDS IN THE KITCHEN
20 16 You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) DEAD OR ALIVE
21 18 Things Can Only Get Better HOWARD JONES
22 24 All She Wants to Do is Dance DON HENLEY
23 42 We Will Together EUROGLIDERS
24 13 Love and Pride KING
25 25 I Know Him So Well ELAINE PAIGE & BARBARA DICKSON
26 19 Neutron Dance POINTER SISTERS
27 29 Everytime You Go Away PAUL YOUNG
28 34 I Was Born to Love You FREDDIE MERCURY
29 35 Solid ASHFORD & SIMPSON
30 30 Take it Back POOKAH MAKES THREE
31 20 I Should Have Known Better JIM DIAMOND
32 27 I'm on Fire BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
33 26 Walking on the Chinese Wall PHILIP BAILEY
34 23 Lovergirl TEENA MARIE
35 28 Rock and Roll Girls JOHN FOGERTY
36 38 So Far Away / Walk of Life DIRE STRAITS
37 50 Say You're Wrong JULIAN LENNON
38 33 I Wanna Hear it from Your Lips ERIC CARMEN
39 41 Gotta Be Wrong (Way to Love) DYNAMIC HEPNOTICS
40 31 You're So Strong MENTAL AS ANYTHING
41 32 Respect Yourself KANE GANG
42 NEW Walking on Sunshine KATRINA & THE WAVES
43 43 I'm an Individual JACKO
44 46 Dancing in the Dark / Pink Cadillac BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
45 39 Say it Again SANTANA
46 NEW That Ole Devil Called Love ALISON MOYET
47 40 Shout TEARS FOR FEARS
48 37 Loverboy BILLY OCEAN
49 NEW Live it Up MENTAL AS ANYTHING
50 NEW The Drover's Dog REDGUM
- 45 Body Rock MARIA VIDAL
- 36 Sussudio PHIL COLLINS
- 44 Born in the U.S.A. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
- 47 House of Cards GANGgajang
- 48 Material Girl MADONNA
- 49 One Night in Bangkok MURRAY HEAD
Thanks Nathan. Nicholas, if you still want the pdf of the Aria Chart, send me an email. Cheers.
Even better, here's the top 100 for that week (3rd Jun 1985):
1 We Are the World USA FOR AFRICA
2 Everybody Wants to Rule the World TEARS FOR FEARS
3 Can't Fight This Feeling REO SPEEDWAGON
4 Would I Lie to You EURYTHMICS
5 One More Night PHIL COLLINS
6 Some Like it Hot POWER STATION
7 Wide Boy NIK KERSHAW
8 Don't You (Forget About Me) SIMPLE MINDS
9 We Close Our Eyes GO WEST
10 The Heat is On GLENN FREY
11 Rhythm of the Night DE BARGE
12 Nightshift COMMODORES
13 50 Years UNCANNY X-MEN
14 Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody (Medley) DAVID LEE ROTH
15 Barbados MODELS
16 Kiss Me STEPHEN 'TIN TIN' DUFFY
17 Angel / Into the Groove (12" Only) MADONNA
18 19 PAUL HARDCASTLE
19 Something That You Said KIDS IN THE KITCHEN
20 You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) DEAD OR ALIVE
21 Things Can Only Get Better HOWARD JONES
22 All She Wants to Do is Dance DON HENLEY
23 We Will Together EUROGLIDERS
24 Love and Pride KING
25 I Know Him So Well ELAINE PAIGE & BARBARA DICKSON
26 Neutron Dance POINTER SISTERS
27 Everytime You Go Away PAUL YOUNG
28 I Was Born to Love You FREDDIE MERCURY
29 Solid ASHFORD & SIMPSON
30 Take it Back POOKAH MAKES THREE
31 I Should Have Known Better JIM DIAMOND
32 I'm on Fire BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
33 Walking on the Chinese Wall PHILIP BAILEY
34 Lovergirl TEENA MARIE
35 Rock and Roll Girls JOHN FOGERTY
36 So Far Away / Walk of Life DIRE STRAITS
37 Say You're Wrong JULIAN LENNON
38 I Wanna Hear it from Your Lips ERIC CARMEN
39 Gotta Be Wrong (Way to Love) DYNAMIC HEPNOTICS
40 You're So Strong MENTAL AS ANYTHING
41 Respect Yourself KANE GANG
42 Walking on Sunshine KATRINA & THE WAVES
43 I'm an Individual JACKO
44 Dancing in the Dark / Pink Cadillac BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
45 Say it Again SANTANA
46 That Ole Devil Called Love ALISON MOYET
47 Shout TEARS FOR FEARS
48 Loverboy BILLY OCEAN
49 Live it Up MENTAL AS ANYTHING
50 The Drover's Dog REDGUM
51 Body Rock MARIA VIDAL
52 I Feel Love (Medley) BRONSKI BEAT
53 Sussudio PHIL COLLINS
54 Baby U Left Me (in the Cold) MARILYN
55 You're the Inspiration CHICAGO
56 That Was Yesterday FOREIGNER
57 Born in the U.S.A. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
58 My Hearts on Fire MACHINATIONS
59 House of Cards GANGgajang
60 Fools Way GEISHA
61 Material Girl MADONNA
62 The Last Kiss DAVID CASSIDY
63 Happy People F A B
64 R-O-C-K Rock JAMES REYNE & LIN BUCKFIELD
65 I Just Called to Say I Love You STEVIE WONDER
66 Speak No Evil DRAGON
67 Whose Side Are You On? MATT BIANCO
68 Black Man Ray CHINA CRISIS
69 Obsession ANIMOTION
70 Rattlesnakes LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS
71 Round and Round SPANDAU BALLET
72 California Girls DAVID LEE ROTH
73 One Night in Bangkok MURRAY HEAD
74 Don't Come Around Here No More TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
75 The Boys of Summer DON HENLEY
76 Sex Symbol FLAME FORTUNE
77 Tenderness GENERAL PUBLIC
78 Girlfriend is Better TALKING HEADS
79 Break Down the Walls FULL MARKS
80 I Want to Know What Love is FOREIGNER
81 Just Another Night MICK JAGGER
82 Strut SHEENA EASTON
83 Walking With a Weight PROMISE
84 The Party UNCANNY X-MEN
85 Lucky in Love MICK JAGGER
86 Perfect Skin LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS
87 Boom Box VITABEATS
88 I Know What it is to Be Young (But You Don't Know What it is to Be Old) ORSON WELLES
89 Hammer to Fall QUEEN
90 Temptation JOAN ARMATRADING
91 Shine the Light VENETIANS
92 Ti Amo LAURA BRANIGAN
93 Never Ending Story LIMAHL
94 It's Only a Movie V-CAPRI
95 Send My Heart ADVENTURES
96 My Place GUY McDONOUGH
97 Rage to Love KIM WILDE
98 Sometimes When I'm Dreaming ART GARFUNKEL
99 Forever Man ERIC CLAPTON
100 New Attitude PATTI LaBELLE