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I've reached 1986 on my blog - one of the best years in music for me.
Three weeks ending January 12, 1986
New entries for Wham!, Incredible Penguins and a seventh single from Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA.
Plus, top 50 misses from Bryan Adams (again), John Cougar Mellencamp and Time Bandits
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/30-years-ago-this-week-january-12-1986.html
Week ending January 19, 1986
The ARIA chart upsizes.
New hits from Grace Jones, the late Glenn Frey, Thompson Twins, Dee C Lee, Geisha and The Cars.
Plus, top 50 misses from Models and Tina (Arena).
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/30-years-ago-this-week-january-19-1986.html
Week ending January 26, 1986
That's What Friends Are For, Sun City, The Sun Always Shines On TV, Miami Vice Theme, Don't Break My Heart and One Vision debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Stevie Wonder and Jenny Morris.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/30-years-ago-this-week-january-26-1986.html
Week ending February 2, 1986
Stevie Nicks, The Venetians, David Foster, The Johnnys, Pete Townshend, Baltimora and Go West debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from The Hooters, Paul McCartney, (UK) Squeeze, James Taylor and Cliff Richard.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com/2016/02/30-years-ago-this-week-february-2-1986.html
Week ending February 9, 1986
Falco, Pseudo Echo, The Waterboys, Debbie Byrne, Phantom, Rocker & Slick.
Plus, top 50 misses from Nik Kershaw, Wax and Echo & The Bunnymen.
Details and chart:
Week ending February 16, 1986
Elton John & George Michael, Big Audio Dynamite, Fine Young Cannibals, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions and Heart.
Top 50 misses from Olivia Newton-John and Pet Shop Boys.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/30-years-ago-this-week-february-16-1986.html
Week ending February 23, 1986
Hit That Perfect Beat, And She Was, You're A Friend Of Mine, Weird Science, Sounds Of Then, Sex And Fame and Sleeping Beauty debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Survivor, V-Capri, Scritti Politti, Nena and V Spy V Spy.
Details and chart; http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/30-years-ago-this-week-february-23-1986.html
Hi Gavin, Thank you for posting these charts & the information. I always find them interesting reading. Scary for me to think that this time 30 years ago I had just started High School.....
I was in Year 6 myself - a great time for music. Thanks for reading!
Week ending March 2, 1986
When The Going Gets Tough..., You Little Thief, Living In America, Sex As A Weapon and Walk Of Life.
Plus, top 50 misses from Arcadia, Mink DeVille, Nightlife and Matt Bianco
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/30-years-ago-this-week-march-2-1986.html
Week ending March 9, 1986
Concrete And Clay, Russians and I Knew The Bride...
Plus, top 50 misses from Violent Femmes, Jane Wiedlin, Alexei Sayle, Spaniards and Plan 8
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/30-years-ago-this-week-march-9-1986.html
Week ending March 16, 1986
Party All The Time, How Will I Know, Sara, Ride The Night Away, Say Goodbye, It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back) and Sanctify Yourself debut.
Plus top 50 misses from Bryan Adams & Tina Turner, The Church, Haywoode, The Go-Betweens and AC/DC.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/30-years-ago-this-week-march-16-1986.html
Week ending March 23, 1986
Stairway To Heaven finally becomes a hit (but not for Led Zeppelin), and new hits from David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Hoodoo Gurus.
Plus, top 50 misses from Petra, Gary Moore and Talk Talk
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/30-years-ago-this-week-march-23-1986.html
Week ending March 30, 1986
Chain Reaction, Kyrie, Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain) and Talk To Me debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Clannad (with Bono), Leo Sayer and The Cars
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/30-years-ago-this-week-march-30-1986.html[url]
Kiss The Dirt - debut's??! Just one of the very best Oz Rock songs of ALL TIME!!!
Week ending April 6, 1986
Kiss, Suspicious Minds, Conga, Beat's So Lonely and The Theme From Time.
Top 50 misses from Elvis Costello (effectively) and Paul Hardcastle.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/30-years-ago-this-week-april-6-1986.html
Week ending April 13, 1986
West End Girls, Baby You're So Strange, Eloise, ROCK In The USA, Calling America and Far Side Of Crazy debut.
Top 50 misses from Bryan Adams (yet again), Pete Townshend, Jackson Browne, Katrina & The Waves and The Stems.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/30-years-ago-this-week-april-13-1986.html
Week ending April 20, 1986
Chart returns for Culture Club, Van Halen, The Saints and Public Image Limited, and Suzanne Vega's first hit.
Plus, top 50 misses for ZZ Top, Level 42, Dynamic Hepnotics and Dolly Parton.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/30-years-ago-this-week-april-20-1986.html
Week ending April 27. 1986
Addicted To Love, Manic Monday, Absolutely, I Do What I Do and (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown all debut.
Plus top 50 misses from Five Star, Aretha Franklin and Geisha.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/30-years-ago-this-week-april-27-1986.html
Week ending May 4, 1986
No One Is To Blame, These Dreams, A Different Corner and Living Doll debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from The Triffids, Julian Lennon, Elton John and Loverboy.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/30-years-ago-this-week-may-4-1986.html
Week ending May 11, 1986
Live To Tell, Great Wall and Inspiration debut.
Top 50 misses from Anne Murray, Dee C Lee, Perfect Strangers and Arcadia.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/30-years-ago-this-week-may-11-1986.html
Week ending May 18, 1986
Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Uncanny X-Men, Chris Isaak, Queen and The Art of Noise debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Feargal Sharkey and Larry Gatlin.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/30-years-ago-this-week-may-18-1986.html
Week ending May 25, 1986
Pseudo Echo, I'm Talking and Atlantic Starr debut.
Top 50 misses from Martin Plaza, GANGgajang, Princess, Pat Benatar and Sade.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/30-years-ago-this-week-may-25-1986.html
Week ending June 1, 1986
The Blow Monkeys debut, Little Richard returns and Tim Finn flops.
Plus, top 50 misses from Bonnie Tyler, Divinyls and Graham Nash.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/30-years-ago-this-week-june-1-1986.html
Week ending June 8, 1986
Touch Me (I Want Your Body), What Have You Done For Me Lately, Stimulation, Pistol In My Pocket, Let's Go All The Way, All The Things She Said, C'mon C'mon and All I Need Is A Miracle debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Wax, Mr Mister, Julian Lennon and ZZ Top.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/30-years-ago-this-week-june-8-1986.html
Week ending June 15, 1986
Sledgehammer, Greatest Love Of All, Train Of Thought and You Are Soul debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Laurie Anderson, Joe Jackson, Hear n' Aid, Itchy Feet and David Meece.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/30-years-ago-this-week-june-15-1986.html
Week ending June 22, 1986
If You Leave, Shellshock, There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry), Listen Like Thieves, Invisible Touch, On My Own and Who Made Who debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Diana Ross and Fine Young Cannibals.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/30-years-ago-this-week-june-22-1986.html
Week ending June 29, 1986
I Wanna Be A Cowboy, Miss This Tonight, I Can't Wait, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Bop and Rain On The Scarecrow debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Stan Ridgway, Joe Cocker and Jean Michel Jarre.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/30-years-ago-this-week-june-29-1986.html
H'its Awesome and 1986 Just for Kicks on the way!
Week ending July 6, 1986
Kids In The Kitchen, Charlie Sexton, The Rolling Stones, Prince and Big Audio Dynamite.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/30-years-ago-this-week-july-6-1986.html
Week ending July 13, 1986
New entries from Eurythmics, a-ha, Simply Red, Suzanne Vega and Floy Joy.
Plus, top 50 misses from Pet Shop Boys, The Radiators, Annabella (Lwin), Latin Quarter and The Saints.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/30-years-ago-this-week-july-13-1986.html
Week ending July 20, 1986
Spirit In The Sky, Papa Don't Preach, Look Away, Love Touch and Exotic And Erotic debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Miami Sound Machine, Bob Seger, Lou Reed and Joan Armatrading.
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/30-years-ago-this-week-july-20-1986.html
Week ending July 27, 1986
The ARIA top 50 farewells Wham! and Culture Club. Plus a new hit from Icehouse.
Top 50 misses from Choirboys, Falco, Venetians, Robert Palmer, Jackson Browne and Marguerite Ayshford
Details and chart: http://chartbeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/30-years-ago-this-week-july-27-1986.html
Week ending August 3, 1986
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Week ending September 21, 1986
A Matter Of Trust. Stuck With You, Dreamtime, I Don't Understand (Where I Fit In), Missionary Man and My Favourite Waste Of Time debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Pseudo Echo, Van Halen and Level 42.
Week ending September 28, 1986
New entries from Paul McCartney and Rod Stewart.
Top 50 misses from Hunters & Collectors and Billy Ocean.
Plus a look at the albums top 50!
Week ending October 5, 1986
The Lady In Red, In Too Deep, Human, Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me), Don't Wake Me and What's The Colour Of Money? debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Simply Red and Dear Enemy.
Week ending October 12, 1986
Don't Leave Me This Way, Bad Moon Rising, You Can Call Me Al, Wild Wild Life, Typical Male, Wait Up and Feel The Heat debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Crowded House, Pete Wylie, Stan Ridgway and Mondo Rock.
Week ending October 19, 1986
You're The Voice, Walk This Way, Stay, We Don't Have To..., Heartbeat, I Didn't Mean To Turn You On and Rage Hard debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Koo De Tah, The Monkees, Nicole (not the Eurovision winner), The Moody Blues, Hoodoo Gurus, Love And Money, Stevie Nicks and Gwen Guthrie.
Week ending October 26, 1986
True Blue, Heartache All Over The World, Calling, Clap-Clap Sound all debut.
Plus top 50 misses from Timex Social Club and Barry Manilow.
Week ending November 2, 1986
Two Of Hearts, Emotion In Motion, (I Just) Died In Your Arms, Friends And Lovers and Eye Of The Zombie debut.
Plus a top 50 miss from V-Capri.
Week ending November 9, 1986
The Way It Is, (Forever) Live And Die and Darling It Hurts debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Manikins, Anita Baker, AC/DC and David Evans & Thunder Down Under.
Week ending November 16, 1986
You Can Leave Your Hat On, Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone), Brand New Lover, You’re Gonna Get Hurt and Take Me Home Tonight debut.
Top 50 misses from (shockingly) Janet Jackson, as well as Icehouse, Howard Jones, Samantha Fox and Niki Phillips.
Week ending November 23, 1986
To Be A Lover, Don't Get Me Wrong, Hungry Town, Amanda, I've Been Losing You and Don't Waste My Time debut.
Top 50 misses from Nik Kershaw and Geisha.
Week ending November 30, 1986
Thorn In My Side, I Wanna Wake Up With You, Notorious, No Lies and Let's Kiss debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Wham! and Peter Gabriel.
Week ending December 7, 1986
Funky Town, Let's Go To Paradise, More Than Physical, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Guns And Butter and Bottom Of My Heart debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Paul Young, Cattletruck and Bob Geldof.
Week ending December 14, 1986
Walk Like An Egyptian, You Keep Me Hangin' On, Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Hip To Be Square, Don't Stand So Close To Me 86 and Through The Barricades debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Til Tuesday, Mike Mareen, Talking Heads, John Forgerty and Billy Joel.
Wang Chung and Huey Lewis & The News, two clips you should not watch after a serious "night on the turps" then; and an advert for some aspirin before viewing now.
Week ending December 21, 1986
Change Of Heart, Twist And Shout, Primitive Love Rites and War/Merry Christmas Baby debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Petra and The B-52's.
Week ending December 28, 1986
Good Times, Pressure Down, Sugar Free and Like Flames debut.
Plus, top 50 misses from Peter Cetera & Amy Grant and Simple Minds
And, the year-end top 100.
Apologies for repeat posting, but I assume some people might look at 1986 and not 1983.
I could've used the break between chart flashbacks to have a break from blogging. Instead, I've compiled a list of all the number 2 hits on the Australian chart from the 80s.
Here's part 1, covering 1980-1984:
Thanks Gavin! Don't know where you find the time to do this, but really appreciate it. Is your info from the Kent report? So used to thinking some of these No.2's were actually No.1's as seen on Countdown, like 'Brass In Pocket' and ''Babooshka' to name a couple from 1980.
Always felt sorry for Colleen stalling at No.2 for 5 weeks, kept off the No.1 spot by Queen...and there's Belinda Carlisle - a No.2 with 'Our Lips Are Sealed' and a solo No.2 with 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth'.