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This Week In... 1984

October 4, 2016

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 32 years ago!


Jimmy Barnes - Bodyswerve

Jimmy Barnes’ first solo album debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at #5 before hitting #1 in its third and fourth week on the chart. It was Barnes’ second #1 album of the year, having topped the chart for one week in April with Cold Chisel’s last album Twentieth Century.

Bodyswerve included the singles No Second Prize (#12 Oct. ’84) and Daylight (#12 Mar. ‘85). The album has been accredited 2x Platinum.

Jimmy Barnes has topped the ARIA Albums Chart ten more times with For The Working Class Man (#1 Dec. ‘85), Freight Train Heart (#1 Dec. ‘87), Barnestorming (#1 Nov. ‘88), Two Fires (#1 Sept. ‘90), Soul Deep (#1 Nov. ‘91), Hits (#1 Oct. ‘96), Double Happiness (#1 Jul. ‘05), The Rhythm And The Blues (#1 Sept. ‘09) 30:30 Hindsight (#1 Sept. ’14) and Soul Searchin' (#1 Jun. ’16). He currently holds the record, along with Madonna and U2, for the most #1 albums on the ARIA Charts.


George Michael - Careless Whisper

The first single released solely attributed to then-Wham! member George Michael, ‘Careless Whisper’ spent four straight weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart during September and October 1984. The track debuted at #26 and reached #1 for the first time in its third week in the top 50. In total, ‘Careless Whisper’ spent eleven weeks in the top ten and 22 weeks in the top 50.

Despite being a George Michael solo single, ‘Careless Whisper’ appeared on the Wham! album Make It Big (#1 Feb. ’85). Prior to ‘Careless Whisper’ reaching #1, Wham! spent seven of the previous nine weeks at the top of the chart with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ (#1 Jul. ’84).

George Michael has hit the top of the ARIA Singles Chart four more times since his inaugural hit; he next reached the top with his duet with Aretha Franklin ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’ (#1 Mar. ’87), before achieving solo #1s with the singles ‘Faith’ (#1 Jan. ’88), ‘Jesus To A Child’ (#1 Jan. ’96) and ‘Fastlove’ (#1 May ’96). He topped the Albums Chart for one week with Older (#1 May ’96).