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This Week In… 1986

September 27, 2016

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 30 years ago!


Cyndi Lauper - True Colors

The second studio album from Cyndi Lauper spent four straight weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart in September/October 1986. Released as the follow-up to She’s So Unusual (#3 Mar. 85), True Colors debuted at #3 before hitting #1 in its second week on the chart. In total, the album spent nine weeks in the top ten and 24 weeks in the top 50

Singles released from True Colors include the title track (#3 Sept. ’86) and ‘Change Of Heart’ (#15 Jan. ’87), which featured backing vocals by The Bangles.

In May 2016, Cyndi Lauper returned to the top 50 on the ARIA Albums Chart for the first in 12 years with Detour (#26 May ’16), her eleventh album.


Bananarama - Venus

British pop trio Bananarama scored their only #1 on the ARIA Charts when ‘Venus’ spent seven straight weeks at the top of the Singles Chart in late-1986. A cover of the 1970 hit by Dutch band Shocking Blue, Bananarama’s ‘Venus’ debuted at #16 in August 1986 and hit #1 for the first time in its fifth week in the top 50. In total, the single spent 12 weeks in the top ten and 26 weeks in the top 50.

The single came from Bananarama’s third album True Confessions (#19 Oct. ‘86). It was the group’s first collaboration with production team Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

Bananarama went on to top the ARIA Albums Chart in 1988 with their fourth album Wow (#1 Jun. ’88). They had further top ten successes on the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘Love In The First Degree’ (#5) and ‘I Want You Back’ (#3 Jun. ’88).

Bananarama last appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘Move In My Direction’ (#41 Mar. ’06).