This Week In... 1985
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This Week In... 1985

March 31, 2016

The Boss and a couple of Brits took out the #1s 31 years ago.


Bruce Springsteen -Born In The U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen’s seventh studio album gave the acclaimed American singer-songwriter his first chart-topper in Australia. Born In The U.S.A. made its first appearance at #1 in late-October 1984 before returning for two weeks in February 1985. It’s final and longest run in the top spot came with a five-week run in March/April 1985.

The album, which has been accredited 13x Platinum, includes the singles ‘Dancing In The Dark’ (#5 Sept. ‘84), ‘Cover Me’ (#17 Nov. ‘84), ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ (#2 Mar. ‘85), ‘I’m On Fire’ (#12 May ’85), ‘Glory Days’ (#29 Aug. ’85), ‘I’m Goin’ Down’ (#41 Nov. ’85) and My Hometown (#47 Dec. ’85).

Springsteen has topped the ARIA Charts twice more: Greatest Hits (#1 Mar. ’95) and High Hopes (#1 Jan. ’14).


Tears For Fears - Shout

British band Tears For Fears picked up their only #1 on the ARIA Charts when single ‘Shout’ spent one in the top spot in 1985. Released as the second single from the band’s second album, Songs From The Big Chair (#5 May ’85), ‘Shout’ debuted at #22 in early March and hit #1 in its fifth week in the top 50. The single spent a total of nine weeks in the top ten.

Two more singles from Songs From The Big Chair charted in 1985: ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ (#2 Jun. ’85) and ‘Head Over Heels’ (#21 Aug. ’85).

Tears For Fears last charted with the single ‘Woman In Chains’ (#39 Jan. ’90).