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This Week In... 1987

June 7, 2016

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 29 years ago!


Crowded House - Crowded House

The debut album from Melbourne-formed band Crowded House became the first of their five #1s to date on the ARIA Charts when it spent a single week at the top in June 1987. Crowded House made its first appearance on the chat at #45 in August 1986. The album first appeared in the top ten in February 1987. It hit #1 in its 38th week in the top 50. In total, Crowded House spent 32 weeks in the top ten.

Singles released from the album included ‘Mean To Me’ (#26 Aug. ’86), ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ (#8 Mar. ’87), ‘World Where You Live’ (#43 Apr. ’87) and ‘Something So Strong’ (#18 Jul. ’87). The album was accredited 6x Platinum.

Crowded House has also topped the ARIA Albums Chart with Temple Of Low Men (#1 Jul. ’88), Recurring Dream - The Very Best Of... (#1 Jul. ’96), Time On Earth (#1 Jul. ’07) and Intriguer (#1 Jun. ’10).


Dave Dobyn With Herbs - Slice Of HEaven

The only ARIA Charts chart-topper for Kiwi singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn came when ‘Slice Of Heaven’ spent four straight weeks at #1 in May/June 1987. Taken from Dobbyn’s soundtrack to the animated film Footrot Flats (#20 Jun. ’87) and featuring reggae vocal group Herbs, ‘Slice Of Heaven’ debuted at 29 in April and after a steady climb, hit #1 for the first time in its fifth week in the top 50. It also spent eight weeks at #1 In New Zealand.

The follow-up single to ‘Slice Of Heaven’, ‘You Oughta Be in Love’ peaked at #63. It was also from the Footrot Flats soundtrack.

In March 2016, Dobbyn released his first album in eight years, Harmony House.