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This Week In... 1989

August 2, 2016

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 27 years ago!


Def Leppard - Hysteria

The fourth album from British hard rock band Def Leppard became their first #1 on the ARIA Charts when it spent three straight weeks at the top of the Albums Chart in mid-1989. Released in September 1987, Hysteria debuted at #39 in October 1987. After dipping in and out of the top 50 a number of times, it reached #1 for the first time in its 51st week on the chart.

Five singles from Hysteria cracked the top 50 on the ARIA Singles Chart: ‘Animal’ (#46 Dec. ’87), ‘Love Bites’ (#21 Nov. ’88), ‘Armageddon It’ (#34 Feb. ’89), ‘Rocket’ (#15 Jul. ’89) and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ (#26 Sept. ’89).

Accredited 4x Platinum, Hysteria was #3 on the 1989 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart.

The follow-up to Hysteria, Adrenalize, debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in Apr. ’92, spending two weeks at the peak. Def Leppard last charted with their self-titled eleventh studio album (#4 Nov. ’15).


Roxette - The Look

Swedish duo Roxette took out the first of their three #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘The Look’ spent six straight weeks at #1 in July/August 1989. Taken from album Look Sharp! (#2 Sept.’89), the single debuted at #45 in May 1989 and steadily climbed the chart to reach #1 in its eighth week in the top 50.

‘The Look’ was #2 on the 1989 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart. It was accredited Platinum.

The three further singles released from Look Sharp all cracked the top ten: ‘Dressed For Success’ (#3 Sept. ’89), ‘Listen To Your Heart’ (#10 Nov. ’89) and ‘Dangerous’ (#9 May ’90).

Roxette later topped the ARIA Singles Chart for two weeks with ‘It Must Have Been Love’ (#1 Jul. ’90) and for three weeks with ‘Joyride’ (#1 Apr. ’91). Their last appearance in the top 50 was with ‘Run To You’ (#49 Feb. ’95).