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This Week In... 1986

October 24, 2017

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 31 years ago!

ALBUM

Paul SImon - Graceland

Graceland, Paul Simon’s seventh solo studio album became his first and, to-date, only release to top the ARIA Charts when it hit the #1 spot in October 1986. Debuting at #44 at the end of September, Graceland hit #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the top 50. It stayed at the top of the Albums Chart for three straight weeks in its first run at the peak. It returned to #1 for two weeks in April 1987. In total, Graceland spent 42 weeks in the top ten and 56 weeks in the top 50.

The album, which was mostly recorded in South Africa, featured the singles ‘You Can Call Me Al’ (#2 Nov. ‘86) and ‘The Boy In The Bubble’ (#46 Mar. ’87).

Accredited 8x Platinum, Graceland was #22 on the 1986 End Of Year Album Chart and #4 on the 1987 End Of Year Album Chart. The album won a Grammy Award for Album Of The Year in 1987.

Paul Simon last hit the ARIA Albums Chart with Stranger To Stranger (#24 Jun. ‘16).

Single

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 May ‘88) and ‘I Want You Back’ (#3 Jun. ’88).

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