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This Week In... 1990

September 12, 2017

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


Jimmy Barnes - Two Fires

Two Fires became Jimmy Barnes’ fifth solo album to hit #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart when it spent five weeks at #1 during 1990/91. Debuting at #1 at the beginning of September 1990, it spent four weeks in the top spot in its initial run. It returned to #1 again for one week in June 1991. Two Fires went on to spend a total of 26 weeks in the top ten and 62 weeks in the top 50.

The album features the singles ‘Lay Down Your Guns’ (#4 Aug. ’90), ‘Let's Make It Last All Night’ (#12 Nov. ’90), ‘Little Darling’ (#39 Feb. ’91), ‘When Your Love Is Gone’ (#7 Jun. ’91) and ‘Love Is Enough’ (#48 Jul. ’91). It hit #4 and #5 respectively in the 1990 and 1991 ARIA End Of Year Albums Charts. It has been accredited 6x Platinum.

Jimmy Barnes had previously topped the chart with the studio albums Bodyswerve (#1 Oct. ‘84), For The Working Class Man (#1 Dec. ‘85), Freight Train Heart (#1 Dec. ‘87) and the live release Barnestorming (#1 Nov. ‘88).

Following Two Fires, he’s also hit #1 with Soul Deep (#1 Nov. ‘91), Hits (#1 Oct. ‘96), Double Happiness (#1 Jul. ‘05), The Rhythm And The Blues (#1 Sept. ‘09), 30:30 Hindsight (#1 Sept. ’14) and Soul Searchin' (#1 Jun. ’16).

With eleven #1 albums, Jimmy Barnes holds - along with Madonna and U2 - the record for the most #1 albums in ARIA Charts history.


Faith No More - Epic

American band Faith No More took out the first of their two #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Epic’ had a three-week run at #1 in August/September 1990. The San Francisco band’s first single to chart locally, ‘Epic’ was lifted from Faith No More’s second album, The Real Thing (#2 Aug. ’90), the band’s first release to feature singer Mike Patton. It debuted at #31 in July and hit #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the top 50 before going on to spend a total of ten weeks in the top ten and 18 weeks in the top 50.

‘Epic’ received a Platinum accreditation and hit #22 on the 1990 ARIA End Of Year Singles Charts. Other tracks from The Real Thing to chart included ‘Falling To Pieces’ (#26 Oct. ’90) and ‘From Out Of Nowhere’ (#83 Jan. ’91).

Faith No More topped the charts once more in 1993 when their cover of the Commodores’ ‘Easy’ spent two weeks at the top in May of that year. The band last charted in the top 50 with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ (#8 Jun. ’97).