ARIA Charts Throwback: 13 December 1987
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 13 December 1987

December 13, 2018

No stranger to love? There’s definitely something to love in the hits of December 1987.

December 1987 saw the likes of Icehouse, INXS, Michael Jackson, Sting, George Michael, Midnight Oil, James Reyne, Fleetwood Mac and Madonna holding strong at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.

For the entire month, the top of the Singles Chart was dominated by a former tea boy announcing his arrival on the pop scene.

10. Billy Idol - Mony Mony

Covering Tommy James And The Shondells’ single of 1968, British rocker Billy Idol scored his fifth Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart. The version of ‘Mony Mony’ that peaked at #8 in January 1988 was a live recording from 1985. It peaked at #1 in the US.

9. Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel

The third single from Michael Jackson’s Bad (#2 Sept. ’87), ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ also became the third Top Ten from the album when it peaked at #5 in January 1988.  In total, nine of Bad’s ten tracks charted in the ARIA Top 50, with the title track peaking highest at #4.

8. Icehouse - Electric Blue

Sydney band Icehouse scored their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Electric Blue’ spent one week in the top spot in November 1987. The single came from the album Man Of Colours, which spent eleven consecutive weeks at the top of the Albums Chart between October and December of the same year. ‘Electric Blue’ was co-written by John Oates from Hall & Oates.

7. INXS - Need You Tonight

The first single released from INXS’ Kick (#2 Nov. ’87), ‘Need You Tonight’ became the first of three Top Ten hits from the album when it hit #3 in November 1987. The Sydney band later hit the Top Ten with ‘Devil Inside’ (#6 Mar. ’88) and ‘New Sensation’ (#9 Jun. ’88). ‘Need You Tonight’ was INXS’ only #1 singe in the US.

6. George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You

The late George Harrison scored the only solo #1 by an ex-Beatle on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ spent one week in the top spot in early 1988. A cover of a track written and composed by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962, ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ spent debuted at #42 in November 1987. It hit #1 in its tenth week in the top 50. The single spent a total of 13 weeks in the top ten and 20 weeks in the top 50.

5. Choirboys - Run To Paradise

‘Run To Paradise’ became the biggest hit on the ARIA Singles Chart for Sydney band Choirboys when it peaked at #3 three times between December 1987 and February 1988. A remix of the song by Nick Skitz peaked at #16 in July 2004.

4. Johnny Logan - Hold Me Now

Irish singer Johnny Logan took out his sole entry in the ARIA Top 50 when ‘Hold Me Now’ hit #4 in December 1987. Logan won the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest with the track. He also won the competition in 1980 with ‘What’s Another Year?’.

3. George Michael – Faith

George Michael notched up his third #1 on the Singles Chart when ‘Faith’ hit #1 for a week in January 1988. The late British star also appeared in the top spot with ‘Careless Whisper’ (#1 Sept. ‘84), ‘Jesus To A Child’ (#1 Jan. ’96), ‘Fastlove’ (#1 May ’96) and the duet with Aretha Franklin, ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’ (#1 Mar. ’87).

2. Jimmy Barnes - Too Much Ain't Enough Love

Jimmy Barnes hit #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for the only time in his long and illustrious career when ‘Too Much Ain’t Enough Love’ held the top spot for a week in November 1987. The track was the first released from Barnes’ third #1 solo album, Freight Train Heart (#1 Dec. ’87).

1. Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

British pop star Rick Astley’s debut single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ is, to date, his only chart-topping single in Australia. The track spent seven straight weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart in December 1987 and January 1988. Lifted from the album Whenever You Need Somebody (#1 Apr. ’88), it debuted at #43 at the start of November 1987 before hitting #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the top 50. ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ spent a total of 21 weeks in the top ten 29 weeks in the top 50. It was accredited Gold. Astley has picked up two further top five singles in Australia with ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’ (#3 Mar. ‘88) and ‘When I Fall In Love / My Arms Keep Missing You’ (#5 May ‘88).