ARIA Charts Throwback: 30 October 1994
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 30 October 1994

November 1, 2018

It's twelve o'clock, and it's a wonderful day, so why not check out the biggest hits of late-1994.

As 1994 headed into November, the ARIA Albums Chart was headlined by the likes of Bon Jovi, Harry Connick Jr. Offspring, Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, R.E.M., and soundtracks to Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and The Lion King.

At the top of the Singles Chart, a trio of teenagers from Newcastle were making their first moves to become one of the country’s biggest bands.

10. Youssou N'dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds

Senegalese singer-songwriter Youssou N'dour and Swedish singer-songwriter scored their biggest hits on the ARIA Singles Chart when the collaboration ‘7 Seconds’ peaked at #3 in October 1994. Accredited Gold, the track also peaked at #3 in the UK and spent 16 straight weeks at #1 in France.

9. The Grid - Swamp Thing

Featuring former Soft Cell member David Ball, The Grid took out their only appearance in the ARIA Top 50 when the track ‘Swamp Thing’ hit #3 in September 1994. It received a Platinum accreditation.

8. Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey - Endless Love

Covering the track that was originally a #1 hit in Australia in 1981 for Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey peaked at #2 in October 1994 with ‘Endless Love’. It was the second duet featuring Vandross to peak at #2, following ‘The Best Things In Life Are Free’ (#2 Nov. ’92), which he recorded with Janet Jackson.

7. Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me

2011 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee Kylie Minogue picked up the fourth of her ten #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Confide In Me’ claimed the top spot for four weeks in late-1994. Released as the first single from Minogue’s self-titled fifth album (#3 Oct. ’94), the track debuted at #31 on the Singles Chart before hitting #1 the following week. It spent a total of nine weeks in the top ten.

6. Madonna - Secret

The first single from Madonna’s Bedtime Stories (#1 Oct. ’94), ‘Secret’ became the first of two tracks from the album to hit the Top Ten when it peaked at #5 in October 1994. The title track went on to also peak at #5 in April 1995.

5. Tina Arena - Chains

Releasing the first single from Don’t Ask (#1 Nov. ’95), Tina Arena took out the second of her five Top Tens on the Singles Chart. ‘Chains’ peaked at #4 in December 1994 and received a Platinum accreditation. When Arena was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2015, she performed the song with The Veronicas and Jessica Mauboy.

4. Nine Inch Nails - Closer

American industrial band Nine Inch Nails scored their only Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Closer’ peaked at #3 in November 1994. Released from the band’s breakthrough album, The Downward Spiral (#12 Oct. ’94), ‘Closer’ has been covered by Maroon 5, MGMT, Father John Misty and more.

3. Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You

Boyz II Men took out their second #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ held the top spot for two weeks in October 1994. The American quartet first hit #1 with ‘End Of The Road’ (#1 Nov. ’92). It was also their second #1 in the US.

2. Bon Jovi - Always

The highest peak on the ARIA Singles Chart for American rockers Bon Jovi came when ‘Always’ hit #2 for seven straight weeks between October and December 1994. The track was one of two new songs added to the hits compilation Cross Road (#1 Oct. ’94). The other new song, ‘Someday I'll Be Saturday Night’, peaked at #10 in early 1995. Bon Jovi have had 11 Top Ten singles in Australia.

1. Silverchair - Tomorrow

Newcastle band announced their arrival on the Australian music scene when debut single ‘Tomorrow’ spent six straight weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Released when the trio were aged 14 and 15, the single debuted at #26 in September, before hitting #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the Top 50. Spending 20 weeks in the Top Ten and 29 weeks in the Top 50, ‘Tomorrow’ featured in both the 1994 and 1995 ARIA End Of Year Single Charts and was accredited 2x Platinum. The single won Silverchair Single Of The Year, Highest Selling Single and Breakthrough Artist – Single at the 1995 ARIA Awards. Silverchair later topped the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘Freak’ (#1 Jan. ‘997) and ‘Straight Lines’ (#1 Mar. ’07).