ARIA Charts Throwback: 4 December 1983
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 4 December 1983

December 6, 2018

Meet me down by the jetty landing and let’s have a look at the hits of December 1983.

Heading into the final weeks of 1983, heavy hitters dominated the ARIA Albums Chart including Culture Club, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Elton John, Bob Dylan and Linda Ronstadt.

The top of the Singles Chart saw an Australian band taking out the top spot with a future classic.

10. Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack - Tonight, I Celebrate My Love For You

Featuring on Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack’s album of duets, Born To Love (#35 Nov. ’83), ‘Tonight, I Celebrate My Love For You’ peaked at #10 for one week in December 1983. Bryson would later also peak at #10 with ‘A Whole New World’, a duet with Regina Belle.

9. David Bowie - Modern Love

David Bowie scored the second Top Ten single from his Let’s Dance (#1 May ’83) album when ‘Modern Love’ peaked at #6 in late-1983. It was the third single released from the album following the title track (#2 Apr. ’83) and ‘China Girl’ (#15 Jul. ’83).

8. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson - Say Say Say

The second of three duets released by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, ‘Say Say Say’ equaled the peak of the first when it hit #4 at the end of December 1983. The pair’s first release, ‘The Girl Is Mine’ peaked at #4 12 months prior.

7. Duran Duran - Union Of The Snake

Released as the first single from their third album, Seven And The Ragged Tiger (#2 Dec. ’84), ‘Union Of The Snake’ became the fifth Top Ten single released by Duran Duran’s classic line-up during the 1980s. Their eighth and final Top Ten with that quintet was with ‘A View To A Kill’ (#6 Jul. ’85).

6. KC & The Sunshine Band - Give It Up

Peaking at #3 in November 1983, ‘Give It Up’ was the last appearance in the ARIA Top 50 for American disco group KC & The Sunshine Band. Danish group Cut ‘N’ Move spent four weeks at #1 in Australia in February 1994 with a cover of the track.

5. Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton - Islands In The Stream

Written by the Bee Gees, ‘Islands In The Stream’ topped the ARIA Singles Chart for one week in December 1983. It was the only #1 single in Australia for both Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. The Bee Gees released their own version in 2001.

4. UB40 - Red Red Wine

British reggae group UB40 made their first appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘Red Red Wine’ peaked at #2 in December 1983. The track was written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond in 1967, becoming a minor hit in the US the following year.

3. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon

‘Karma Chameleon’ became British pop group Culture Club’s second #1 single in Australia when it spent five consecutive weeks in the top spot in October/November 1983. As well as being the group’s second #1 single in the UK, it was their only chart-topper in the US.

2. Billy Joel - Uptown Girl

Billy Joel scored the first of his two #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Uptown Girl’ spent a week in the top spot in December 1983. The track was the second Top Ten single from the album An Innocent Man (#3 Nov. ’83) after ‘Tell Her About It’ (#9 Oct. ’83). Irish boyband Westlife also had a hit with their version of the track, hitting #6 in July 2001.

1. Australian Crawl - Reckless (Don't Be So)

Victorian band Australian Crawl took out their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Reckless (Don’t Be So)’ spent a week in pole position in December 1983. The lead track on the EP Semantics debuted at #9 in October before hitting #1 in its eighth week in the chart. It has since been covered by an array of artists including Paul Kelly, John Farnham, Children Collide, Angie Hart and more.