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This Week In... 1984

November 20, 2018

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 34 years ago!


Midnight Oil - Red Sails In The Sunset

The first of Midnight Oil’s four #1 albums on the ARIA Charts came when Red Sails In The Sunset held the top spot for four straight weeks during November 1984. The Sydney band’s fifth album debuted at #2 before jumping to #1 in its second week on the chart. In total, Red Sails In The Sunset spent 19 weeks in the top ten and 29 weeks in the top 50.

Red Sails In The Sunset features the singles ‘When The Generals Talk’ and ‘Best Of Both Worlds’. The album has been accredited 4x Platinum.

Midnight Oil went on to top the ARIA Albums Chart with Diesel & Dust (#1 Aug. ’87), Blue Sky Mining (#1 Mar. ’90) and 20,000 Watt RSL (#1 Oct. ’97). They split in 2002 and were inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2006.

In 2017, Midnight Oil reunited for a world tour. They recently charted with the live album recorded during that tour, Armistice Day: Live At The Domain, Sydney (#5 Nov. '18).


Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You

Stevie Wonder’s sole Australian #1 single came when ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ topped the ARIA Singles Chart for eight straight weeks in late-1984. The track was lifted from the soundtrack to the film The Woman In Red (#4 Aug. ‘84), which Wonder co-produced and wrote the majority of the songs for. It debuted at #7 in early October and hit #1 for the first spot in its third week in the top 50.

‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ spent 16 weeks in the top ten and 32 weeks in the top 50. The track was #1 for three weeks in the US and six weeks in the UK. It won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Wonder followed ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ with ‘Part Time Lover (#3 Oct. ’85). His last appearance in the ARIA top 50 as lead performer was in 1987 when the single ‘Skeletons’ peaked at #38.