ARIA Charts Throwback: 10 March 1985
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 10 March 1985

March 7, 2019

Want to know what love is? Maybe the hits of March 1985 can show you.

March 1985 saw the top of the ARIA Albums Chart dominated by Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, John Fogerty, Foreigner, Madonna, The Angels. Wham!, Alison Moyet, Don Henley and more.

For the first half of the month, one of the biggest power ballads of the 1980s was triumphant on the Singles Chart.

10. I'm Talking - Trust Me

Melbourne band I’m Talking made their debut on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Trust Me’ peaked at #10 in March 1985. The funk-pop act would later have Top Ten hits with ‘Do You Wanna Be?’ (#8 Jun. ’86) and ‘Holy Word’ (#9 Sept. ’86).



9. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?

Featuring an all-star cast of 80s pop talent, the charity single ‘Do They Know It's Christmas?’ held #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for four weeks in January/February 1985. The track has been re-recorded a number of times, including in 1990 (#30), 2004 (#9) and 2014 (#3).



8. Tears For Fears - Shout

British band Tears For Fears picked up their only #1 on the ARIA Charts when single ‘Shout’ spent one week in the top spot in March/April 1985. Released as the second single from the band’s second album, Songs From The Big Chair (#5 May ’85), ‘Shout’ debuted at #22 in early March and hit #1 in its fifth week in the Top 50. The single spent a total of nine weeks in the Top Ten. Two more singles from Songs From The Big Chair charted in 1985: ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ (#2 Jun. ’85) and ‘Head Over Heels’ (#21 Aug. ’85).



7. Wham! - Everything She Wants

Considered by the late George Michael to be his favourite Wham! song, ‘Everything She Wants’ was originally released as the b-side to ‘Last Christmas’ (#3 Dec. ’84). After the festive season was over, the sides were flipped and ‘Everything She Wants’ peaked at #7.



6. Limahl - The NeverEnding Story

Former Kajagoogoo front man Limahl scored his biggest solo hit when ‘The NeverEnding Story’ peaked at #6 in March 1985. The title track to the 1984 film of the same name was the British artist’s second and final chart entry, following ‘Only For Love’ (#50 May ’84).



5. Don Henley - The Boys Of Summer

Eagles vocalist and drummer Don Henley made his only solo appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘The Boys Of Summer’ peaked at #3 for two weeks in March 1985. Its parent album, Building The Perfect Beast, hit #4 in late-March. It also featured the single ‘All She Wants To Do Is Dance’ (#22 Jun. ’85).



4. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.

The title track to Bruce Springsteen’s seventh album (#1 Oct. ’84) became his biggest hit single in Australia when it peaked at #2 in March 1985. It was the second single from the album to hit the Top Ten after ‘Dancing In The Dark’ (#5 Sept. ’84). Springsteen wouldn’t hit the Top Ten again until ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’ (#4 Apr. ’94).



3. Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok

English actor/singer Murray Head hit #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for one week in March 1985 with ‘One Night In Bangkok’. The single was released from the concept album Chess, written by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, which was later turned into a stage musical.



2. Laura Branigan - Ti Amo

The fourth and final Top Ten entry in Australia for American performer Laura Branigan came when ‘Ti Amo’ peaked at #2 for a week in March 1985. The track was an English adaptation of a track originally released in 1977 by Italian singer Umberto Tozzi.



1. Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is

Foreigner scored their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ spent five consecutive weeks at #1 in February/March 1985. The first single released from the British/American band’s fifth studio album Agent Provocateur (#2 Mar. ‘85), ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ debuted at #28 in January 1985 and hit #1 for the first time in its fifth week in the Top 50. In total, the single spent 11 weeks in the Top Ten and 17 weeks in the Top 50. Foreigner’s last appearance in the ARIA Top 50 was with ‘I Don’t Want To Live Without You’ (#24 Jul. ’88).