ARIA Charts Throwback: 15 January 1984
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 15 January 1984

January 17, 2019

We're going to party, karamu, fiesta, forever. Come on and sing along to the hits of January 1984!

During the early weeks of 1984, the ARIA Albums Chart was dominated by acts including Culture Club, Australian Crawl, Julio Iglesias, David Bowie, Elton John, Billy Joel and more.

On the Singles Chart, an American star was ringing in the new year with a party anthem.

10. Kids In The Kitchen - Change In Mood

Kids In The Kitchen took out their only appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘Change In Mood’ hit #10 in early 1984. The Melbourne new wave band’s debut single would later appear on their debut album, Shine (#9 Jul. ’85).

9. 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 the following year.

8. INXS - Original Sin

INXS’ only #1 single on the ARIA Charts came when ‘Original Sin’ topped the chart for two weeks in February 1984. The first track released from the band’s fourth album, The Swing (#1 Apr. ’84), ‘Original Sin’ debuted at #41 in December 1983. It hit #1 for the first time in its eighth week in the chart. In total, the single spent 12 weeks in the Top Ten and 20 weeks in the Top 50.

7. 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.

6. 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.

5. Pseudo Echo - Listening

With their debut single ‘Listening’, Melbourne synth-pop band Pseudo Echo took out the first of their four Top Tens on the ARIA Singles Chart. It peaked at #4 for a week in January 1984. They spent seven straight weeks at #1 in 1986/87 with their cover of ‘Funky Town’.

4. Olivia Newton-John - Twist Of Fate

Olivia Newton-John took out her final Top Ten entry of the 1980s when ‘Twist Of Fate’ peaked at #4 in January 1984. The track featured on the soundtrack to Two Of A Kind (#33 Jan. ’84), a film that saw Newton-John reunite with her Grease co-star John Travolta.

3. 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.

2. Kenny Rogers With 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.

1. Lionel Richie - All Night Long (All Night)

American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie scored his second #1 single in Australia and the first on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ held the top spot for seven weeks between December 1983 and January 1984. Featured on Richie’s second solo album Can’t Slow Down (#1 Jun. ’84), the single debuted at #36 in November and hit #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the Top 50. Sixth months later, Lionel Richie would top the chart again with ‘Hello’ (#1 Jun. ’84).