ARIA Charts Throwback: 16 June 1985
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 16 June 1985

June 13, 2019

Now would we say something that wasn’t true? We promise you’ll love the hits of June 1985.

Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Phil Colins, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Tears For Fears, Julian Lennon, Mental as Anything and were keeping the top of the ARIA Albums Chart busy in June 1985.

For two weeks that month, the ARIA Singles Chart was topped by a British duo and one of the decade’s biggest bangers.

10. Paul Hardcastle - 19

British multi-instrumentalist Paul Hardcastle made his only appearance in the ARIA Top 50 when his single ‘19’ peaked at #10 for three weeks in June/July 1985. The track was Hardcastle’s only #1 single in the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and several charts across Europe.

9. Uncanny X-Men - 50 Years

The only Top Ten entry on the ARIA Singles Chart for Melbourne rockers the Uncanny X-Men came when ’50 Years’ peaked at #4 for one week in June 1985. Coming from the band’s debut album ‘Cos Life Hurts (#3 Jun. ’85), it was one of two tracks the Uncanny X-Men performed at the 1985 Oz for Africa concert, which was part of the global Live Aid program.

8. Go West - We Close Our Eyes

With their debut single, Go West scored the first of their two entries in the ARIA Top Ten. Five years after the British duo peaked at #8 with ‘We Close Our Eyes’, they took out a new high place when ‘King Of Wishful Thinking’ – which featured in the film Pretty Woman – peaked at #6.

7. Madonna - Angel / Into The Groove

After taking out her first #1 on the Singles Chart at the end of 1984 with ‘Like A Virgin’, Madonna scored two more chart-toppers in 1985. Her first new #1 for the year was with the double A-side ‘Angel/Into The Groove’. The single spent four straight weeks at #1 in June/July before being replaced in top spot by another Madonna single, ‘Crazy For You’.

6. Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)

Recorded for the film The Breakfast Club, ‘Don't You (Forget About Me)’ peaked at #6 in mid-June 1985. It became the highest-peaking of Simple Minds' three Top Tens in Australia; they peaked at #10 in August 1982 with ‘Promised You A Miracle’ and at #9 in in October of the same year with ‘Glittering Prize’.

5. Debarge - Rhythm Of The Night

American family band Debarge made their only appearance in the ARIA Top 50 when they peaked at #5 with ‘Rhythm Of The Night’. The single was also the R&B group’s highest-charting single in the US, hitting #3. The track was one of the first major hits for songwriter Diane Warren.

4. Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Hitting #1 for a week in March 1985 with ‘Shout’ (#1 Mar. ’85), Tear For Fears returned to the Top Ten in the middle of the year with follow-up single ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, which peaked at #2. Both tracks came from the duo’s second album, Song From The Big Chair(#5 May ’85), as did another chart hit, ‘Head Over Heels’ (#21 Aug. ’85).

3. USA For Africa - We Are The World

Featuring an all-star line-up that included Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Tina Turner and more, ‘We Are The World’ spent nine consecutive weeks at #1 between April and June 1985. The single, as a well as an album of the same name, were released to raised funds for African famine relief.

2. REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling

American band REO Speedwagon scored their biggest hit on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ peaked at #2 for a week in June 1985. In the Us, it became the band’s second #1 single after 1980’s ‘Keep On Loving You’.

1. Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?

The only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for British duo the Eurythmics came when ‘Would I Lie To You?’ spent two weeks in the top spot in June 1985. Released as the first single from the band’s fourth album Be Yourself Tonight (#1 Jun ’85), the track spent nine weeks in the top ten and 16 weeks in the top 50. Eurythmics scored six Top Ten singles during the 1980s, the last being with ‘Missionary Man’ (#9 Oct. ’86).