ARIA Charts Throwback: 21 June 1987
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 21 June 1987

June 20, 2019

Clocks strikes upon the hour and the sun begins to fade. Time to check out the hits of June 1987.

As June 1987 headed into its final week, the ARIA Albums Chart saw John Farnham, Crowded House, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, U2, Fleetwood Mac, The Bangles, Hoodoo Gurus, Simply Red and more in the high positions.

On the Singles Chart, an American star was beginning her two-month domination of #1.

10. Madonna - La Isla Bonita

‘La Isla Bonita’ became Madonna’s fourth Top Ten single from the album True Blue (#1 Aug. ’86) when it peaked at #6 in May 1987. The album also spawned the hits ‘Live To Tell’ (#7 Jun. ’86), ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ (#1 Aug. ’86) and ‘True Blue’ (#5 Nov. ’86).



9. The Pretenders - Hymn To Her

The Pretenders scored their second consecutive Top Ten hit in Australia when ‘Hymn To Her’ landed at #7 in June 1987. Like ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’, the single came from the group’s fourth album, Get Close (#12 Mar. ’87).



8. Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene?

Sydney band the Hoodoo Gurus snared the biggest hit single of their career when ‘What’s My Scene?’ hit #3 for two weeks in May 1987. Their third album Blow Your Cool became their biggest hit so far on the Albums Chart when it peaked at #2 in the same month.



7. Paul Lekakis - Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)

American singer/actor/model Paul Lekakis made his sole appearance on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)’ spent five straight weeks at #1 in April/May 1987.



6. Mel & Kim - Respectable

‘Respectable’ by British duo Mel & Kim spent one week at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in July 1987. F.L.M. (#2 Sept. ’87), their only album, also produced the singles ‘Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)’ (#12 Jul. ’87) and the album’s title track (#19 Sept. ’87).



5. Club Nouveau - Lean On Me

Covering Bill Withers’ 1972 hit, ‘Lean On Me’, Club Nouveau scored their only entry on the ARIA Singles Chart. The American R&B group peaked at #5 for two weeks in June 1987. The single went to #1 in the US.



4. World Party - Ship Of Fools

British act World Party made their only Top Ten appearance in Australia when ‘Ship Of Fools’ hit #4 for two weeks in June 1987. The track came from World Party’s debut album, Private Revolution (#13 Jun. ’87).



3. Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

Starship took out their second Top Ten entry on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ peaked at #3 for six consecutive weeks in June/July 1987. The track came from Starships second album, No Protection (#43 Aug. ’87). They hit #1 with the single ‘We Built This City’ (#1 Jan. ’86).



2. Dave Dobbyn With Herbs - Slice Of Heaven

The only ARIA Charts chart-topper for Kiwi singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn came when ‘Slice Of Heaven’ spent four straight weeks at #1 in May/June 1987. Taken from Dobbyn’s soundtrack to the animated film Footrot Flats (#20 Jun. ’87) and featuring reggae vocal group Herbs, ‘Slice Of Heaven’ debuted at 29 in April and after a steady climb, hit #1 for the first time in its fifth week in the top 50. It also spent eight weeks at #1 In New Zealand.



1. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Whitney Houston notched up her second #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ held the top spot for five straight weeks in June/July 1987. Taken from the album Whitney (#1 Jun. ’87), the singles debuted at #13 at the end of May before hitting #1 for the first time in its fourth week on the chart. Whitney Houston also had #1 singles with ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ (#1 Jul. ’86) and ‘I Will Always Love You’ (#1 Dec. ’92).