ARIA Charts Throwback: 22 March 1987
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 22 March 1987

March 21, 2019

I knew you were waiting, I knew you were waiting for the biggest hits of March 1987!

The third month of 1987 found the likes of John Farnham, Paul Simon, Eurythmics, Crowded House, Lionel Richie, The Angels, Billy Idol and more holding strong at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart.

The second half of March also saw an unlikely soul pair join together to conquer the Singles Chart.

10. Deborah Harry - French Kissin' In The U.S.A.

Blondie lead singer Deborah Harry scored her first solo Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘French Kissin' In The U.S.A.’ peaked at #4 in February 1987. The track was written by Chuck Lorre, who later found success as the creator of TV series including The Big Bang Theory, Dharma & Greg and Two And A Half Men.



9. The Angels - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

Originally a hit for The Animals in 1965, The Angels’ version of ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’ appeared on their eighth album, Howling (#6 Mar. ’87). Peaking at #7, it was the ARIA Hall Of Fame band’s highest charting single ever.



8. Europe – The Final Countdown

Swedish hard rock band Europe made their only appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘The Final Countdown’ peaked at #2 for four weeks in April/May 1987. The track was a #1 across Europe, including in the UK, Germany, France and the band’s homeland. It hit #8 in the US.



7. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ became New Order’s first Top Ten single on the ARIA Charts when it hit #5 in March 1987. In 1994, Melbourne band Frente! released an acoustic version of the track on their EP Lonely (#7 Jun. ’95).



6. Cameo - Word Up

American R&B/funk band Cameo made their only appearance on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Word Up’ peaked at #6 in March 1987. The song has since been covered by Mel B, Korn, Little Mix and more.



5. John Farnham - Pressure Down

John Farnham picked up the second Top Ten single from Whispering Jack (#1 Nov. ’86) when ‘Pressure Down’ peaked at #4 for two weeks in March 1987. Other singles from the album included ‘You’re The Voice’ (#1 Nov. ’86) and ‘A Touch Of Paradise’ (#24 Apr. ’87).



4. The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian

American pop band The Bangles hit #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for the first time when ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’ spent two weeks in the top spot in February/March 1987. The track was also the quartet’s first #1 in the US. They would later spend three weeks at #1 in Australia in mid-1989 with ‘Eternal Flame’.



3. Boris Gardiner - I Wanna Wake Up With You

Scoring his sole ARIA Singles Chart entry, Jamaican artist Boris Gardiner spent one week at #1 with ‘I Wanna Wake Up With You’ in March 1987. In the UK, the track spent three weeks at #1 in August 1986.



2. Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On

Kim Wilde took out her only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ spent two nonconsecutive weeks at #1 in February/March 1987. Composed by legendary Motown songwriting team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song was first released by The Supremes in 1966. It has also been recorded by Vanilla Fudge, Wilson Pickett, Rod Stewart and more.



1. Aretha Franklin & George Michael - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

Soul legend Aretha Franklin took out her only #1 on the ARIA Charts when she teamed up with George Michael on the single ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’. Taken from the album Aretha (#33 Mar. ’87), the single debuted at #37 in February 1987 and reached #1 in its fifth week in the top 50. As well as spending four straight weeks at #1, ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’ spent 10 weeks in the Top Ten and 16 weeks in the Top 50. As well as being Franklin’s only #1, it was her last appearance in the Top 50. George Michael also scored #1 singles with ‘Careless Whisper’ (#1 Sept. ‘84) ‘Faith’ (#1 Jan. ’88), ‘Jesus To A Child’ (#1 Jan. ’96) and ‘Fastlove’ (#1 May ’96).