ARIA Charts Throwback: 23 September 1984
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 23 September 1984

September 19, 2019

September 1984 has plenty of hits to make you want to dance again.

Among the names at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart in September 1984, there were Prince, Julio Iglesias, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Rude, Lionel Richie, INXS and ZZ Top.

The top of the Singles Chart saw a member of a famous duo having his first taste of solo success.

10. Vicki Sue Robinson - To Sir With Love

American singer/actress Vicki Sue Robinson scored her only appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when she peaked at #7 with her cover of ‘To Sir With Love’ in September 1984. The original version of ‘To Sir With Love’ was released by Lulu in 1967.



9. Prince - When Doves Cry

Prince took out his first #1 single on the ARIA Charts when ‘When Doves Cry’ spent one week at the peak in August 1984. It was the first of three tracks to chart from the multi-facted artist’s first #1 album Purple Rain (#1 Aug. ’84): the album also produced the hits ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ (#10 Oct. ’84) and ‘Purple Rain’ (#41 Nov. ’84).



8. Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

British synth-pop group Bronski beat took out the first of their three Top Ten singles in Australian when they peaked at #8 for four weeks in September 1984 with ‘Smalltown Boy’. They also appeared in the Top Ten with ‘Why’ (#10 Nov. ’84) and ‘Hit That Perfect Beat’ (#3 Mar. ’86).



7. Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

UK pop duo Wham! snared their only Australian #1 single when ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ spent seven weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart in mid-1984. Lifted from their second album, Make It Big (#1 Feb. ’85), the single debuted at #50 at the start of July. It cracked the #1 spot for the first time in its fourth week in the Top 50. In total, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ spent 12 weeks in the Top Ten and 19 weeks in the Top 50.



6. INXS - Burn For You

‘Burn For You’ became the third Top Three hit from INXS’ album The Swing (#1 Apr. ’84) when it peaked at #3 in August/September 1984. The band also had hits that year with ‘Original Sin’ (#1 Feb. ’84) and ‘I Send A Message’ (#3 Apr. ’84).



5. Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark

‘Dancing In The Dark’ became Bruce Springsteen’s first Top Ten single in Australia when it hit #5 for two weeks in September 1984. Its parent album, Born In The U.S.A., spent eight weeks at #1 in 1984/85.



4. Ray Parker Jr - Ghostbusters

American singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr peaked at #2 for two weeks in late 1984 with ‘Ghostbusters’, the theme to the hit film of the same name. Parker Jr spent one week at #1 on the Australian chart in September 1982 with ‘The Other Woman’. He also had several hits in the late-70s as the frontman of Raydio.



3. Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You

Dan Hartman scored his biggest hit in Australian when ‘I Can Dream About You’ peaked at #3 for three straight weeks in September 1984. The American singer-songwriter also appeared in the Top Ten locally with ‘Instant Replay’, a #6 hit in 1979.



2. Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It

Tina Turner hit #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for the first time as a solo artist when ‘What's Love Got To Do With It’ hit #1 for a week in September 1984. Released from Turner’s album Private Dancer (#7 Sept. ’84), the singe spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and 15 weeks in the Top 50. Tina Turner would later hit #1 with ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)’ (#1 Aug. ’85).



1. George Michael - Careless Whisper

The first single released solely attributed to then-Wham! member George Michael, ‘Careless Whisper’ spent four straight weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart during September and October 1984. The track debuted at #26 and reached #1 for the first time in its third week in the top 50. In total, ‘Careless Whisper’ spent eleven weeks in the Top Ten and 22 weeks in the Top 50. Despite being a George Michael solo single, ‘Careless Whisper’ appeared on the Wham! album Make It Big (#1 Feb. ’85). Prior to ‘Careless Whisper’ reaching #1, Wham! spent seven of the previous nine weeks at the top of the chart with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ (#1 Jul. ’84).