ARIA Charts Throwback: 24 June 1984
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 24 June 1984

June 27, 2019

Hello, is it the hits of June 1984 you’re looking for?

As the first half of 1984 headed towards its conclusion, the top of the ARIA Albums Chart saw the likes of Lionel Richie, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Eurogliders, Pseudo Echo, Michael Jackson and more holding strong.

For most of the month, the top of the ARIA Singles Chart was held by one of the 1980s’ biggest ballads.

10. Eurogliders - Heaven (Must Be There)

Perth band the Eurogliders scored their biggest hit on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Heaven (Must Be There)’ peaked at #2 for two weeks in July 1984. Coming from the band’s second album, This Island (#4 Jul. ’84), it was the first of their three Top Ten entries on the chart: they later appeared with ‘We Will Together’ (#7 Jul. ’85) and ‘Can’t Wait To See You’ (#8 Feb. ’86).

9. Queen - I Want To Break Free

The second single from Queen’s eleventh album, The Works (#16 Mar. ’84), ‘I Want To Break Free’ was also the group’s second Top Ten single of 1984, following ‘Radio Ga Ga’ (#2 Mar. ’84). Peaking at #8, ‘I Want To Break Free’ is well known for its video, which features all four members of Queen dressed as women. Queen wouldn’t hit the Top Ten again until ‘I Want It All’ (#10 Jun. ’89).

8. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

After topping the Singles Chart with ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ (#1 Mar. ’84), Cyndi Lauper scored the second of her three Top Ten singles in 1984 when ‘Time After Time’ peaked at #6 in June. She also charted later in the year with ‘She Bop’ (#6 Nov. ’84). All three tracks came from Lauper’s debut album, She’s So Unusual (#3 Mar. ’85).

7. Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson - To All The Girls I've Loved Before

Originally released by songwriter Albert Hammond on his 1975 album 99 Miles From L.A., the most famous version of ‘To All The Girls I've Loved Before’ came when Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias joined forces with American country star Willie Nelson in 1984. Peaking at #4, the track was the highest Singles Chart peak in Australia for both men.

6. Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy

The only appearance in the ARIA Top Ten for American artist Deniece Williams came when ‘Let's Hear It For The Boy’ hit #3 in July 1984. Much of the success of the track came from its inclusion on the soundtrack of Footloose (#2 Jul. ’84). In the US, it was Williams’ second #1 single.

5. Duran Duran - The Reflex

The classic line-up of Duran Duran scored eight Top Tens on the Australian Singles Chart between 1981 and 1985. ‘The Reflex’ was the second single from the group’s third album, Seven And The Ragged Tiger (#2 Dec. ’83) to peak at #4 after ‘Union Of The Snake’ (#4 Nov. ’83). Duran Duran’s last Top Ten (classic line-up or otherwise) was with the James Bond theme ‘A View To A Kill’ (#6 Jul. ’85).

4. Kenny Loggins - Footloose

The title track to the film Footloose spent three weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in May/June 1984. It gave American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins his only chart-topper in both Australia and the US. When Footloose was remade in 2011, country artist Blake Shelton recorded a version of the track.

3. Phil Collins - Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

Phil Collins took out his third solo Top Ten single when ‘Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’ peaked at #3 for four straight weeks during June 1984. The track was the theme to romantic thriller Against All Odds, which starred Rachel Ward and Jeff Bridges. It was Collins’ first #1 single in the US.

2. The Twelfth Man - It's Just Not Cricket

With his debut single under the moniker The Twelfth Man, Australian comedian Billy Birmingham took out the first of this two #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart when it spent three weeks in the top spot in July 1984. The Twelfth Man’s second #1 single came when ‘Marvellous’ topped the charts for two weeks in April 1992. Birmingham also scored seven #1s on the ARIA Albums Chart between 1987 and 2006.

1. Lionel Richie - Hello

‘Hello’ became American soul singer-songwriter Lionel Richie’s second #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when it spent three straight weeks in the top spot during June 1984. Like his first #1, ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ (#1 Dec. 83), ‘Hello’ came from Richie’s second solo studio album, Can’t Slow Down (#1 Jun. ’84). It was one of six tracks by Richie to hit the Australian Top Ten; his last appearance was with ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’ (#2 Sept. ’86).