ARIA Charts Throwback: 26 January 1992
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 26 January 1992

January 24, 2019

Let's talk about all the good things and the bad things that appeared on the ARIA Charts in January 1992.

As 1992 kicked off, the top of the ARIA Albums Chart saw the likes of Prince, Jimmy Barnes, Baby Animals, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Enya and more dominating.

As the month closed out, a rap trio hit #1 on the Singles Chart with a important public service announcement.

10. Diesel - Come To Me

Dropping the Johnny Diesel moniker to simply become Diesel, the Australian singer-songwriter peaked at #8 with ‘Come To Me’. It was the first of two Top Ten singles from the album Hepfidelity (#1 Mar. ’92); ‘Tip Of My Tongue’ hit #4 in March of the same year.



9. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nirvana made their first appearance on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ peaked at #5 in March 1992. It was the first single released from the American trio’s second album, Nevermind (#2 Jan. ’92). The band would score their second and final Top Ten entry in October 1994 when ‘About A Girl’ peaked at #4.



8. Julian Lennon - Saltwater

The first single from Julian Lennon’s fourth album Help Yourself (#5 Mar. ’92) was the singer-songwriter’s first, and to date only, #1 on the ARIA Charts. ‘Saltwater’ spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart in March 1992. It was #14 on the 1992 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and has received a Platinum accreditation.



7. Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy

British trio Right Said Fred scored their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘I’m Too Sexy’ spent three straight weeks in the top spot in November 1991. The first single from the group’s debut album, Up (#39 Jul. ’92), ‘I’m Too Sexy’ debuted at #27 in October before hitting #1 for the first time in its fifth week in the chart. In total, it spent 14 weeks in the Top Ten and 21 weeks in the Top 50. Right Said Fred scored their only other Top 50 appearances with ‘Don’t Talk Just Kiss’ (#18 Mar. ’92) ‘Deeply Dippy’ (#38 Aug. ’92).



6. Rockmelons Feat. Deni Hines - Ain't No Sunshine

Sydney trio the Rockmelons made their first appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when their cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ peaked at #5 in January 1992. The track was one of three singles from Form 1 Planet (#3 Aug. ’92) to feature vocals by Deni Hines.



5. Euphoria - Love You Right

With their debut single, Sydney dance-pop outfit Euphoria scored the first of their two #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart. ‘Love You Right’ spent two weeks at #1 in February/March 1992, while follow-up ‘One In A Million’ hit the top spot for one week in June of the same year.



4. George Michael With Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Originally released by Elton John in 1974, ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ hit #3 in Australia in early 1991 when it was covered by George Michael. The live version, recorded at Wembley Arena, features a surprise appearance by John. It hit #1 in the UK and US.



3. Michael Jackson - Black Or White

The only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for Michael Jackson came when ‘Black Or White’ spent eight straight weeks at #1 in December 1991 and January 1992. The first single to come from Dangerous (#1 Dec. ‘91), the track was Jackson’s first single in two years. It debuted at #5 in November and hit #1 for the first time in its third week in the top 50. ‘Black Or White’ spent a total of 15 weeks in the Top Ten and 24 weeks in the Top 50.



2. Prince And The New Power Generation - Cream

The late, great Prince scored his second Top Ten hit from the album Diamonds And Pearls (#1 Feb. ’92) when ‘Cream’ peaked at #2 for four weeks in in January/February 1992. The single became Prince’s fifth and final #1 single in the US when it spent two weeks at #1 in November 1991.



1. Salt 'N' Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex

American rap trio Salt-N-Pepa picked up their only #1 on the ARIA Charts when ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ spent four straight weeks at the top of the Singles Chart. The track debuted at #11 in November 1991 and hit the peak in its ninth week on the chart. Lifted from Salt-N-Pepa’s third studio album, Blacks' Magic, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ was #48 on the 1992 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart. It received a Platinum accreditation. Salt-N-Pepa have scored three more top three singles in Australia during their career: ‘Push It’ (#3 Oct. ’88), ‘Shoop’ (#2 Jan. ’94) and ‘Whatta Man’ (#2 Mar. ’94).