ARIA Charts Throwback: 26 March 1989
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 26 March 1989

March 28, 2019

Life is a mystery but the hits of March 1989 aren’t!

As the third month of 1989 came to a close, the ARIA Albums Chart was dominated by the likes of Roy Orbison, Traveling Wilburys, Melissa Ethridge, Fine Young Cannibals, Johnny Diesel & The Injectors, Tracy Chapman, Robert Palmer, 1927 and more.

On the Singles Chart, one of the defining artists of the 80s was riding high with what would become one of her defining tracks.

10. Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Soul Revival

The second single by Johnny Diesel & The Injectors became the Perth band’s second Top Ten when it peaked at #9 for three weeks in March/April 1989. They also hit the Top Ten with ‘Don’t Need Love’ (#10 Dec. ’88) and ‘Cry In Shame’ (#10 May ’89). All three came from Johnny Diesel & the Injectors’ self-titled debut album (#2 May ’89).



9. Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Husband and wife duo Cecil and Linda Womack took out their biggest hit in Australia when ‘Teardrops’ held #2 for four consecutive weeks in February 1989. The track has been covered by Elton John and k.d. lang, Elton John and Lulu, Sugababes, The xx, Joss Stone and more.



8. The Proclaimers - I'm On My Way

Peaking at #3 in April 1989, ‘I’m On My Way’ became the second single from The Proclaimers’ Sunshine On Leith (#2 Apr. ’89) to hit the ARIA Top Ten after ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ (#1 Feb. ’89). The track was later used in the 2001 film Shrek.



7. Jason Donovan - Too Many Broken Hearts

Jason Donovan scored hit third consecutive Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ peaked at #7 for three weeks in March/April 1989. He would hit the Top Ten one more time, peaking at #8 with ‘Sealed With A Kiss’ in July 1989.



6. Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years

British supergroup Mike + The Mechanics scored their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘The Living Years’ topped the chart for one week in May 1989. The second single released from the album Living Years (#10 May ’89), it debuted at #45 in February 1989 and hit #1 in its eleventh week in the chart. ‘The Living Years’ spent a total of 13 weeks in the Top Ten and 20 weeks in the Top 50. The single was #10 on the 1989 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and was accredited Gold.



5. Roy Orbison - You Got It

The first single released from Mystery Girl (#1 Mar. ’89), returned Roy Orbison to the Australian Singles Chart Top Ten for the first time as a solo artist since 1969. Co-written by Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, ‘You Got It’ peaked at #3 for two weeks in March 1989. Earlier the same year, Orbison also hit #3 as a member of the Traveling Wilburys with ‘Handle With Care’.



4. Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter

With his first single as a solo artist, Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss claimed his first entry in the Top Ten. ‘Tucker’s Daughter’ (#2 Mar. ’89) was one of two Top Ten singles from Matchbook (#1 Aug. ’89), along with ‘Telephone Booth’ (#7 Aug. ’89). ‘Tucker’s Daughter’ earned ARIA Awards for Breakthrough Artist – Single and Song of the Year.



3. The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Scottish twins Charlie and Craig Reid, aka The Proclaimers, picked up their only #1 on the ARIA Charts when ‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ spent five straight weeks in the top spot during February and March 1989. Released as the first single from the duo’s second album, Sunshine On Leith (#2 Apr. ’89), the track debuted at #42 in December 1988. It reached #1 for the first time in its ninth week in the Top 50 and spent a total of 15 weeks in the Top Ten. ‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ reached #3 on the 1989 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart. It later became a hit in the US in 1993 thanks to it featuring in the film Benny & Joon.



2. Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy

British trio the Fine Young Cannibals scored their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ spent three weeks in the top spot during April 1989. Taken from their second album, The Raw & The Cooked (#1 Jul. ’89), the single went on to be accredited Platinum and was #6 on the 1989 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.



1. Madonna - Like A Prayer

Madonna took out the fifth of her ten #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Like A Prayer’ held the top spot for five weeks between March and May 1989. The first single and title track from Like A Prayer (#4 Apr. ’89) debuted at #3 before hitting #1 for the first time in its second week on the chart. In total, the single spent 13 weeks in the Top Ten and 22 weeks in the Top 50. It was #1 on the 1989 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.