ARIA Charts Throwback: 3 April 1994
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 3 April 1994

April 4, 2019

Let the light of love shine through with the hits of April 1994.

As 1994 headed into its fourth month, Pantera, Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton, k.d. lang, Salt ‘N’ Pepa, Soundgarden, DIG, Culture Bear and more were among the names sitting in the Top Ten on the ARIA Albums Chart.

For the first half of the month, a British boy band were experiencing their biggest chart success in Australia.

10. Beck - Loser

Indie icon Beck made his only appearance in the ARIA Singles Chart Top 50 when ‘Loser’ peaked at #8 in April 1994. The track came from Beck’s breakthrough third album, Mellow Gold. Two years later, he would make his Albums Chart debut with Odelay (#20 Jul. ’96).

9. D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better

The first of D:Ream’s two Top Ten singles in Australia came when ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ peaked at #9 for one week in April 1994. The Northern Irish dance group would hit the Top Ten again a couple of months later with ‘U R The Best Thing’ (#9 Jun. ’94). Both songs featured on the album D:Ream On Volume 1 (#12 Jun. ’94).

8. Michael Bolton - Said I Loved You...But I Lied

Michael Bolton’s fourth and final Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart, ‘Said I Loved You...But I Lied’ peaked at #2 in March 1994. Its parent album, The One Thing, spent two weeks at #1 in the same month. ‘Said I Loved You...But I Lied’ was Bolton’s second track to peak at #2 after ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’ (#2 Mar. ’90).

7. Melodie MC - Dum Da Dum

Swedish artist Melodie MC scored his highest peak on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Dum Da Dum’ reached #5 for two weeks in April 1994. His only other chart entry was with ‘I Wanna Dance’ (#21 Jul. ’94). He retired from music in 2000.

6. Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia

Peaking at #4 in April 1994, ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’ was Bruce Springsteen’s first appearance in the Top Ten in Australia since ‘Dancing In The Dark’ (#5 Sept. ’84). Written for the film Philadelphia, the track went on to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and four Grammys.

5. Dr. Alban - Sing Hallelujah

Nigerian-born Swedish musician/producer Dr. Alban first appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Sing Hallelujah’ peaked at #5 in April 1994. His only other chart entry came just over a month later with ‘It’s My Life’ (#43 May ’94).

4. Salt 'N' Pepa with En Vogue - Whatta Man

American hip hop group Salt ‘N’ Pepa scored their fourth Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Whatta Man’ peaked at #2 for a week in March 1994. Featuring vocal group En Vogue, the single was Salt ‘N Pepa’s second #2 peak for the year, having charted with ‘Shoop’ (#2 Jan. ’94).

3. Mariah Carey - Without You

Originally released by Badfinger in 1970 and a worldwide #1 hit for Harry Nilsson in 1971/72, ‘Without You’ got a third life when Mariah Carey recorded a version in 1994. The third single from Music Box (#1 Mar. ’94), Carey’s ‘Without You’ peaked at #3 for three weeks in March/April.

2. Celine Dion - The Power Of Love
Celine Dion scored her first #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when her version of ‘The Power Of Love’ hit the top spot for one week in April 1994. Taken from the album The Colour Of My Love (#1 May ’95), the track was a cover of Jennifer Rush’s #1 single from 1985. Celine Dion also hit #1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Because You Loved Me’ (#1 Aug. ’96) and ‘My Heart Will Go On’ (#1 Feb. ’98).

1. East 17 - It's Alright

British boy band East 17 scored their sole chart-topper on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘It’s Alright’ staged a seven-week run at #1 in early-1994. The fourth single from the quartet’s debut album, Walthamstow (#5 Apr. ’94), it debuted at #25 before reaching #1 in its third week in the top 50. ‘It’s Alright’ spent a total of eleven weeks in the Top Ten and 17 weeks in the Top 50. ‘It's Alright’ was #4 in the 1994 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and received a Platinum accreditation. Walthamstow featured three other Top Ten Singles: ‘House Of Love’ (#5 Apr. '93), ‘Deep’ (#7 Jun. ’93) and ‘West End Girls’ (#4 Aug. ’93). Following ‘It’s Alright’, East 17 hit the top ten with two more singles: ‘Around The World’ (#4 Jul. ’94) and ‘Stay Another Day’ (#3 Jan. ’95).