ARIA Charts Throwback: 6 November 1988
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 6 November 1988

November 7, 2019

Fever gettin’ higher? Check out the biggest hits of November 1988!

As 1988 hit its penultimate month, the top of the ARIA Albums Chart saw the likes of INXS, John Farnham, Tracy Chapman, Kylie Minogue, Toni Childs, U2, Bon Jovi, Crowded House and Dire Straits holding strong.

At the top of the Singles Chart, an Irish band cemented their superstar status with their first #1 single.

10. The Escape Club - Wild Wild West

British band The Escape Club scored their only Top Ten entry on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Wild, Wild West’ peaked at #6 in November 1988. A #1 hit in the US, the track never charted in the band’s homeland. The Escape Club’s only other chart appearance was with ‘I’ll Be There’ (#43 Oct. ’91).

9. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up

The third and final Top Ten single for American Pat Benatar came when she peaked at #2 for two weeks in October 1988 with ‘All Fired Up’. Benatar’s best performance on the chart was a five-week run at #1 in early 1984 with ‘Love Is A Battlefield’.

8. Salt 'N' Pepa - Push It

All-female rap trio Salt ‘N’ Pepa made their debut appearance on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1988 when ‘Push It’ peaked at #3 for one week. The group would pick up three more Top Three entries during the early 90s, including spending four weeks at #1 with ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ (#1 Jan. ’92).

7. Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine

Bon Jovi notched up the second of eleven Top Ten singles on the ARIA Charts when ‘Bad Medicine’ spent two weeks at #4 in October/November 1988. In the US, it was the band’s third of four #1 singles during the 1980s.

6. Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible

Two years on from spending two weeks at #1 with ‘Addicted To Love’, British singer-songwriter Robert Palmer returned to the top of the Singles Chart with ‘Simply Irresistible’. The track, well known for its distinctive music video, spent five weeks at #1.

5. Yazz & The Plastic Population - Only Way Is Up

Originally recorded by soul singer Otis Clay in 1980, ‘The Only Way Is Up’ became the biggest hit in Australia for British act Yazz & The Plastic Population when it peaked at #2 in October 1988. A #1 hit in the UK, the track was later used as the theme to reality show The Only Way Is Essex.

4. Jason Donovan - Nothing Can Divide Us

Launching his pop career, then-Neighbours heartthrob Jason Donovan took out the first of his four Top Tens on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Nothing Can Divide Us’ peaked at #3 for a week in November 1988. Donovan later hit the Top Ten with the duet with Kylie Minogue, ‘Especially For You’ (#2 Jan. ’89), as well as ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ (#7 Mar. ’89) and ‘Sealed With A Kiss’ (#8 Jul. ’89).

3. Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy

American vocalist Bobby McFerrin spent seven weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart at the end of 1988 with ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’. The track, which featured on the soundtrack to Cocktail (#1 Jan. ’89), is entirely a capella with all the sounds made by McFerrin’s voice or body. It won Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

2. Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind Of Love

Phil Collins’ last appearance in the ARIA Top Ten to date came when ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ peaked at #2 for seven consecutive weeks in November/December 1988. It was featured on the soundtrack to the film Buster (#35 Mar. ’89), in which Collins starred. The track had previously been a hit in the mid-60s for British group The Mindbenders.

1. U2 - Desire

U2 took out the first of their five #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Desire’ held the top spot for three weeks in October/November 1988. Taken from Rattle And Hum (#1 Oct. ’88), the single was the first of two Top Ten singles from the album, they later hit #2 with ‘Al I Want Is You’ (#2 Sept. ’89). U2 have also hit #1 with ‘The Fly’ (#1 Nov. ’91), ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me’ (#1 Jul. ’95), ‘Beautiful Day’ (#1 Oct. ’00) and the collaboration with Green Day ‘The Saints Are Coming’ (#1 Nov. ’06).