ARIA Charts Throwback: 8 April 1984
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 8 April 1984

April 11, 2019

99 red balloons and the hits of April 1984 go by.

As April 1984 hits its stride, the ARIA Albums Chart featured the likes of INXS, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Dire Straits, Mondo Rock, Kenny Rogers, Eurythmics, U2 and Pat Benatar holding prime positions.

For most of the month, the #1 spot on the Singles Chart was occupied by an undeniably catchy track, no matter its language.

10. Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield

American Pat Benatar scored her only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ spent five weeks in the top spot in February/March 1984. A Top Ten in the US and New Zealand, it appeared on the album Live From Earth (#2 Feb. ’84). Benatar’s last chart appearance was with ‘All Fired Up’ (#2 Oct. ’88).

9. Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride

‘Break My Stride’ became the only hit in Australia for American singer-songwriter Matthew Wilder when it peaked at #6. It would return to the chart twelve years later thanks to Austrian duo Unique II, whose cover peaked at #2.

8. Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now

Peaking at #3, ‘Hold Me Now’ gave British trio Thompson Twins their sole Top Ten appearance in Australia. The track later appeared in a host of films including The Wedding Singer and 10 Things I Hate About You.

7. INXS - I Send A Message

The follow-up to ‘Original Sin’ (#1 Feb. ’84), ‘I Send A Message’ became the second of three Top Three hits from INXS’ first #1 album, The Swing (#1 Apr. ’84). It was one of the band’s nine Top Tens during the Michael Hutchence era.

6. Queen - Radio Ga Ga

‘Radio Ga Ga’, the first single released from Queen’s The Works (#16 Mar. ’84), became the first of two singles from the album to hit the ARIA Top Ten when it hit #2 in March 1984. The follow-up, ‘I Want To Break Free’ would peaked at #8 in July of the same year.

5. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax

Banned by the BBC due to its provocative lyrics, ‘Relax’ was the first of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s three consecutive #1s in the UK, all of which came from their debut album Welcome To The Pleasuredome (#7 Feb. ’85). Peaking at #5 in Australia, it was one of their three Top Ten hits.

4. Marilyn - Calling Your Name

Marilyn’s only Top Ten single in Australia peaked at #3 in April 1984. A year later it would feature on his only studio album, Despite Straight Lines.

3. Van Halen - Jump

A #2 in Australia and Van Halen’s sole US #1, ‘Jump’ was the first single from the aptly-titled album 1984 (#11 Mar. ’84). It would be the hard rock band’s last studio album with flamboyant front man David Lee Roth until 2012.

2. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Cyndi Lauper’s first solo single spent two weeks at #1 in March and April 1984 and went on to spend a total of eleven weeks in the Top Ten. It was the first of her six Top Ten singles achieved between 1984 and 1988.

1. Nena - 99 Luftballons

German band Nena scored their only #1 on the ARIA Charts when ’99 Luftballons’ spent five consecutive weeks in the top spot in April/May 1984. Released with the English version ’99 Red Balloons’ on the flipside, it was the group’s only Top 50 entry locally. It was the first track sung in a foreign language to top the ARIA Charts (which had launched in July 1983).