ARIA Charts Throwback: 9 February 1986
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 9 February 1986

February 7, 2019

Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember the biggest hits of February 1986?

As the second month of 1986 hit its halfway mark, the ARIA Albums Chart saw Jimmy Barnes, Dire Straits, Divinyls, Talking Heads, Spandau Ballet, The Cars, Sade, The Cure and INXS holding the prime positions.

For the first half of the month, a peak-80s hit sat atop the ARIA Singles Chart.

10. Princess - Say I'm Your Number One

British artist Princess took out her only appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘Say I’m Your Number One’ peaked at #8 for one week in February 1986. In the UK, Princess’ self-titled debut album produced four Top 40 hits.

9. Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me

Featured in the film White Nights, ‘Say You, Say Me’ peaked in Australia at #3, becoming Lionel Richie’s third Top Ten on the ARIA Charts. The track won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

8. Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love

American singer-songwriter Jennifer Rush spent two weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart at the end of 1985 with her track ‘The Power Of Love’. The track was later covered by Air Supply, Laura Branigan and Celine Dion; the latter spending a week at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in April 1994.

7. Midnight Oil - Species Deceases

ARIA Hall Of Fame members Midnight Oil took out their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when the EP Species Deceases held the top spot for six weeks in December 1985 and January 1986. It was released between the #1 albums Red Sails In The Sunset (#1 Nov. ’84) and Diesel And Dust (#1 Aug. ’87).

6. Dee C Lee - See The Day

Style Council member Dee C Lee scored her only solo Top Ten in Australia when ‘See The Day’ peaked at #5 in February 1986. A #3 hit in the UK, the track was later covered by Girls Aloud; their version hit #9 in the UK in 2005.

5. Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City

Released as a protest against apartheid in South Africa, ‘Sun City’ featured an all-star list of contributors from across the music world including Bruce Springsteen, Run DMC, Kurtis Blow, Darlene Love, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Pat Benatar, Peter Garrett, Hall & Oates, Joey Ramone, Ringo Starr, Bono and more. It peaked at #4 in February 1986.

4. Mr. Mister - Broken Wings

American band Mr. Mister took out their only Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Broken Wings’ hit #4 for two weeks in February 1986. The track, from the band’s second album, Welcome To The Real World, was the first of their two #1 hits in the US.

3. Wham! - I'm Your Man

Wham! notched up the eighth of their nine Top Ten singles in Australia when ‘I’m Your Man’ held #3 for five straight weeks in January/February 1986. Their final Top Ten, ‘The Edge Of Heaven’, peaked at #2 in August 1986, two months after the duo played their final concert and split.

2. Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart

Feargal Sharkey, former lead singer of Northern Irish punk band The Undertones, picked up his only #1 on the ARIA Charts when the single ‘A Good Heart’ spent two weeks at the top in early 1986. The track debuted at #17 in late-December 1985 and reached #1 in its tenth week in the chart. ‘A Good Heart’ spent 14 weeks in the Top Ten. Both this single and its follow-up, ‘You Little Thief’ (#4 Apr. ’86), came from Sharkey’s self-titled debut solo album (#7 Mar. ’86).

1. Starship - We Built This City

American band Starship spent four weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘We Built This City’ in January/February 1986. The single was the first release under the Starship moniker, which much of the group previously being a part of Jefferson Starship. ‘We Built This City’ debuted at #42 in December 1985 and hit #1 for the first time in its eighth week in the Top 50. Starship later hit the Top Ten with the singles ‘Sara’ (#10 Apr. ’86) and ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ (#3 Jun. ’87).