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This Week In... 1983

July 16, 2019

Check out who topped the ARIA Charts 36 years ago!


The Police - Synchronicity

The fifth and final album by British trio The Police became their fourth #1 in Australia when it spent three weeks in the top spot during July 1983. After debuting at #1, Synchronicity spent 18 weeks in the Top Ten and 46 weeks in the Top 50.

Singles released from the album include ‘Every Breathe You Take’ (#2 Jul. ’83), ‘Wrapped Around Your Fingers’ (#26 Oct. ’83) and ‘King Of Pain’ (#44 Mar. ’84).

Following Synchronicity, Police front man Sting topped the chart with his debut solo album, The Dream Of The Blue Turtles (#1 Apr. ’86). The Police’s last appearance on the Albums Chart was with a self-titled greatest hit package (#17 Feb. ’08), released to celebrate their reunion tour of 2007/08.


Irene Cara - Flashdance... What A Feeling

American artist Irene Cara’s theme tune to the film Flashdance became the second #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when it hit the top spot in the chart’s second week. Debuting on the Australia chart at #44 in June 1983, the track hit #1 for the first time in its fifth week in the Top 50. ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’ went on to spend seven weeks at #1 during July and September 1983. In total, the track was in the Top Ten for 15 weeks and the Top 50 for 24 weeks.

‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’ spent six weeks at #1 in the US.

The Flashdance soundtrack spent three weeks at #1 in August and September of the same year.

Irene Cara next hit the Top Ten with ‘Why Me?’ (#5 Feb. ’84). Her last Singles Chart appearance was with ‘Breakdance’ (#19 Jul. ’84).