List of number-one singles in Australia during the 1980s

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The following lists the number one singles on the Australian Singles Chart, along with other substantial hits, during the 1980s. The source for this decade is the Kent Music Report (retitled as Australian Music Report in 1987), and the ARIA Charts.

1980s Australian charts[edit]

Two sets of charts ran in Australia in the late 1980s. The Kent Music Report began publication in 1974 as Australia's official national charts. From mid-1983, the Australian Recording Industry Association (or ARIA) licensed the Kent Music Report (which was renamed the 'Australian Music Report' in 1987). ARIA commenced compiling its own charts in-house from the week ending 26 June 1988 (a Sunday). These charts ran concurrent to what was by then known as the Australian Music Report. The Australian Music Report charts ceased to be published commercially in 1999.

ARIA Charts are listed below from their commencement in June 1988, in non-tabular format.

The Kent Music Report / Australian Music Report chart data (1980–1989) is given here in tabular format and taken from the "Australian Chart Book 1970–92", published by David Kent.

Variances in dates between the two charts are as follows:
The dates given for the Kent Music Report / Australian Music Report are Mondays.
The dates given for ARIA Charts are Saturdays.

1980 (Kent Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
7 JanuaryThe Buggles"Video Killed the Radio Star"7 weeks (5 weeks in Dec. 1979)
14 January
21 JanuaryMichael Jackson"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"3 weeks
28 January
4 February
11 FebruaryKC and the Sunshine Band"Please Don't Go"2 weeks
18 February
25 FebruaryQueen"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"7 weeks
3 March
10 March
17 March
24 March
31 March
7 April
14 AprilSplit Enz"I Got You"8 weeks
21 April
28 April
5 May
12 May
19 May
26 May
2 June
9 JuneRocky Burnette"Tired of Toein' the Line"2 weeks
16 June
23 JuneThe Vapors"Turning Japanese"2 weeks
30 June
7 JulyThe Village People"Can't Stop the Music"4 weeks
14 July
21 July
28 July
4 AugustLipps Inc."Funkytown"2 weeks
11 August
18 AugustGenghis Khan"Moscow"6 weeks
25 August
1 September
8 September
15 September
22 September
29 SeptemberDiana Ross"Upside Down"4 weeks
6 October
13 October
20 October
27 OctoberLeo Sayer"More Than I Can Say"2 weeks
3 November
10 NovemberBarbra Streisand"Woman in Love"2 weeks
17 November
24 NovemberJoe Dolce Music Theatre Australia"Shaddap You Face"8 weeks
1 December
8 December
15 December
22 December
29 December

Other hits
Songs peaking at number two included "Xanadu" by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra, "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" by Pink Floyd, "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders, "What I Like About You" by The Romantics, "Dreaming My Dreams with You" by Colleen Hewett, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by Long John Baldry and Kathi MacDonald, "Babooshka" by Kate Bush and "Coming Up" by Paul McCartney.

Other hits (with their peak positions noted) were "Space Invaders" by Player One (3), "Ashes to Ashes" by David Bowie (3). "He's My Number One" by Christie Allen (4), "Call Me" and "The Tide is High" by Blondie (4), "Blame It on the Boogie" by The Jacksons (4) and "Shandi" by KISS (5).

Hits by Australasian artists included "Magic" by Olivia Newton-John, "People" by Mi-Sex, "No Secrets" by The Angels, "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC and "Can't Help Myself" and "We Can Get Together" by Flowers.

Split Enz' hit "I Got You" was the best charting single of the year.

1981 (Kent Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
5 JanuaryJoe Dolce Music Theatre Australia"Shaddap You Face"8 weeks
12 January
19 JanuaryJohn Lennon"(Just Like) Starting Over"4 weeks
26 January
2 February
9 February
16 FebruarySlim Dusty Australia"Duncan"2 weeks
23 February
2 MarchThe Swingers"Counting the Beat"weeks
9 March
16 March
23 MarchAdam and the Ants"Antmusic"5 weeks
30 March
6 April
13 April
20 April
27 AprilSheena Easton"9 to 5 (Morning Train)"2 weeks
4 May
11 MayRoxy Music"Jealous Guy"4 weeks
18 May
25 May
1 June
8 JuneShakin' Stevens"This Ole House"1 week
15 JuneKim Carnes"Bette Davis Eyes"5 weeks
22 June
29 June
6 July
13 July
20 JulyStars on 45"Stars on 45 Medley"4 weeks
27 July
3 August
10 August
17 AugustDevoDEV-O Live (EP)3 weeks
24 August
31 AugustRick Springfield Australia"Jessie's Girl"1 week
7 SeptemberDevoDEV-O Live (EP)3 weeks
14 SeptemberShakin' Stevens"You Drive Me Crazy"3 weeks
21 September
28 September
5 OctoberDiana Ross and Lionel Richie"Endless Love"4 weeks
12 October
19 October
26 October
2 NovemberBilly Field Australia"You Weren't in Love with Me"1 week
9 NovemberThe Rolling Stones"Start Me Up"1 week
16 NovemberOlivia Newton-John Australia"Physical"5 weeks
23 November
30 November
7 December
14 December
21 DecemberMen at Work Australia"Down Under"6 weeks
28 December

Other hits
Songs peaking at number 2 included "Who Can It Be Now?" by Men at Work and "Louise (We Get It Right)" by Jona Lewie

"Turn Me Loose" by Loverboy, "Girls Can Get It" by Dr. Hook, "Keep on Loving You" by REO Speedwagon, "Gotta Pull Myself Together" by The Nolans and "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins all peaked at number 3. Other major hits (with their peak positions) were "Jesse" by Carly Simon (4), "Kids in America" by Kim Wilde (5) and "Precious to Me" by Phil Seymour (6)

Hits by Australasian artists included "If I Were a Carpenter" by Swanee, "Bad Habits" by Billy Field, "Boys in Town" by Divinyls and "State of the Heart" by Mondo Rock.

The Swingers' hit "Counting the Beat" was the best charting single of the year.

1982 (Kent Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
4 JanuaryMen at Work Australia"Down Under"6 weeks
11 January
18 January
24 January
1 FebruaryLindsey Buckingham"Trouble"3 weeks
8 February
15 February
22 FebruarySoft Cell"Tainted Love"3 weeks
1 March
8 March
15 MarchThe J. Geils Band"Centerfold"1 week
22 MarchMoving Pictures Australia"What About Me"6 weeks
29 March
5 April
12 April
19 April
26 April
3 MayJoan Jett and the Blackhearts"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"5 weeks
10 May
17 May
24 May
31 May
7 JuneToni Basil"Mickey"2 weeks
14 June
21 JuneCharlene"I've Never Been to Me"6 weeks
28 June
5 July
12 July
19 July
26 July
2 AugustA Flock of Seagulls"I Ran (So Far Away)"2 weeks
9 August
16 AugustAdam Ant"Goody Two Shoes"2 weeks
23 August
30 AugustRay Parker, Jr."The Other Woman"1 week
6 SeptemberSteve Miller Band"Abracadabra"2 weeks
13 September
20 SeptemberSurvivor"Eye of the Tiger"6 weeks
27 September
4 October
11 October
18 October
25 October
1 NovemberDexys Midnight Runners"Come On Eileen"5 weeks
8 November
15 November
22 November
29 November
6 DecemberMusical Youth"Pass the Dutchie"3 weeks
13 December
20 December
27 DecemberCulture Club"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"6 weeks

Other hits
Songs peaking at number 2 included "Key Largo" by Bertie Higgins, "Believe It or Not" (Theme from The Greatest American Hero by Joey Scarbury), "If You Want My Love" by Cheap Trick, "Our Lips Are Sealed" by The Go-Go's, "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" by Split Enz, "Shy Boy" by Bananarama and "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

Other hits (with peak positions shown), included "Waiting For a Girl Like You" (3) by Foreigner, "Young Turks" (3) by Rod Stewart, "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" (4) by Melissa Manchester, "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" (4) by Chicago and "Hurts So Good" (5) by John "Cougar" Mellencamp.

Hits by Australasian artists included "Forever Now" by Cold Chisel, "Body and Soul" by Jo Kennedy, "Solid Rock" by Goanna, "Great Southern Land" by Icehouse, "Dirty Creature" by Split Enz, "Down on the Border" by Little River Band and "Lady, What's Your Name" by Swanee.

Survivor's hit "Eye of the Tiger" was the best charting single of the year.

1983 (Kent Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
3 JanuaryCulture Club"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"6 weeks
10 January
17 January
23 January
31 January
7 FebruaryLaura Branigan"Gloria"7 weeks
14 February
21 February
28 February
7 March
14 March
21 March
28 MarchJoe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes"Up Where We Belong"2 weeks
4 April
11 AprilMichael Jackson"Billie Jean"5 weeks
18 April
25 April
2 May
9 May
16 MayRedgum Australia"I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green)"2 weeks
23 May
30 MayBonnie Tyler"Total Eclipse of the Heart"6 weeks
6 June
13 June
20 June
27 June
4 July
11 JulyIrene Cara"Flashdance... What a Feeling"7 weeks
18 July
25 July
1 August
8 August
15 AugustAusten Tayshus Australia"Australiana"8 weeks
22 AugustIrene Cara"Flashdance... What a Feeling"7 weeks
29 August
5 SeptemberAusten Tayshus Australia"Australiana"8 weeks
12 September
19 September
26 September
3 October
10 October
17 October
24 OctoberCulture Club"Karma Chameleon"5 weeks
31 October
7 November
14 November
21 November
28 NovemberAustralian Crawl Australia"Reckless (Don't Be So)"1 week
5 DecemberBilly Joel"Uptown Girl"1 week
12 DecemberKenny Rogers and Dolly Parton"Islands in the Stream"1 week
19 DecemberLionel Richie"All Night Long (All Night)"6 weeks
26 December

Other hits
Songs peaking at number two included "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, "Bop Girl" by Pat Wilson, "Twisting by the Pool" (EP) by Dire Straits, "Rain" by Dragon, "1999" by Prince, "Heartbreaker" by Dionne Warwick, "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant and "Let's Dance" by David Bowie.

Other major hits (with peak positions noted) included "Save Your Love" (3) by Renee and Renato, "Give It Up" (3) by KC and the Sunshine Band, "I'm Still Standing" (3) by Elton John, "You Can't Hurry Love" (3) by Phil Collins, "The Safety Dance" (5) by Men Without Hats and "Africa" (5) by Toto.

Hits by Australasian artists also included "Send Me an Angel" by Real Life, "Fraction Too Much Friction" by Tim Finn, "Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang" by Monte Video and the Cassettes and "Overkill" by Men at Work.

Austen Tayshus' hit "Australiana" was the best charting single of the year.

1984 (Kent Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
2 JanuaryLionel Richie"All Night Long (All Night)"6 weeks
9 January
16 January
23 January
30 JanuaryINXS Australia"Original Sin"2 weeks
6 February
13 FebruaryPat Benatar"Love Is a Battlefield"5 weeks
20 February
27 February
5 March
12 March
19 MarchCyndi Lauper"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"2 weeks
26 March
2 AprilNena"99 Luftballons"5 weeks
9 April
16 April
23 April
30 April
7 May"Weird Al" Yankovic"Eat It"1 week
14 MayKenny Loggins"Footloose"3 weeks
21 May
28 May
4 JuneLionel Richie"Hello"3 weeks
11 June
18 June
25 JuneThe Twelfth Man Australia"It's Just Not Cricket"3 weeks
2 July
9 July
16 JulyWham!"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"7 weeks
23 July
30 July
6 August
13 August
20 AugustPrince"When Doves Cry"1 week
27 AugustWham!"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"7 weeks
3 September
10 SeptemberTina Turner"What's Love Got to Do with It"1 week
17 SeptemberGeorge Michael"Careless Whisper"4 weeks
24 September
1 October
8 October
15 OctoberStevie Wonder"I Just Called to Say I Love You"8 weeks
22 October
29 October
5 November
14 November
19 November
26 November
3 December
10 DecemberMadonna"Like a Virgin"5 weeks
17 December
24 December
31 December

Other hits
The years best charting single was Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark". Although it only reached number 5 on the singles chart, it remained on the charts for 40 weeks.

Songs peaking at number 2 included "The War Song" by Culture Club, "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr., "Come Said the Boy" by Mondo Rock, "Heaven (Must Be There)" by Eurogliders and "Jump" by Van Halen.

Other hits (with peak position noted) included "Calling Your Name" (3) by Marilyn, "I Can Dream About You" (3) by Dan Hartman, "Burn for You" (3) by INXS, "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins, "Thriller" (4) by Michael Jackson, "Relax" (5) and "Two Tribes" (4) by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Hits by Australasian artists also included "Listening" and "A Beat for You" both by Pseudo Echo, "I Send a Message" by INXS, "Soul Kind of Feeling" by Dynamic Hepnotics and "Catch Me I'm Falling" by Real Life.

1985 (Kent Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
7 JanuaryMadonna"Like a Virgin"5 weeks
14 JanuaryBand Aid"Do They Know It's Christmas?"4 weeks
21 January
28 January
4 February
11 FebruaryForeigner"I Want to Know What Love Is"5 weeks
18 February
25 February
4 March
11 March
18 MarchMurray Head"One Night in Bangkok"1 week
25 MarchTears for Fears"Shout"1 week
1 AprilJim Diamond"I Should Have Known Better"1 week
8 AprilUSA for Africa"We Are the World"9 weeks
15 April
22 April
29 April
6 May
13 May
20 May
27 May
3 June
10 JuneEurythmics"Would I Lie to You?"2 weeks
17 June
24 JuneMadonna"Angel" / "Into the Groove"4 weeks
1 July
8 July
15 July
22 July"Crazy for You"4 weeks
29 July
5 August
12 August
19 AugustTina Turner"We Don't Need Another Hero"3 weeks
26 August
2 September
9 SeptemberModels Australia"Out of Mind, Out of Sight"2 weeks
16 September
23 SeptemberHuey Lewis and the News"The Power of Love"2 weeks
30 September
7 OctoberMick Jagger and David Bowie"Dancing in the Street"2 weeks
14 October
21 OctoberUB40 with Chrissie Hynde"I Got You Babe"3 weeks
28 October
4 November
11 Novembera-ha"Take on Me"2 weeks
18 November
25 NovemberJennifer Rush"The Power of Love"2 weeks
2 DecemberMidnight Oil AustraliaSpecies Deceases (EP)6 weeks
9 DecemberJennifer Rush"The Power of Love"2 weeks
16 DecemberMidnight OilSpecies Deceases (EP)6 weeks
23 December
30 December

Other hits

Other major hits (with peak positions noted) included "Live It Up" by Mental As Anything (2), "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits (4), "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive (3), "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen (2), "Neutron Dance" by Pointer Sisters (4), "What You Need" by INXS (2), "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves (4) and "The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey (2).

The hit "We Are the World" by USA for Africa was the best charting single of the year.

1986 (Kent Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
6 JanuaryMidnight Oil AustraliaSpecies Deceases (EP)6 weeks
13 JanuaryMidnight OilSpecies Deceases (EP)6 weeks
20 JanuaryStarship"We Built This City"4 weeks
27 JanuaryStarship"We Built This City"4 weeks
3 FebruaryStarship"We Built This City"4 weeks
10 FebruaryStarship"We Built This City"4 weeks
17 FebruaryFeargal Sharkey"A Good Heart"2 weeks
24 FebruaryFeargal Sharkey"A Good Heart"2 weeks
3 MarchDionne Warwick with Gladys Knight, Elton John & Stevie Wonder"That's What Friends Are For"1 week
10 MarchBilly Ocean"When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going"6 weeks
17 MarchBilly Ocean"When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going"6 weeks
24 MarchBilly Ocean"When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going"6 weeks
31 MarchBilly Ocean"When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going"6 weeks
7 AprilBilly Ocean"When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going"6 weeks
14 AprilBilly Ocean"When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going"6 weeks
21 AprilDiana Ross"Chain Reaction"3 weeks
28 AprilDiana Ross"Chain Reaction"3 weeks
5 MayDiana Ross"Chain Reaction"3 weeks
12 MayCliff Richard and The Young Ones"Living Doll"6 weeks
19 MayCliff Richard and The Young Ones"Living Doll"6 weeks
26 MayCliff Richard and The Young Ones"Living Doll"6 weeks
2 JuneCliff Richard and The Young Ones"Living Doll"6 weeks
9 JuneCliff Richard and The Young Ones"Living Doll"6 weeks
16 JuneCliff Richard and The Young Ones"Living Doll"6 weeks
23 JuneRobert Palmer"Addicted to Love"2 weeks
30 JuneRobert Palmer"Addicted to Love"2 weeks
7 JulySamantha Fox"Touch Me (I Want Your Body)"3 weeks
14 JulyWhitney Houston"Greatest Love of All"1 week
21 JulySamantha Fox"Touch Me (I Want Your Body)"3 weeks
28 JulySamantha Fox"Touch Me (I Want Your Body)"3 weeks
4 AugustMadonna"Papa Don't Preach"6 weeks
11 AugustMadonna"Papa Don't Preach"6 weeks
18 AugustMadonna"Papa Don't Preach"6 weeks
25 AugustMadonna"Papa Don't Preach"6 weeks
1 SeptemberMadonna"Papa Don't Preach"6 weeks
8 SeptemberMadonna"Papa Don't Preach"6 weeks
15 SeptemberBananarama"Venus"7 weeks
22 SeptemberBananarama"Venus"7 weeks
29 SeptemberBananarama"Venus"7 weeks
6 OctoberBananarama"Venus"7 weeks
13 OctoberBananarama"Venus"7 weeks
20 OctoberBananarama"Venus"7 weeks
27 OctoberBananarama"Venus"7 weeks
3 NovemberJohn Farnham Australia"You're the Voice"7 weeks
10 NovemberJohn Farnham"You're the Voice"7 weeks
17 NovemberJohn Farnham"You're the Voice"7 weeks
24 NovemberJohn Farnham"You're the Voice"7 weeks
1 DecemberJohn Farnham"You're the Voice"7 weeks
8 DecemberJohn Farnham"You're the Voice"7 weeks
15 DecemberJohn Farnham"You're the Voice"7 weeks
22 DecemberPseudo Echo Australia"Funkytown"7 weeks
29 DecemberPseudo Echo"Funkytown"7 weeks

Other hits
Songs peaking at number two included "Stimulation" by Wa Wa Nee, "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin, "Stuck with You" by Huey Lewis and the News, "Dancing on the Ceiling" by Lionel Richie, "Don't Leave Me This Way" by The Communards, "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon, "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston, "Concrete and Clay" by Martin Plaza, "Lady in Red" by Chris De Burgh and "Kiss" by Prince.

Other major hits (all peaking at number 3) included "Manic Monday" by The Bangles, "A Matter of Trust" by Billy Joel, "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper and "Hit That Perfect Beat" by Bronski Beat.

Hits by Australasian artists also included "The Dead Heart" by Midnight Oil, "Who Made Who" by AC/DC, "Great Wall" by Boom Crash Opera, "I Could Make You Love Me" by Wa Wa Nee, "Love an Adventure" by Pseudo Echo and "Do You Wanna Be?" by I'm Talking.

Diana Ross' hit "Chain Reaction" was the best charting single of the year.

1987 (Australian Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
5 JanuaryPseudo Echo Australia"Funkytown"7 weeks
12 JanuaryPseudo Echo"Funkytown"7 weeks
19 JanuaryPseudo Echo"Funkytown"7 weeks
26 JanuaryPseudo Echo"Funkytown"7 weeks
2 FebruaryPseudo Echo"Funkytown"7 weeks
9 FebruaryThe Bangles"Walk Like an Egyptian"2 weeks
16 FebruaryKim Wilde"You Keep Me Hangin' On"2 weeks
23 FebruaryThe Bangles"Walk Like an Egyptian"2 weeks
2 MarchKim Wilde"You Keep Me Hangin' On"2 weeks
9 MarchBoris Gardiner"I Want to Wake Up with You"1 week
16 MarchGeorge Michael and Aretha Franklin"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"4 weeks
23 MarchGeorge Michael and Aretha Franklin"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"4 weeks
30 MarchGeorge Michael and Aretha Franklin"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"4 weeks
6 AprilGeorge Michael and Aretha Franklin"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"4 weeks
13 AprilPaul Lekakis"Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)"5 weeks
20 AprilPaul Lekakis"Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)"5 weeks
27 AprilPaul Lekakis"Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)"5 weeks
4 MayPaul Lekakis"Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)"5 weeks
11 MayPaul Lekakis"Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)"5 weeks
18 MayDave Dobbyn with Herbs"Slice of Heaven"4 weeks
25 MayDave Dobbyn with Herbs"Slice of Heaven"4 weeks
1 JuneDave Dobbyn with Herbs"Slice of Heaven"4 weeks
8 JuneDave Dobbyn with Herbs"Slice of Heaven"4 weeks
15 JuneWhitney Houston"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"5 weeks
22 JuneWhitney Houston"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"5 weeks
29 JuneWhitney Houston"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"5 weeks
6 JulyWhitney Houston"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"5 weeks
13 JulyWhitney Houston"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"5 weeks
20 JulyMel and Kim"Respectable"1 week
27 JulyThe Party Boys Australia"He's Gonna Step on You Again"2 weeks
3 AugustThe Party Boys"He's Gonna Step on You Again"2 weeks
10 AugustKylie Minogue Australia"The Loco-Motion"7 weeks
17 AugustKylie Minogue"The Loco-Motion"7 weeks
24 AugustKylie Minogue"The Loco-Motion"7 weeks
31 AugustKylie Minogue"The Loco-Motion"7 weeks
7 SeptemberKylie Minogue"The Loco-Motion"7 weeks
14 SeptemberKylie Minogue"The Loco-Motion"7 weeks
21 SeptemberKylie Minogue"The Loco-Motion"7 weeks
28 SeptemberLos Lobos"La Bamba"7 weeks
5 OctoberLos Lobos"La Bamba"7 weeks
12 OctoberLos Lobos"La Bamba"7 weeks
19 OctoberLos Lobos"La Bamba"7 weeks
26 OctoberLos Lobos"La Bamba"7 weeks
2 NovemberLos Lobos"La Bamba"7 weeks
9 NovemberLos Lobos"La Bamba"7 weeks
16 NovemberIcehouse Australia"Electric Blue"1 week
23 NovemberJimmy Barnes Australia"Too Much Ain't Enough Love"1 week
30 NovemberRick Astley"Never Gonna Give You Up"7 weeks
7 DecemberRick Astley"Never Gonna Give You Up"7 weeks
14 DecemberRick Astley"Never Gonna Give You Up"7 weeks
21 DecemberRick Astley"Never Gonna Give You Up"7 weeks
28 DecemberRick Astley"Never Gonna Give You Up"7 weeks

Other hits
Songs peaking at number two included "The Final Countdown" by Europe, "Suddenly" by Angry Anderson and "Good Times" by Jimmy Barnes and INXS.

Other major hits (with peak positions noted) included "Old Time Rock and Roll" (3) by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (3) by Starship, "Living on a Prayer" (3) by Bon Jovi, "Star Trekkin'" (3) by The Firm, "Bad" (4) by Michael Jackson, "What's My Scene" by Hoodoo Gurus, "Pressure Down" by John Farnham, "Crazy" by Icehouse and "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil.

Kylie Minogue's hit "The Loco-Motion" was the best charting single of the year, and of the decade of the 1980s in Australia.

1988 (Australian Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
4 JanuaryRick Astley"Never Gonna Give You Up"7 weeks
11 JanuaryRick Astley"Never Gonna Give You Up"7 weeks
18 JanuaryGeorge Michael"Faith"1 week
25 JanuaryGeorge Harrison"Got My Mind Set on You"1 week
1 FebruaryBill Medley and Jennifer Warnes"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"6 weeks
8 FebruaryBill Medley and Jennifer Warnes"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"6 weeks
15 FebruaryBill Medley and Jennifer Warnes"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"6 weeks
22 FebruaryBill Medley and Jennifer Warnes"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"6 weeks
29 FebruaryBill Medley and Jennifer Warnes"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"6 weeks
7 MarchBill Medley and Jennifer Warnes"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"6 weeks
14 MarchKylie Minogue Australia"I Should Be So Lucky"6 weeks
21 MarchKylie Minogue"I Should Be So Lucky"6 weeks
28 MarchKylie Minogue"I Should Be So Lucky"6 weeks
4 AprilKylie Minogue"I Should Be So Lucky"6 weeks
11 AprilKylie Minogue"I Should Be So Lucky"6 weeks
18 AprilKylie Minogue"I Should Be So Lucky"6 weeks
25 AprilBilly Ocean"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"5 weeks
2 MayBilly Ocean"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"5 weeks
9 MayBilly Ocean"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"5 weeks
16 MayBilly Ocean"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"5 weeks
23 MayBilly Ocean"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"5 weeks
30 MayCheap Trick"The Flame"3 weeks
6 JuneCheap Trick"The Flame"3 weeks
13 JuneCheap Trick"The Flame"3 weeks
20 JuneLouis Armstrong"What a Wonderful World"2 weeks
27 JuneLouis Armstrong"What a Wonderful World"2 weeks
4 JulyKylie Minogue Australia"Got to Be Certain"4 weeks
11 JulyKylie Minogue"Got to Be Certain"4 weeks
18 JulyKylie Minogue"Got to Be Certain"4 weeks
25 JulyKylie Minogue"Got to Be Certain"4 weeks
1 AugustJohn Farnham Australia"Age of Reason"3 weeks
8 AugustJohn Farnham"Age of Reason"3 weeks
15 AugustJohn Farnham"Age of Reason"3 weeks
22 AugustFairground Attraction"Perfect"4 weeks
29 AugustFairground Attraction"Perfect"4 weeks
5 SeptemberFairground Attraction"Perfect"4 weeks
12 SeptemberFairground Attraction"Perfect"4 weeks
19 SeptemberRobert Palmer"Simply Irresistible"5 weeks
26 SeptemberRobert Palmer"Simply Irresistible"5 weeks
3 OctoberRobert Palmer"Simply Irresistible"5 weeks
10 OctoberRobert Palmer"Simply Irresistible"5 weeks
17 OctoberRobert Palmer"Simply Irresistible"5 weeks
24 OctoberU2"Desire"2 weeks
31 OctoberU2"Desire"2 weeks
7 NovemberPhil Collins"A Groovy Kind of Love"1 week
14 NovemberBobby McFerrin"Don't Worry, Be Happy"6 weeks
21 NovemberBobby McFerrin"Don't Worry, Be Happy"6 weeks
28 NovemberBobby McFerrin"Don't Worry, Be Happy"6 weeks
5 DecemberBobby McFerrin"Don't Worry, Be Happy"6 weeks
12 DecemberBobby McFerrin"Don't Worry, Be Happy"6 weeks
19 DecemberBobby McFerrin"Don't Worry, Be Happy"6 weeks
26 DecemberThe Beach Boys"Kokomo"7 weeks

Other hits
(see below)

Robert Palmer's hit "Simply Irresistible" was the best-charting single of the year, according to the Australian Music Report. The ARIA Charts list Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" as the best-charting single of the year, whereas the Australian Music Report lists this as the 2nd best-charting single of the year.

1989 (Australian Music Report)[edit]

DateArtistSingleWeeks at number one
2 JanuaryThe Beach Boys"Kokomo"7 weeks
9 JanuaryThe Beach Boys"Kokomo"7 weeks
16 JanuaryThe Beach Boys"Kokomo"7 weeks
23 JanuaryThe Beach Boys"Kokomo"7 weeks
30 JanuaryThe Beach Boys"Kokomo"7 weeks
6 FebruaryThe Beach Boys"Kokomo"7 weeks
13 FebruaryWomack & Womack"Teardrops"1 week
20 FebruaryThe Proclaimers"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"4 weeks
27 FebruaryThe Proclaimers"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"4 weeks
6 MarchThe Proclaimers"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"4 weeks
13 MarchThe Proclaimers"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"4 weeks
20 MarchIan Moss Australia"Tucker's Daughter"1 week
27 MarchFine Young Cannibals"She Drives Me Crazy"5 weeks
3 AprilFine Young Cannibals"She Drives Me Crazy"5 weeks
10 AprilFine Young Cannibals"She Drives Me Crazy"5 weeks
17 AprilMadonna"Like a Prayer"4 weeks
24 AprilFine Young Cannibals"She Drives Me Crazy"5 weeks
1 MayFine Young Cannibals"She Drives Me Crazy"5 weeks
8 MayMike + The Mechanics"The Living Years"1 week
15 MayMadonna"Like a Prayer"4 weeks
22 MayMadonna"Like a Prayer"4 weeks
29 MayMadonna"Like a Prayer"4 weeks
5 JuneJulian Lennon"Now You're in Heaven"1 week
12 JuneThe Bangles"Eternal Flame"1 week
19 JuneBette Midler"Wind Beneath My Wings"3 weeks
26 JuneBette Midler"Wind Beneath My Wings"3 weeks
3 JulyBette Midler"Wind Beneath My Wings"3 weeks
10 JulyRoxette"The Look"5 weeks
17 JulyRoxette"The Look"5 weeks
24 JulyRoxette"The Look"5 weeks
31 JulyRoxette"The Look"5 weeks
7 AugustRoxette"The Look"5 weeks
14 AugustNew Kids on the Block"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"1 week
21 AugustSimply Red"If You Don't Know Me by Now"3 weeks
28 AugustSimply Red"If You Don't Know Me by Now"3 weeks
4 SeptemberSimply Red"If You Don't Know Me by Now"3 weeks
11 SeptemberRichard Marx"Right Here Waiting"6 weeks
18 SeptemberRichard Marx"Right Here Waiting"6 weeks
25 SeptemberRichard Marx"Right Here Waiting"6 weeks
2 OctoberRichard Marx"Right Here Waiting"6 weeks
9 OctoberRichard Marx"Right Here Waiting"6 weeks
16 OctoberRichard Marx"Right Here Waiting"6 weeks
23 OctoberJive Bunny and the Mastermixers"Swing the Mood"3 weeks
30 OctoberJive Bunny and the Mastermixers"Swing the Mood"3 weeks
6 NovemberJive Bunny and the Mastermixers"Swing the Mood"3 weeks
13 NovemberCher"If I Could Turn Back Time"6 weeks
20 NovemberCher"If I Could Turn Back Time"6 weeks
27 NovemberCher"If I Could Turn Back Time"6 weeks
4 DecemberCher"If I Could Turn Back Time"6 weeks
11 DecemberCher"If I Could Turn Back Time"6 weeks
18 DecemberCher"If I Could Turn Back Time"6 weeks
25 DecemberThe B-52's"Love Shack"8 weeks (7 weeks in 1990)

Other hits
(see below)

The Bangles' hit "Eternal Flame" was the best charting single of the year, according to the Australian Music Report. The ARIA Charts list Madonna's hit "Like a Prayer" as the best-charting single of the year, whereas the Australian Music Report lists this as the 2nd best charting single of the year.

1988 (ARIA Charts)[edit]

"ARIA commenced compiling its own charts in-house from the week ending 26 June 1988. They ran concurrent to the Australian Music Report, until 1999. The variance in dates between the two charts are as follows: The Dates given for ARIA Charts are Saturdays. The Dates given for the Australian Music Report are Mondays."

  1. Cheap Trick – "The Flame"
    4 June for 4 weeks
  2. Louis Armstrong – "What a Wonderful World"
    2 July for 1 week
  3. Kylie Minogue – "Got to Be Certain"
    9 July for 3 weeks
  4. John Farnham – "Age of Reason"
    30 July for 4 weeks
  5. Fairground Attraction – "Perfect"
    27 August for 3 weeks
  6. Robert Palmer – "Simply Irresistible"
    17 September for 5 weeks
  7. U2 – "Desire"
    22 October for 3 weeks
  8. Bobby McFerrin – "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
    12 November for 7 weeks
  9. The Beach Boys – "Kokomo"
    31 December for 1 week and 6 weeks in 1989

Other hits
Songs peaking at number two included "Better Be Home Soon" by Crowded House, "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle, "Stutter Rap (No Sleep Til Bedtime)" by Morris Minor and the Majors and "Doctorin' the Tardis" by The Timelords.

Other major hits (with peak positions noted) included "Whenever You Need Somebody" (3) and "When I Fall in Love"/"My Arms Keep Missing You" (5) by Rick Astley, "The Only Way Is Up" (3) by Yazz, "Run to Paradise" (3) by The Choirboys, "Sign Your Name" (3) by Terence Trent D'Arby, "Don't Be Cruel" (5) by Cheap Trick, "Love in the First Degree" (5) and "I Want You Back" (3) by Bananarama, "When Will I Be Famous?" (5) and "I Owe You Nothing" (6) by Bros, "All Fired Up" (6) by Pat Benatar, "I Want Your Love" (8) by Transvision Vamp and "Fat" (11) by "Weird Al Yankovic".

Hits by Australasian artists (with peak positions noted) also included "When a Man Loves a Woman" (3) by Jimmy Barnes, "Nothing Can Divide Us" (3) by Jason Donovan, "That's When I Think of You" (6) and "If I Could" (4) by 1927, "Heatseeker" (5) by AC/DC, "Love Is a Bridge" (11) by Little River Band, "So Excellent"/"I Go, I Go" (8) by Kylie Mole, and "I Still Love You (Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi)" (11) by Kylie Minogue.

1989 (ARIA Charts)[edit]

  1. The Proclaimers – "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
    18 February for 5 weeks
  2. Madonna – "Like a Prayer"
    25 March for 1 week, 15 April for 1 week, 29 April for 2 weeks and 20 May for 1 week. Highest charting single of the year according to the ARIA Charts.
  3. Fine Young Cannibals – "She Drives Me Crazy"
    1 April for 2 weeks and 22 April for 1 week
  4. Mike + The Mechanics – "The Living Years"
    13 May for 1 week
  5. The Bangles – "Eternal Flame"
    27 May for 1 week, 10 June for 1 week and 24 June for 1 week
  6. Bette Midler – "Wind Beneath My Wings"
    3 June for 1 week and 17 June for 1 week
  7. Roxette – "The Look"
    1 July for 6 weeks
  8. New Kids on the Block – "You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
    12 August for 3 weeks
  9. Simply Red – "If You Don't Know Me by Now"
    2 September for 1 week
  10. Richard Marx – "Right Here Waiting"
    9 September for 5 weeks
  11. Cher – "If I Could Turn Back Time"
    14 October for 1 week and 11 November for 6 weeks
  12. Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers – "Swing the Mood"
    21 October for 3 weeks
  13. The B-52's – "Love Shack"
    23 December for 2 weeks and 6 weeks in 1990

Other hits
Songs peaking at number two included "Bedroom Eyes" by Kate Ceberano, "Batdance" by Prince, "All I Want Is You"/"Everlasting Love" by U2, "Especially for You" by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, "Teardrops" by Womack & Womack, and "A Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins.

Other major hits (with peak positions noted) included "Baby I Don't Care" (3) by Transvision Vamp, "Poison" (3) by Alice Cooper, "Stop!" (4) by Sam Brown, "Talk It Over" (4) by Grayson Hugh, "Dressed for Success" (3) by Roxette, "You Got It" (3) by Roy Orbison, "The Best" (5) by Tina Turner, and "I Don't Want a Lover" (4) by Texas.

Hits by Australasian artists also included "Tucker's Daughter" (2) by Ian Moss, "Ring My Bell" (5) by Collette, "She Has to Be Loved" (5) by Jenny Morris, "Rock and Roll Music" (5) by Mental As Anything, "One Summer" (8) by Daryl Braithwaite, "Say Goodbye" (6) by Indecent Obsession, "Chained to the Wheel" (9) by The Black Sorrows, and "Hand on Your Heart" (4), "Wouldn't Change a Thing" (6), "Never Too Late" (14) all by Kylie Minogue.

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