Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Australia: Biggest #1 Songs

First posted 2/27/2013; updated 7/17/2019.

This list is based on songs to top the Australian charts from 1949 to 2019. Australia first created its chart in 1940, but because the charts from 1940 to 1948 were monthly charts and not weekly charts, songs from that era are not included in this list. Ties were determined by which songs have the highest overall point total in Dave’s Music Database.

Note: In the 1940s and ‘50s, a song hitting #1 might have multiple versions. For example, the song “Too Young” hit #1 in 1951 and versions by both Nat “King” Cole and Toni Arden were credited. In such cases, both artists are listed.

15 weeks:

1. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)

14 weeks:

2. Abba “Fernando” (1976)

13 weeks:

3. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
4. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017)
5. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995)

12 weeks:

6. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
7. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
8. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)

11 weeks:

9. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
10. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
11. Drake “God’s Plan” (2018)
12. Paul McCartney & Wings “Mull of Kintyre” (1977)

10 weeks:

13. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
14. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
15. The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1958)
16. Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in My Hair” (2005)
17. Abba “Mamma Mia” (1975)
18. Daddy Cool “Eagle Rock” (1971)

9 weeks:

19. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
20. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
21. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (2016)
22. “Baby One More Time”…Britney Spears (1998)
23. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013)
24. Shakira with Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2006)
25. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (1978)
26. Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” (2007)
27. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)
28. Hanson “Mmmbop” (1997)
29. Nat “King” Cole/Toni Arden “Too Young” (1951)
30. LMFAO “Sexy and I Know It” (2011)

31. Johnnie Ray “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” (1956)
32. Eiffel 65 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (1999)
33. Engelbert Humperdinck “The Last Waltz” (1967)
34. Justice Crew “Que Sera” (2014)

8 weeks:

35. SinĂ©ad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
36. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
37. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
38. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
39. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2008)
40. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)

41. Kei$ha “Tik Tok” (2009)
42. Ed Sheeran with BeyoncĂ© “Perfect” (2017)
43. Paul Anka “Diana” (1957)
44. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
45. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
46. The Beatles “Help!” (1965)
47. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1995)
48. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
49. Lukas Graham “7 Years” (2015)
50. Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That” (1993)

51. The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (1958)
52. The Beatles “Yellow Submarine”/“Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
53. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5” (1999)
54. Michael Jackson “Black or White” (1991)
55. Doris Day “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” (1956)
56. The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (1964)
57. Savage Garden “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)
58. Rihanna “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)” (2006)
59. Shaggy with Rayvon “Angel” (2000)
60. Flo Rida “Whistle” (2012)

61. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
62. Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made for Walking” (1966)
63. Perry Como “Catch a Falling Star” (1957)
64. The Cranberries “Zombie” (1994)
65. Michael Jackson “Ben” (1972)
66. Paper Lace “The Night Chicago Died” (1974)
67. Perry Como/The Four Lads “Round and Round” (1957)
68. 5 Seconds of Summer “Youngblood” (2018)
69. Frank Weir/Oberkirchen Children’s Choir “The Happy Wanderer” (1954)
70. Alien Ant Farm “Smooth Criminal” (2001)

71. Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Quicksilver” (1950)
72. Hot Butter “Popcorn” (1972)
73. Bing Crosby/Nat “King” Cole “Around the World” (1957)
74. Paper Lace “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” (1974)
75. Bill Haley & His Comets “Joey’s Song” (1959)
76. Joe Dolce “Shaddap You Face” (1980)
77. Pilot “January” (1975)
78. Racey “Lay Your Love on Me” (1978)
79. Normie Rowe “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” (1965)
80. Austen Tayshus “Australiana” (1983)

7 weeks:

81. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand”…The Beatles (1963)
82. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
83. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
84. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
85. Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960)
86. Adele “Someone Like You” (2011)
87. Drake “One Dance” (2016)
88. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (2012)
89. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” (1973)
90. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015)

91. Irene Cara “Flashdance…What a Feelin’” (1983)
92. Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (1972)
93. Domenico Modugno/Dean Martin “Volare (Nel Blue Dipinto Di Blue)” (1958)
94. Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)
95. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (2017)
96. Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (1979)
97. TLC “No Scrubs” (1999)
98. Vera Lynn/Eddy Howard “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” (1952)
99. Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (1984)
100. Andy Gibb “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977)

101. The Beatles “We Can Work It Out”/“Day Tripper” (1965)
102. Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart” (1992)
103. Teresa Brewer/Freddy Martin/Donald Peers “Music! Music! Music!” (1950)
104. UB40 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1993)
105. The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (2005)
106. Los Lobos “La Bamba” (1987)
107. Fugees “Killing Me Softly” (1996)
108. Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (1988)
109. The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There”/“Love Me Do” (1962)
110. David Guetta with Akon “Sexy Bitch” (aka “Sexy Chick”) (2009)

111. James Arthur “Say You Won’t Let Go” (2016)
112. The Beach Boys “Kokomo” (1988)
113. The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1979)
114. Hinder “Lips of an Angel” (2006)
115. Nat “King” Cole “Pretend” (1953)
116. Laura Branigan “Gloria” (1982)
117. Bryan Adams “Please Forgive Me” (1993)
118. Pearl Jam “Last Kiss” (1998)
119. All Saints “Never Ever” (1997)
120. Bananarama “Venus” (1986)

121. Cher “If I Could Turn Back Time” (1989)
122. Kylie Minogue “The Loco-Motion” (1987)
123. Pseudo Echo “Funky Town” (1986)
124. Julie Covington “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (1976)
125. Eddie Hodges “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door” (1961)
126. John Farnham “You’re the Voice” (1986)
127. Alvin Stardust “My Coo-Ca-Chooo” (1973)
128. Aqua “Dr. Jones” (1998)
129. East 17 “It’s Alright” (1993)
130. John Farnham “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1970)

131. Drummond “Daddy Cool” (1971)
132. Pussyfoot “The Way You Do It” (1977)


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