Friday, April 24, 2020

Australia: Songs of the Year, 1950-2019

First posted 4/24/2020.

Australia:

Song of the Year, 1950-2019

The top songs from 1988 on are based on the Australian (ARIA) charts’ actual year-end lists (link at bottom of page). Year-end #1 songs prior to 1988 are based on which song had the most weeks at #1 that year.

  • 2019: Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road
  • 2018: 5 Seconds of Summer “Youngblood”
  • 2017: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You
  • 2016: The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer
  • 2015: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  • 2014: Pharrell Williams “Happy
  • 2013: Katy Perry “Roar
  • 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe
  • 2011: LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem
  • 2010: Eminem & Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie

  • 2009: Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling
  • 2008: Flo Rida & T-Pain “Low
  • 2007: Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)
  • 2006: Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in My Hair”
  • 2005: Anthony Callea “The Prayer”
  • 2004: Shannon Noll “What About Me”
  • 2003: Guy Sebastian “Angels Brought Me Here”
  • 2002: Eminem “Without Me”
  • 2001: LeAnn Rimes “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”
  • 2000: Anastacia “I’m Outta Love”

  • 1999: Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5”
  • 1998: Ricky Martin “The Cup of Life”/ “Maria”
  • 1997: Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)
  • 1996: Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)
  • 1995: Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise
  • 1994: Wet Wet Wet “Love Is All Around”
  • 1993: Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”
  • 1992: Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart”
  • 1991: Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  • 1990: SinĂ©ad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U

  • 1989: Madonna “Like a Prayer
  • 1988: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”
  • 1987: Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (7 wks)
  • 1986: Bananarama “Venus” (7 wks)
  • 1985: U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World“ (9 wks)
  • 1984: Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You“ (8 wks)
  • 1983: Austen Tayshus “Australiana” (8 wks)
  • 1982: Laura Branigan “Gloria” (7 wks)
  • 1981: Joe Dulce Music Theatre “Shaddup Your Face” (8 wks)
  • 1980: Split Enz “I Got You” (8 wks)

  • 1979: Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (7 wks)
  • 1978: Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (9 wks)
  • 1977: Paul McCartney & Wings “Mull of Kintyre” (11 wks)
  • 1976: Abba “Fernando” (14 wks)
  • 1975: Abba “Mamma Mia” (10 wks)
  • 1974: Paper Lace “The Night Chicago Died” (8 wks)
  • 1973: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” (7 wks)
  • 1972: Michael Jackson “Ben” (8 wks)
  • 1971: Daddy Cool “Eagle Rock” (10 wks)
  • 1970: George Harrison “My Sweet Lord“ (8 wks)

  • 1969: The Beatles “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” / “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (6 wks)
  • 1968: The Beatles “Hey Jude“ (13 wks)
  • 1967: Engelbert Humperdinck “The Last Waltz” (9 wks)
  • 1966: The Beatles “Yellow Submarine”/“Eleanor Rigby” (8 wks)
  • 1965: The Beatles “Help!” (8 wks)
  • 1964: The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (8 wks)
  • 1963: The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (7 wks)
  • 1962: The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There”/“Love Me Do” (7 wks)
  • 1961: Eddie Hodges “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door” (7 wks)
  • 1960: Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (7 wks)

  • 1959: Bill Haley & His Comets “Joey’s Song” (8 wks)
  • 1958: The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (10 wks)
  • 1957: Paul Anka “Diana” (8 wks)
  • 1956: Johnnie Ray “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” (9 wks)
  • 1955: Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (6 wks)
  • 1954: Frank Weir/Oberkirchen Children’s Choir “The Happy Wanderer” (8 wks)
  • 1953: Nat “King” Cole “Pretend” (7 wks)
  • 1952: Vera Lynn/Eddy Howard “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” (7 wks)
  • 1951: Nat “King” Cole/Toni Arden “Too Young” (9 wks)
  • 1950: Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Quicksilver” (8 wks)

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