Thursday, October 22, 2020

Australia: Biggest #1 Songs

First posted 2/27/2013; updated 10/22/2020.

Australia:

Top 100+ #1 Songs

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. Otherwise, all songs to spend 7 weeks or more at #1 are on this list. Ties were broken 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.

24 weeks:

1. Tones and I “Dance Monkey” (2019)

15 weeks:

2. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)

14 weeks:

3. Abba “Fernando” (1976)

13 weeks:

4. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
5. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017)
6. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)
7. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995)

12 weeks:

8. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
9. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)

11 weeks:

10. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
11. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
12. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
13. Drake “God’s Plan” (2018)
14. Paul McCartney & Wings “Mull of Kintyre” (1977)

10 weeks:

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

9 weeks:

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

31. Hanson “Mmmbop” (1997)
32. Nat “King” Cole/Toni Arden “Too Young” (1951)
33. Johnnie Ray “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” (1956)
34. Engelbert Humperdinck “The Last Waltz” (1967)
35. Eiffel 65 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (1999)
36. Justice Crew “Que Sera” (2014)

8 weeks:

37. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
38. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
39. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
40. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2008)
41. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)

42. Kei$ha “Tik Tok” (2009)
43. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017)
44. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
45. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1995)
46. The Beatles “Help!” (1965)
47. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998)
48. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
49. Paul Anka “Diana” (1957)
50. The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (1958)

51. Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That” (1993)
52. Lukas Graham “7 Years” (2015)
53. The Beatles “Yellow Submarine”/“Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
54. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5” (1999)
55. Savage Garden “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)
56. Doris Day “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” (1956)
57. Michael Jackson “Black or White” (1991)
58. The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (1964)
59. Rihanna “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)” (2006)
60. Shaggy with Rayvon “Angel” (2000)

61. Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made for Walking” (1966)
62. Flo Rida “Whistle” (2012)
63. The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (2019)
64. 5 Seconds of Summer “Youngblood” (2018)
65. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
66. The Cranberries “Zombie” (1994)
67. Paper Lace “The Night Chicago Died” (1974)
68. Perry Como “Catch a Falling Star” (1957)
69. Michael Jackson “Ben” (1972)
70. Perry Como/The Four Lads “Round and Round” (1957)

71. Alien Ant Farm “Smooth Criminal” (2001)
72. Hot Butter “Popcorn” (1972)
73. Bing Crosby/Nat “King” Cole “Around the World” (1957)
74. Frank Weir/Oberkirchen Children’s Choir “The Happy Wanderer” (1954)
75. Joe Dolce “Shaddap You Face” (1980)
76. Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Quicksilver” (1950)
77. Bill Haley & His Comets “Joey’s Song” (1959)
78. Paper Lace “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” (1974)
79. Pilot “January” (1975)
80. Austen Tayshus “Australiana” (1983)

81. Racey “Lay Your Love on Me” (1978)
82. Normie Rowe “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” (1965)

7 weeks:

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

91. Drake “One Dance” (2016)
92. Irene Cara “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” (1983)
93. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015)
94. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (2017)
95. Domenico Modugno/Dean Martin “Volare (Nel Blue Dipinto Di Blue)” (1958)
96. Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (1972)
97. Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)
98. Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (1979)
99. TLC “No Scrubs” (1999)
100. Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (1984)

101. Vera Lynn/Eddy Howard “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” (1952)
102. The Beatles “We Can Work It Out”/“Day Tripper” (1965)
103. Andy Gibb “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977)
104. Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (1988)
105. The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (2005)
106. Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart” (1992)
107. UB40 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (1993)
108. The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There”/“Love Me Do” (1962)
109. Los Lobos “La Bamba” (1987)
110. Fugees “Killing Me Softly” (1996)

111. David Guetta with Akon “Sexy Bitch” (aka “Sexy Chick”) (2009)
112. Hinder “Lips of an Angel” (2006)
113. The Beach Boys “Kokomo” (1988)
114. Teresa Brewer/Freddy Martin/Donald Peers “Music! Music! Music!” (1950)
115. The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1979)
116. James Arthur “Say You Won’t Let Go” (2016)
117. Laura Branigan “Gloria” (1982)
118. Nat “King” Cole “Pretend” (1953)
119. Bryan Adams “Please Forgive Me” (1993)
120. All Saints “Never Ever” (1997)

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

131. East 17 “It’s Alright” (1993)
132. Drummond “Daddy Cool” (1971)
133. Pussyfoot “The Way You Do It” (1977)
134. Johnny Farnham “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1970)


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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Dave’s Faves: My Top 100 Songs

First posted 7/3/2011; updated 10/20/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

My Top 100 Songs

Here are my personal top 100 favorite songs. Note: year of release is when song was first released, whether it be as a single or part of an album. Links on songs will take you to a DMDB page dedicated to that song.

A note regarding the images: Most are from singles’ artwork. However, in some cases, a single wasn’t released for the song or a cover simply wasn’t available so another image, usually the parent album, was substituted.

1. Marillion “Kayleigh” (1985)
2. Styx “Renegade” (1978)
3. Marillion “Script for a Jester’s Tear” (1983)
4. The Police “Message in a Bottle” (1979)
5. Otis Redding “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” (1968)
6. David + David “Welcome to the Boomtown” (1986)
7. Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” (1989)
8. Styx “Come Sail Away” (1977)
9. XTC “Dear God” (1986)
10. The Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise” (1982)

11. Furniture “Brilliant Mind” (1986)
12. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
13. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
14. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
15. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (1979)
16. The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (1967)
17. Styx “The Best of Times” (1981)
18. Little River Band “Cool Change” (1979)
19. Marillion “Estonia” (1997)
20. Toy Matinee “There Was a Little Boy” (1990)

21. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
22. Queen “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” (1977)
23. Styx “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)” (1977)
24. Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (1979)
25. Crowded House “Silent House” (2007)
26. Shawn Colvin “I Don’t Know Why” (1992)
27. Lyle Lovett “Step Inside This House” (1998)
28. The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969)
29. Styx “Suite Madame Blue” (1975)
30. Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” (1988)

31. The Police “I Burn for You” (1982)
32. U2 “Bad” (live, 1984)
33. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
34. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
35. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
36. Peter Gabriel “Biko” (1980)
37. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
38. Del Amitri “Kiss This Thing Goodbye” (1989)
39. Squeeze “Up the Junction” (1979)
40. Tori Amos “Me and a Gun” (1991)

41. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Everyone Deserves Music” (2003)
42. Toto “Africa” (1982)
43. Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon” (1988)
44. The Williams Brothers “Can’t Cry Hard Enough” (1991)
45. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
46. David Bowie “Changes” (1971)
47. Air Supply “Lost in Love” (1980)
48. Eagles “Seven Bridges Road (live)” (1980)
49. Supertramp “The Logical Song” (1979)
50. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)

51. Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson “Just Breathe” (2012)
52. Fish “Cliché” (1990)
53. Pink Floyd “Mother” (1979)
54. Styx “Babe” (1979)
55. Melissa Etheridge “Occasionally” (1988)
56. Bing Crosby with David Bowie “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” (1977)
57. Michael Andrews & Gary Jules “Mad World” (2002)
58. Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (1979)
59. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1978)
60. Sting “Message in a Bottle” (live, 1981)

61. The Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958)
62. Prince “1999” (1982)
63. R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (1987)
64. Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (1978)
65. Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill” (1977)
66. Alan Jackson “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” (2001)
67. Styx “Mr. Roboto” (1983)
68. The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
69. Violent Femmes “Add It Up” (1983)
70. Melissa Etheridge with Bruce Springsteen “Thunder Road (live)” (1995)

71. Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” (1939)
72. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
73. The Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
74. Tears for Fears “The Working Hour” (1985)
75. The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
76. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” (1993)
77. Johnny Cash “Hurt” (2002)
78. David Bowie “Space Oddity” (1969)
79. Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (1985)
80. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)

81. Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)” (2001)
82. Metallica “One” (1988)
83. Kevin Gilbert “Song for a Dead Friend” (1995)
84. John Mellencamp “If I Die Sudden” (2008)
85. Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1974)
86. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
87. The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends” (1967)
88. Eagles “Desperado” (1973)
89. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)
90. Journey “Open Arms” (1981)

91. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
92. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
93. K’s Choice “Not an Addict” (1996)
94. Sting “They Dance Alone” (1987)
95. Dresden Dolls “Sing” (2006)
96. Journey “Feeling That Way/Anytime” (1978)
97. Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1964)
98. Rush “Tom Sawyer” (1981)
99. Eric Clapton “Circus Left Town” (1992)
100. Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in Her Hair” (2006)