RETRO MUSIC - WHAT WAS NO.1 ON THIS DAY?
November 12th throughout the years has seen some fair dinkum rippers sitting on top of the charts. Who could forget Johnny… sorry, John Farnham’s mega hit ‘You’re The Voice’ when it hit the airwaves In 1986? That’s just for starters. Much as we all hate to admit it, there are people out there who actually paid for a Billy Ray Cyrus single, and their shame is detailed here for all of us to enjoy. How many of these do you remember?
Adele – Hello
6 weeks at No.1
After a couple of years in hiatus, Adele stormed back to the top of the charts last year with this song that went on every FM station’s playlist instantly and has remained there ever since. The music video for the song broke all records on host site Vevo by achieving over 27.7 million views within a 24-hour span and took only 88 days to clock up 1 billion views on You Tube which at that time was a record. Fans lapped it up, as her last hit was the James Bond theme ‘Skyfall’ released in 2012. My how time flies huh?
Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5
8 weeks at No.1
Come on, you know the words. Ready? “A little bit of Monica in my life. A little bit of Erica by my side.” This one turned out to be the biggest seller in Australia for the entire year of 1999, and remains to this day the longest number one in France, spending 20 weeks on top. The song was the subject of a seven year copyright battle between the song’s writers, all who wanted a share of the song’s massive success. The song was re-recorded by Bob The Builder in 2001 which went to number two in Australia. In 2007 Mambo No.5 reached number six in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘Most Annoying Songs of All Time’, which saw The Black Eyed Peas at number one with ‘My Humps’.
The Spice Girls – Wannabe
11 weeks at No.1
So I’ll tell you I want, what I really want, and that’s to never have to hear this song again!
That’s how most of us feel now, but in 1996 the world went absolutely nuts for The Spice Girls who released what remains today one of the most iconic videos of all time, when Wannabe hit the charts all over the world. The video is a one-take classic which was filmed at The Midland Grand Hotel in London, and remains embedded in the minds of an entire generation, which you danced along to it, 20 years ago today. Feel old yet? The Spice Girls went on to world domination, before marrying rich footballers, Formula One drivers and doing ads for Jenny Craig. How times have changed….
1992 Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heat
7 weeks at No.1
For seven weeks, seven long, intolerable weeks, this song sat on top of the Aussie charts. Believe it or not, there was a time when people actually used to like this one, but luckily only for seven weeks. While his daughter Miley is making her own way in the world now (that’s another story for another day) Billy Ray will always be haunted by this, his biggest hit which is also to blame for Line Dancing, which was featured in the video, and resulted in millions of middle aged people putting on hats and finding new ways to meld their thumbs into their belts. Don’t ever play it or it will get stuck in your head, and you’ll soon realise why it regularly makes countdowns of Worst Songs Of All Time on pay TV channels around the world. It was the biggest selling single of 1992 in Australia. Fact.
John Farnham - You’re The Voice
7 weeks at No.1
One of the most iconic Aussie songs of all time, ‘You’re The Voice’ sat at number one for 7 weeks and was the first single from what went on to be the best selling Aussie album of all time, as ‘Whispering Jack’ went on to spend an incredible twenty five weeks at number one on the album charts.
You’re The Voice made the top ten in the UK and in serveral other European countries, but didn’t chart in the US.
The song has featured in several movies including Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, and the TV show Merlin.
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
5 weeks at No.1
Culture Club’s biggest hit from 1983 took over the world, selling over 5 million copies around the globe, making it one of the biggest selling singles of all time. The song was originally titled ‘Cameo Chameleon’, and made number one in 16 countries. The video was set in Mississippi in 1870, yet was filmed in Weybridge in the UK. Not that anybody noticed or cared, we were all too busy singing the chorus as loud as possible back in 1983. Altogether now: “Karma, Karma, Karma, Karma, Karma cam – ee – lee – ooooon….”
Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
1 week at No.1
In the early 80’s the Rolling Stones looked to have hit the wall. Their Emotional Rescue album from 1980 wasn’t the massive hit they were used to, and their main income was from touring. Then they recorded the album ‘Tattoo You’, and ‘Start Me Up’ became a monster hit around the world, along with one of the most iconic rock n roll videos of all time. It’s one of those songs that you know instantly just from the first three notes, and became one of Keith Richard’s most popular riffs. Like most Rolling Stones songs, it simply came to life over six hours in a studio session.
ABBA – Mamma Mia
10 weeks at No.1
Ten weeks, yes TEN weeks at number one just proves how popular ABBA were at their peak in Australia in the 1970s, and if you don’t sing along to Mamma Mia then quite frankly you’re not a true Aussie. The iconic video for Mamma Mia proved that ABBA really were the first group to realise that a great music video could help them conquer the world, and when it got repeated plays thanks to Molly Meldrum on CountDown, Australia went nuts for the Swedish quartet.
Grown men are still known to giggle and embarrass kids in the backseat by changing the lyrics to "Yes, I’ve been broken hearted…. blue since the day you farted."
1960 Elvis Presley – It’s Now Or Never
7 weeks at No.1
Based on the song O Sole Mio, this Elvis hit was his biggest international hit, and due to copyright issues in the UK caused a long delay of the single’s release, resulting in a massive amount of pre-orders. To this day it remains one of the biggest selling singles in history, with over 20 million sales to date.