RETRO MU­SIC - WHAT WAS NO.1 ON THIS DAY?

QT Magazine - - WELCOME - BY DAR­REN HALLESY

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?

2015

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?

1999

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’.

1996

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.

1986

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.

1983

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….”

1981

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.

1975

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."

*gig­gles*

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.

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