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30 Years Of ARIA Charts – In Pictures

Written by Sarah Bella on July 10, 2013

Today, ARIA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their very first Chart, and they’ve crunched a bunch of numbers to come up with some interesting stats.

On the first ARIA Chart, issued 10th July, 1983, Bonnie Tyler‘s Total Eclipse Of The Heart was sitting on the top of the ARIA Singles Chart and Michael Jackson‘s Thriller held the same position amongst albums, with the company recording 440 #1 singles and 527 #1 albums since.

ARIA Chairman Denis Handlin AM, who was one of the board members who started the chart, thanked retailers and digital service providers for collating their information, saying, “The history of the singles and albums captured by the ARIA Charts not only represents brilliant recorded music but also the soundtrack to our lives.”

Have a look at some of the top 10s ARIA have put together…


All Releases: Most Weeks At #1 – Singles Chart

The longest running #1 single of the last 30 years was Coolio‘s Gangsta’s Paradise, which spent 13 weeks in the prime possie in 1995 and 1996.


All Releases: Most Weeks At #1 – Albums Chart

Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms holds the record for the album with the longest run at number #1 with a whopping 34 weeks in 1985 and 1986.


Australian Releases: Most Weeks At #1 – Albums Chart

As for homegrown talent, Delta Goodrem’s Innocent Eyes is the longest running Aussie #1 album at a whopping 29 weeks…


Australian Releases: Most Weeks At #1 – Singles Chart

..while Austen TayshusAustraliana, Savage Garden’s Truly Madly Deeply and Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know share the singles record, having all spent 8 weeks at the top of the ARIA Charts.


There’s also a few dubious records to be held for being…not quite good enough. Radiohead have had the most #2 albums without ever hitting #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, with five of their records sitting second best. We’re sure Thom Yorke sheds many tears about that one. Nelly Furtado has a similar honour on the Singles Chart, having had three number #2 singles but never the number #1.

You can check out the rest of the stats below.

Youngest Chart-toppers

Singles: Gabrielle Cilmi – Sweet About Me (2008. 16 years, 6 months, 4 days)
Albums: Miley Cyrus – Breakout (2008. 15 years, 9 months, 23 days)

Oldest Chart-toppers

Singles: Cher – Believe (1999. 52 years, 8 months)
Albums: Bob Dylan – Modern Times (2006. 65 years, 3 months)

527 #1 Albums
214: USA
149: Australia
83: UK
24: Canada
20: Ireland
1: New Zealand, Colombia, Denmark, Spain, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden
27: Other

440 #1 Singles
219: USA
92: Australia
57: UK
13: Canada
8: Ireland, Sweden
6: Germany, Barbados
4: Jamaica
3: France, Colombia, Denmark, Spain
2: Italy, New Zealand
1: British Virgin Islands, South Korea, Austria, Finland, India, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russia
2: Other

All Artists

Most weeks at #1 – Singles Chart
Madonna – 38 weeks
Kylie Minogue – 30 weeks
Black Eyed Peas – 30 weeks
Rihanna – 29 weeks
Eminem – 27 weeks
Most #1 Singles
Madonna – 10
Kylie Minogue – 10
Black Eyed Peas – 8
Delta Goodrem – 8
Eminem – 7
P!nk – 7

Most weeks at #1 – Albums Chart
John Farnham – 47 weeks
Dire Straits – 35 weeks
Adele – 32 weeks
Jimmy Barnes – 31 weeks
Delta Goodrem – 31 weeks

Most #1 Albums
U2 – 11
Madonna – 10
Jimmy Barnes – 9
Bon Jovi – 9
John Farnham – 8

Australian Artists

Most weeks at #1 – Singles Chart
Kylie Minogue – 30 weeks
Guy Sebastian – 15 weeks
Delta Goodrem – 12 weeks
Silverchair – 12 weeks
John Farnham – 11 weeks

Most #1 Singles
Kylie Minogue – 10
Delta Goodrem – 8
Guy Sebastian – 6
Silverchair – 3
Shannon Noll – 3

Most weeks at #1 – Albums Chart
John Farnham – 47 weeks
Jimmy Barnes – 31 weeks
Delta Goodrem – 31 weeks
Savage garden – 25 weeks
The 12th Man – 19 weeks

Most #1 Albums
Jimmy Barnes – 9
John Farnham – 8
The 12th Man – 7
Crowded House – 5
Silverchair – 5
Powderfinger – 5

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