11: Life In A Northern Town – Dream Academy

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Entered Charts: 17 July 1985 Entry Point: 28 Highest Chart: 6 Weeks In: 12 I think one of the most powerful things about music is its ability to evoke memories or create a picture that is vivid in your mind. The introduction of music videos eliminated the imagination part but nonetheless, for me, one of the measures of a great … Read More

12: Radio Ga Ga

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Entered Charts: 9 February 1984 Entry Point: 38 Highest Chart: 3 Weeks In: 13 In 2007, I was fortunate enough to see the stage show “We Will Rock You” in London’s West End and, in my mind, the standout song was lyrically re-written version of this song. Not long afterwards, I was offered my first radio program and it seemed … Read More

13: Carmilla – Jon English

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Entered Charts: 14 May 1980 Entry Point: 40 Highest Chart: 40 Weeks In: 3 There wasn’t much that this bloke couldn’t do … light opera, solid rock and roll, acting, comedy and, in this case, gentle vocals on a great song. This, in my mind, is his finest release, displaying how distinctive his voice was. One thing that puzzles me … Read More

14: Jealous Guy – Roxy Music

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Entered Charts: 8 April 1981 Entry Point: 15 Highest Chart: 1 Weeks In: 17 This song was, of course, a hit for John Lennon and was recorded by Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music as a tribute just after Lennon’s assassination. It is said that in the days after Lennon’s murder, Ferry felt the need to pay tribute to Lennon during … Read More

15: Throw Your Arms Around Me – Hunters & Collectors

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Entered Charts: 4 June 1986 Entry Point: 38 Highest Chart: 32 Weeks In: 4 NOTE: This song re-entered the charts at number 32 on 21 January 1991, once again reaching number 32 and staying in the top 40 for 4 weeks, just the previous chart entry. One of those songs that was mildly successful when first released, was later re-released … Read More

16: Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

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Release Date: 24 March 1982 Entry Point: N/A Highest Chart: N/A Weeks In: N/A So, even though this song made it to number 48 in Australia in 1982, it is not a charting hit (songs need to make the Australian top 40 to be considered as a charting hit in this countdown). Featuring the distinctive vocal skills of Steve Perry … Read More

17: Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner

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Entered Charts: 20 January 1982 Entry Point: 39 Highest Chart: 4 Weeks In: 16 As we moved towards the 25% mark of the 1980s, there was a tendency for bands to create “big” songs – songs that went for longer than we’d previously been used to – tending to be longer than 4 minutes, rather than the 3 minute songs … Read More

18: Burn For You – INXS

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Entered Charts: 26 July 1984 Entry Point: 35 Highest Chart: 4 Weeks In: 14 Burn For You was lifted from their very excellent album, The Swing. I must say that I had not been a massive fan of INXS but that album (and the cutdown cassette version – Deka-Dance) certainly got some airtime in our place. It is an INXS … Read More

19: Working Class Man – Jimmy Barnes

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Entered Charts: 24 March 1982 Entry Point: N/A Highest Chart: N/A Weeks In: N/A When Barnesy started his solo career post-Chisels, you knew what you were going to get from him – hard, screaming rock and roll at its very best. Whilst he had other songs, this one with its quintessential Australian video, featuring cane fires and plenty of sweat, … Read More

20: Stop! – Sam Brown

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Entered Charts: 1 February 1989 Entry Point: 33 Highest Chart: 6 Weeks In: 22 By the time we got to 1989, I was starting to wonder where the music industry was going … lots of rap and hip-hop was taking over the airwaves and, at above the same time, radio broadcasting was moving to mindless (alleged) comedians instead of the … Read More