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Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - Fun Countdowns™: Re-Booted

In July 2008 I started a project called Fun Countdowns, that I've missed dearly. Other projects have taken over, including revising my points system, and updating all yearly charts information. I've only today, completed he tiresome tasks of building an All Time list of singles from 1975 to 2016. Before I present this list, however, I thought I would kick of the "fun" all over again.

A couple of things to explain first for first timers to my charts...

I have built my points system to mimic sales according to ARIA accreditations from 1990 to 2009 (ish). The factors involved are chart positions, speed to reach accreditation levels, and the Christmas/New Year rush. With this formula, I'm able to achieve an estimated sales figure that is representative of its sales accreditation.

A strong performing Platinum single may score 120,000 points or a single just reaching 2xPlatinum before exiting the charts may score 141,000. A very strong performance by a Platinum single, however, may score well above the 140,000 point mark, suggesting it may have been due (or barred) for a higher accreditation. A Gold single with a very quick chart run, may score only 25,000 points suggesting "actual" sales were quite low.

So, it's good to think of my charts as a representation of sales vs. overall chart performance. But that's the 90's and 2000's.

There were no specific accreditations in the charts for the AMR information from 1975 to 1989, AND there is evidence of sales being significantly less than CD single times. I've built the points score for these charts to mimic a "90's" score, should they have charted in the 90's with higher sales, dummying an accreditation level as they go.

ON the flipside, as we head into the 2010's, the ability the reach Gold, Platinum, and a seemingly endless trail of multi-Platinum accreditations is much easier. To be fair (and to avoid lists of singles ONLY from the last 7 years), the points are halved from 2010 onwards. For example, an 8xPlatinum single from post-2010 would equal a 4xPlatinum single from the 90's. This last point is important as we go through the lists, as we will find (old) Platinum singles beating out (new) 3xPlatnium singles. But a comparison of the chart runs will show a fairness to all periods.

One more thing, my points are indicative of singles only while they chart in the Top 100. Later accreditation updates see singles given extra Platinum status, even though they have not appeared in the Top 100 at all. So while I will update the accreditations of the singles, the points can only be added from them actually charting.

Anyway, hope that makes a little sense, and hope you enjoy some new Fun Countdowns!

As always I love everything you do for this site and very much look forward to this.
Sounds good to me. Just to clarify, are you including streaming?
THE TOP 50 BIGGEST #11 SINGLES (1975-2016)

The following list of singles that just missed the Top 10, is the same chart that kicked off the first Fun Countdowns thread. I'm a nostalgic man, so I thought it was a good place to start for the re-boot. Plus, I'm always drawn to these singles, so close to appearing in the Countdown Top 10, but never making that appearance...ha ha!

Since 1975, 221 singles have reach a peak of #11, with some bordering just outside the Top 10 for many weeks. Supertramp's "It's Raining Again" was there for 6 weeks!!! Kylie Minogue has had 4 singles placed at #11 at their peaks, while P!nk has had 3. If you count the 2 Dannii Minogue has had, that's quite a monopoly the Minogue's have on just missing the Top Ten!

50. ELEVATOR LOVE Guy Sebastian ● (2006 - #11, 20 weeks)
49. IT'S RAINING AGAIN Supertramp (1982 - #11, 16 weeks)
48. THE OCEAN Mike Perry ▲² (2016 - #11, 24 weeks)
47. HOOK ME UP CDB ● (1994 - #11, 20 weeks)
46. GIRL ON FILM Duran Duran (1981 - #11, 22 weeks)
45. THE BOMB! (THESE SOUNDS FALL INTO MY MIND) The Bucketheads (1995 - #11, 23 weeks)
44. THEME FROM S'EXPRESS S'Express* (1988 - #11, 39 weeks)
43. SHOWER Becky G ▲² (2014 - #11, 25 weeks)
42. BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina (1988 - #11, 31 weeks)
41. DARE Gorillaz ● (2005 - #11, 25 weeks)
40. LOVEFOOL The Cardigans ● (1997 - #11, 26 weeks)
39. OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall & John Oates (1984 - #11, 22 weeks)
38. (THERE'S GOTTA BE) MORE TO LIFE Stacie Orrico ● (2003 - #11, 26 weeks)
37. EVERYBODY'S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Rozalla (1991 - #11, 37 weeks)
36. IN TOO DEEP Belinda Carlisle ● (1996 - #11, 25 weeks)
35. STOP & STARE OneRepublic ▲ (2008 - #11, 32 weeks)
34. ME LOVE Sean Kingston ▲ (2007 - #11, 24 weeks)
33. THE IMPRESSION THAT I GET The Mighty Mighty Bosstones ● (1998 - #11, 26 weeks)
32. FAMILY PORTRAIT P!nk ● (2002 - #11, 24 weeks)
31. NEVER TEAR US APART INXS ▲ (1988 - #11, 38 weeks)
30. WARRIOR Havana Brown ▲² (2013 - #11, 24 weeks)
29. WRAP ME UP Alex Party ● (1996 - #11, 31 weeks)
28. HE'S SO SHY Pointer Sisters (1980 - #11, 23 weeks)
27. ROLLIN' Limp Bizkit ● (2001 - #11, 26 weeks)
26. THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Amber ● (1996 - #11, 26 weeks)
25. SKINNY GIRLS Alan O'Day (1980 - #11, 31 weeks)
24. TREATY (FILTHY LUCRE REMIX) Yothu Yindi ● (1991 - #11, 31 weeks)
23. SET YOU FREE N-Trance ● (1995 - #11, 35 weeks)
22. DEMONS Imagine Dragons ▲³ (2013 - #11, 34 weeks)
21. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1976 - #11, 24 weeks)
20. ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins ● (1989 - #11, 27 weeks)
19. WHIP IT! LunchMoney Lewis featuring Chloe Angelides ▲² (2015 - #11, 26 weeks)
18. DR. LOVE Tina Charles (1977 - #11, 38 weeks)
17. BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Pretenders (1982 - #11, 23 weeks)
16. POPCORN Crazy Frog ● (2005 - #11, 29 weeks)
15. INTO YOU Ariana Grande ▲² (2016 - #11, 33 weeks)
14. SET FIRE TO THE RAIN Adele ▲³ (2011 - #11, 49 weeks)
13. I TURN TO YOU Melanie C ▲ (2000 - #11, 29 weeks)
12. LUMP The Presidents Of The Unites States Of America ● (1995 - #11, 30 weeks)
11. BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY The Verve ● (1997 - #11, 35 weeks)
10. RUNAWAY TRAIN Soul Asylum ● (1993 - #11, 29 weeks)
9. HOTEL ROOM SERVICE Pitbull** ▲ (2009 - #11, 27 weeks)
8. WHO DO U LOVE Deborah Cox ● (1996 - #11, 43 weeks)
7. SHE WOLF (FALLING TO PIECES) David Guetta featuring Sia ▲² (2012 - #11, 35 weeks)
6. SWEET CHILD O' MINE Guns N' Roses (1988 - #11, 41 weeks)
5. I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith ▲² (2014 - #11, 47 weeks)
4. LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne ● (1990 - #11, 39 weeks)
3. ALL CRIED OUT Allure featuring 112 ▲ (1997 - #11, 34 weeks)
2. PLANS Birds Of Tokyo ▲³ (2010 - #11, 52 weeks)
1. UFO Sneaky Sound System ▲ (2007 - #11, 58 weeks)

* includes "The Return Trip" version
** includes "Remix" version

And the least successful? ...

1. EVERYTHING I DIDN'T SAY 5 Seconds Of Summer (2014 - #11, 2 weeks)
2. PLEASE DON'T ASK ME Luke Kennedy (2013 - #11, 3 weeks)
3. COME HOME (CARDINAL PELL) Tim Minchin (2016 - #11, 3 weeks)
4. FUNKY TONIGHT (LIVE ARIAS 2007) The John Butler Trio & Keith Urban (2007 - #11, 4 weeks)
5. SPIRIT OF THE BUSH Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand & Steve Ford (2007 - #11, 6 weeks)
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@ChartGuru this is just based on the Australian Top 100 weekly charts in general. It's basically the best performing singles on the charts, no matter the make up of that chart at the time.

I award "bonus points" for rapid ARIA accreditation, but for Top Ten only. So the above chart is really based on chart positions/chart runs only. I also include an increase in points in the last two weeks of each year to simulate Christmas/New Year sales.

My lists are really performance + sales, rather than just sales that ARIA would do. This keeps all decades in line with each other.
THE 50 LEAST SUCCESSFUL #1 SINGLES (1975-2016)

Another End Of Year chart has been released, and with that, another #1 single has missed the Top 100. Theoretically, a #1 hit should be attached to long lasting, big success, but these singles prove that even the biggest song of a certain week, can be over and done with by the music buying (and "listening") public very quickly.

Unfortunately, some of these songs are actually not bad, so it must be stressed that this isn't a "bad song" list, it's just the success of the following 50 were not "party rock anthems".

And then many were not the greatest songs, also proving TV should keep to its own section of entertainment (?) ...

50. JANIE'S GOT A GUN Aerosmith ▲ (1989 - #1, 25 weeks)
49. RUDE BOY Rihanna ▲⁴ (2010 - #1, 29 weeks)
48. GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston (1986 - #1, 21 weeks)
47. RAIN Anthony Callea ▲² (2005 - #1, 21 weeks)
46. SPINNING AROUND Kylie Minogue ▲ (2000 - #1, 18 weeks)
45. TAKE IT FROM ME Girlfriend ● (1992 - #1, 20 weeks)
44. JUST SAY SO Brian McFadden featuring Kevin Rudolf ▲ (2010 - #1, 17 weeks)
43. WE ARE DONE The Madden Brothers ▲³ (2014 - #1, 27 weeks)
42. ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head (1985 - #1, 22 weeks)
41. POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & the News (1985 - #1, 22 weeks)
40. ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake ▲ (2003 - #1, 20 weeks)
39. AMERICAN PIE Madonna ● (2000 - #1, 17 weeks)
38. BLOW ME (ONE LAST KISS) P!nk ▲³ (2012 - #1, 25 weeks)
37. SING Ed Sheeran ▲³ (2014 - #1, 39 weeks)
36. FOLLOW ME Uncle Kracker ▲ (2001 - #1, 14 weeks)
35. OUT WITH MY BABY Guy Sebastian ▲ (2004 - #1, 17 weeks)
34. ASS BACK HOME Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch ▲³ (2012 - #1, 17 weeks)
33. UNTIL IT SLEEPS Metallica ● (1996 - #1, 16 weeks)
32. WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner (1984 - #1, 22 weeks)
31. EAT IT "Weird Al" Yankovic (1984 - #1, 12 weeks)
30. IN MY BLOOD The Veronicas ▲² (2016 - #1, 27 weeks)
29. GOODY TWO SHOES Adam Ant (1982 - #1, 14 weeks)
28. THE OTHER WOMAN Ray Parker, Jr. (1982 - #1, 20 weeks)
27. DRAG ME DOWN One Direction ▲² (2015 - #1, 27 weeks)
26. ALL I NEED IS YOU Guy Sebastian ▲ (2004 - #1, 20 weeks)
25. FALLING Julee Cruise ● (1991 - #1, 17 weeks)
24. ONE IN A MILLION Euphoria ● (1992 - #1, 16 weeks)
23. DON'T GO NOW Ratcat ● (1991 - #1, 18 weeks)
22. MR. KNOW IT ALL Kelly Clarkson ▲³ (2011 - #1, 24 weeks)
21. BORROW MY HEART Taylor Henderson ▲² (2013 - #1, 23 weeks)
20. SUCKER DJ Dimples D ● (1991 - #1, 15 weeks)
19. RISE UP Australian Idol - Final 12 ● (2003 - #1, 10 weeks)
18. WHEN I'M GONE Eminem ● (2006 - #1, 18 weeks)
17. WHITE FLAG Dido ● (2003 - #1, 9 weeks)
16. IN YOUR EYES Kylie Minogue ● (2002 - #1, 14 weeks)
15. START AGAIN Conrad Sewell ▲ (2015 - #1, 23 weeks)
14. MARVELLOUS The Twelfth Man ● (1992 - #1, 14 weeks)
13. 2 HEARTS Kylie Minogue ● (2007 - #1, 18 weeks)
12. LEARN TO FLY Shannon Noll ● (2004 - #1, 16 weeks)
11. EVERYTIME Britney Spears ● (2004 - #1, 8 weeks)
10. WINGS Delta Goodrem ▲² (2015 - #1, 17 weeks)
9. STEER Missy Higgins ● (2007 - #1, 21 weeks)
8. I'M MOVING ON Scott Cain ● (2002 - #1, 16 weeks)
7. HARLEM SHAKE Baauer ▲² (2013 - #1, 12 weeks)
6. JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael (1996 - #1, 10 weeks)
5. ALIVE Dami Im ▲ (2013 - #1, 12 weeks)
4. THE SAINTS ARE COMING U2 & Green Day (2006 - #1, 8 weeks)
3. RISE Katy Perry ● (2016 - #1, 12 weeks)
2. SHOUT IT OUT Reece Mastin ▲ (2012 - #1, 14 weeks)
1. STAY WITH ME BABY Karise Eden ● (2012 - #1, 2 weeks)
Well that answers the question in the other thread haha.
And that answers the question why I never answered the question.
haha, I like to believe we made for some inspiration in the category choice
Indeed we did. The two worst performers were from reality show winners who got a big boost from the program but sunk from memory shortly after. Greatly enjoying the top 5000.
Just quietly, I'd rank Stay With Me Baby as one of my favourite 10, perhaps even 5, from that list of 50. Also a shame that Kylie appears so often here.
Not sure with a couple of the 50-40 area ones about the weighting (I wouldn't expect Rude Boy to have performed worse than pretty much any of the Delta Goodrem #1s?)

I had honestly forgotten about that U2/Green Day collab tbh, and I'm not at all suprised with that top 3. Great list though, really interesting to see!
Don't be fooled by "Rude Boy"'s 4xPlatinum accreditation, as it was only accredited double in its last 2 weeks of being in the Top 50. As I've stated, I can't take into consideration any advances in accreditation that happen in its time outside the Top 100.

Also, I'm not sure if you mean Delta's "Innocent Eyes" #1's, as they all ended in the EOY Top 20's for their years, while "Rude Boy" itself only ranked #33 for 2010, considerably lower than most other #1's.

But if you look at "Rude Boy"'s chart run, it is quick quick up and down the charts.
Up/Down must have been close in the #11's countdown! Some great tracks on there though.

Of the second list, I absolutely love Alive. Same for Mr. Know It All, and it's sad to see it on the list.
I'm honestly didn't even know that Katy Perry's Rise went #1. In that list of 50, I do have to say that I enjoyed Ed Sheeran's Sing the most (I would say Ass Back Home but I feel that aged really badly).
Thanks for getting back to me on that one Chri8topher, that makes a lot more sense now, I think it's the accreditation and weeks in that tripped me lol. I think my biggest difficulty with these is I keep applying todays standards on songs that are not from today. Chart runs that happen now were unheard of at that time (thus the weighting), I appreciate these lists and the opportunity to learn about how the charts have changed over so many years

As for Delta, like I said I think I was just taking things at face value. 'Out Of The Blue' and 'Almost Here', for example, were both #1's but with 14 and 15 week runs. Now that you've explained though, I understand much better. Keep up the good work
THE TOP 50 SINGLES ARTISTS OF ALL TIME!: 2 SINGLE PREFERRED (1975-2016)

This week the top of the charts took a beating thanks to Ed Sheeran's #1 and #2 debuts on the Singles chart. It's not the first time the charts have been dominated by two singles at the top. The Beatles, Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas and, err...Karise Eden, have all performed this rare feat (that's from the top of my head, I'm sure I've missed one).

It got me thinking what an All Time Singles Artists list would look like if we only counted their Top 2 biggest singles - kinda like an electrion...kinda.

So, here it is. Counting just the top two singles of every artist, here are the best performing artists in the singles charts over the past 40 year.

50. MARK RONSON
49. BONEY M.
48. HANSON
47. CELINE DION
46. KINGS OF LEON
45. MAROON 5
44. AVRIL LAVIGNE
43. NELLY
42. JOHN FARNHAM
41. AVICII
40. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
39. BRITNEY SPEARS
38. P!NK
37. SAVAGE GARDEN
36. PHARRELL WILLIAMS
35. THE CHAINSMOKERS
34. SPICE GIRLS
33. EIFFEL 65
32. SHANNON NOLL
31. ANTHONY CALLEA
30. JUSTIN BIEBER
29. ED SHEERAN
28. DAVID GUETTA
27. DELTA GOODREM
26. STEVIE WONDER
25. QUEEN
24. KE$HA
23. MICHAEL JACKSON
22. FLO RIDA
21. SILVERCHAIR
20. RACEY
19. BRYAN ADAMS
18. SHAGGY
17. LADY GAGA
16. THE OFFSPRING
15. SHAKIRA
14. KYLIE MINOGUE
13. CHER
12. MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
11. TAYLOR SWIFT
10. AQUA
9. ADELE
8. WHITNEY HOUSTON
7. GUY SEBASTIAN
6. KATY PERRY
5. THE BLACK EYED PEAS
4. EMINEM
3. LMFAO
2. ABBA
1. ELTON JOHN
Racey is a huge surprise for me here. I knew Some Girls was big, but couldn't name a single other song of theirs off the top of my head. Listening to Lay Your Love On Me right now, and I don't think I've ever even heard this one!

Kinda thought Hanson would be bigger. I remember Where's The Love being a huge follow up, much like Dr Jones for Aqua.

What counted for Queen?
"Lay Your Love On Me" was the biggest hit of its year (1979 off the top of my head).

Queen's hits were "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".
1979 It was. Lay your love on me was a huge hit and number one hit of the year. Some girls was #4 of the year. From 1980, their career went into a deep slump. Interesting list but it would look rather different if all hits were included. :>)

I also wonder what the second Mark Ronson song to chart was. If Bruno Mars got credit for "Uptown Funk" his second hit would be bigger than Mark Ronson's.
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Haha, Racey were a surprise for me too, but I could only think of Lay Yoir Love On Me offhand. I do know Some Girls though.

Timbaland also held the top two if you count him.
Ah....I knew there had to be at least one more. I don't know new charts as well as I know old.

I was a bit funny with duets for the list above, which is what I would count "Apologize"as, as in split points between two artists. It was never really an issue, except for Elton John, whose "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was his second biggest hit, but split with Kiki Dee. It was "Nikita" that counted for this list, but he's so far ahead with "Candle In The Wind '97", it made little difference.
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis managed said feat, and I'm also now reminded of the heated debates about the merits of how Timbaland's points are distributed, ah memories

Also thoroughly amused that the first and last entries on this list are based on very lopsided points contributions, and speaking of which I easily recall Lay Your Love On Me but not Some Girls, though very aware both were #1 hits.
I have added a point above about Mark Ronson's second hit was and whether Bruno Mars should get points for Uptown Funk.

I also wondered what Sir Elton's second hit was given that he had so many. "Don't go breaking my heart" was his other number one as a duet with Kiki Dee but "I'm still standing" was a big hit as well. Of course, the original version of "Candle in the Wind" was a hit in 1974. :>)
"Nikita" was the one that counted, being his third biggest hit of this period.

And there's no mistaking that "Uptown Funk" is Mark Ronson's hit, and not Bruno Mars'. He merely helped out.
As is I'm pretty surprised Grenade and Just The Way You Are weren't quite enough to get him there, I imagine if there was a 51-100 he'd probably be residing somewhere in there.

At first glance I was shocked about Elton but remembering how absolutely massive that top hit was it's really not a suprise at all! This list is really great!
I think Bruno's hits were fairly generously accredited from memory. He's one of those artists who continues to show up on the Monthly Accreditation list without actually charting those songs (or charting high).
I like the diversity of this list!!! And woo hoo Kylie is there over Madonna
THE TOP 50 BIGGEST JJJ HOTTEST 100 x ARIA CHARTS SONGS

With aus-charts essentially being a CHART site, their are a great many members here that follow the alternative side of music, that being the JJJ Hottest 100. So, it must be a real treat when fave songs both make the Hottest 100 list, AND are a big hit on the charts!

The following list is a combination of those two facets celebrated this week.

I haven't made this one too difficult, simply multiplied my points assign from chart success, with a JJJ Hottest 100 multiplier (#1=100, #100=1).

50. ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY? Lenny Kravitz
49. F U Cee-Lo Green
48. ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
47. I LOVE IT Icona Pop
46. STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
45. FOREVER YOUNG Youth Group
44. SCAR (EP) Missy Higgins
43. WONDERWALL Oasis
42. COSBY SWEATER Hilltop Hoods
41. LITTLE TALKS Of Monsters And Men
40. ALL THAT SHE WANTS Ace Of Base
39. FREESTYLER Bomfunk MC's
38. LITTLE LION MAN Mumford & Sons
37. COME OUT AND PLAY The Offspring
36. FEEL GOOD INC. Gorillaz
35. BLACK BETTY Spiderbait
34. HEY YA! Outkast
33. BROTHER Matt Corby
32. CAN'T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd
31. ONE DANCE Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla
30. CRAZY Gnarls Barkley
29. DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz
28. KILLING ME SOFTLY Fugees
27. NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai
26. USE SOMEBODY Kings Of Leon
25. BLACK FINGERNAILS, RED WINE Eskimo Joe
24. GET LUCKY Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
23. SECOND SOLUTION / PRISONER OF SOCIETY The Living End
22. DON'T CALL ME BABY Madison Avenue
21. CHANDELIER Sia
20. RIPTIDE Vance Joy
19. ZOMBIE The Cranberries
18. I DON'T FEEL LIKE DANCIN' Scissor Sisters
17. BREATHE The Prodigy
16. LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MØ & DJ Snake
15. ROYALS Lorde
14. STRAIGHT LINES Silverchair
13. WITHOUT ME Eminem
12. SEX ON FIRE Kings Of Leon
11. SMOOTH CRIMINAL Alien Ant Farm
10. TOMORROW silverchair
9. LAST KISS Pearl Jam
8. TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba
7. TEENAGE DIRTBAG Wheatus
6. GANSTA'S PARADISE Coolio featuring L.V.
5. THRIFT SHOP Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
4. PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) The Offspring
3. UPTOWN FUNK Mark Ronson
2. LOSE YOURSELF Eminem
1. SOMBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye featuring Kimbra
oooooh, i like this list, and it looks pretty much as i would expect too!

no Dennis Leary, tho? without looking it up, i thought he had a decent enough ARIA run
Out of curiosity, did "where the wild roses grow" ever get into the hot 100?
@Clinton - A #1 JJJ song would have needed around 100,000 sales/points to get into the list. I have "Asshole" as only just clearing 70,000.

@rob1972 - "Where The Wild Roses Grow" made the 1995 list at #8.
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Thanks, chri8! After looking at the run, I thought Leary had a longer time in the top 10 (or at least it felt like it to me back in theday!).

Great work, as per usual
THE TOP 50 BIGGEST "SENSE" SONGS (1975-2016)

It's a new week, and I sense we need a new Fun Countdown to get us through the rest of the week, so why not have a countdown of senses - sight, touch, taste, hear, smell.

There are subtle variations, I know, on the five senses (sight = see), but I kept this list simple to just the words themselves, or form of those actual words, appearing in the title.

I'll be nicer: This list is dedicated to those who use their senses on this site.

50. SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA “Weird Al” Yankovic (1992 - #24, 9 weeks)
49. SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME Shakin’ Stevens (1978 - #38, 14 weeks)
48. EVERYTIME WE TOUCH Cascada (2006 - #61, 32 weeks)
47. TASTE IT INXS (1992 - #26, 15 weeks)
46. HEARD ME SAY Kanye West (2006 - #27, 14 weeks)
45. TOUCH, PEEL AND STAND Days Of The New (1998 - #38, 19 weeks)
44. HUMAN TOUCH Bruce Springsteen (1992 - #17, 10 weeks)
43. TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order (1988 - #15, 11 weeks)
42. TOUCH ME Rui Da Silva featuring Cassandra (2001 - #29, 19 weeks)
41. I WANNA HEAR IT FROM YOUR LIPS Eric Carmen (1985 - #27, 18 weeks)
40. JUST A TOUCH OF LOVE (EVERYDAY) C+C Music Factory (1991 - #26, 16 weeks)
39. TOUCH IT Busta Rhymes (2006 - #14, 16 weeks)
38. WHAT KIND OF FOOL (HEARD ALL THAT BEFORE) Kylie Minogue (1992 - #17, 16 weeks)
37. A TOUCH OF PARADISE John Farnham (1987 - #24, 17 weeks)
36. CAN I TOUCH YOU…THERE? Michael Bolton (1995 - #18, 16 weeks)
35. TOUCH MY BODY Mariah Carey (2008 - #17, 16 weeks)
34. LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart (1986 - #12, 15 weeks)
33. TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis (1991 - #16, 15 weeks)
32. MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star (2005 - #11, 16 weeks)
31. DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME (OH YEAH) Joan Jett (1982 - #18, 15 weeks)
30. TOUCH ME 49ers (1990 - #18, 18 weeks)
29. TOUCH THE SKY Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco ▲ (2006 - #10, 19 weeks)
28. ALL I HEAR Kate Alexa (2006 - #9, 12 weeks)
27. I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama (1987 - #32, 32 weeks)
26. ALL TOUCH Rough Trade (1982 - #40, 40 weeks)
25. TOUCH ME Ray Burgess (1975 - #16, 21 weeks)
24. DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes (1976 - #26, 35 weeks)
23. SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People (1994 - #20, 24 weeks)
22. TOUCH Noiseworks (1988 - #12, 16 weeks)
21. I HEAR MOTION Models (1983 - #16, 21 weeks)
20. TOUCH THE FIRE Icehouse (1989 - #13, 19 weeks)
19. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Kylie Minogue ● (2002 - #3, 13 weeks)
18. LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams (1984 - #3, 15 weeks)
17. TOO HOT TO TOUCH Supernaut (1976 - #14, 21 weeks)
16. THE WAY I WANT TO TOUCH YOU Captain & Tennille (1975 - #9, 21 weeks)
15. OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall & John Oates (1984 - #11, 22 weeks)
14. INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis (1986 - #3, 20 weeks)
13. LADY (HEAR ME TONIGHT) Modjo ● (2000 - #10, 27 weeks)
12. YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU Melissa Manchester (1982 - #4, 24 weeks)
11. SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Nirvana ● (1991 - #5, 27 weeks)
10. SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH Dan Hill (1978 - #3, 25 weeks)
9. SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH Newton ● (1996 - #5, 28 weeks)
8. CAN’T TOUCH IT Ricki-Lee ▲ (2007 - #2, 39 weeks)
7. TOUCH IT Monifah ▲ (1999 - #5, 29 weeks)
6. I TOUCH MYSELF Divinyls ▲ (1990 - #1, 29 weeks)
5. THE BAD TOUCH Bloodhound Gang ▲ (1999 - #5, 26 weeks)
4. OUT OF MIND OUT OF SIGHT Models (1985 - #1, 23 weeks)
3. U CAN’T TOUCH THIS M.C. Hammer ▲² (1990 - #1, 26 weeks)
2. TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox (1986 - #1, 25 weeks)
1. UNTOUCHED The Veronicas ▲ (2007 - #2, 51 weeks)

As for the senses themselves, totally all entries for each:

1. TOUCH (61 entries)
2. HEAR (24 entries)
3. SIGHT (5 entries)
4. SMELL (4 entries)
5. TASTE (5 entries)

The entries for "SMELL" were all for the same song (or parody)!
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Poor Smell! I'm surprised Touch was so dominant, although "look" would have to be included for Sight to have a chance.

This was quite a cool and interesting idea, even if it brings no life to the site.
Yeah, with so many "touches" (gee, I wish that was actually true in my life ) I was looking for synonyms for the others to mix it up, but eventually, that was just making it harder. "The Look" by Roxette, for example, really doesnt have anything to do with senses.

But then, technically "Untouched" is NOT using the senses at all, where "I Touch Myself" is, so you could debate its use, too.

I'm just glad a "Taste" song just snuck in.

See, these lists can be hard! Ha ha.
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Love your charts. Im always looking to create different playlists here and there and have taken some inspiration from yours. I loved your #2 and #11 ones. Always wanted to do a #2, #3, #4 and #5 but never knew how to work it out. The best I ever did was a top 5 one but I just went off wikipedia so it was very rough.
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Thanks...I'll work on a new #2 list further down the track.
THE TOP 50 BIGGEST DEBUT SINGLES (1975-2017)

We all have to start somewhere in this world, and work our way to the top. Some of the biggest artists could only dip their toe in the charts at the beginning - Madonna spent just one week in the Top 100 during 1983 with "Burning Up", before disappearing for months until her "proper" debut into the charts.

For the following artists, however, they started out with the BANG!, making impressive waves on the singles charts with their very first single.

Of course, these things are always tricky to work out. Not everyone was an Australian Idol with a definite first single - and even that can be debated.

Let's take those idols, who actually did appear in the charts prior to their first single, as part of a group. I have not included those group performances as being in their discography.

Many of the following artists did have music released prior to their "official" first single, some had a couple of albums with no single releases, but in the spirit of this list, I have taken their first single release, despite music released prior.

I've found in my research that many artists have released a successful first single here in Australia, but had released different singles beforehand in their home country. That unsuccessful first single is regularly re-released after they have their big hit (eg. Vanilla Ice's "Play That Funky Music" was released as his first single in America). I have taken that VERY first single as their debut, so Vanilla Ice would not make this list.

EP's are perhaps the trickiest of all to pull apart. It's not always the norm that an EP is counted as part of the singles charts. Many artists did release EP's that didn't chart, and then released a first single after, which became a big hit. As a rule, I don't count EP's here, UNLESS it actually charted. The Living End would be the grey area here, as they would certainly make this list with "Prisoner Of Society/Second Solution", but actually charted with the "It's For Your Own Good" EP prior, reaching #99.

Anyway, here's what I have come up with...for a start! (get it...for a start?)

50. MOUTH Merril Bainbridge ▲ (1995 - #1, 26 weeks)
49. DON’T HOLD BACK The Potbelleez ▲2 (2007 - #5, 65 weeks)
48. ME, MYSELF AND I Scandal’us ▲2 (2001 - #1, 17 weeks)
47. WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL One Direction ▲7 (2011 - #7, 63 weeks)
46. MISSISSIPPI Pussycat (1976 - #2, 42 weeks)
45. AXEL F Crazy Frog ▲2 (2005 - #1, 22 weeks)
44. BOOM BOOM (LET’S GO BACK TO MY ROOM) Paul Lekakis (1987 - #1, 23 weeks)
43. TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox (1986 - #1, 25 weeks)
42. THESE KIDS Joel Turner & the Modern Day Poets ▲ (2004 - #1, 31 weeks)
41. IT’S JUST NOT CRICKET The Twelfth Man (1984 - #1, 44 weeks)
40. SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers ▲2 (1989 - #1, 22 weeks)
39. BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez (1979 - #1, 40 weeks)
38. HANGING BY A MOMENT Lifehouse ▲2 (2001 - #1, 36 weeks)
37. VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR Buggles (1979 - #1, 22 weeks)
36. I’M TOO SEXY Right Said Fred ▲ (1991 - #1, 26 weeks)
35. CHEERLEADER (FELIX JAEHM REMIX) Omi ▲6 (2015 - #1, 57 weeks)
34. COMPLICATED Avril Lavigne ▲2 (2002 - #1, 16 weeks)
33. TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier ▲6 (2014 - #2, 62 weeks)
32. CRUSH Jennifer Paige ▲2 (1998 - #1, 29 weeks)
31. ROYALS (THE LOVE CLUB EP) Lorde ▲7 (2013 - #2, 70 weeks)
30. JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Bruno Mars ▲6 (2010 - #1, 79 weeks)
29. BRING ME TO LIFE Evanescence ▲2 (2003 - #1, 39 weeks)
28. JUST DANCE Lady Gaga featuring Colby O’Donis ▲3 (2008 - #1, 89 weeks)
27. LOW Flo Rida ▲2 (2008 - #1, 72 weeks)
26. I’M OUTTA LOVE Anastacia ▲2 (2000 - #1, 30 weeks)
25. DON’T CALL ME BABY Madison Avenue ▲3 (1999 - #2, 35 weeks)
24. ALL ABOUT THAT BASS Meghan Trainor ▲8 (2014 - #1, 52 weeks)
23. YOU DON’T TREAT ME NO GOOD Sonia Dada ▲3 (1992 - #1, 31 weeks)
22. THE WAY YOU DO IT Pussyfoot (1976 - #1, 24 weeks)
21. ACHY BREAKY HEART Billy Ray Cyrus ▲3 (1992 - #1, 32 weeks)
20. FIREFLIES Owl City ▲7 (2009 - #1, 57 weeks)
19. FLAUNT IT TV Rock featuring Seany B ▲2 (2006 - #1, 68 weeks)
18. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley (1987 - #1, 35 weeks)
17. SMOOTH CRIMINAL Alien Ant Farm ▲2 (2001 - #1, 20 weeks)
16. MMMBOP Hanson ▲2 (1997 - #1, 25 weeks)
15. TOMORROW silverchair ▲2 (1994 - #1, 34 weeks)
14. LOCOMOTION Kylie Minogue (1987 - #1, 31 weeks)
13. TEENAGE DIRTBAG Wheatus ▲3 (2000 - #1, 33 weeks)
12. APOLOGIZE (Timbaland presents) OneRepublic ▲4 (2007 - #1, 45 weeks)
11. AUSTRALIANA Austen Tayshus ▲ (1983 - #1, 40 weeks)
10. THE KETCHUP SONG (ASEREJE) Las Ketchup ▲3 (2002 - #1, 32 weeks)
9. I WISH I WAS A PUNK ROCKER (WITH FLOWERS IN MY HAIR) Sandi Thom ▲2 (2006 - #1, 51 weeks)
8. …BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears ▲3 (1999 - #1, 26 weeks)
7. WANNABE Spice Girls ▲2 (1996 - #1, 36 weeks)
6. ANGELS BROUGHT ME HERE Guy Sebastian ▲4 (2003 - #1, 15 weeks)
5. WHAT ABOUT ME Shannon Noll ▲4 (2004 - #1, 20 weeks)
4. TIK TOK Ke$ha ▲5 (2009 - #1, 74 weeks)
3. MAMBO No.5 (A LITTLE BIT OF…) Lou Bega ▲4 (1999 - #1, 17 weeks)
2. BLUE (DA BA DEE) Eiffel 65 ▲3 (1999 - #1, 29 weeks)
1. THE PRAYER Anthony Callea ▲4 (2004 - #1, 25 weeks)
Noticeable how many of these acts have been one hit wonders or near to.
haha, I'm just imagining a look back to the start of 1980 and wondering if Patrick Hernandez was a hotly tipped star This is somewhat educational, I was expecting there to be a lot of Idol and the like.
THE TOP 50 BIGGEST SUMMER SONGS (1975-2017)

The Summer has been quite a mixed bag here in Melbourne this year. The highs and lows have been like lotto numbers, with even today giving us a 9 degree morning and a 32 degree afternoon (I literally have to pack two sets of clothes for my 6am - 2pm working day!).

But before it's all over, I thought we better get an update on an old Fun Countdown - the Top 50 Summer Songs.

50. MM MM DON'T CHA LOVE SUMMERTIME Evans Jones & Y Knot (1981 - #85, 7 weeks)
49. SUMMER GIRLS Lyte Funkie Ones (1999 - #71, 6 weeks)
48. SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe (1996 - #80, 7 weeks)
47. FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson (1984 - #68, 7 weeks)
46. SUMMER SIXTEEN Drake (2016 - #25, 5 weeks)
45. SOMEONE SOMEWHERE (IN SUMMERTIME) Simple Minds (1982 - #51, 7 weeks)
44. SUMMER OF '42 The Biddu Orchestra (1975 - #54, 7 weeks)
43. SUMMER OF LOVE Tall Tales & True (1992 - #51, 9 weeks)
42. VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran (1990 - #59, 11 weeks)
41. SUMMER BREEZE Stylus (1975 - #58, 11 weeks)
40. SUMMERTIME OF OUR LIVES A1 (2000 - #44, 11 weeks)
39. SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (1991 - #52, 11 weeks)
38. SUMMERLOVE SENSATION Bay City Rollers (1975 - #53, 12 weeks)
37. CRAZY ENGLISH SUMMER / TARANTULA Faithless (2002 - #40, 10 weeks)
36. SUMMERTIME The Sundays (1998 - #41, 9 weeks)
35. ENDLESS SUMMER The Jezabels ● (2011 - #39, 15 weeks)
34. SUMMER Dragon (1989 - #49, 14 weeks)
33. IT'S ALMOST SUMMER Billy Thorpe (1975 - #44, 9 weeks)
32. (FEELS LIKE A) SUMMER'S NIGHT Ol'55 (1978 - #50, 14 weeks)
31. HOT SUMMER Rhys (2008 - #39, 10 weeks)
30. IN THE SUMMERTIME Thirsty Merc (2005 - #43, 17 weeks)
29. I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello ● (2015 - #33, 13 weeks)
28. SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER The Motels (1983 - #34, 14 weeks)
27. CRUEL SUMMER Bananarama (1985 - #32, 13 weeks)
26. ROLL ON SUMMER (EP) Paul Kelly (2000 - #40, 20 weeks)
25. PSYCHOACTIVE SUMMER Def FX (1995 - #42, 23 weeks)
24. SUMMER SUNSHINE The Corrs (2004 - #13, 14 weeks)
23. THE BOYS OF SUMMER The Ataris (2003 - #24, 17 weeks)
22. LONG HOT SUMMER The Style Council (1983 - #28, 14 weeks)
21. AMERICAN LIFE IN THE SUMMERTIME Francis Dunnery (1994 - #18, 14 weeks)
20. COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato ▲ (2015 - #20, 18 weeks)
19. WARM SUMMER DAZE Vybe (1996 - #26, 19 weeks)
18. SUMMER OF '81 Mondo Rock (1981 - #31, 17 weeks)
17. SUMMER NIGHT CITY ABBA (1978 - #13, 15 weeks)
16. SUMMER OF '69 Bryan Adams (1985 - #14, 23 weeks)
15. ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx (1988 - #16, 24 weeks)
14. SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978 - #6, 16 weeks)
13. IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon (1995 - #14, 31 weeks)
12. SUMMER PARADISE Simple Plan featuring K'naan ▲² (2011 - #4, 21 weeks)
11. THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley (1985 - #3, 19 weeks)
10. SUMMER RAIN Slinkee Minx ● (2004 - #5, 21 weeks)
9. SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle ● (1990 - #6, 22 weeks)
8. BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina (1988 - #11, 31 weeks)
7. ONE SUMMER Daryl Braithwaite (1989 - #8, 23 weeks)
6. SUMMER Calvin Harris (2014 - #4, 38 weeks)
5. HOT SUMMER NIGHTS Night (1979 - #3, 27 weeks)
4. BOYS OF SUMMER DJ Sammy ● (2002 - #9, 27 weeks)
3. SUMMERTIME SADNESS (CEDRIC GERVAIS REMIX) Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais ▲⁴ (2013 - #3, 32 weeks)
2. SUMMER LOVE Sherbet (1975 - #1, 23 weeks)
1. ALL SUMMER LONG Kid Rock ▲ (2008 - #1, 47 weeks)
TOP 50 BIGGEST #100 DEBUT SINGLES (1975-2017)

I'm having a great time updating the old Fun Countdown lists, but I promise I'll think of some new categories in the future. But for now, just updating another favourite list.

The following 50 singles entered the chart with very little fanfare. The least, in fact, as they spent their very first week in the charts at #100. 10 of those singles made it all the way to other end of the Top 100, #1, while the others more than made up for their lack of splash into the Top 100.

50. BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister (1987 - #12, 30 weeks)
49. DISARM The Smashing Pumpkins (1994 - #16, 36 weeks)
48. PUT ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE Bill & Boyd (1975 - #23, 38 weeks)
47. DON'T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush (1987 - #5, 23 weeks)
46. FINALLY Ce Ce Peniston (1991 - #8, 22 weeks)
45. SUNCHYME Dario G ● (1997 - #22, 31 weeks)
44. ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (1988 - #11, 26 weeks)
43. EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Babys (1979 - #6, 21 weeks)
42. ECHO BEACH Martha & the Muffins (1980 - #6, 23 weeks)
41. HOMOSAPIEN Pete Shelley (1982 - #4, 18 weeks)
40. DO TO YOU Machinations (1987 - #15, 25 weeks)
39. WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack (1987 - #7, 22 weeks)
38. JACK AND DIANE John Cougar (1982 - #7, 20 weeks)
37. TOO YOUNG FOR PROMISES Koo De Tah (1985 - #6, 27 weeks)
36. SAD EYES Robert John (1979 - #9, 22 weeks)
35. BREAKAWAY Big Pig (1988 - #8, 29 weeks)
34. MERCY Duffy ▲ (2008 - #26, 65 weeks)
33. DARLIN' Frankie Miller (1978 - #8, 29 weeks)
32. BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Pretenders (1982 - #11, 23 weeks)
31. A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE Sailor (1976 - #4, 28 weeks)
30. WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU Foreigner (1981 - #3, 26 weeks)
29. HEAVEN (MUST BE THERE) Eurogliders (1984 - #2, 24 weeks)
28. KISS AND SAY GOODBYE The Manhattans (1976 - #4, 24 weeks)
27. GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex (1975 - #4, 38 weeks)
26. AIN'T GONNA BUMP NO MORE (WITH NO BIG FAT WOMAN) Joe Tex (1977 - #2, 24 weeks)
25. ONLY SIXTEEN / MILLIONAIRE Dr. Hook (1976 - #8, 38 weeks)
24. BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel (1979 - #2, 24 weeks)
23. CHARIOTS OF FIRE Vangelis (1981 - #21, 64 weeks)
22. STOP! Sam Brown ● (1988 - #4, 37 weeks)
21. I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN Eruption (1978 - #1, 24 weeks)
20. PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Wild Cherry (1976 - #5, 29 weeks)
19. HAZARD Richard Marx ▲ (1992 - #1, 25 weeks)
18. 1999 Prince & the Revolution (1983 - #2, 38 weeks)
17. LIFE Des'ree ▲ (1998 - #8, 41 weeks)
16. BEST DISCO IN TOWN The Ritchie Family (1976 - #3, 25 weeks)
15. YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG AC/DC ▲ (1980 - #8, 39 weeks)
14. MASTER BLASTER (JAMMIN') Stevie Wonder (1980 - #2, 23 weeks)
13. 2 TIMES Ann Lee ▲ (1999 - #4, 29 weeks)
12. TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin (1986 - #2, 28 weeks)
11. YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon (1986 - #2, 27 weeks)
10. STAR WARS TITLE THEME Meco (1977 - #3, 26 weeks)
9. 9 TO 5 (MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton (1981 - #1, 21 weeks)
8. DON'T GIVE UP ON US David Soul (1977 - #1, 23 weeks)
7. THE DAY YOU WENT AWAY Wendy Matthews ▲ (1992 - #2, 33 weeks)
6. BLACK IS BLACK La Belle Epoque (1978 - #1, 34 weeks)
5. DON'T STOP 'TIL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson (1979 - #1, 39 weeks)
4. BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson ▲ (1983 - #1, 35 weeks)
3. REDUNDANT / GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Green Day ▲2 (1997 - #2, 70 weeks)
2. GLORIA Laura Branigan (1982 - #1, 33 weeks)
1. LOVE STORY Taylor Swift ▲7 (2008 - #1, 73 weeks)
Even better because if memory serves me correctly, Love Story dropped straight back out of the chart after that debut too.
THE TOP 50 BIGGEST NON-TOP 20 SINGLES (1975-2017)

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21. GOT THE LIFE Korn (1998 - #26, 36 weeks)
22. CINEMA Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go (2011 - #26, 43 weeks)
23. MEET HER AT THE LOVE PARADE Da Hool (1997 - #21, 29 weeks)
24. I'M NOT MISSING YOU Stacie Orrico (2006 - #26, 32 weeks)
25. NOT MANY - THE REMIX / STAND UP Scribe (2004 - #21, 32 weeks)
26. PUT ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE Bill & Boyd (1975 - #23, 38 weeks)
27. GOODNIGHT GIRL Wet Wet Wet (1992 - #21, 33 weeks)
28. THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Marilyn Manson (1997 - #42, 56 weeks)
29. SANTA MONICA (WATCH THE WORLD DIE) Everclear (1996 - #25, 34 weeks)
30. CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Boys Town Gang (1982 - #21, 33 weeks)
31. THIS BOY'S IN LOVE The Presets (2008 - #23, 42 weeks)
32. VOODOO PEOPLE The Prodigy (1994 - #24, 32 weeks)
33. YOUR BODY IS A WONDERLAND John Mayer (2002 - #23, 32 weeks)
34. ZEBRA The John Butler Trio (2003 - #22, 34 weeks)
35. PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield (1977 - #23, 30 weeks)
36. STAY Sash! featuring La Trec (1997 - #24, 32 weeks)
37. LOOKING FOR CLUES Robert Palmer (1981 - #23, 31 weeks)
38. NOT THAT KIND Anastacia (2000 - #21, 25 weeks)
39. YOU'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE Lou Rawls (1976 - #22, 35 weeks)
40. STROKIN' Clarence Carter (1988 - #24, 34 weeks)
41. CATCH MY DISEASE Ben Lee (2005 - #24, 34 weeks)
42. I CAN TRANSFORM YA Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz (2009 - #21, 24 weeks)
43. JOLENE Olivia Newton-John (1978 - #29, 30 weeks)
44. HELPING HAND The Screaming Jets (1994 - #25, 32 weeks)
45. UPRISING Muse (2009 - #23, 40 weeks)
46. ONE DAY AT A TIME The Hawking Brothers (1978 - #30, 40 weeks)
47. I DON'T WANNA DANCE Eddy Grant (1983 - #21, 34 weeks)
48. WHEN I GROW UP Garbage (1999 - #22, 25 weeks)
49. STAY Oingo Boingo (1986 - #30, 37 weeks)
50. COUNTRY BUMPKIN Cal Smith* (1974 - #23, 28 weeks)

* carried over from 1974 charts

I'll update this as they are revealed on the Top 5,000 countdown!
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THE TOP 50 UN-ACCREDITED SINGLES (1989-2017)

The ARIA accreditations are possibly the best way to track how a single or album has performed sales-wise ... but, is not always perfect. There are always anomalies when dishing out the Gold and Platinum awards.

In the olden days, accreditations were awarded based on units shipped the record stores. For singles in the current charts, I can only imagine they are based more on actual sales, as singles rarely come in a physical format these days to have a shipment quantity. However, in all respects, they are pretty much determined by the record companies themselves, so the status of some of those highly accredited singles can be questionable - we're looking at your Jason Derulo!!

Unfortunately, some single just don't receive any accreditation at all, despite some amazing chart performances.

Below is my list of the biggest singles that have yet to be updated with an accreditation. Interestingly, the top of the list is entirely made up of singles from the bleak period of sales in 2006 and 2007, when digital sales were starting to merge into the main chart. It seems the digital sales were not counted towards accreditations due to them not being "physical". That's not to say that they couldn't be updated in the future, as many are, but these 50 are yet to be grace with any Gold or Platinum award.

NOTE: I've taken the below from releases from 1989 onwards, as that was when the accreditations appeared on the weekly printed charts. Also, I'm pretty up to date with the accreditations, but obviously there is the chance the some have been missed in their update after their chart run. If there are any that have been updated, let me know and I can update the list.

1. ROCK THIS PARTY! (EVERYBODY DANCE NOW) Bob Sinclar (2006 - #6, 59 weeks)
2. PUT YOUR HANDS UP FOR DETROIT Fedde Le Grand (2006 - #8, 52 weeks)
3. PICTURES Sneaky Sound System (2006 - #19, 61 weeks)
4. RUNNING Evermore (2006 - #5, 54 weeks)
5. WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE My Chemical Romance (2006 - #14, 43 weeks)
6. WHAT I'VE DONE Linkin Park (2007 - #13, 52 weeks)
7. I WRITE SINS NOT TRAGEDIES Panic! At The Disco (2006 - #12, 48 weeks)
8. WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers (2006 - #10, 42 weeks)
9. I'LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Robert Palmer with UB40 (1990 - #4, 18 weeks)
10. I LOVE IT Sneaky Sound System (2006 - #24, 73 weeks)
11. STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (1994 - #6, 26 weeks)
12. RUN AWAY MC Sar & The Real McCoy (1995 - #4, 20 weeks)
13. SARAH Eskimo Joe (2006 - #12, 29 weeks)
14. A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins (1995 - #6, 24 weeks)
15. COME TO ME Diesel (1991 - #8, 23 weeks)
16. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette (1989 - #10, 20 weeks)
17. ORINOCO FLOW Enya (1989 - #6, 20 weeks)
18. KEEP THE FAITH Bon Jovi (1992 - #10, 21 weeks)
19. LET ME THINK ABOUT IT Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand (2007 - #14, 30 weeks)
20. I'M FREE The Soup Dragons (1990 - #9, 25 weeks)
21. GIVE IT TO ME Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake (2007 - #16, 43 weeks)
22. JUST FEEL BETTER Santana (2006 - #7, 25 weeks)
23. WHATEVER YOU LIKE T.I. (2008 - #13, 30 weeks)
24. BABY DID A BAD, BAD THING Chris Isaak (1995 - #9, 36 weeks)
25. EVERYBODY'S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Rozalla (1991 - #11, 37 weeks)
26. SHADOW OF THE DAY Linkin Park (2007 - #15, 36 weeks)
27. THE KILL (BURY ME) 30 Seconds To Mars (2006 - #20, 37 weeks)
28. TEENAGERS My Chemical Romance (2007 - #16, 29 weeks)
29. ONE SUMMER Daryl Braithwaite (1989 - #8, 23 weeks)
30. MISS SARAJEVO Passengers (1995 - #7, 17 weeks)
31. PUMP IT (NICE AN' HARD) Icy Blu (1991 - #8, 26 weeks)
32. IKO IKO The Belle Stars (1989 - #7, 21 weeks)
33. KISS The Art Of Noise (1989 - #8, 19 weeks)
34. DO FOR YOU Euphoria (1992 - #7, 24 weeks)
35. HAND IN MY POCKET Alanis Morissette (1995 - #13, 27 weeks)
36. THE BOMB! (THESE SOUNDS FALL INTO MY MIND) The Bucketheads (1995 - #11, 23 weeks)
37. LOVE REARS ITS UGLY HEAD Living Colour (1991 - #10, 24 weeks)
38. LOST AND RUNNING Powderfinger (2007 - #5, 37 weeks)
39. ME & U Cassie (2006 - #12, 31 weeks)
40. IT'S TOO LATE Evermore (2004 - #16, 31 weeks)
41. NEW THANG Redfoo (2014 - #3, 19 weeks)
42. THIS IS HOW WE DO IT Montell Jordan (1995 - #7, 23 weeks)
43. HIT ME UP Gia Farrell (2007 - #6, 22 weeks)
44. TIP OF MY TONGUE Diesel (1992 - #4, 16 weeks)
45. LITTLE WONDERS Rob Thomas (2007 - #20, 41 weeks)
46. LOVESICK Gang Starr (1991 - #13, 23 weeks)
47. HEALING HANDS Elton John (1989 - #14, 31 weeks)
48. THE CREEPS Camille Jones vs. Fedde Le Grand (2007 - #15, 26 weeks)
49. CRAZY Seal (1991 - #9, 24 weeks)
50. BORN SLIPPY Underworld (1996 - #20, 32 weeks)
I never realised how bare the lists look without certifications haha. Really interesting though, 2006 being *slightly* before my time in terms of chart watching, this is an anomaly I was generally unaware of.
Interesting list of un-accredited singles; particularly those from the 80s/90s.

'One Summer' has a gold accreditation though on the top 100 chart of 1989 in the first ARIA Report.
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THE TOP 50 BIGGEST #1 DEBUT SINGLES

In 1985, an amazing achievement was made on the Australian Single Charts, when Midnight Oil's "Species Deceases" EP landed at #1 in its very first appearance. OK, so it was an EP, so it was a little bit of a cheat in that these things are more like an album. We had to wait until 1988 for a real #1 debut single when Kylie hit the top with "Got To Be Certain" in its very first week.

The ability to become the biggest selling single in the first week of sales occurred 8 times during the 90's before becoming the "norm" in the 2000's to today.

So the question is, does a debut at #1 promise the hit success it should?

Out of 115 singles to have managed a #1 debut, 54 have been accredited multi-Platinum. That leaves 61 singles that have been accredited Platinum or less after a #1 debut, including two singles not accredited at all (discounting "Got To Be Certain" which charted before accreditations were recorded on the charts).

Taking into account MY points, which attempt to adjust the sales/accreditation levels pre and post digital downloads, just 30 singles would count as being at a multi-Platinum level after their debuts.

One expect the benchmark of sales success after a #1 debut would surely be multi-Platinum minimum (140,000 sales/shipments), so I would conclude that #1 debut definitely do not guarantee overall success.

But...it regularly does, so the following list highlights the biggest singles that have debuted at #1, and backed that up with continued success overall.

50. MAYBE TONIGHT Kate DeAraugo ▲ (2005 - #1, 21 weeks)
49. DON'T PHUNK WITH MY HEART The Black Eyed Peas ▲ (2005 - #1, 22 weeks)
48. KISS KISS Holly Valance ▲ (2002 - #1, 24 weeks)
47. MUSIC Madonna ▲2 (2000 - #1, 23 weeks)
46. BEAUTIFUL GIRLS Sean Kingston ▲ (2007 - #1, 30 weeks)
45. JUST LOSE IT Eminem ▲ (2004 - #1, 22 weeks)
44. COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Beiber & MØ ▲4 (2016 - #1, 35 weeks)
43. WASABI Lee Harding ▲ (2005 - #1, 27 weeks)
42. HUNG UP Madonna ▲ (2005 - #1, 28 weeks)
41. IGNITION - THE REMIX R. Kelly ▲ (2003 - #1, 18 weeks)
40. POISON Bardot ▲2 (2000 - #1, 15 weeks)
39. OUT OF THE BLUE Delta Goodrem ▲ (2004 - #1, 23 weeks)
38. NIGHT OF MY LIFE Damien Leith ▲ (2006 - #1, 22 weeks)
37. MY HUMPS The Black Eyed Peas ▲ (2005 - #1, 23 weeks)
36. LISTEN WITH YOUR HEART Casey Donovan ▲2 (2004 - #1, 15 weeks)
35. WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani ▲2 (2004 - #1, 19 weeks)
34. ME, MYSELF AND I Scandal'us ▲2 (2001 - #1, 17 weeks)
33. LONELY Akon ▲2 (2005 - #1, 27 weeks)
32. SPECIES DECEASES (EP) Midnight Oil ▲2 (1985 - #1, 20 weeks)
31. SOS Rihanna ▲2 (2006 - #1, 48 weeks)
30. AXEL F Crazy Frog ▲2 (2005 - #1, 22 weeks)
29. LIPS OF AN ANGEL Hinder ▲ (2007 - #1, 45 weeks)
28. SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran* ▲3 (2017 - #1, 11 weeks)
27. RIGHT ROUND Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha ▲3 (2009 - #1, 56 weeks)
26. ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) Rihanna ▲7 (2010 - #1, 53 weeks)
25. LOST WITHOUT YOU Delta Goodrem ▲2 (2003 - #1, 32 weeks)
24. A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley vs. JXL ▲2 (2002 - #1, 26 weeks)
23. WHAT DO YOU MEAN? Justin Bieber ▲5 (2015 - #1, 52 weeks)
22. QUE SERA Justice Crew ▲5 (2014 - #1, 38 weeks)
21. STRAIGHT LINES Silverchair ▲2 (2007 - #1, 72 weeks)
20. UMBRELLA Rihanna featuring Jay-Z ▲5 (2007 - #1, 62 weeks)
19. DON'T CHA The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes ▲2 (2005 - #1, 28 weeks)
18. HIPS DON'T LIE Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean ▲ (2006 - #1, 49 weeks)
17. CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue ▲3 (2001 - #1, 19 weeks)
16. DILEMMA Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland ▲3 (2002 - #1, 23 weeks)
15. BATTLE SCARS Guy Sebastian ▲9 (2012 - #1, 38 weeks)
14. KILLING ME SOFTLY Fugees ▲3 (1996 - #1, 23 weeks)
13. I'D DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE (BUT I WON'T DO THAT) Meat Loaf ▲2 (1993 - #1, 20 weeks)
12. SEXYBACK Justin Timberlake ▲2 (2006 - #1, 79 weeks)
11. MMMBOP Hanson ▲2 (1997 - #1, 25 weeks)
10. BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY Fergie ▲5 (2007 - #1, 52 weeks)
9. WITHOUT ME Eminem ▲3 (2002 - #1, 24 weeks)
8. WHENEVER, WHEREVER Shakira ▲3 (2002 - #1, 26 weeks)
7. HELLO Adele ▲7 (2015 - #1, 67 weeks)
6. ANGEL Shaggy featuring Rayvon ▲3 (2001 - #1, 19 weeks)
5. THE KETCHUP SONG (ASEREJE) Las Ketchup ▲3 (2002 - #1, 32 weeks)
4. ANGELS BROUGHT ME HERE Guy Sebastian ▲4 (2003 - #1, 15 weeks)
3. WHAT ABOUT ME Shannon Noll ▲4 (2004 - #1, 20 weeks)
2. THE PRAYER Anthony Callea ▲4 (2004 - #1, 25 weeks)
1. LOSE YOURSELF Eminem ▲7 (2002 - #1, 49 weeks)

* as of March 27th 2017 chart

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