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Forum - General: Music/Charts related - 'Hits' that were actually flops!

Several well-known/played-frequently-on-radio songs were actually complete flops on the singles chart in Oz. I found all of the following chart peaks rather surprising

Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh #41
Stevie Nicks - Edge of 17 - did not chart
Derek & The Dominos - Layla #100
James Reyne - Heaven on a Stick #59
Grace Jones - Pull Up to the Bumper #67
Devo - Whip It #77
Phil Collins & Philip Baily - Easy Lover #74
Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill #45
The Supremes - Stop! In the Name of Love #42

Any others you can think of?
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Robbie Willames - Angels #40
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

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----- Radio favourites, and well-known:

Amy Winehouse - Rehab (#35, 3w)
Coldplay - The Scientist (#40, 4w)
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You (#74)

----- Radio favourites, but not well-known:

Jimmy Eat World - The Middle (#49, 2w)
Papa Roach - Scars (DNC)
Planet Funk - Chase the Sun (#32, 4w)
Seether - Fake It (#49, 1w)
The Dandy Warhols - We Used to Be Friends (#46, 1w)
The Jonas Brothers - SOS (#47, 2w)

----- Radio favourites, but not well-known outside JJJ circles:

New Order - 60 Miles an Hour (#37, 4w)
Placebo - Every You, Every Me (#46, 3w)
The Music - The People (DNC)
Weezer - Island in the Sun (#78)

----- Not outright flops, but both well-known and radio favourites:

Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly (#36, 9w)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside (#31, 9w)

----- Some well-known radio-only tracks (unreleased as singles):

Avril Lavigne - Keep Holding On
Kasey Chambers - Like a River
Pearl Jam - Better Man
Pink - Just Like a Pill

----- And one of the biggest radio-favourite flops:

The Offspring - Spare Me the Details (DNC)

It didn't reach the top 50, but an unsourced Wikipedia article claims that it spent three years in Australia's top 20 most-played songs. Even if that's not true, it received a hell of a lot of airplay for a flop.
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Pearl Jam - Better Man (Not released as a single at all )
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You #74 3w
Weezer - Island In The Sun #78
Thanks BB, I've edited them.
Wow, that's quite surprising about Pearl Jam's 'Better Man' (although not being released as a single explains it). I'm not a Pearl Jam fan at all, but still know that song.

Craig II - several of those you listed would be known by mainly JJJ listeners, and not so much the general population.

I'm a huge Pearl Jam fan and was devostated that when "Better Man" wasn't released off Vitalogy.
It was released to U.S radio as a promo and has since been a fan favourite during there concerts.
For a memorabile performance watch the Madison Square Garden DVD, it's on there
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Here's some more...

ABBA - Thank You For the Music (1978) #82
Ace of Base - Happy Nation (1994) #67
Aswad - Don't Turn Around (1988) #53
Baz - Smile to Shine (2002) #70
Belinda Carlisle - Big Scary Animal (1993) #62
Boney M. - Gotta Go Home (1979) #44
Bryan Adams - Somebody (1986) #76
Calvin Harris - Acceptable in the 80's (2007) #98
Catatonia - Road Rage (1998) #44
Cher - All or Nothing (1999) #86
Chris De Burgh - High on Emotion (1984) #91
Collective Soul - December (1995) #77
Cut Copy - Lights and Music (2008) #64
Dido - Here With Me (2001) #50
Dr. Hook - Sexy Eyes (1980) #41
Ellie Campbell - Don't Want You Back (2000) #48
Fiona Apple - Criminal (1998) #46
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere (1988) #45
Fleetwood Mac - You Make Lovin' Fun (1977) #65
Garbage - Only Happy When it Rains (1996) #75
Garbage - Queer (1995) #59
Garbage - Special (1998) #53
Genesis - That's All (1984) #62
Genesis - Throwing it All Away (1987) #94
Godley & Creme - Cry (1985) #43
Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me (1986) #49
Imani Coppola - Legend of a Cowgirl (1997) #53
James Blunt - High (2005) #42
Jason Mraz - The Remedy (I Won't Worry) (2003) #70
Jeff Wayne - The Eve of the War (1978) #67
Karen Ramirez - Looking For Love (1998) #45
Leah Haywood - Summer of Love (2001) #59
Linus Loves featuring Sam Obernik - Stand Back (2003) #81
Little River Band - Playing to Win (1985) #59
Live - All Over You (1995) #65
Live - Selling the Drama (1994) #60
Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye (1997) #61
Mariah Carey - My All (1998) #45
Meja - All 'bout the Money (1999) #88
Mutya Buena - Real Girl (2007) #59
Nada Surf - Popular (1996) #42
Nirvana - All Apologies (1993) #49
Nirvana - In Bloom (1992) #75
Pearl Jam - Jeremy (1992) #78
Placebo - Pure Morning (1998) #54
Powderfinger - I Don't Remember (2007) #42
Puddle of Mudd - Blurry (2002) #42
Robyn - Show Me Love (1998) #47
Sarah McLachlan - Building a Mystery (1998) #70
Semisonic - Closing Time (1998) #66
Shawn Mullins - Shimmer (1999) #43
Sister Hazel - All For You (1997) #53
Smash 'n' Grab - She Don't Like That (2005) #61
Smashing Pumpkins - Today (1994) #66
Sophie Ellis Bextor - Take Me Home (A Girl Like Me) (2001) #96
Stone Temple Pilots - Plush (1993) #58
Talking Heads - Burning Down the House (1983) #94
Talking Heads - Take Me to the River (1979) #58
The Cardigans - My Favourite Game (1999) #62
The Cars - Magic (1984) #96
The Cars - My Best Friend's Girl (1978) #67
The Corrs - Dreams (1998) #43
The Corrs - I Never Loved You Anyway (1998) #45
The Corrs - So Young (1999) #66
The Corrs - What Can I Do (1998) #85
The Doobie Brothers - Long Train Runnin' (1973) #58
The Police - King of Pain (1984) #44
The Whitlams - No Aphrodisiac (1998) #50
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Learning to Fly (1991) #44
UB40 - Rat in Mi Kitchen (1987) #84
UB40 - The Way You Do the Things You Do (1991) #58
Whitney Houston - Queen of the Night (1993) #80
Zucchero featuring Paul Young - Senza Una Donna (1992) #48

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@ Nugs

Yeah, I was in the process of putting it into sections. But I'd say of all the songs listed before Savagegrant's list, only Khe Sanh, Whip It, Angels and Rehab are "famous" in the general population.
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Wow savagegrant!

It seems your post mid-1988 peaks are from the AMR chart. A couple of those scraped into the ARIA top 40 - e.g. Aswad's 'Don't Turn Around' peaked at #34 on the first ARIA-produced chart, and Catatonia's 'Road Rage' peaked at #40. I class scraping into the top 40 as a (minor) hit.

Little River Band's 'Playing to Win' was one I was trying to think of for my list, but forgot. Its low peak is truly shocking! I guess it seems bigger than it was though because it's featured on many sports shows. The same with Leah Haywood's 'Summer of Love' being used for a channel 10 commercial.

Devo's 'Devo Live EP' was #1 in Oz though, and when aired on the Countdown top 10 chart, they played the 'Girl U Want' video. 'Girl U Want' is another shocking flop with no Oz chart entry in its own right.
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John Farnham - Reasons #60
(though I guess everyone already owned the Whispering Jack album by then)

Michael Jackson - Man In the Mirror #39

Prince - Purple Rain #41
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Savagegrant - did you create that list, or find it somewhere?

If you created it... My God!
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Not complete flops, but surprisingly low peak (IMO):

Bananarama - Cruel Summer #32
Eurythmics - It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back) #32
Bananarama - I Heard a Rumour #32
Natalie Cole - Wild Women Do #37
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Please before we go any further because we could for the next 50 years.... Someone explain what is classified as a hit?

Is it something that gets flogged on the radio?

If it is well you're on the wrong track, I live in country W.A and for radio i have four options while at work (Only time i listen to it).

1. Triple J = Only can stand it in small doses during the day.
2. Hot FM = Kinda like Today Fm OR Nova but highly repetative
3. Radiowest = Basically it's AM radio which plays everything from current to yesteryear and is my favourite.
4. Other AM stations (inc ABC) = Waste of time

On this Radiowest station I hear tracks on the lists that people have mentioned, I also hear current tracks that haven't even broken into the charts. Does this make them hits? I think not
Nugs: Yep, they are all AMR chart peaks.

Craig II: I have the peak positions in the composer field of my MP3 tags so it's a fairly simple Winamp task to make a list like that.

It's fair to say the vast majority of the songs listed are not famous... I'd say around half are reasonably well-known. Only 7 or 8 listed so far are truly famous imo. But the lists are interesting regardless

This thread will probably end up like the one-hit wonders thread, where everyone defines it differently.
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I still can't believe that Gabriella Cilmi's "Save the Lies" didn't chart at all. I love that song!
@ Savagegrant.

I love "Save The Lies" too, and "Popular" by veronicas.

Your Garbage peak posiitons from your huge songs aren't right. "Only Happy" (Fav song of all time) peaked at #80, Queer peaked at #55 , and Special peaked at #54

~~~~~~~~~~~~Other Flops~~~~~~~~~~~~
Soul Sound - Sugababes (Physical release)
Popular - Veronicas (Digital release)
All Hooked Up - All Saints (Aparently #52 peak but im unsure,Physical release)
Rock Steady - All Saints (Digital release,#98 peak)
Easy - Sugababes (Physical Release)
No Good Advie - Girls Aloud (Physical Release, #88 peak)
Always Come Back To Your Love - Samantha Mumba (Physical Release, #63 peak)

Here are the Garbage songs that missed the top 5~~~~~~

Only Happy When It Rains - #50
Queer - #55
I Think Im Paranoid - #57
Special - #54
Shut Your Mouth - #74

Another flop is Britney's "Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know". It was planned as physical release but as it charted bad in other countries they added the disc onto rare editions of the album. Only minimal copies were made. Another music video was actual filmed as the 5th single, but as "Don't Let Me..." charted so badly it was cancelled, the other video was never released though.
Billbeast: As I said, I'm using the AMR chart peak positions, not the ARIA ones.
Whats AMR positions?
AMR = the Australian Music Report (aka the Kent Report), which was licenced by ARIA until late June 1988, when it was the only national chart produced.

Here's another shocking one:

Stevie Wonder - Superstition #95
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Does anyone have a link to archves or AMR positions?
^ AMR peaks/weeks in are available in David Kent's books, e.g. 'Australian Chart Book 1970-1992'. There's no online database to my knowledge.
He also published "Australian Chart Book (1993-2005)".
BeansterBarnes - the definition of a 'hit' is either completely obvious (e.g. a huge #1 smash), or a grey area. I would base it mostly on the sales figures, which aren't usually available to the public, and so chart positions/chart runs are the next best thing. I don't think anyone would argue that a song reaching the top 20 isn't a 'hit', although if it spends 1 week at #20 and then dives out of the top 50, it becomes a grey area. I would classify any top 40 single as an at least minor 'hit' in a broad sense of the term; but then you have the rare single that charts for a long time but misses the top 40 (e.g. Marilyn Manson's 'The Beautiful People' which only peaked at #42 but spent 56 weeks in the top 100, becoming the 89th biggest seller for 1997).

The purpose of this thread was to highlight singles that many people would know, and would assume they were big hits, but they actually weren't (from a chart/sales perspective). A perfect example in my mind is The Supremes' 'Stop! In the Name of Love'. It was released over a decade before I was born, and I knew of it from an early age, but it didn't crack the top 40 here.

There have been a few songs in this thread listed that I don't know, mainly because I've paid little attention to charting singles since the late 90s.
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I really enjoyed Savagegrant's list and hummed many of them as I read along! Most surprising for me was Show Me Love by Robyn - I remember radio flogging that one!
Does anyone have a valid link that will get me the Garbage chart positions from outside top 50. On wikipedia, they deleted all the ones i added, because a forum isn't an actual link. Any help would be welcome.
Garbage below Top 50 Singles:

02*05-Nov-95*HP-55*WI-12 - Queer
04*16-Jun-96*HP-80*WI-09a- Only Happy When it Rains
07*02-Aug-98*HP-57*WI-05 - I Think I'm Paranoid
08*15-Nov-98*HP-54*WI-06a- Special
13*09-Sep-02*HP-74*WI-03 - Shut Your Mouth

first number is from song order. (a) is accumulated weeks in chart
They've had 15 singles in total, and check out Shirley Manson in the new series of Sarah Connor Chronicles, very spooky bitch.
Thnx Buion, but i need a link to a website thats has this information. Wikipedia won't except this forum, because info could be made up.
Was shocked that Hotel California (Eagles) only made #60.
Also Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar) only made #33, thought it would have been Top 10. Don't Answer Me (Alan Parsons Project) #43 should've had a better run. Same for Street Cafe (Icehouse) #57.
billbeast, I think I was the one who added those Garbage outside top 50 ARIA peaks to wikipedia... then they removed them, then I added them back, adding a reference to the ARIA reports (which cannot be found online pre 2001, but can be located in state libraries), and they removed them again

I can understand to an extent, because anyone can make something up on wikipedia, but I only add chart peaks I've taken from printed ARIA reports (and have done this, esp. for peaks between 51-100, on many other wikipedia pages). It's frustrating when people don't think they're valid because they can't check them online.
Dave, Icehouse had a few underperformers it seems. I was shocked to learn that No Promises only peaked at #30, and Don't Believe Anymore peaked at #31. They were all over the radio at the time. I was even more surprised to learn that Baby You're So Strange and Mr Big made the top 20, when I didn't even know of them until a couple of years ago, and I knew most big hits of the day.
Another big flop is Peter Allen's 'I Still Call Australia Home' peaking at #72! I suppose though it has become more widely-known since being used in Qantas (I think it was that) ads.
Maybe not well-known by the masses, but it's a popular guest programmer's choice on Rage:

Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence #71
I agree with your comments Nugs. No Promises and Don't Believe Anymore definately underperformed, as well as Man Of Colours (#28), but I guess album sales were to blame for that (Man Of Colours album had already had an 11 week? consecutive run at #1 by then). I prefer these to Baby You're So Strange and Mr. Big, as well as Walls (#20).
Just saw your latest post ... I again agree! Enjoy The Silence is an underperformer. It's my favourite Depeche Mode track! I think it made #5 in UK which is more on the mark.
The one that comes to mind is Republica - Ready to go. It charted in Australia at #40. It was flogged on radio when released here in 1996 both on commercial radio and Triple J and years later used extensively in radio avertising. Great song but hardy a hit in Australia.

My favourite of the one listed so far is Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly. Arguably their most acclaimed and famous tune, this one just could not do better than #36 despite being massive on radio and I think they were touring BDO around that time. Their album however was massive here and I believe if digital singles were around then 'Learn to fly' would have gone top 20 and perhaps top 10. Consider if digital singles were not included at the moment - Kings of Leon would hardly have had a #1 single or 2 top 5 singles in 2008.
Dave, Man of Colours was another I thought of adding, and yes, the album sales are probably the explanation.

happypeople - I agree, 'Ready To Go' should have charted much higher, and did get a bit of exposure.

Sting - An Englishman In New York - didn't chart!

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Could You Be Loved? #95

Guns N' Roses - Welcome To the Jungle #41

Guns N' Roses - Paradise City #48

GANGgajang - Sounds of Then (This Is Australia) #35
Divinyls' "Only Lonely" is another I was surprised wasn't a chart hit, but I don't think it was actually released as a commercial single (despite having 2 videos made and receiving decent airplay).
I'm not too surprised at the low chart placing, because I never saw the video on TV at the time, but Madonna's low #59 peak for 'Oh Father' is surprising considering her popularity at the time, and that it's one of her best songs (IMO... it was the first song I really liked by her).
Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You 1997 20/09/1998 #46

also by Robbie Willames/Kylie - Kids when i looked back at the 2000 and 2001 end of year charts i was looking up and down and was shocked to find it not on there considering Kylie Minogue was in the song but it was still a big hit at #14 and 15 weeks in top 50 but also when considering that it was one of the biggest well knonw songs of the 2000 and 2001 era. It should of been it the top 100.

also Alanis Morsitte - Thankyou was a hit and managed to get into the Top 50 highest selling singles of 98 witch i dont understand. But consedering it probably stayed in the top 100 for a long time its highest peak was at #15 and 15 weeks in the top 50 when songs in the top 5 or 10 didnt get into the top 50. So why didnt kids get into the Top 50 when thankyou was nearly at the same peak and and same run.
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mono36, Kids didn't make the year end chart probably because it only would have had about 6 weeks on the chart before the year-end chart was compiled (and 4 of those 6 weeks were lower than #20). Also, a #14 peak doesn't guarantee a position on the end of the year chart.

Having said that, some of us feel ARIA's year-end charts have been somewhat dodgy in the past. This is discussed in another thread here (I forget which one, but it was within the last month or 2), e.g. Kate Bush's Rocket Man peaked at #2 in 1992 but ended up at #100 on the year-end chart, below some songs that peaked at around #23 even!

The year end charts are (supposedly) based on sales, and not chart peaks/chart-runs alone. For example, in a low-selling week, a #1 single may sell less than a #7 single in a high-selling week.

Alanis may have made it into the 1998 top 50 because she had 9-10 weeks on the chart before the year-end chart was compiled (and sales may have been high during those weeks). I do admit though that it looks a little suspicious considering it only peaked at #15. Maybe another possible ARIA stuff-up?
Despite peaking at #2, "Rocket Man" only stayed in the Top 10 for three weeks and a mere 6 weeks in the Top 20. Its total stay in the Top 50 was just 14 weeks.
^ True, but it was placed lower than Sound Unlimited's Kickin' to the Undersound, which spent 1 week in the top 20 (at #20), and 11 weeks in the top 50; and 40 places lower than Suck My Kiss which spent 1 week in the top 10 and just 8 weeks in the top 50.

Prince's Cream spent 5 weeks at #2 in January 1992, and 8 weeks in the top 10 in 1992, yet ended up 3 places lower on the year-end chart than Suck My Kiss which spent 8 weeks total in the top 50.

R Kelly's "She's Got that Vibe" which peaked at just #28 (although 17 weeks in the top 50, but 5 of those weeks were between 40 and 50) was placed 13 places higher than Ce Ce Peniston's "Finally" which peaked at #8 and spent 15 weeks in the top 50 (including 5 weeks in the top 10).

ARIA's year-end charts (at least in the early 90s) were seriously dodgy, and heavily biased towards the 2nd half of the year.
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Can anyone tell me all the chart positions of the "Aqua" songs. I was in a hippie record shop the other day and i saw 11 singles of theirs. So minimum 11 songs were released in Australia. Any Help would be really cool.
Barbie Girl:

#77, #30, #9, #3, #2, #2, #2, #2, #1, #1, #1, #2, #6, #20, #58, #85, R#82

Doctor Jones:

#7, #2, #1, #1, #1, #1, #1, #4, #6, #8, #10, #37, #47, #60, #75, #75

Lollipop (Candyman):

#23, #8, #3, #3, #3, #3, #3, #4, #4, #7, #10, #13, #18, #20, #28, #35, #37, #48, #56, #61, #65, #74

Turn Back Time (From the movie 'Sliding Doors'):

#43, #35, #25, #23, #24, #21, #20, #18, #13, #12, #11, #10, #11, #11, #17, #20, #23, #28, #38, #34, #38, #55, #76, #75

My Oh My:

#98, R#65, #95, #92, #79, #73, #76, #56, #76, #87, #99

Cartoon Heroes:

#26, #22, #27, #22, #17, #17, #16, #21, #20, #25, #31, #32, #37, #52, #67, #64, #69, #84

Around The World:

#68, #36, #41, #35, #35, #35, #47, #47, #51, #52, #73, #70, #74

Bumble Bees:

#65, #72, #79, #85, #95, #98

(Roses Are Red, Didn't I, Good Morning Sunshine, Freaky Friday & We Belong To The Sea) didn't chart here
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Re Wikipedia: At the end of the day, a fact is a fact. The Wikipedia policies say "use reliable sources", and you have one. If you are having problems, don't hesitate to contact me - I have all ARIA figures (top 60 only) from 1989 to 2001 for singles, and 1993 onwards for albums, and am happy to cross check any info you place there and confirm on the talk page. I've settled issues at, for example, the Roxus talk page using my database. My normal area of editing is geography and politics (where some of the sources are buried deep in university libraries in many cases), so if there's a dispute over it, you'll need to let me know on my talk page for me to be able to help. Cheers.
Orderinchaos, I keep adding the Garbage top one 100 singles, but they keep getting deleted because of no reliable source. They all got inside top 60 apart from "Only Happy When It Raisn" and "Shut Your Mouth" which placed outside top 60. So if you could possibly provide a link to the following songs AUs positions it would be great

Queer - #55
I Thik I'm Paranoid - #57
Special #54

Yes 'Kids' and 'Let me entertain' you are 2 of Robbie's best but he did not have big hits in Australia until later. Meanwhile 'Better Man' I think was a much weaker single but had a nice run in the top ten. Go figure Australia?!?
Free's 'All Right Now' (the "all right now, baby it's a-alright now") song peaked at #44 in Oz in 1970!
Permission to Shine by Bachelor Girl (I hear this song on radio stations that are not Nova and 92.9) in W.A. - this song failed to chart.

'Shake Your Tailfeather' by Ray Charles with Joliet Jake & Elwood Blues #47
Can anyone please provide the peak positions for all of Peter Andre's singles in Australia that did not make the top 50?
Peter Andre (under Top 50)

01>14-Jun-92*HP-72*WI-07 - Drive Me Crazy
08>02-Jun-96*HP-58*WI-05 - Only One
09>27-Oct-86*HP-62*WI-06 - Flava
10>21-Sep-97*HP-65*WI-03 - All About Us (feat Montell Jordan)

11 singles in total for Peter
Thanks for the Peter Andre stats
Is it possible to grab the same stats for Roxette, S Club 7, George Michael & Marilyn Manson?
Aqua deserved another #1 with "Lollipop (Candyman)". It is my favourite single released in Australia. It's such a shame that "Roses Are Red" wasn't released here because the radio mix is my all time favourite song of theirs. The album version is a poor mix.

Here it is for those who haven't heard it... (plays best in Winamp)

Seems as though I missed one of your requests Arlen:


10>29-Mar-92*HP-55*WI-07 - Church of Your Heart
12>06-Dec-92*HP-66*WI-07 - Queen of Rain
15>10-July-94*HP-73*WI-03 - Crash! Boom! Bang!
16>23-Oct-94*HP-68*WI-04 - Fireworks
18>22-Mar-99*HP-57*WI-08 - Wish I Could Fly

S Club 7;

08>06-May-02*HP-71*WI-03 - You
10>14-July-03*HP-75*WI-02 - Say Goodbye / Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You

George Michael;

12>04-Aug-91*HP-95*WI-01 - Soul Free
19>23-Feb-97*HP-61*WI-04 - Older
20>22-Jun-97*HP-51*WI-10a- Star People
21>26-Oct-97*HP-75*WI-02 - You Have Been Loved

Marilyn Manson;

03>29-Jun-97*HP-52*WI-09 - Tourniquet
06>08-Nov-96*HP-81*WI-6a - Lunchbox
07>20-Dec-98*HP-97*WI-01 - Get Your Gun

Here are some hits that were flops.....
"In For The Kill" - "La Roux" (#34)
"Only Happy When It Rains" - "Garbage" (#80)

Both those songs were widely airplayed, and video played yet never made it to a successfull peak.....as with "Mercy" by "Duffy"....who peaked at #26, yet got Platinum sales from maintining them week by week
Here are some of the "opposite", songs that peaked high but performed badly (this year):
Sway Sway Baby - Short Stack
Need Me To Stay - Tommy Tra$h

and literally millions of albums, too.
I was surprised to discover that Somewhere Out There from An American Tail only charted as high as 26 (I think). As a kid I remember hearing it on the radio all the time, so my memory made it into a massive hit. Apparently it wasn't in Australia.

I was shocked to discover that Man In The Mirror only managed to peak at #39 on its first chart run. That's just mind blowing.
"Panic At The Disco"'s #1 album last year was in the chart for 3 weeks. It peaked at #1. "Pretty Odd" i think it was called.
Another flop hit it "One of the Boys" (single) by "Katy Perry" which only peaked at #40... yet somehow managed to sell 35,000 digital downloads to be certified Gold. There was no phyisical release.
I find it almost impossible to believe that single was certified Gold.
I watch accreditation's closely, it is possible for Katy Perry - One Of The Boys to be certified <G> but only just due to christmas period. However this would make alot of other songs incorrect. Also quite convenient that when One Of The Boys was certified <G> it was the same week that Katy Perry's album of the same title was repackagedand shipped to stores...
I also find it unbelievable for the single to be "Gold" selling... especially since it's digital only.
A dodgy accreditation if ever I heard of one..
The record companies have to be able to prove to ARIA that they've actually shipped (or sold, in the case of digital tracks) the minimum number of copies required for the certification, though.

Until early last decade, the YE charts were compiled based on sales provided by the record companies themselves (rather than data collected by ARIA, even though with the advent of ARIAnet, they collected all of their own data electronically). Now, though, they compile their Year End charts based on their own data (i.e. not the data supplied by the record companies).
Savage Garden's Hold Me which I heard heaps on the radio only reached Number 52! Although it was the 6th single...
this is actually a really interesting thread.
Two more I just discovered, and was quite shocked by:

Supertramp - Dreamer, #47

Alice Cooper - Only Women Bleed, #50
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Well like I don't think it's been mentioned, but (see airplay thread) Rob Thomas - Someday & Meltdown were played so much; Someday DNC and Meltdown had one week at #42!
You could include any of Muse's 20 odd singles before Uprising to that list!!!
You could add any Lady GaGa song to that list!!!
Muse- Knight's of Cydonia (Triple J hottest 100 number one 2007) didnt make the charts. weird
zxcvcxz, it did make the high 40's in the download chart in the week following the countdown.
Muse - Plug In Baby (did not chart) and Supermassive Black Hole (#34)
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday and New Year's Day
Radiohead - Paranoid Android (#29)
Plug in Baby was close, #57 to be exact
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U2's "New Years Day" peaked at #36 in 1983.
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" however failed to chart but is still heard today on commercial FM radio.
Foo Fighters "All My Life" debuted at #20 in 2002, but fell out of the top 100 completely the next week.
i don't know much about chart positions 50-100 or pre-1988.

Back in NZ My Heart Go On peaked at #34 when it was #1 practially everywhere else. Thank God!

Also in NZ Elevation by U2 only reached #35
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a couple that actually made the top 50

blink 182 - whats my age again - #42
foo fighters - everlong - #45
Can't believe Devo - Whip it ranking. Seems way out. And Phil Collins - Easy Lover.

Easy Lover was flogged on the radio and TV at the time.
Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta #50
Whip It was re-released in 1981 as part of the "Dev-O Live (EP)" when it finally got its chart recognition. It reached #1 in August '81 and the clip was shown as the lead song on the weekly countdowns.
Supergrass - Alright - #96 (Daniel cbb posting himself )
HeadInAMuse I now this is going back a fair bit, but do you know why My Heart Will Go On only managed a #34 peak in NZ. Was Titanic not loved as much in NZ compared to the rest of the world, was it hampered by lack of radioplay or a limited release of the single? Or is Celine Dion not that well loved in NZ? That's really perplexing.
NO! It's because the single had very limited release in New Zealand. The Titanic soundtrack peaked at number one in Kiwiland and was in the charts for a fair amount of time. The unfortunate thing about living in a small country is that if a single sells out, new supplies are not always sent and (although this may not be a fact) I do think something along these lines would have happened.

I remember the song being a very big radio hit, but airplay didn't affect the chart during this period. (similar to I Don't Want To Miss a Thing by Aerosmith).

Celine Dion has never had a number one single in New Zealand, but her albums have done incredibly well, like Falling Into You which is one of the biggest albums of all time in NZ!

Thanks for the explanation alleyt.
Another song which surprised me with how quick it got certification was "Take Your Shirt Off" from T-Pain. It has only spent 6 weeks in the charts and peaked at #42. How would it have sold 35,000 units?
Thanks to Chris A:

Most of Take Your Shirt Off's chart run

82-81-76-74-78-RE 92-71-53-42-47-54-60-59-59-49-46-52-52-65-64-57-56-53-51-56-46

That's why it's gold.
It's still a head scratcher though, especially when other songs have similar trajectory but no accreditation eg Jordy. For it to be accredited gold, makes you wonder how many singles out there are uncredited. As songs that last 20 weeks in the top 50 sometimes don't get accredited.
All right, that makes sense. It spent a lot of time right under that 50 mark and could have earned thousands of sales in that time.

Thanks to this website, I've been looking through the charts and have found a few songs which could be considered to be in here (might be repeating songs that have already been mentioned):
I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany (#46)
Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys (#28)
The Hardest Part - Coldplay (#40)
Long Road To Ruin - Foo Fighters (#38)
Learn To Fly - Foo Fighters (#36)
Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John (#45)
Dancing Queen - ABBA (#37) Note: Could have made higher because the charts on this website started in 1988

I'm still hearing a lot of these songs now, so I'm surprised these songs were so low.

This may not count to what this chart is about, but apparently the biggest drop out of the ARIA Charts has been "Psycho Teddy" by "Psycho Teddy", which went from 5th place to not being in the charts at all.
I'm fairly certain that Dancing Queen charted higher. As for Psycho Teddy, it dropped to #70 I think, but the big ones were Francesca - Way of the World & Nirvana - About a Girl
That was Dancing Queen's re-entry in 1992 when it was re-released, not its initial entry. Don't Go Breaking My Heart in 1994 was the version with RuPaul, not the original with Kiki Dee, which peaked at #1 in 1976. Always on My Mind was #28 on the earliest dated ARIA chart available on this site, which was when it was beginning to drop down the charts (it peaked at #5 in early 1988, pre-ARIA). I guess you're right about the others.
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I Think We're Alone Now I think peaked at #12 or something like that pre-ARIA
well they are calling Kelly Rowland's single "commander" a smash hit, when announcing her 2nd single
I'm sorry if this was said earlier, but I haven't been able to find out if Russell Peter's "The Real Thing" has entered Australia's charts.

I'm also not sure if this is true, but I'm told that ACDC's "Highway To Hell" only peaked at #24 and "Back In Black" didn't make the charts at all. Can someone see if this is true?
Another shocking "hit" that was actually a flop:
THE CRUEL SEA / "the honeymoon is over" #41

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