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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. :>)

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