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Her first major contribution to a soundtrack (not counting credits to the Hannah Montana character) was in 2009 with the soundtrack to Hannah Montana: The Movie. She has also released the live album Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, which peaked at number three in the United States and Canada, and the Wal-Mart-exclusive extended play The Time of Our Lives, which peaked at number two in the United States.
Miley also suffers from a heart condition called Tachycardia, which means the heart has a higher than usual beat when in a "resting" state. This can be quite dangerous for adults who would usually work harder than others, which is why Miley is very conscious of the condition when on stage.
In 2008, Cyrus appeared in the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert film. Cyrus also starred in Bolt in 2008, and recorded "I Thought I Lost You" for the soundtrack, earning her a Golden Globe nomination
In June 2009, Cyrus changed her TV and movie career representation from United Talent Agency to Creative Artists Agency, which had already represented her for music.Also in June, Cyrus began filming her movie The Last Song, based on a novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, in which she plays a rebellious teenage girl who spends a summer with her estranged father at his home in a quiet beach town.
oh this is sooo much awesomer!!! well i LOOOOVE miley, she's sort of one of those people who i don't admit to liking in real life but she does really well on my chart (all five of the above songs have peaked in my top five). In order my favourites are: Party in the USA, The Climb, See You Again, Hoedown Throwdown, Fly On The Wall
and my lovely fact direct from our best friend wikipedia is
"Party in the USA" was ranked #4 on the Rolling Stone top 50 of 2009.
i always thought rolling stone was outdated (..goes to look at the number one album of 2009..) oh yep it still is. (U2 - No Line On The Horizon). Last edited:
Cyrus’ The Last Song was released on March 31, 2010, and she is attached to star in two other films, Wings and LOL (Laughing Out Loud). In LOL, a remake of a 2008 French teen comedy, Cyrus plays "a daughter who is involved with all the wrong kids, doing drugs, failing school, but [...whose] mother has her on this perfect pedestal" and says "[She] just fell in love with the story."Wings, based on the first novel in a planned four-book series written by Aprilynne Pike, would star Cyrus as Laurel, a fifteen year old who discovers she is a fairy.
The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. Rolling Stone named Santana number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003
Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican rock guitarist. Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered rock, salsa and jazz fusion. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.
Santana was born in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico. His father was a mariachi violinist, and Carlos learned to play the violin at age five and the guitar at age eight. Young Carlos was heavily influenced by Ritchie Valens at a time when there were very few Latinos in American rock and pop music. The family moved from Autlán de Navarro to Tijuana, the border city between Mexico and California, and then San Francisco. Carlos stayed in Tijuana but joined his family in San Francisco later and graduated from James Lick Middle School and Mission High School there. He graduated from Mission High in 1965. Javier Bátiz, a famous guitarist from Tijuana Mexico, is said to have been Carlos's guitar teacher who taught him to play a different style of guitar soloing. After learning Batiz's techniques, Santana would make them his own as well.
Although Santana's comeback hit in 1999 is often thought to be born from the band itself, "Smooth" was actually an original composition by Itaal Shur, and lyrically re-written by Rob, whose intention was to give it to George Michael. At the same time, Carlos Santana was hunting around for collaborators and material for Santana's "Supernatural" album. The two came together perfectly, with Rob ending up singing his own song after all.
that could be fun, if it werent that these are his singles;
"Jingo" • "Evil Ways" • "Black Magic Woman" • "Oye Como Va" • "Hope You're Feeling Better" • "Everybody's Everything" • "No One to Depend On" • "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" • "Let It Shine" • "She's Not There" • "Stormy" • "You Know That I Love You" • "Changes" • "Searchin'" • "Winning" • "The Sensitive Kind" • "Hold On" • "Say It Again" • "Smooth" (w/ Rob Thomas) • "Maria Maria" (w/ The Project G&B) • "Put Your Lights On" (w/ Everlast) • "The Game of Love" (w/ Michelle Branch) • "Nothing At All" (w/ Musiq Soulchild) •"Feels Like Fire" (w/ Dido) • "Why Don't You & I" (w/ Chad Kroeger) • "I'm Feeling You" (w/ Michelle Branch & The Wreckers) • "Just Feel Better" (w/ Steven Tyler) • "Cry Baby Cry (Santana song)" (w/ Sean Paul and Joss Stone) • "No Llores" (w/ Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano and Sheila E.) • "Into the Night" (w/ Chad Kroeger)
"Carnaval" • "Illegal" (w/ Shakira) • "Jugando" • "Let the Children Play" • "Revelations" • "This Boy's Fire" (w/ Jennifer Lopez and Baby Bash) • "Verão Vermelho"
David Guetta (French pronunciation: [david ɡɛˈta]; born 7 November 1967) is a French house producer and DJ. Originally a DJ at nightclubs during the 1980s and 1990s, he co-founded label Gum Productions and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2001. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007). His 2009 album One Love included the hits singles "When Love Takes Over" (featuring Kelly Rowland), and "Sexy Bitch" (featuring Akon), the latter becoming a top five hit in the US. He has worked with a variety of pop artists including Akon, Chris Willis, Kelly Rowland, Lil' Wayne, Madonna, Kid Cudi, Estelle, Fergie, Amy Palmer, K'naan and will.i.am. He is also working with Shakira.
David Guetta's fourth studio album, One Love, was digitally released on 21 August 2009, and physically released on 24 August 2009 in Europe and 25 August in the United States. Its first single "When Love Takes Over", which featured Kelly Rowland, peaked at #2 on the French singles chart and #78 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. His second single from the album, "Sexy Bitch" (featuring Akon) went to #2 in France and #5 in the US. "One Love" featuring Estelle and "Memories" featuring Kid Cudi followed. Guetta also produced the Black Eyed Peas' single "I Gotta Feeling", which peaked at #1 in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, and #2 in France. The album has sold 1.4 million copies worldwide since its release according to Billboard.
Guetta is now working with Akon, Kelis, Céline Dion, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Kelly Rowland on upcoming albums and projects for 2010.
At the beginning of February, rumours regarding Guetta producing music for Lady Gaga began to spread, but in a March interview he stated, "We met. I would love to work with her but there's nothing yet".
In 2009, he was placed third in the "Top 100 DJs" poll by DJ Magazine, and was elected "Best House DJ" by DJ Awards in 2008.
Guetta was nominated for five Grammy awards, three for One Love and two for his work with the Black Eyed Peas. He won the Grammy for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.
Gee...copy and paste seems to be popular...heh heh!
With six mini-countdowns in this list of the Top 1000 Artists of the last 30 years - Male, Female, Musical Group, Band, Vocal Group and Australia/New Zealand Artist - David Guetta is the highest that doesn't really fit into any category.
There have been a few DJ's appearing in this list, so I guess David Guetta can claim a hidden prize of his own, most successful DJ of the last 30 years...heck, why not go all the way and say ALL TIME!
David Guetta's Top 5
Sexy Bitch (featuring Akon)
When Love Takes Over (featuring Kelly Rowland)
Love Don't Let Me Go (Walking Away)
One Love (featuring Estelle)
On The Dancefloor (featuring will.i.am & apl.de.ap)
Chris A, this countdown is by runs not peak positions. Take these 3 runs: Song A: 78-42-22-10-4-4-4-5-5-4-5-6-6-7-5-4-4-5-6-8-13-49-15-22-35-39-42-44-49-52-67-60-70-82-94-93-82-87-99-100-87-100 Song B: 99-33-24-20-19-18-20-19-17-24-37-33-39-38-40-92 Song C: 1
By peak position, Song C is #1, but by runs, Song A is clearly #1, and Song B second. Song C achieved the highest peak but only had one week in, however high it was so wasnt high on the altime list.
After signing to Capitol Records, Perry began recording tracks for her official mainstream debut album, One of the Boys, and establishing her image was one of the immediate concerns of her management. A campaign was started in November 2007 with the release of the video to "Ur So Gay", aimed at introducing her to the music market. A digital EP led by "Ur So Gay" was later released to create online buzz. This was a successful move that resulted in bringing Perry to the attention of Madonna, who mentioned her on KISS FM and KRQ's JohnJay & Rich morning show in Arizona. On March 10, 2008, she appeared as herself on the ABC Family television series, Wildfire, on the episode "Life's Too Short".
While the buzz over Perry was building, she went on the next step of promoting the album, undertaking a two-month tour of radio stations. The album's official lead single, "I Kissed a Girl", was released on May 6, 2008. With the song climbing atop the charts, Perry embarked on the annual Warped Tour music festival, which her management used to "establish her as a credible performer and make sure she wasn't seen as just a one-hit wonder." The single was a commercial success, peaking at number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It has since become a major worldwide hit, topping charts in 30 countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. On June 12, 2008, Perry appeared as herself on the daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless, and poses for the cover to the June 2008 issue of the fictional magazine Restless Style.
Perry's mother reportedly told British tabloid Daily Mail that she dislikes her daughter's music, calling it "shameful and disgusting". Perry said her mother was misquoted and told MTV that it was false information. Her songs "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed a Girl" have received negative reactions from both religious and gay sectors. The songs have been respectively labeled as being homophobic and promoting homosexuality, as well as "lezploitational". MTV mentioned criticism suggesting that Perry is using "bi-curiosity" as a way to sell records. Perry responded to the controversy surrounding "Ur So Gay": "It's not a negative connotation. It's not, 'you're so gay,' like, 'you're so lame,' but the fact of the matter is that this boy should've been gay. I totally understand how it could be misconstrued or whatever ... It wasn't stereotyping anyone in particular, I was talking about ex-boyfriends. Last edited:
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Perry rose to fame in 2007 with her internet hit "Ur So Gay", and in 2008 with her breakthrough single "I Kissed a Girl". She passed away of murder and rape on 5 May, 2010. Perry was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California by Christian pastor parents and grew up listening only to gospel music. After earning a GED during her freshman year of high school, she began to pursue a music career. As Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel album in 2001. In 2004, she recorded an album with production team The Matrix, but it was never released. After signing on with Capitol Music Group in 2007, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry and released her first mainstream album, One of the Boys.
It all started with Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock". The first of a long line of US Billboard #1 singles. Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" was officially named the 1000th US #1 hit single. As I've previously mentioned, "I Kissed A Girl" was written by the #946 Biggest artist of the last 30 years, Cathy Dennis, who also wrote Kylie's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head".
Maybe just for the blog 392414, it's been good for ME to have a read for once...
Chris A, "Hot N Cold" is really close to topping "I Kissed A Girl", and as I'm a bit rusty on lower chart action this year, "HNC" may very well be on top by now, especially with it's use on Masterchef.
It seemed "Summertime" was the death "Noll" (heh heh) for a couple of artists in 2008. The much-hyped comeback of New Kids On The Block fizzled with their "Summertime" only reaching #90.
Meanwhile, Australian Idols' biggest star, Shannon Noll, released his Greatest Hits album, the first by an Idol star. Shannon's lead track from the package, also titled "Summertime", bombed in comparison to his usual instant hits, reaching #54.
Back to New Kids On The Block, Jordan Knight's Batman shirt in the film clip for "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" influenced me to follow suite. Hey, I was 14, and easily influence, but you can rest at ease to know I didn't follow their hairstyle trend. My influence in that department was totally via Jason Donovan.
New Kids on the Block is an American boy band that enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a boy band which went on to sell 80 million records worldwide. Assembled in Boston in 1984 by producer Maurice Starr, the members consist of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. They won two American Music Awards in 1990 for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group and Favorite Pop/Rock Album. After having disbanded in 1994, several attempts were made to get the group back together, all of them unsuccessful. After secretly reuniting in 2007 and recording a new CD, the group released that new album and embarked on a concert tour in 2008. The album, entitled The Block was released on September 2, 2008.
Of the last few I love ACDC and Living End the most.
I remember the girls going crazy at school over NKOTB, after that it was East 17 for a few years before Take That took the mantle for a brief year. East 17 was the only one I thought anything of, great voice and they had a bit of attitude seemingly.
I am still hoping two of my all time favourites in No Doubt and Greenday make the top 100. They have a chance.
Real McCoy are still hanging on, higher than I expected and surely the highest selling Eurodance artist.
Darn I fully didn't read the 20 minute per artist thing grrr so I'll just comment on the last four!!!
139. Santana - Hmmm he's had some good tracks - The Game of Love, Smooth, Just Feel Better - but i'm not a huge fan, no definitely not.
138. David Guetta he's alright ---- When Love Takes Over is my fave track followed by Memories, Love Don't Let Me Go and Love Is Gone, although I like the new one Gettin' Over You as well - that would probably round off my top five.
LOVE 137. KATY PERRY!!! Great to see her so high, that makes me very happy. I like all top five singles, and they'd pretty much be in that order for me as well, with If You Can Afford Me being number five instead of One Of The Boys (not counting If We Ever Meet Again and Starstrukk). I'm real happy to see her there.
Meh to 136. They're sorta not my time - even listening to their music now I can't get into it . My fave from them would probably be Step By Step.
I just realised our good friend Alicia Keys hasn't showed yet, and neither has Nelly Furtado. Man a lot of my fave artists from the 2000s are yet to show which makes me happy!
Alicia Keys has had a hard time matching her US success in Australia. With four #1 albums in the US, and a #2 with her latest, "The Element Of Freedom", we've only been able to give her two #3 albums, and a poor showing for the other three. Her singles output is the same, enjoying two #1's in her home country and another four Top Tens, but Australia gave her just two. With our charts dominated by the Britney's, the Crazy Frog's, the Soulja Boy's, why is it that we can't honour "real" talent. Oh well. Alicia's showing in the Top 300 is still a mighty fine effort, but realistically, it should have been so much more
I must have missed this lot but I like the commentary a lot Chri8. At least she made it in i suppose!
Oh well hanging on for Beyonce as well and of course Mrs Carey-Cannon or whatever she wants to be called probably just Miss Carey
Miley Cyrus isn't that bad as the media makes her out.
The only song I like from her is the climb.
Sanatana's alright - a bit average if you ask me.
The current and only song I like from David Guetta is Getting Over You (which isn't even in this list at the moment)
All of Katy Perry's songs are pretty good.
Don't think anyone's mention it yet but Smooth - by Santana had one of the longest runs in Billboard History as well as the longest amount of time spent in the top 10. If I'm correct it also spent 12 ish weeks at #1 (on Billboard).
Maybe it was a pure Australian essence of Men At Work's major hit, and signature song, "Down Under", that saw them reach out to an international audience. Their song about Vegemite, flowing beer and, err...chunder, was a #1 hit in Australia, the UK and America, with the accompanying album also topping the Billboard charts, making them the only Australian acts to have a single and album do so. Later on, in 1983, Men At Work would also proved popular at the Grammys, awarded Best New Talent ahead of The Human League and Asia, the only Australian act to claim the lucrative prize (Natalia Imbruglia was oh, so close!). But wait, there's more. I mean, Men At Work are not the one hit wonder the world would think them to be, as the band's debut single "Who Can It Be Now" was a major noise on our own charts, reaching #2 before any sign of "Down Under". There would be three further Top Ten over the following years before "Down Under" made a comeback after our America's Cup win in 1983. The appeal of the band has continued in various muses over the years, and American audiences still have some sort of a love affair with the band. Fans of the hit TV series, Scrubs, would also be familiar with another Men At Work song, "Overkill", which was the title of an episode, and featured Colin Hay on screen performing their Australian Top Ten hit throughout. Of course, where there's success, there's controversy, and Men At Work have been dogged by a lawsuit claiming the flute part of "Down Under" was pinched for the traditional "Kookaburra" song. The band has been forced to hand over a substantial amount of royalty from the song, which in my mind, is terribly "un-Australian". If "Down Under" is a tribute to Australian culture, then I would be honoured that my part was featured. Oh well, in this list, there is no controversy, only success, as Men At Work's place would prove.
Internationally, they're known as Angel City or The Angels From Angel City, but here in Australia, as simply The Angels, Doc Neeson and his band were regular contributors to the healthy Aussie rock scene during the 80's and early 90's, never missing a year in the Singles charts from 1976-1995 - that's 20 straight years!!! Never hitting the Top 5 in the Singles chart (and the second highest act in this list to do so), the band made up for it with quantity with 36 charting hits during there career, 30 of them representing their success from the last 30 years. The Angels were actually offered a record deal with the Alberts label on the recommendation of Bon Scott from AC/DC, and just like that band, made regular appearances onCountdown, a show that was instrumental in the success of all Australian music during its airing. Although the band had never really been out of the public eye, The Angels experienced somewhat of a re-birth and comeback at the beginning of the 90's, re-surging in the Singles charts, and hitting #1 in the Albums chart for the very first time ever with "Beyond Salvation". The biggest hit from that album, "Dogs Are Talking", also gave a chance for three young Aussie bands to hit a wider audience, with their demo tracks featured as the b-side for the #11 hit. One of those acts was the Baby Animals, who would enjoy their own #1 album two years later. After a break from 2000, The Angels recently reformed for some shows, including theCountdown Spectacular, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut Top 20 album, "Face To Face".
With his stage name used in his original band, Diesel is represented in this list under a few different guises. Born Mark Lizotte, the future brother-in-law of Jimmy Barnes first came to light in musical circles as part of the short-lived band, Innocent Bystanders. The band had two very minor hits with "Lebanon" (1984, #98) and "Dangerous" (1986, #97), but Mark had already left the group between those hits to form his own collective, The Injectors. As Johnny Diesel, the band quickly formed a sound that was R&B and Blues ladden, but all rock in the end, and with Australia's love affair during the 80's with local pub rock, there's no way the guys could miss. They would win the award for Highest Selling Album at the 1990 ARIA's, but by that time it was all over as Mark/Johnny set out on his own. Dropping the "Johnny", Diesel became one of our premier male solo artists with his debut "Hepfidelity" debuting at #1 in 1992, and his awards of Best Male Artist at the next two ARIA shows. Regularly remembering his roots, Diesel also popped up behind the seems in many of this country's big hits, backing Jimmy & John Farnham on "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby", and The Twelfth Man on "Marvellous", but his own popularity has gradually given way to the young and the beautiful, as his brand of soulful pop/rock is all but gone from our charts. (As a side, Diesel the soloist, and The Injectors the band were spilt for the mini-countdowns, of which both just missed out on their respective fields.)
Teenage country singer scales the heights of our charts, sounds all a little too familiar in current times, but, no, we haven't gotten to her just yet. The 90's had their own version in LeAnn Rimes, who first hit our charts, and the Top Ten, at just 14 years old. With Billy Ray Cyrus done with his country reign, and Shania Twain just a year or two away, LeAnn's debut single, "Blue", was probably as close to traditional country music as hit singles could get, echoing the rich vocals of Patsy Cline. At the following Grammy Awards, LeAnn was awarded Best New Talent, along with a couple of others for her hit, including Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Over the next few years, her light continued to shine with a string of chart-topping albums in the US, on both the Country and Mainstream charts. However, that light was beginning to flicker here in Australia, which has never really much of a market for a long-standing Country artist. Enter Coyote Ugly, and LeAnn Rimes was given a second chance, providing the film with its successful theme song. Although the song had minute traces of Country in it, LeAnn had largely turned her back on the genre that had made her the star she was. I'm sure that fact that it was the biggest seller of 2001 didn't cause too much concern for her, and a follow up album release in 2002, "Twisted Angel", added another nail into her Country music coffin, as the pop brilliance of "Life Goes On" gave LeAnn her third Top Ten hit here. Life does goes on, and LeAnn Rimes has since released four albums, all providing strong appearances in the US Country, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream and even Dance charts, however, Australian audiences seemed to have moved on, as a new girl has hit town.
Scottish band Wet Wet Wet probably should never have made this list. Or rather, would have just made this list. The pop/soul band formed during the early 80's, bringing us their first album six years later, featuring the moderate hit of "Sweet Little Mystery" which peaked at #33 with a decent 20 week run. Two years later they were back, and bigger, as "Sweet Surrender" hit our Top Ten, and just like clockwork, another two years passed before we had the solid run for "Goodnight Girl", which would stall just outside the Top 20. What does get Wet Wet Wet another 800 places higher in this list, is there blockbuster hit from the blockbuster film, Four Weddings And A Funeral. A cover of The Troggs' hit from 1967, "Love Is All Around" did the same in the musical world for Wet Wet Wet as the film did for Hugh Grant - instant success! That success may have been a little too big, though, as the single would spend countless weeks at #1 all over the world, and you know what happens when you have too much of a good thing. Radio stations began the ban the song from their playlists, and Wet Wet Wet themselves made the decision to delete the single from production. One person who didn't mind at all was composer and lead singer of The Troggs, Reg Presley, who spent the money he made from Wet Wet Wet's success on a house, and in research of crop circles - as you do.
I have to say I like ALL of the last five. Lot's of great tracks in there! Love is all around is my karoake song.
Leann Rimes is such a talent, I really like her sound and hits. Blue I loved from the first listen all the way back in 1996. From there she started to go pop but talent proove no obsticle taking on the music world.
Angels are one of the aussie classics, great.
Diesel is a high school band for me. He was Mr Cool, but maybe more for the girls at the time.
Men at Work I find typically 80s and typically cheesy. Oh Well..
anton, I was thinking KOL as well, but Nickelback would probably be reasonably higher. That obscure band who picked up a number one hit earlier in the decade that bsb seems to like might be up pretty soon as well. Last edited:
Nickelback are a million times better than KOL, Nickelback have had quite a few big hits over the years, plus many more moderate hits. They'll definitely have sales of over 500,000 (Maybe even around 750,000)
Kings of Leon's last album was their best in my opinion. As for who I like more out of Kings or Nickelback, I can't decide. Nickelback's best songs are better than KoL's best, however when Nickelback get it wrong, they are awful. I love several Nickelback songs, but I despise many others. Kings of Leon have great songs and not so good ones, but nothing to either extreme the way Nickelback do.
KoL should be higher then nickelback,with sex on fire being <P>4 and Use Somebody <P>2> and only how you remind me for nickelback going P>2> and 1 other platinum and 3-4 golds,KoL should be higher imo and Sex On Fire and Use Somebody where in the top 100 for ages and with 2008/09 being a higher selling year then any of nickelback's.
According to chri8's end of decade list, How You Remind Me was triple platinum and 15 places off Sex on Fire. Nickelback's longevity will put them ahead easily. It's also worth noting that Nickelback have about twice as many cumulative top 50 weeks. Last edited:
Nickelback will definitely be higher than Kings Of Leon. They essentially have 2 songs that will make any sort of impact, with Nickelback having How You Remind Me, Someday, Photograph, Far Away, Gotta Be Somebody and many moderate hits which all stack up.
Nickelback (unfortunately, sorry Lifter!) No Doubt Kings of Leon Green Day Metallica
That is quite difficult actually... I love No Doubt's earlier lesser selling songs (including Don't Speak) but always forget they had Rocksteady, Hella Good and It's My Life. Kings have only had the two sellers, really. Metallica, well, they were more of an albums band, right? Still had One, UnforgivenI+II, hmmm... Green Day, well Boulevard, Basketcase, Come Around, Redundant... hmmm...
In the end (where is Linkin Park?!?!) I have changed my answer like 5 times!
I have no idea which one has sold highest. I don't even know who or what No Doubt is but as he/they belong to the same genre as these bands I think there's no doubt that I'll like them. (Sorry pun intended).
Coldplay have been Beanster. Yes Good Charlette are a Band but we will let Chris8 decide on that.
Antonnalan: You said this " Far Away and Gotta Be Somebody I believe were definitely unique standout tracks though".
I Totally agree with you there, both are in my Top 4 Favorite Singles from them, I also think that If Everyone Cared is a Unique standout Track from them. Even though there are plenty on NB Tracks I like, I will admit that some of them do sound recycled and overused but that does not stop me from liking them. Last edited:
Ok, interesting Nate however Bon Jovi were not in the original list but I do think they will be out on top outselling all over bands. I think Guns and Roses will land second in the overall band standings though. They have had some massive hits too.
#130. RICHARD MARX (1988-92, 1994, 1998, #1 - 13 entries)
(#41 Biggest Male Solo Artist)
Big hair was not a style confined to rock bands such as Poison, Europe and Bon Jovi. 80's balladeer, Richard Marx, reached those same "heights", resulting in major chart success that almost reached that same level, almost. The first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the US Top 5, it would be a long way from his contribution to his father, Dick Marx's jingles company, which included Nestle Crunch, and Arm and Hammer. With his foot already in the door, Richard Marx soon found himself backing major stars Madonna, Whitney Houston and Luther Vandross, and featured on the #1 hit for Lionel Richie, "All Night Long (All Night)". Soon after, Richard found success as a songwriter, providing hits for Kenny Rogers, and working with producer David Foster for some of Chicago's material. But that was enough of the background work. It was time for Richard Marx to step it up, and step up himself to the microphone. "Richard Marx", his debut album, couldn't fail with all the foundations he had layed for his own career. Scoring a Top Ten on his first single release here in Australia, the album would also gain Top Ten success, spending an impressive 41 weeks in our Top 100. Another rock inspired release from his second album, "Repeat Offender", would prove to be a long-lasting moderate hit, but it was the ballads that would put Richard at this position on the Top 1000 Artists from the last 30 years. In the closing stages of 1989, "Right Here Waiting" shot to #1, prompting the album to do the same, and soon, Richard Marx had that hit he had been working so hard all his life to create. Oh, and it wasn't just Richard giving Madonna some backing in her early years. Richard's father, the jingle writer, also provided the score of her 1991 film, A League Of Their Own. Small world, isn't it.
#129. GOOD CHARLOTTE (2001-05, 2007-08, #2 - 11 entries)
(#33 Biggest Band)
It was the Carol York children's book, "Good Charlotte: The Girls Of Good Day Orphange" that provided the original of popular 2000's pop/punk band, Good Charlotte. Featuring yet another set of musical twins, Joel and Benji Madden, the band formed in 1996, taking a good five years to finally release their debut self-titled album. "Good Charlotte" the album pretty much flopped everywhere around the world, except New Zealand, where it enjoyed a #12 peak. But that all changed with album #2, "The Young And The Hopeless", with half of the title proving untrue when three of the albums' singles hitting our Top 50, pushing the album itself into our Top 10. A couple of further albums would only prompt a higher level of success, with "The Chronicles Of Life And Death" and "Good Morning Revival" both making the Top 5 (#1 and #5 respectively). The latter also awarded the band with their first Top Ten hits. So with the success graph only showing and upward movement, we should expect big things from Good Charlotte as they embark on their fifth album release, "Cardiology" in just a few months time.
Coolio set out on his "Fantastic Voyage" in 1994, scoring a minor placing in the charts here in Australia during that year. However, Coolio, born Artis Ivey, Jr., had already dabbled in the art years before, a career halted when he was tangled up in the world of drugs, becoming a cocaine dealer, and losing any support from record companies willing to sign him. After rehabilitation, Coolio set out to set his record straight, working in various odd jobs including a stint as a firefighter. Proving himself as a "straight" man, Coolio was soon (re)signed with "It Takes A Thief", Coolio's debut album, released in '94. It would be another year before things really started to heat up, as Coolio provided the theme song to the 1995 Michelle Pfeiffer film, Dangerous Minds. So unexpected was the success of "Gangsta's Paradise", that supplies ran out quickly in the stores prompting its impressive #5 debut to fall to #16. That was soon rectified, and "Gangsta" was #1 on its third week, as it began occupancy at the top for 13 weeks. One of the biggest singles of the 90's, it would forever be Coolio's signature song, but he did make a couple of further impressive chart invasions in following years. Coolio also made several television appearances includingThe Bill, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and The Nanny, where he played Ray Charles' (characters') grandson. Fans of the animated series, Futurama, would also be familiar with Coolio's voice as Kwanzaabot, with the makers impressed with Coolio's wide range of vocal skills.
I love Richard Marx. All his songs are great. Endless Summer Nights is a perfect song for driving. And if you have not heard Hazard, or not for a while, go to your bedroom, turn off the light and play it whilst lying in the dark with your eyes open. I know it sounds funny but it is a surreal experience as you listen to the words whilst you are seeing nothing with your eyes.
Chris, maybe do 3 one day then 2 the next? Giving yourself a little break every 2nd day. Great work with the lists btw.
Richard Marx is great! LOVE Right Here Waiting, one of my faves of the 80's, love Hazard too, and #3 and #4 for him too, and Now & Forever.
Coolio isn't too bad, Gangsta's Paradise is the only one I like though really.
Love Good Charlotte, top 10 would be: 01 Dancefloor Anthem 02 Keep Your Hands Off My Girl 03 Misery 04 The Chronicles Of Life & Death 05 I Just Wanna Live 06 The Anthem 07 Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous 08 Girls & Boys 09 Hold On 10 Victims Of Love OR Predictable
Richard Marx - I like some of his songs my fave from his is hazard but i certainly can't stand Right Here Waiting, I don't know it was one of those songs that was drummed into me when i was young with negative effects.
LOVE GOOD CHARLOTTE! I used to be madly obsessed with him when i was in high school my fave songs: RELEASED SONGS 1. Dance Floor Anthem 2. The Anthem 3. The Chronicles of Life and Death 4. The River 5. We Believe UNRELEASED SONGS 1. Emotionless (from the young and the hopeless) 2. The Truth (from the chronicles of life and death) 3. Say Anything (from the young and the hopeless) 4. Where would we be now (from good morning revival) 5. Mountain (from the young and the hopeless)
I like Coolio - I used to really like him in the 1990's, you know cuz he was Cool haha! My top five from him would be 1. C U When U Get there 2. Gangsta's Paradise 3. Ooh La La 4. Too Hot 5. 1234
Ooh so we can expect three more tonight right chri8?????
Not my favs in the last 3, we had to learn to play hazard on keyboard every week in year 8 music, it was 1992, that killed the song for me.
I think I liked a couple of good charlotte songs once upon a time, shoot me!! Well I liked when they started to sound a bit 80s: boys and girls, I just wanna live.. etc. Lifestyles of the rich and the famous, The Motivation Proclamation are also ok.
Their more recent singles have been yuck. I don't think I could listen to their songs anymore.
Coolio, well I certainly remember his hits, was ok at the time.
#127. ACE OF BASE (1993-96, 1998-99, #1 - 9 entries)
(#8 Biggest Musical Group)
Fans waiting for the reunion of Swedish band Abba, could do one of two things. Wait for the impossible to happen, or settle on fellow Swedes, Ace Of Base. Setting up studio in the basement of a car repair shop during the late 80's, they took their name from being the masters ("Ace") of their studio ("Base"-ment). The band gathered enough material together to start touring the clubs of Sweden, however, they may not have been the band we know them as today. More a industrial techno band, following the likes of Snap! and The KLF, Ace Of Base struggled to gain recognition, prompting them to re-think their musical direction. The guys came across a Top 20 hit by Swedish singer, Kayo, and decided her style was exactly what the band was searching for. Their timing was spot on, with the reggae revolution proving popular on our charts, it is sometimes forgotten that Ace Of Base's techno reggae style can be added in with the multiple #1's the genre enjoyed that year. "All That She Wants" broke the band all around the world, with #1's in Australia and the UK. Their accompanying album, "Happy Nation" sold 21 million copies worldwide, and held the title of biggest selling debut album of all time, until that Morissette woman showed up a couple of years later. Ace Of Base saw their success diminish over the following three albums before taking a break in 2003. The band returned a few years later, but have yet to make any movement towards new material that might see their return to the charts, however their legacy lives on, even now, with Lady Gaga claiming the band had much influence over her album, The Fame, particularly with her current hit, "Alejandro", and forming Top 20 release, "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)".
The grand musical theatrics that had down Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler well in the 80's and 90's made an unexpected return to our charts in the 2000's with American band Evanescence, formed by Ben Moody and Amy Lee around the mid to late 90's. The two had met at a youth camp in 1994 when Ben heard Amy play a Meat Loaf song on piano. With both artists having written many of their own songs, they edited and pieced them together, sharing equal credit, and in turn, becoming Evanescence, a name they chose because of its meaning, disappearance or fade away. With some of Ben friends on board, Evanescence became a full outfit, soon completing the recording of "Fallen", the bands' debut album. "Bring Me Back To Life" would scale the charts all over the world, hitting #1 in Australia and the UK, and soon the accompanying album would do the same, eventually accredited 6xPlatinum. But it wasn't all fairytale. Ben left the band, citing creative difference, while the band was in the middle of their massive "Fallen" success, with their bassist following suite, uncommitted to doing another world tour. It took three years for all the movement to settle down, and Evanescence eventually returned with the less successful, but just as impressive, "The Open Door". And then all the drama that had shaped "Fallen" returned, with a couple of members quitting (or fired) during the bands' world tour at the time. It's been another three years since we last heard from Amy and the band, whoever they might now be, but rumours are escalating that a third album is set for release later this year. I can't wait for the opera that will emerge from this one.
#125. ALL SAINTS (1997-2001, 2007, #1 - 7 entries)
(#13 Biggest Vocal Group)
With all the commotion surrounding the Spice Girls, and their success, it was only natural that many other female vocal groups would spring up. That may seem to be the case for All Saints, but, in fact, the girls had been together for some years before coming to light on our charts. Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis were backing vocalists at Sarm West Studios before deciding to become All Saints 220.127.116.11., with original third member, Simone Rainford. Forming in 1993, they took their name from the street they all met in, and the year of their births. They released a couple of low-key singles with little success, prompting the departure of Simone. Undeterred, the remaining duo set out to find a replacement, and soon came across Nicole Appleton through Melanie's father. With Nicole on board, and soon after, her sister, Natalie, All Saints, without the year of birth attached, were finally ready to take on the charts. It was fairly easy for any girl group to be signed at the height of Spice-mania, and like it or not, All Saints' new record deal was signed with that in mind, all though, many companies turned them down wanting an exact replica of the Spice Girls, of which the All Saints were not willing to model themselves on. However, their chart success was very similar, with two big albums giving them a string of Top Ten hits before the cracks started to show, and the girl disbanded, only to reunite in 2006 for a brief, and relatively unsuccessful third album. It would be the exact same chart trajectory as their rival group.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the All Saints. Black Coffee is the best! Ace of Base were good too. Evanescence in my opinion only had two good songs. there big single and haunted. I know there are heaps of people on here who love them, so bring it on.
Richard Marx is the best of the last bunch. Liked all his hits including 'Satisfied'. Liked the 1993/94 stuff from Ace Of Base, but not so much the later hits. But for All Saints, liked the two 2000 hits, not much the earlier stuff. Evanescence 'Bring Me To Life' was a massive hit, clearly their stand out track. Didn't get into "...sober" that much.
Ummm BSB I hate to do this to you, but Ace Of Base's Don't Turn Around is a cover, and they ruined earlier versions of the song. Written by Dianne Warren for Tina Turner it was used as a Bside for Steamy Windows. So many people have covered it. Neil Diamond, Bonnie Tyler, Luther Ingram but the most successful was Aswad. They went to number one in 1988 in the UK with it.
Ace Of Base did reach top 5 in US and UK with their cover version 6 years later, but it would spell the end of their career. Never returning to the top 5 on either the UK charts or US Hot 100 ever again.
Just goes to show that doing a cover song might give you some short term success, but the long term damage can even be greater! Last edited:
1 My immortal 2 Bring me to life 3 Going Under 4 Lithium 5 Everybody's fool 6 Call me when your sober 7 Snow White Queen 8 Good Enough 9 Tourquet 10 Lacrymosa 11 Cloud 9 12 sweet sacrifice 13 Fallen 14 Together again 15 Like you
I like Ace of Base. My faves in a row would be: All That She Wants, Don't Turn Around, Everytime It Rains, The Sign, Life Is A flower
LOVE Evanescence. I reckon Fallen is a brilliant album. Top Five Released 1. My Immortal 2. Bring Me To Life 3. Call Me When you're sober 4. Everybody's Fool 5. Going Under Unreleased: 1. Hello 2. Lacrymosa 3. Tourniquet 4. Taking Over Me 5. Haunted
The All Saints are also great. They were my favourite band when I was younger I liked them even more than the Spice Girls!!!! My top five from them: 1. Never Ever 2. Pure shores 3. Black Coffee 4. Lady Marmalade 5. Rock Steady
LADY GAGA IS AWESOME!! (Thank you for getting her gender correct BTW)
By the way Chri8, if you have a final version of your commentary you may want to edit into the GaGa reference 'The Fame / Monster' because The Fame Monster which Alejandro is from is a 2nd album really.
Ace Of Base were such a gem, The Sign is one of my first memories of music. Beautiful Life is a fantastic dance track aswell. Evanescence are a little over-rated, My Immortal & Bring Me To Life are very good but the rest of the tracks from Fallen were fillers. Seether & Amy Lee - Broken was amazing though! All Saints would have not made it if he Spice Girls had not charted. They along with the Sugababes i think are a genuine girl groups Pure Shores, Never Ever & Black Coffee were fantastic however the remake of both Under The Bridge & Lady Marmalade were awful.
Previously i noticed i didn't mention U2 or Red Hot Chili Peppers in the rock catergory here is a revised list. U2. Bon Jovi. Red Hot Chili Peppers Nickelback. Metallica. Green Day. Pearl Jam. Linkin Park. No Doubt.
Also so excited as Real McCoy & Pet Shop Boys are yet to be featured...
You can blame (or praise) the Spice Girls for the formation of Britain's S Club 7. Created by Simon Fuller, he had just been fired as manager of the Spice Girls, and obviously couldn't spend even one day out of the pop music circuit. He came up with a new concept that would see over 100,000 auditioners try out for a spot on a multi-gendered group to rival the boy bands and girl groups of the time. S Club 7, seven young and talented individuals - Tina, Jo, Bradley, Paul, Hannah, Jon and Rachel - decided on the name became so many words in their make-up started with the letter "S". Starring in their own TV show,Miami 7, it was as big a show as The Monkees' were in the 60's, and soon the shows' musical themes were on our charts, beginning with the main title, "Bring It All Back". Dolls, memorabilia, clothing, a magazine and fan clubs were soon hitting our stores, and it was clearly evident that Simon was going to squeeze every last cent out of the group, maybe to make up for what he would lose without the Spice Girls. In Australia, we pretty much bypassed the television side of things giving them three Top 3 hits during their time together. I have, however, seen their feature film, Seeing Double, which is kinda so bad it's good. I did enjoy it when the mechanical doubles of some of the biggest stars including Madonna and Michael Jackson were all coming together, however, I wasn't quite sure if it was robot Britney, or the real thing. (Note to readers: I have possibly made that last bit up. My memory may have put my own version of the movie in S Club 7's place...heh heh)
#123. JOHN MELLENCAMP (1980-89, 1991-97, #5 - 28 entries)
(#39 Biggest Male Solo Artist)
Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp, John Mellencamp. And you guys thought Prince had problems. Recent inductee into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, John Mellencamp brought folk rock to the heights of the charts, a place even the mighty Bob Dylan could never visit. Born in Indiana in 1951, John formed his first band at age 14 before eloping with his pregnant girlfriend at 18. A two year stint in college didn't help John's motivation as his dependence on alcohol and drugs took hold, claiming that sometimes he was that gone, that he couldn't even flip the record over to listen to some of his influential artists of the time. John soon cleaned himself up, got some material together, and spent nearly two years peddling around the country until Tony DeFries, a former record producer and artist manager, like his musical style and image. As Johnny Cougar, a covers album was quickly produced, "Chestnut Street Incident", which managed to find an audience to at least 12,000 album buyers. Going through pop and rock, John eventually became popular with the music buying public and critics alike as he blended populist themes into his songs, particularly to do with farm life and the families who found hardships in the business. Chart-wise, John was a bit unlucky himself, with a trio of albums from the highest point of his career, all stalling at #2 on the Australian charts. John's later albums have all made impressive showings on the US charts, 30 years after his debut, with his 2008 album, "Life, Death, Love And Freedom" peaking at #7, while John still makes regular appearances at charity benefits and pops up here and there to perform one of many John Cougar/Mellencamp hits from an impressive catalogue.
There are many artists in this list which are largely unknown to many of today's younger generation of chart followers. And the Pointer Sisters may be one of the many, however, every child would most likely know at least one of their songs. No, it's not "Neutron Dance", "Jump" or "He's So Shy", it's the famous Pinball Counting song from Sesame Street. The girls had just signed a contract stating they did not want to follow the current "popular" trends of modern music, rather, infuse jazz, be-bop and scat into their releases. The sisters, Anita, Ruth, Bonnie and June Pointer donned a look assembled from thrift shop clothes, and released their debut album in 1973, a year after their Sesame Street debut. Having achieved a couple of Top 20 hits in the US (Australia gave them a couple of entries, most notably "Fairytale", #30 in 1975), June and Bonnie quit the group, Bonnie starting her own successful solo career, and June just wanting a break. The group had been losing momentum in the charts for some years, and after convincing June to return, the new look trio released some new look material. Gone was the jazzy stylings of their earlier work, and "Energy" was released, an album of soft rock recordings featuring the Bruce Springsteen cover, "Fire". The single would hit Australia's Top Ten in 1979, giving them their best showing on the albums chart when "Energy" peaked at #21. An even harder rock offering came a year later with "Priority", a chart flop, but critically successful album. It was clear this was another dead end, with pop being the last frontier that the Pointer Sisters had to inevitably tap in to. And that they did. Ponter Sisters releases over the next five year rarely missed the Top 20, with an impressive five Top Ten hits prompting four of their albums into the Australian Top 20. These infectious hits have regularly popped up in charts over the following decades through cover versions and sampled dance hits, proving the Pointer Sisters' influence over music, and their place and this impressive stage of the Top 1000 list.
meh, i know both but pointer sisters i dont know, dont really care for them though ! hey chris im sure no one will notice if you bump evanescence up another 125 spots, btw its no longer a rumour about the 3rd album, amy lee has confirmed it Last edited:
Not knowing Pointer Sisters, and then saying you don't care for them is a bit harsh...you probably know them through a few recent dance tunes sampling them. You might be surprised to give them a bit of a look up on YouTube. You'll most probably recognize "Dare Me".
I guess most of us are confusing big album sellers with big singles sellers, especially ones like Red Hot Chili Peppers who have only had one Top 5 hit and 5 top 10 hits, but every album is multiplatinum selling.
I haven't forgotten the Australian bands/artists.. Icehouse, Savage Garden, Silverchair, Jimmy Barnes, Kylie Minogue, Guy Sebastian, Australian Crawl, Shannon Noll, Moving Pictures, Midnight Oil, INXS.. AND PLENTY MORE.
I like all of the above artists: My favourite S Club 7 Songs in a row are: 1. 2 In a million. 2. Bring It All Back. 3. Reach. 4. Don't Stop Movin'. 5. Never Had a Dream Come True. I like John Mellencamp as well especially JACK AND DIANE, that song is amazing. My five favourite from him are: 1. Jack and Diane. 2. Hurts So Good. 3 ROCK in the USA. 4. Pink Houses. 5. Pop Singer. Also enjoy some of the Pointer Sisters songs. Their top five for me are: 1. Slow Hand. 2. Jump. 3. He's so Shy. 4. Fire. 5. I'm So Excited. Sorry to bite your top five idea Mykl but I couldn't resist!
I am not a big 80's music fan, i know of Pointer Sisters & John Mellencamp ye there music wouldn't be a piority play. S Club 7 are 100% guilty pleasure POP! I still know all the words to Bring It All Back & Don't Stop Movin'.
Sometimes referred to as the "American Beatles", Cheap Trick have been together with their classic line-up since 1974, most recently recording the Transformers theme song for its latest movie (a tune not used in the film). Boasting some colourful characters in Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos, the jewel for the band is of course Robin Zander, whose vocals range from brilliant in their rock songs to beautiful in their power ballads. It was the former that first shaped the band during the late 70's and early 80's, with "Dream Police" reaching Australia's Top 5 in 1979. The instrumental break during the song is to die for, one of the best, and certainly very welcome in the Guitar Hero series, where you can live out your inner rock star fantasy. Another Top 5 hit followed in 1982, but further forays into slicker and poppier material, often against the bands' wishes, saw them almost commit musical suicide. Ironically, the music that put Cheap Trick back in the charts was even safer then those unsuccessful years, employing professional songwriters to get their groove back. "The Flame" took the band to #1 all over the world, a single that was one of the most perfect power ballads of the 80's. A straight forward Elvis cover gave them equal success, but soon Cheap Trick would pigeon-hole themselves to the sound, which wore thin quickly. Some moderate success came in 1990, but Cheap Tricks' on again, off again chart success was over, leaving behind a catalogue that would survive due to a number of pop/rock gems.
#120. THE POLICE (1980-84, 1986-87, #2 - 12 entries)
(#30 Biggest Band)
From "Dream" Police to THE Police. It seems Sting used up all his Top Ten vouchers with his former band who enjoyed six singles in the Top Ten, something he couldn't do on his own (he did manage a few entries, however, with a helping hand from Dire Straits, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Craig David). Furthermore, The Police enjoyed a four straight #1 album run that would make them one of the Top 5 acts during the first few years of this lists' compilation. Forming in 1977 by Stewart Copeland, the initial three piece band consisted of Sting on vocals and bass, and Henry Padovani on guitar. Andy Summers would join soon after, and the four piece Police set out to fuse jazz and reggae into the pop sounds of the New Wave movement, joining The Clash as one of the first white bands to record reggae inspired music. The musical talents of Sting, Andy and Stewart became too advanced for Henry, who struggled to keep up, leading to his quitting the band, bringing The Police back to a trio, which was Stewart's initial vision for his band anyway. With no manager or record deal, The Police began work on their debut album, "Outlandos d'Amour", featuring the long-lasting and much covered release, "Roxanne". It was on the strength of "Roxanne" that The Police secured a record company deal to back their albums' release, one that would continue to sell strong on the back of the next four #1 albums. The hits speak for themselves, as this period saw The Police rarely miss, critically and commercially. The guys, the biggest band in the world at the time, went head to head with the biggest star in the world, Michael Jackson, at the 1983 Grammys. While there was no doubt "Thriller" would win nearly everything it was nominated for, it would be The Police who would provide the upset, when "Every Breath You Take" beat "Billie Jean" for Song Of The Year. Playing their last gig at Shea Stadium in 1983, Sting felt it was as big as the band could ever get, and decided to go out on a high, and each member split for their own solo or side careers. A reunion in 2007 was one of the most popular concerts of the year, and one of the most lucrative for a band.
Before Lenny Kravitz was the rock star we all know him as, he was in the spotlight as the other half of The Cosby Show star, Lisa Bonet. Of all places, they met backstage at a New Edition concert, and affair a two year affair, eloped to Las Vegas. The couple had a daughter, Zoe, but the bond broke in 1993 when they both filed for divorce. This would not be the last time Lenny's lovelife would hit the headlines, with a string of high profile attachments, including Nicole Kidman, who it is rumoured that he was engaged to for some time. OK, well that's the dirt and gossip. Onto the reason why Lenny is here in this high end of the Top 1000 list, and his eight chart topping albums, multitude of singles, and the odd compilation, giving Lenny around 40 million record sales worldwide. Always in the realms of rock music (he won Best Rock Performance at the Grammy's four years running - a record!), Lenny has toyed with psychedelic pop from his earlier albums, to straight forward rock, on his later releases, with everything in between being a well-balanced blend of the two. And then there's Lenny the actor, appearing in a handful of films, including the recent critically acclaimed and award winning Precious: Based On The Novel "Push" by Sapphire. Playing Nurse John, Lenny even managed a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actor. And Lenny shows no signs of slowing down in all facets of his life. Lenny is set to accompany U2 during their 2010 360 Tour, he has a new album all prepped and ready for release this year entitled "Negrophilia", will appear in a forthcoming movie in 2011 called Selma, which just leaves his lovelife...but I'm sure that is secretly all taken care of.
The Police aren't too bad. Every Breath You Take is amazing, also like De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, Message In A Bottle, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Wrapped Around Your Finger, Roxanna, Fields Of Gold, Invisible Sun, Don't Stand So Close To Me, Syncronicity, Walking On The Moon and When We Dance.
Lenny Kravitz is great too! Top 5 would be: 1 Fly Away 2 Again 3 Are You Gonna Go My Way 4 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over 5 American Woman OR I'll Be Waiting
The 90's had already brought amazing success for European dance bands such as Black Box, Technotronic and 2 Unlimited, but it was Germany's The Real McCoy who really broke through in 1995. Entering the charts in the very first week of 1995 eventually hitting #1 with "Another Night" (the fifth biggest selling single of the year). By the end of the year, the band were still charting in the Top 20, this time with their fifth hit, "Automatic Lover (Call For Love)". In between, The Real McCoy scored a further two Top Ten hits, "Run Away" (#6) and "Love And Devotion" (#10) and a Top Ten album with "Another Night" (#6). The band themselves were still forming during the year, starting out as M.C. Sar & the Real McCoy with rapper/producer O-Jay coupled with singer Patsy Peterson. Backing vocalist Vanessa Mason was brought to the front shortly after their initial success, making just The Real McCoy a trio. But the success of 1995 must have gone to Patsy's head, and she left the group to pursue a solo career, with little result. Lisa Cork joined in '96 keeping The Real McCoy a trio, and would taste Top Ten success with the band the following year when they returned with "One More Time" (#3). That success would be their last, but the band is still together today, with O-Jay still at the helm (although he did leave for a while) and two new singers, Debbie Butts and Gemma Sampson taking over vocal duties.
Lenny Kravitz is great one of my favourite solo artists (although that's not saying much he'd be in like my top 30). My favourite five from him: 1. Again 2. Are You Gonna Go My Way 3. It Ain't Over Til It's Over 4. Fly Away 5. American Woman
Real McCoy have some alright tracks - Another Night is excellent but really that's far and away my fave from them
LOVE real McCoy. I remember working at Brashs and told my boss Another Night would be a hit. She reluctantly ordered 50 copies and I played it to death. It took a couple of weeks for the song to go huge but then we looked good as we had stock. those days were so much fun. You can tell that Vanessa took inspiration from Real McCoy for her latest single. I loved One More time too. If You Should Ever Be Lonely (Later sampled by mariah) was a fabulous song too.
The year was 2009, and it was time for another one of those Country music revolutions that pop up every five years or so. Continuing the current "teenage" revolution, one that shows no signs of slowing down, this time it was 19 year old Taylor Swift, who just pipped another teenage Country music star, LeAnn Rimes, who came in just behind her on the Female Solo list. That year in question saw Taylor bag Album Of The Year at the Grammys (an award which takes many artists their entire careers to earn), Billboard's Artist Of The Year, and sales of her album "Fearless" reach over 10 million copies worldwide. That album would top the US Billboard Album charts for 11 weeks, the most by any album during the 2000's. And to top it all off, in this digital age, Taylor Swift has been named the top selling digital artist in music history (meaning her sales of downloads, not Taylor as a digital person... ) It's a fair amount to digest, particularly for someone so young. However, her biggest challenge came at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, as Taylor took to the stage to collect the award for Best Female Video for "You Belong To Me", a questionable win which beat out hot favourite, Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), a video clip which will probably last the test of time in music history over Taylor, but that's awards for you. One person who was not willing to sit on their hands was Kanye West, who stormed the stage to voice his disapproval, adding to his list of personal tags, "tosser". Who cares if he was probably right, Taylor had her moment when Beyonce asked Taylor to join her later on in the night to finish the speech she started. It all made for great publicity, pushing both artists' songs back up the charts.
You Belong With Me is my favourite Taylor Swift song, but it is quite amazing to reach the Top 120 based on one album (I know she had another before Fearless but it didn't impact on the Australian charts).
#116. DIANA ROSS (1980-86, 1989, 1992, #1 - 17 entries)
(#33 Biggest Female Solo Artist)
In 1986, Diana Ross celebrated one of the biggest singles of the year with the Bee Gees penned, "Chain Reaction". It was the last big hit of a career that first came to light in 1963 with a moderate hit in "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" with The Supremes. Through the 60's as part of one the biggest girl groups of all time, into the 70's as an emerging solo artist, and in the 80's as the grand diva she became, Diana Ross was rarely absent from the Australian Top 100, as she would feature in 48 entries in our charts. The video for "Chain Reaction" was a fitting tribute for Diana's career, with the star playing both her 60's and 80's self, looking just as dazzling in both eras. While Diana was ultimately a Motown artist, her music during the 80's departing from the classic sound, into the pop that was the 80's. Sticking with the label, she would be one of the few that would cross the genres over into success for Motown Records, before departing to Capitol. As far as Australian audiences were concerned, we loved her new sound, as Diana would hit #1 for the first time in 1980, and again twice more as the decade progressed. Interestingly, Australia wasn't much into Diana's full length discs, with 21 album entries all missing the Top 10, although she did make it a couple of times with The Supremes in the 60's. Diana Ross was awarded Artist Of The Century by Billboard in 1976, named the most successful female music artist by Guinness Book Of Records in 1993, and received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors Award in 2007. Overall, with The Supremes included, Diana Ross has released an amazing 67 albums in her career, amassing worldwide sales of over 100 million records!
It was a pretty straight forward plan. Take a couple of old disco hits, and tailor make them for the modern dancefloor. Timing is everything, and during the CD singles boom of the late 90's, English electronic outfit, N-Trance, sat back and watched the royalties flow in as their updated versions of Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" would take up extended residency in the Australian Top 5. Both former #1's for the original artists, N-Trance almost copied that chart success, with both singles accredited double Platinum for sales in Australia. Kevin O'Toole and Dale Longworth met at engineering school in 1990, taking time out to use the college's recording studio and equipment. Experimenting with sounds that would be influenced by the underground rave music of the early 90's, they used various samples on their recordings, unable to get any clearance from the copyrighters. Continuing on with their own material, N-Trance scored their first hit with "Set You Free", featuring vocals by a sixteen year old vocalist, Kelly Llorenna. It took a couple of release attempts to finally chart, but they were established, and soon strengthened their name with "Stayin' Alive", featuring rapper Ricardo da Force who had previously worked with The KLF, a band that was no doubt a huge influence on the duo. N-Trance pretty much became a covers band after their first #1, also enjoying minor success with Ottowan's "D.I.S.C.O." and Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City", given the same dance treatment. It seemed the sound of N-Trance had worn thin quickly, with the guys folding their project in 2000 with a greatest hits compilation featuring a remixed version of "Set You Free" which hit the UK's Top 5. The guys re-invented themselves as The Freeloaders, scoring a minor hit in 2005 when "So Much Love To Give" just popped its head into the Australian Top 100 at #98, which made no change on their position in this Top 1000 list. But N-Trance was resurrected in 2009 with a new sound, and new album, "The Mind Of The Machine", while another is set for release later on this year. Who knows, N-Trance might start climbing this chart again in the future.
TAYLOR SWIFT - Love her but have found that some of her songs are a little bit cliched, she will need another strong album to score hits and airplay down here. My top five from her: 1. YOU BELONG WITH ME (brilliant #3 of 2009) 2. LOVE STORY 3. FEARLESS 4. TEARDROPS ON MY GUITAR 5. TIM MCGRAW
Diana Ross - she is definitely one of my top five artists ever. Her work both solo and with the Supremes is amazing and I feel that she is incredibly underrated as an entertainer. Since these are only solo hits, my top five from Mrs Ross: 1. CHAIN REACTION 2. ENDLESS LOVE 3. LOVE HANGOVER 4. UPSIDE DOWN 5. AINT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH I am pleasantly surprised that she managed three number one singles in Australia. She truly deserves this.
N-Trance --- meh. I'm not much of a fan of 90s dance music... not really my cup of tea tbh.
This is a question for you antonnalan and really for any of the other younger members, do you check out some of these acts that you haven't heard of? Thankfully I am old enough to know 99% of the acts that have been mentioned, and I feel that there are some truly unbelievable songs listed here that you either haven't heard before or that you probably know but didn't realise who the band or artist was.
If you have had a chance to discover some new 'old' music from this countdown I would be interested to see what are some of the songs or acts that you have found out about.
Awesome... Real McCoy would have to be my favourite both Run Away & Another Night are favourites all the tracks on Another Night are groovy. One More Time is okay. N-Trance are aslo terrific Set You Free would be the best then Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? then Stayin' Alive don't really know any other material from them. Lenny Kravitz is also talented Again, Believe & Are You Gonna Go My Way are excellent.
I am yet to get into the 80's but i do like Police - Every Breath You Take & Diana Ross - Chain Reaction.
Taylor Swift is meh... however the newie with John Mayer is great.
#114. KINGS OF LEON (2003, 2007-09, #1 - 7 entries)
(#29 Biggest Band)
The brothers Followill, and their cousin, formed Kings Of Leon in 1999, initially a blues and southern rock band who gradually morphed into the alternative rock arena act they are known as today. Naming themselves after their father Ivan "Leon" Followill, Anthony, Ivan, Michael and Cameron also took on their middle names to be known as Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew. The band made a slight impression on the Australian charts with their first EP, Holy Roller Novacaine, but couldn't crack the Singles charts again despite positive reviews for their albums, "Youth And Young Manhood", "Aha Shake Heartbreak" and "Because Of The Times", but there was success on the albums charts with the third of these debuting at #4. That all changed, rather unexpectedly, with album #4, "Only By The Night". Rock music had been relatively absent for a long while during the 2000's while RnB took over, and a blockbuster rock hit was a rarity, so it was only a matter of time before a saviour would come by. Kings Of Leon were soon everywhere with two hits propelling the album to #1, eventually accredited 9xPlatinum, and becoming the biggest selling album of the year, beating out P!nk's "Funhouse", who ended the year at #2 for the third year in a row (P!nk would suffer the same fate the following year for a fourth time thanks to Susan Boyle). Both hit singles would also give the band Grammy awards, including Best Rock Performance, and Record of the Year, sealing a spectacular couple of years for the band. Preparations are underway for a fifth album that will no doubt hurtle the guys into the Top 100 Biggest artists in the future, but in the meantime, plans for a remix album very soon will give fans something to tie them over.
So, you don't, like, necessarily, like, need brains to survive and make it big in this business. And while I would be the last person to go around insulting such people, Jessica Simpson left herself wide open with her reality TV show with her husband, Nick Lachey. Newlyweds: Nick And Jessica, aired during 2003 in the US and quickly became a pop culture hit, raising her profile beyond her usual musical audience. But underneath all that, there was a brilliant pop diva with an amazing voice that was soon A-listed with her contemporaries Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Jessica was often mistakingly referred to as an ex-Mickey Mouse Club member, the show that launched Britney, Christina and Justin Timberlake, but Jessica was actually unsuccessful in her audition which prompted her straight into a recording career, releasing the very rare "Jessica", a limited release funded by Jessica's grandmother. But ultimately, that album would prove more lucrative than any sales could generate, as Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola heard the album and signed her immediately to the label. Over the next six years or so, Jessica Simpson would release four albums, all performing rather lackluster on the Australian charts (only two would make the Top 50), so it was lucky there was another chart called the Singles Chart, which Jessica definitely excelled. After four Top Ten singles, and another two Top 20's, Jessica eventually turned her back on the music that made her a star, and tried her hand at Country music, a genre that had made many others the stars they are. It wasn't the success she had been used to, although, the album was still a #1 hit on the US Country Album chart, but nevertheless, Jessica was content with her musical direction. Jessica Simpson has stated that she is currently working on a new album, but news is unclear whether this will be another country album. As far as any further movement up this list in concerned - pop album = hits, country album = no hits. We shall wait and see.
The Police Lenny Kravitz Real McCoy wish they'd had more hits Taylor Swift Diana Ross the #1's are great, others not so ... although did like alleyt's choices, except LH which I don't remember N-Trance but Bee Gee's SA is better, both versions great Kings Of Leon hope they can have more huge albums yet Jessica Simpson
Lenny Kravitz I have always liked and have some of his albums.
Real McCoy were great. 1995 was such a massive year for this band, I remember Another Night had just dropped from #1, still high in the top ten and already Run Away had bulleted into the top ten, thus enjoying two simultaneous top ten hits, a rarity at that time. Come and get your love is a fun song too. Real McCoy are probably the signature act of the entire 90s Eurodance movement.
Taylor Swift has filled the country-pop void left by earlier incarnations such as Shania Twain and Leanne Rimes. She is just sweet, sacharine, flawless and innocent enough that the bible bashing heartland of America will embrace her music for years to come.
N-Trance by far my favourite is 'Set you free' but I remember every one of the top 5 being released.
Kings Of Leon I really like, especially Notion.
Jessica Simpson is a boring, ignorant bimbo who I wish never released music. Let's hope she never graces the Australian top 100 ever again. Last edited:
In a meeting sometime in 1996, Madonna, arguably the biggest female artist ever, and Alanis Morissette, the future holder of the highest selling debut album ever, sat at a table for a casual lunch. Munching away on soy treats and skinny lattes (I made that bit up!), Madonna passed over a cheque across the table (I didn't make that bit up). It was for one million dollars, a thank you, and reward for the success she had earned for Madonna's label, Maverick. The album in question was "Jagged Little Pill", an album intended to make just enough money for a follow-up, but 33 million sales worldwide later, it would turn into one of the biggest female releases of all time. It certainly is the biggest debut album ever, but that info is a bit of a lie, as Alanis actually released a couple of pop albums in her homeland of Canada. On listening to those albums, its hard to believe it is the same angsty woman who sang of the dark issues of love and life on "Jagged", but as time wore on, Alanis' releases became filled with hope and love, part of a circle that would need those early releases to be complete. Of course, "Jagged Little Pill" was a hard act to follow, and Alanis Morissette's follow-ups would steadily decrease in sales and chart peaks, but that's definitely not to say that the quality decreased. Anything from her third and fourth albums were worthy of the success Alanis enjoyed with "Jagged" but unfortunately music moves on, and Alanis was soon lost in the RnB emergence of the 2000's. Alanis Morissette music is now for the loyal fans, and I, for one, am all the happier for it.
three good artists there! Kings of Leon I have always liked bar one or two of their singles. Their early albums are great, and the singles off Only By The Night are good. My favourite five from them are: 1. SEX ON FIRE 2. REVELRY 3. ON CALL 4. FANS 5. MANHATTAN
I really like Jessica Simpson. It's weird with her because she has actually had so many number ones on my chart - but i never LIKED her at the time, LIKE as in how you LIKE Britney Spears or christina Aguilera, as in you LIKE the artist as a whole. I liked her songs at the time, but now I like her. Hopefully she can have a comeback hit song, but probably unlikely. My favourite five from her: 1. THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN' 2. I WANNA LOVE YOU FOREVER 3. A PUBLIC AFFAIR 4. I THINK I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU 5. I BELONG TO ME
Alanis Morrissette is another brilliant artist. I think her style was unique at the time, which is always a good thing. MY favourite five from her: 1. UNINVITED 2. THANK U 3. IRONIC 4. YOU LEARN 5. EVERYTHING The whole Jagged Little Pill album is a classic and is one of my favourite solo female albums from the 1990's (just did a quick tally up in my head and it would probably be number seven).
11 more and then we hit the top 100! I think an 80s girl group should be coming up soon (The Bangles or Bananarama), I'm obsessed with these two at the moment and am happy to see that they haven't come yet!!!
It's hard to believe the demure and mature Belinda Carilsle actually started her musical career as a drummer for short-lived punk band The Germs, under the name Dottie Danger (but as Madonna started out the same way, maybe it's not that hard to believe). She left soon after, forming The Go-Go's, an all female pop/rock band, the first ever to top the US albums chart playing their own instruments and writing their own material. With any one of the girls able to sing, Belinda soon fronted the band permanently, and soon became the focus of the group, a handy tool for someone who would soon drive her own solo career. That solo career probably came a little sooner that fans had hoped as The Go-Go's disbanded, and Belinda was given the thumbs up, releasing her self-titled debut album in 1986. While it was still a success, with the Top Ten hit "Mad About You", it was a bit of a rushed effort, and so Belinda took time out to re-think her image and style of music. Returning in 1988, Belinda Carlisle released "Heaven On Earth", a much more grown-up offering, well-produced, and featuring an array of talent including Chynna Phillips and Carnie Wilson (from the future Wilson Phillips), Thomas Dolby and the songwriting skills of Diane Warren. The lead track also featured a video clip directed by Dianne Keaton, which captured Belinda beautifully, and shaped her future film clips to come. Belinda's pinnacle effort came with her third album, usually a career killer, but Belinda carried it off brilliantly with two Top Ten hits. One of those, "Summer Rain" is most certainly one of the best pop releases of all time, quite possibly one of my personal Top Ten favourites. Unfortunately, further albums would see Belinda lose her grip on chart success, even though "Live You Life Be Free" and "Real" were full of brilliant pop tracks. It seemed her fans were locked into the 80's, and the new wave of music buyers only gave her some moderate success. Since her solo days, Belinda has continued to perform both solo and with a reunited Go-Go's, something I know was a treat to many of her fans.
Belinda Carlisle is the act that I have been waiting for to see how high up she would get - so close to the Top 100 but still higher than a lot of big acts.
Ever since I was little I have loved her music, and I am sure she is the cause of my fascination with red heads.
Summer Rain is most definitely an all time classic, and seems to be on most radio stations every day, but my personal choice for underrated song of hers is Big Scary Animal which only made it to the low 50s, deserved to be much higher.
I think the whole of "Real" was a great album, and deserved better success. However, it was a bit of a departure , so obviously it wouldn't appeal to her usual fan base. Sometimes people just need to broaden their tastes...heh heh.
#110. MICHAEL BOLTON (1988, 1990-96, #2 - 14 entries)
(#37 Biggest Male Solo Artist)
Another artist who made their musical beginnings from an unlikely viewpoint, Michael Bolton started out during the mid-70's fronting a hard rock band called Blackjack. He made his break to a solo career pretty quickly, recording a couple of albums under the name Michael Bolotin. Still in the same hard rock vein as his former band, Michael re-invented himself by name only, becoming Michael Bolton for his third and fourth releases. However, from four album releases, chart success eluded Michael, but lucky for him, he was a master songwriter, and managed to earn his crust writing a couple of songs for Laura Branigan, "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" and "I Found Someone". The first was a major hit in the US with the second performing moderately. Cher would give "I Found Someone" another go in 1988, this time giving both stars some much needed exposure, as Michael released "The Hunger", a departure from his rock persona, and first foray into his life as a Adult Conntemporary artist. With 1990's "Soul Provider", Michael hit the jackpot as his own version of his former Laura Branigan hit would become even bigger the second time around, with a long-standing run in the Australian Top Ten that was soon joined with the follow-up, "How Can We Be Lovers". From that point on, Michael Bolton's albums were constant strong sellers, with his audience growing stronger (and older), Mother's Day and Christmas was never complete without a copy as a gift. Australia will soon see the talents of Michael in the flesh as he embarks on his tour on our shores very soon.
Love the last three artists. Really really really enjoying all the Belinda Carlisle love. I have all her albums including the latest French album which is good (but I don't understand or speak French).
My favourite songs are: 1. La Luna 2. A Woman And A Man 3. Leave A Light On 4. Summer Rain 5. Big Scary Animal 6. Live Your Life Be Free 7. I Plead Insanity 8. Heaven Is A Place On Earth 9. (We Want) The Same Thing 10. Always Breaking My Heart 11. In Too Deep 12. Do You Feel Like I Feel 13. Little Black Book... I could go on for ages but I better shut up for now, and even then those songs would probably change positions on a daily basis they are all so close.
chri8topher already a big fan of yours because of this countdown, but the Belinda Carlisle love puts you right on top and that applies to you too Fliptop.
During the mid-2000's, I could imagine, and it is possible, that no one really knew which RnB rap artist they were actually listening to. Well, I guess I am biased in saying that, as I was rarely a fan (although I will admit to one or two gems amongst the genre), but I was always lost amid the 50 Cent, P.Diddy, Big Brovaz, Snoop Dogg, L.L. Cool J, Jay-Z, Xzibit, Nas, Nelly and Eminems. Ja Rule was another, and I often wonder if all these artists fed off each other, enabling the entire list of male rappers to chart at the same time. As is the case with many of these artists, it is the vocal stylings of the featured artists that capture the single, and make them the hits they became, and for Ja Rule that vocalist was Ashanti, who featured on three of Ja Rule's six Top Ten hits. As for album success, Ja Rule found it tough to break into our Top 50 as just two of his six album releases making it into the chart, with "Pain Is Love" being his only Top Ten breakthrough. Of course, in the US where RnB is big business, Ja Rule never missed the Top Ten, peaking at #1 a couple of times at the height of his career. Ja Rule is set to release his seventh album, "Venni Vetti Vecci 2010", attempting to bring back the essence of his first release, "Venni Vetti Vecci", initially a 3CD set highlighting the three stages of Ja Rule's musical career, but legal hold ups have forced a hold on its release which may confine it to a double, or extended single release. Although I won't be holding my breath, I'm sure there are many who will be joyous with the news of Ja Rule's return.
Belinda Carlisle is my favourite from the last three. I love her songs, her Greatest Hits is one of the first albums I ever bought. My top five from her are: 1. Heaven Is A Place on Earth 2. Leave a Light On 3. I Get Weak 4. Summer Rain 5. Runaway Horses But I honestly think the whole Greatest Hits is brilliant.
OMG Michael Bolton is an artist I absolutely hate with a vengeance. My mum used to play his albums and he has this one album called 'Timeless' where he covers all these old songs. I swear if I ever hear this album again I will destroy the radio that is playing it. I don't even know what it is about him but I just CAN NOT stand his music.
Ja Rule was good at the time. He was like the COOL artist in intermediate even cooler than Eminem which is kinda weird thinking about it now but yeah even I liked him. Mesmerize got to number one on my chart so yeah, my top five from him are: 1. Mesmerize 2. Rainy Dayz (with Mary J Blige) 3. Livin' It Up 4. Always On Time 5. Down Ass Chick
I was on another music site, and someone asked if i was bsb745 from aus charts, i said yes and how did they know, they said theyve been following this top 1000 thread, but havent joined up yet, about 5-10 of people there were following it as well
bsb745: hey mate... finally joined up properly upon your suggestion last night. A shame live Jelli ended so soon
chri8topher: well done on an amazing countdown so far. I've been a music junkie for far longer than I can remember. I have hundreds of Rage tapes from the late 80s up until today. Can't seem to get enough of countdowns. Looking forward to the final 100. Very curious to see how Lady GaGa is going to chart.
I have been asked by a regular poster to slow down the countdown as it is his fave thread, and who am I to deny a request. With eight artists to go before we hit the mighty Top 100, I thought one artist a day would build that suspense, as many of you wait with baited breath to see if your favourite artists make the cut, of just miss out (don't worry, it's not one a day for the rest of the countdown - it will speed up again).
So get ready to find out the last remaining artists who just miss out the Top 100, leaving you with the final list of the biggest artists of the last 30 years...
Top 1000 Singles Artists of the 80's, 90's & 2000's.
#108. TINA TURNER (1984-87, 1989-93, 1995-96, #1 - 21 entries)
(#29 Biggest Female Solo Artist)
Tina Turner opened her account from the last 30 years at the tender age of 45 with one of the most miraculous comebacks in music history. Of course, in Australia it was more a debut, as her work with former husband, Ike Turner, never really rise above a few moderate hits in the 60's and 70's. But in America, the duo regularly showed up in the US charts from 1960 to 1975 with 20 charting singles, and almost 40 albums. The demise of the couple was highlighted by a ugly divorce fueled by Ike's drug and physical abuse. It was drama not unlike any Hollywood movie, and that's exactly what happened in 1993, when a film version of her autobiography was released in 1993, What's Love Got To Do With It. Interestingly, Tina Turner kept her married name, and after a couple of unsuccessful solo albums, released the album "Private Dancer", an album that went on to sell 11 million copies worldwide, putting any notion that Tina was washed up well and truly away. Tina never looked back, becoming one of the biggest stars in the world. In 1989, the year Tina turned 50, she would score her biggest success in Australia with "The Best", an anthem for pretty much any sporting event at the time, and one that would be an official anthem for the New South Wales Rugby League with the help of Jimmy Barnes in 1992. Still charting in her 50's, Tina Turner earned the tag of rock musics' "Grandmother", one that may or may not have gone down well with the great woman, but at 68, Tina came out of semi-retirement for a major tour, and one that put a pretty penny into her retirement fund. Is there any chance a 70 year old Tina Turner could make a chart comeback? Anything is possible.
Enrique took the famous Iglesias name into a new era of Latin-inspired pop, joined by Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Ricky Martin. With a dad who has sold over 300 million records worldwide, it's a hard act to follow, and Enrique's 60 million worldwide sales sounds like a trifle in comparison, but as a stand alone artist, Enrique's haul is most impressive, making him one of the most successful in his field. The youngest of three children, you would think Enrique would have had an easy journey to the top of the charts, but actually, he did not want Julio, or the Iglesias name to help him in any way, rather, secretly borrowing money form the family nanny to record a demo which would lead him to a contract, and his first self-titled album. It's no doubt that as much as Enrique tried to distance himself from his famous father, that name would help somewhat in that album selling over half a million copies in the first week, and unbelievable feat for a foreign language album. A further two Spanish albums established that artist ever more, inevitably poised for his much anticipated English language debut. Helped along by a place on the Will Smith film soundtrack for Wild, Wild West, and a duet with Whitney Houston for her greatest hits compilation, Enrique stormed the charts in 2001/02 with three Top Ten hits from his 5xPlatinum #1 album, "Escape". After such an amazing year, it was also inevitable that a downward slope was approaching, and while another two albums and the accompanying singles performed moderately well, the best of Enrique Iglesias lay with the "Escape" album. Enrique has just released his ninth album, a combination of his Spanish and English albums with both languages side by side for the first time. It's too early to tell if it will re-spark some chart action, but hopefully Enrique can improve on his impressive position on this list.
Enrique Iglesias' Top 5
Don't Turn Off The Lights
Not In Love (featuring Kelis)
Could I Have This Kiss Forever (with Whitney Houston)
01 Hero 02 Not In Love 03 Takin' Back My Love 04 Do You Know (Ping Pong Song) 05 Escape 06 Bailamos 07 Could I Have This Kiss Forever 08 Be With You 09 Rhythm Divine 10 Don't Turn Off The Lights 11 Tired Of Being Sorry 12 Push 13 Away 14 I Like It 15 Addicted
The last standing act never to reach the Australian Top 5 Singles chart has fallen as Rob Thomas and co. finally make their appearance in the Top 1000 list. Matchbox Twenty, or "20" as we first knew them as, formed after former band, Tabitha's Secret called it a day. Members Rob Thomas, Brian Yale and Paul Doucette had been together in their former band since 1993, adding in Adam Gaynor and Brian Yale around 1995, and soon won themselves a recording contract that would eventually lead to the release of album #1, "Yourself Or Someone Like You". The band wasn't such an immediate success as many would think, as the bands' debut single, "Long Day" made a small ripple in the Top 100 peaking at #83. But it would not stay that way for long as "Push" made its' way to the Top 10 just a few weeks later. The single had a relatively long run in the Top 20 for a single peaking at #8, an area of the charts Matchbox Twenty would specialize in a decade later when the lead track from their greatest hits compilation would improve by one place to peak at #7. While that may not seem such an amazing feat, just think that didn't make much room for movement during an amazing 14 week run in the Top 10. Not to worry, Matchbox Twenty's album performance more than made up for it with three out of four #1 albums with combined sales accreditation of 21xPlatinum in Australia. It's been nearly a decade since Matchbox Twenty have pulled together to create a proper album, with various members involved in their own side and solo projects, but promises have been made for a comeback later on this year, which will no doubt give them enough wind to get them over that Top 100 barrier.
Great to see Matchbox 20 so high up despite not making the ARIA top 5. Forgot that How Far We've Come had such a great top 10 run (maybe coz I didn't really like the song). My top 10 from Matchbox 20 are:
01 Bent 02 Unwell 03 Push 04 Bright Lights 05 Disease 06 If You're Gone 07 Real World 08 3AM 09 How Far We've Come 10 These Hard Times
I will be pissed if No Doubt just miss on the top 100. You have to feel sorry for the next few place getters that miss out. Hopefully they are shit acts like Michael Bolton and not quality bands/singers.
OMG Yes I hope No Doubt should be higher. My guesses for in the next few is BANANARAMA ROBERT PALMER OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN VANESSA AMOROSI CHRIS BROWN I don't think all five will show up but hopefully one of them will in the next five. Last edited:
The New Wave movement of pop music during the 80's was an international phenomenon headlined but such acts as Duran Duran, ABC and Heaven 17, but here in Australia, we did ourselves proud with a few acts making it big both locally and overseas. The biggest undoubtedly was Melbourne's Pseudo Echo, who quickly made a name for themselves during the early 80's as the second biggest Aussie band behind INXS. And rightly so. Singles from their first two albums, "Autumnal Park" and "Love An Adventure" never missed the mark, bringing us some of the best pop music from anywhere in the world. Brian Canham and Pierre Gigliotti (credited on their albums as "Pierre Pierre") met at school and formed the band in 1982 when they recruited Tony Lugton and Anthony Argiro. Their debut album continued the dark and often experimental themes that influenced New Wave, giving them an instant Top Ten hit with "Listening", Pseudo Echo's very first release. It only got better from then on, as Pseudo Echo, now with James Leigh as Tony's replacement, quickly followed up with "Love An Adventure", a more uplifting pop album with the same brilliant electronic vibe that helped shape their early material. This time the band was blessed with two Top Ten hits, (with the title track being one of the all time great pop release - ever!) with the album enjoying a 54 week run in the Top 100. Pseudo Echo would produced their biggest moment in the closing stages of 1986 with the Lipps Inc. #1 hit from just six years earlier, "Funky Town". It was a departure for the band, adding in a rock element that hadn't been seen in either the bands' previous work, or the original hit itself. It all worked and is arguably one of those rare occurrences when a remake eclipses the original's quality. "Funky Town" repeated the #1 peak of the previous version, also making waves in the US (#6) and the UK (#8) during 1987. Album #3, "Race", came in 1989, and the synth pop had vanished, replaced by the rock inspired by their #1 hit. It didn't work out to well for th guys as the bulk of Pseudo Echo's fans obviously didn't take to the switch in direction. Only a couple minor ripples in the Top 50 came out of the album, and Pseudo Echo disbanded soon after, leaving behind a legacy that would honour them as the best Australian New Wave act ever.
really really like Pseudo Echo. All their top 5 were great, but my fave song would be Living in a Dream. What a pop track. Along with Love An Adventure, these tow songs were my absolute faves of 1986. to this day I still play them all the time.
Having the biggest selling single of any decade is quite a nice thing to have on your resume, but for Rick Astley, it wasn't quite enough to get him into the Top 100. The 80's was full of pop delights, and the masters of the genre were undoubtedly Stock, Aitken & Waterman who would shape the careers of many emerging and established artists. Rick Astley started out as their tea boy, which could kinda account for his "straight" appearance, but that mix of old-fashioned style, coupled with modern pop was just the recipe for success, as "Never Gonna Give You Up" soon hit #1 all around the world. It was the highest seller of the 80's in Australia, a fitting cap for the trio of producers who enjoyed some 22 Top Ten hits here, five of those #1's. For Rick, who would go on to a bumper 1988 with a couple of further Top Tens, it was all a bit too much to follow-up with, as his second album would fizzle in comparison to his #1 debut. But ironically, Rick would be one of only two artists that could find chart success after SAW (the other is obviously Kylie) with his third album, "Free", giving us the beautiful "Cry For Help", a welcome return proving he didn't need the sugary pop sounds of the Hit Factory. It didn't last long as Rick Astley's Australian chart account was closed soon after.
(#33 Biggest Male Solo Artist) (#19 Biggest Australian/New Zealand Artist)
The Australian Idol juggernaut continued into 2005 when the Series Two contestants began their assault on the charts. However, it seemed the show wasn't working according to plan. After Shannon Noll's massive year of 2004, Anthony Callea, another runner-up, enjoyed two #1 singles during 2005, his debut, "The Prayer", the biggest seller of the year, and "Rain". Second was the new First. Throughout the 2004 series, Anthony didn't appear in the bottom three ever, continuing to gain stronger support with finer performances. Not bad for a contestant who was not even publicly voted into the Top 12, instead given a wildcard by the judges. From small packages, big things indeed emerge as "The Prayer" would become the second biggest selling single of the 2000's, a decade that had seen both incredible highs with just as incredible lows in sales. With two albums under his belt, all featuring an almost perfect run of Top Ten hits (only one would miss, peaking at #19), Anthony continued to live his dream, supporting Diana Ross, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston on the Australian legs of their tours. Returning to the media that made him big in the first place, Anthony appeared as the "professional" singer on the Seven Network's "It Takes Two" TV series, and branched out onto the stage with fellow Idol contestant from Series One, Rob Mills, winning the role of Boq in the smash hit broadway musical, Wicked. All this after performing Human Nature's "Wishes" in a little room in Melbourne, early 2004. Time will tell how far ahead Human Nature appear in this list.
Alanis Morissette Belinda Carlisle Michael Bolton How Am I Supposed ... and Dock Of The Bay were #1 on my old personal charts Ja Rule Tina Turner Enrique Iglesias Matchbox 20 haven't liked every song but most are awesome Pseudo Echo Funky Town was awesome! Don't Go, Listening and A Beat For You good, others so-so Rick Astley sort of outdated but really liked his hits back then and still do today Anthony Callea great vocals, but not much my style of music
The UK may have had the monopoly on the biggest girl groups of this 30 year era worldwide, but America had their own heroes, with TLC the biggest to come out of the US, and the biggest selling girl group ever within the US, selling 22 million records locally, and 50 million worldwide. Forming in 1990, the group was actually started by Crystal Jones, no doubt an unknown member to many fans, who found Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins after the call was put out. Originally known as 2nd Nature, the girls were picked up by Perri Reid, better known as Pebbles who had a minor hit here in Australia. Perri had started her own production company called Pebbitone, and soon renamed the group, TLC after the members first name initial. An audition was arranged with big time producers, L.A. Reid and Babyface, and the girls potential was evident, however, not with Crystal. It would be a kick in the guts for the groups founder, as she was soon ousted, and new member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas was brought in. Taking on their nicknames, they were still able to represent the initials of TLC, and were immediately taken into the recording studio for their debut album. Relatively early pioneers of the new RnB sound about to emerge, TLC went straight into the US Top Ten, chalking up a further eight appearances, while in Australia, we gave them four, not bad for the genre that was still finding its feet in this country. TLC's second and third albums brought the groups profile to incredible heights, with Grammy Awards, #1 singles everywhere, and some of the biggest RnB sales on record. But tragedy would strike during the recording of "3D", TLC's fourth album, as Lisa died in a car accident, driving herself and nine others in Honduras before running herself of the road trying to miss an oncoming vehicle. She was the only fatality in the accident, and the loss of the talented artist prompted the remaining TLC to finish "3D", tributing much of the material to Lisa's memory. As TLC enter this chart into the Top Ten biggest Vocal Groups of the last 30 years, their is talk that a new album will emerge later this year, but no word on whether it will be a duo or trio effort.
It's with great sadness that I reveal the unlucky artist who just missed the Top 100 Biggest Singles Artists of the last 30 years. Cyndi Lauper is certainly one of the defining figures of 80's music, and was also the first album I ever owned for myself, when I found a cassette version of "True Colors" under the Christmas tree in 1986. Cyndi Lauper's first foray into music started as a vocalist for various covers bands during the mid-70's, something she was never happy with. Banging out tunes by Led Zepplin, Jefferson Airplane and Bad Company is never a nice way to treat your vocal chords, and it certainly took its toll of Cyndi's, who, by the end of the 70's, was told she would never sing again. With the help of a vocal coach, Cyndi's voice was back online, and soon singing for short-lived New Wave band, Blue Angel. It was an important stepping stone which lead to a solo recording contract, and debut album, "She's So Unusual". With a backload of her own material written, it was her record company that insisted they had enough of their own material to get Cyndi through a full album, although Cyndi did change much of the lyrics to suit herself. It was only when the album was short by one song, that one of Cyndi's songs was up. That song, "Time After Time" was a US #1 hit, as the restriction on Cyndi's album input was lifted somewhat for her follow-ups. For the better part of the 80's, Cyndi was on par with her nemesis, Madonna. Cyndi would win the Best New Artist award at the 1985 Grammy awards, at a time when Madonna was certainly bigger, but was snubbed in the category. The split in popularity would come when Cyndi's third album, "A Night To Remember" couldn't manage the sales of her former two albums, but Madonna was enjoying her greatest achievement with "Like A Prayer". It would be the end of her chart career in Australia, but what a great ride she gave us.
I love four of the last five (Callea not one of them) Cyndi was great. I love her latest album. Into the Nightlife was my #1 song of 2007. If you have not heard it check it out. And Rick Astley. Well he defined the 80's. What a great decade. And well TLC sort of defined the 90's for me. Love all their songs. Who will be #100? Maybe an aussie act?
Chris, may I ask you something? You seem to know your music of the last 30 years very well. Do you think you can do something?
The 'Australian rock' article on Wikipedia has many problems, not the least having an objecitve view of Australian rock music over the last 30 years, which are outlined in the discussion page of the article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Australian_rock
I think you could be a really great help editing this article, which is easier than you think. The article actually starts off really well, but then by the mid-70's, it gets lost. Since you know the last three decades VERY well, you should probably look at the 80's section first (which is appalling!), then the 90's section and then the 00's section.
Also, Australian rock may have been less successful in the 90's than in the 80's, but it was EVEN LESS successful in the 2000's, don't you think? Oh well, at least nostalgia from the 80's is really big right now.
aww. dont know what everyones problem with cyndi is. she is a legend. currently on the celebrity apprentice on fox8 wednesday nights. she is proving every week to me just how much a loop she is but in a good way.
Callea and Astely suck, thank god they filled a couple of the final positions and miss the top 100. Then it is a hard pill to swallow to see Cyndi land at 101. One of the all time greats, I rate her better than her nemesis Madonna. I love watching her on Celebrity Apprentice on Foxtell at the moment.
So you only know one Callea song, and have come to the conclusion that he sucks. Interesting...heh heh. I believe there's at least one good song in everyone. I'm not the biggest fan of Kasey Chambers, Celine Dion, 50 Cent, etc, but would class "Surrender", "Taking Chances" and "In Da Club" a five star rating.
Ooooh...Fliptop. I would put "Time After Time" and "Live To Tell" on even par. Cyndi would maybe edge a bit higher there, and critically Cyndi was often the favourite, but Madonna could still match, until 1989, when she went to a much higher level on both accounts. The "Like A Prayer" album is still a magical experience.
Mykl I don't think you should trust the list to compare artists against each other; too many artists who deserve to be higher and other artists who shouldn't rank (referring to quality of artists, not quality and accuracy of chri8's list). Last edited:
This list is based of the highest selling artist of the past 30 years. That saying, there are already some points to think about - Artists in the mid 00s (especiall 2006) suffered heavily from illegal downloading.
I can't think of other points at the moment but they are many factors that can influence this chart in positive and negative ways.
Well the fact Madonna will probably have sold more than 3 times as much as Cyndi is quite the indicator. Cyndi's last big hit was in 1989 while Madonna's was in 2008. The fact Madonna is still huge 20 years on is quite the achievement, maybe if Cyndi Lauper was still releasing good music every year or 2 then I could compare. Her last album was crap to say the least lol.
The Top 1000 Biggest Singles Artists of the 80's, 90's and 2000's.
It was the 18th of January, and we had just seen the closure of three decades of brilliant pop music, a 30 year period which had provided the soundtrack to the lives of everyone contributing to the aus-charts site. In order to put the charts we talk about, process over, and pull apart each week, into some sort of perspective, a Top 1000 countdown began, trying to sum up the careers of some 4000 artists and stack them up against each other according to the weekly singles charts.
We have now come to the final lap, the Top 100.
What is in store for us are artists known (and unknown), household names, and all our favourites that we will barrack for until their revelation.
The charts have been a playground for pop and rock, and the Top 100 is chocka block full of some of the best of those fields, but applause goes to the less commercial genres that have their heroes - reggae, metal, country, rap, hip-hop and grunge are all represented here by artists who have managed to rise above the "alternative" status of these genres, and sell bucketloads of singles, and make the Top 100.
We have guilty pleasures, one album wonders, artists into their 50's & 60's, teenagers, Oscar winning and nominated actors and actresses, future politicians, table condiments (with a little spice, thrown in for flavour), Australian Idols, cross-dressers, out and proud gay men (new & old), the blind, and a few cancer survivors. We have stadium rock next to local pub acts, big bold balladeers next to the hippest and latest musical trends, and fashion victims next to the fashion innovators.
Most of the artists to follow are here to witness their place in Australian chart music history, but sadly, two solo artists have gone to a better place to join another two artists who fronted two of the biggest bands ever.
Four amazing solo artists have made the Top 100 twice, for themselves, and as part of the groups that kickstarted their careers.
And then there's the mini-countdowns. They're still kicking on with the Top 100 highlighting the Top 32 Male Solo Artists, Top 27 Female Solo Artists, Top 27 Bands, Top 18 Australian/New Zealand Artists, Top 9 Vocal Groups and Top 5 Musical Groups.
18 artists featuring in the Top 100 have never made #1 on Australia's singles charts, with one artist not even making the Top 3. Nine artists make the Top 100 with less than 10 entries, one artist gets a nod in the Top 100 with just six!
I worked out a graph with our lovely friendly faces to try to get a representation of each year of music that is involved, and to see what year was the strongest in terms of the Top 100. Hopefully, it works out. It shows the artists in the Top 100, and the years they have appeared in the Australian Top 100 since 1980 (each face represents two artists).
So it's really not a bad mix, apart from 1980, which had a few slow starters there, but interestingly it's the period of the early to mid-2000's that is best represented in this list, which has regularly been criticized negatively in comparison to other periods, but should satisfy many of the younger readers of this list.
Well, that's about it for the E! exclusive of what's to come. Hopefully it will be an easy and pleasurable seven weeks to come until that day we find out the most successful Singles artist of the last 30 years.
Britney might get high. I am not a huge fan of hers but she has had a lot of hits. Has Elton had enough hits to be top 5? remember that quite a number of his hits were not exactly #1's.
I do hope that Michael is in the top 3. He really dominated for a long time but also some of his hits were not in the charts for a long time. Agree that BEP will be high even though they are newish. Where is the love was in the charts for ages so that will help them.
Actually matty that sounds near right. Elton John had two huge decades in the 80s and the 90s but will be let down by having no hits in the 00s. I think it will still be enough to put him in the top five. The only one i would guess is that 5 would be kylie minogue instead of pink but that's a pure guess.
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How could I forget Britney (trying really hard to) but she'll be up there as well possibly Top 10. In fact I've changed my Top 10 to include her. Also I've added George Michael (I forgot how many big hits he's had).
I reckon the Top 10 will be something like this,
1 Madonna 2 Kylie Minogue 3 Michael Jackson 4 Black Eyed Peas 5 Elton John 6 Eminem 7 U2 8 George Michael 9 Britney Spears 10 Pink
ARTISTS in the Top 20 (or very close to): Mariah Carey Delta Goodrem Whitney Houston Bryan Adams Bon Jovi INXS Phil Collins John Farnham Janet Jackson (Daniel09 - I think you'd be suprised how many hits she's had,I was!!!!) Bruce Springsteen Rod Stewart. Last edited:
As far as vocal groups are concerned, boy bands and girl groups are an international market, with the biggest in the world from both the UK and the US. Australia usually sucks when it comes to competing in such markets, but at least locally, we do have one hero, Human Nature, who kick off our Top 100 biggest Singles artists of the last 30 years. Forming as a doo-wop band in 1989, while still attending high school, brothers Michael and Andrew Tierney, Toby Allen and Phil Curton were originally known as The 4 Trax, a name in dire need of a change if they were to conquer the charts. That they did, with Human Nature suggested by Michael, and after some hard work on the club circuit, scored a record contract after performing "People Get Ready" without musical accompaniment (a song they would later release on single). Were the Australian group before or ahead of their time? Who knows, as the group managed an impressive debut in 1996 with "Tellin' Everybody", six years after New Kids On The Block had conquered the world, and a couple of years before Backstreet Boys would take over. Quite possibly the nicest group in Australian music history, Human Nature's appeal was wide as teenage girls could enjoy the group's good looks and ladies, their smooth harmonies (but quite possibly engaging in their own perve anyway). But as is the case for many such groups, their success was limited as they outgrew that boy band tag. Four albums in, and facing bankruptcy, the guys pulled together for a re-invention that would take them back to their high school years. "Reach Out: The Motown Record" was released during the mid-2000's, and it was just what the guys needed, mega-chart success, peaking at #1 and accredited 5xPlatinum. It also gave Human Nature their only ARIA award for Highest Selling Album, a well deserved win that would be followed-up by a second volume of Motown hits. That safe haven the guys had found soon took them to Las Vegas with a long engagement during 2009, the first Australian act to take up residency in sin city. Australia has since lost contact a little with Human Nature as the guys have signed on for a further two years, even being granted their own "Human Nature Day" just recently on the 11th May 2010. Now that's some serious success!
Human Nature's Top 10
Every Time You Cry (with John Farnham)
He Don't Love You
Wishes / Last Christmas
Don't Say Goodbye
When You Say You Love Me
Last To Know
Whisper Your Name
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Human Nature are pretty cool, I have 1 song I LOVE from them, the rest aren't too bad. So now for my top 10:
01 He Don't Love You 02 When You Say You Love Me 03 Every Time You Cry 04 Reach Out (I'll Be There) 05 Eternal Flame 06 Guilty (One In A Million) 07 Dancing In The Street 08 Last To Know 09 Don't Cry 10 I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Yes Ben, I remember that too. I was working at a music store and they came in for an in-store appearance. Centre management did not allow us to put them on the centre stage due to them not being hugely successful at the time. They sang Tellin' Everybody, People Get ready and first single Got It Goin' On, on a little square dancefloor constructed outside our store. About 20 people stopped to watch. It was so embarrassing but they have come so far. I have met a number of groups in my time including Hanson, Take That, BSB, N'Sync, Boyzone and 5ive and I must say that Human Nature were one of the nicest. They were so down to earth and refreshing. I hope they continue to do well
(#27 Biggest Female Solo Artist) (#17 Biggest Australian/New Zealand Artist)
Thanks to Glee, Olivia is big again, only just this week re-entering the charts with one of her biggest hits given the TV phenomenon's treatment. And what an appearance, as Olivia, now 61, looks as glamourous and energetic as she did when she first appeared on Australian television during the 60's as a teenager. Australia likes to claim Olivia Newton-John as their own, but in reality, she was only in the country for a relatively short time. She arrived as a six year old, and after winning a trip back to England on the Johnny O'Keefe hosted talent show, Sing, Sing Sing, left our shores to broaden her horizons just over a decade later. Often homesick, Olivia's trips back to Australia were cancelled by her grandmother, who had a greater plan for the singer, and soon Olivia was in good company with many high profile producers helping her form the sound she would later scale the charts with. It was a moderate start for Livvy's chart career, but after her performance at the 1974 Eurovision contest (coming fourth in the year Abba won with "Waterloo"), things started to accelerate. Her direction into Country music helped Olivia top the US and UK charts, winning her three quick Grammys for her pop and Country releases. Australia never turned their backs on her either, with three #1's during the 70's, and multiple Top Ten hits making her one of the biggest female performers ever. With a profile that was lifted to unbelievable heights when she took on roles in the films Grease and Xanadu, it seemed she could do no wrong, and another worldwide #1 hit with "Physical" in 1981 would seal her domination. While she may not be the hitmaker she once was, Olivia certainly pops up in the right places, bringing her music to new generation after new generation, proving that the music that is Olivia Newton-John is timeless.
No one really knows for sure if his hits on the charts were bigger that the ones he had on Rihanna (sorry, cheap joke, but who can resist), but one thing is for sure, Chris Brown has come a long way in a little time. A relatively well established artist, it's hard to believe that Chris is still only 21 years of age, first coming to our attention at the age of 16, the age I was still scraping enough pocket money to buy my monthly CD! Chris Brown self-taught his dance and vocal skills at a young age...err, well, a younger age, using the classic stylings of Michael Jackson, and the future sounds of Usher as his muses. Casually singing at his father's gas station, Chris was "accidentally" discovered by a couple of talent scouts who were visiting his area. After two months of negotiations, Chris Brown was Jive Records' newest recruit, taking after fellow young stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake who had also come to prominence through the label. Following the trend of those successful artists, Chris Brown was an instant success, debuting at #1 in 2005, the first of five Top Ten hits out of just eight single releases, and although his self-titled album was a no-show in the Australian Top 50, he more than made up for it with album #2, "Exclusive", which spent an impressive 62 weeks in the Top 50, accredited double Platinum with a #5 peak. However, five years on after his first success, it looks as if Chris Brown's success is on the downer, overshadowed by his recent "run in" with girlfriend, Rihanna. Unable to rise above a murmur with material from his third album, "Graffiti", interviews with the star have been filled with questions of his personal life rather than about his music. But you know how these scandals always work out. Forget about this album, take a break, move on, and bring out something amazing that will see Chris Brown back to his natural habitat - the Top Ten.
I like it when it's more spaced out as you don't have too many artists to comment on, plus it's eases Chris's workload. As for Chris Brown, he is very hit and miss for me. I would say he doesn't have a single standout track, other than No Air with Jordin Sparks My top 10 would be:
01 No Air (Jordin Sparks) 02 Kiss Kiss 03 Say Goodbye 04 Run It! 05 With You 06 Yo (Excuse Me Miss) 07 Shawty Get Loose (Lil' Mama & T-Pain) 08 Gimme That 09 Crawl 10 Forever
Olivia Newton-John is fantastic!! I would put Magic, Make A Move On Me and Physical (in that order) all within my Top 100 of the 1980s. Many great tracks to mention. Sam from the 70s was a nice track too. Surprised Billy Idol is getting this high ... he's gotta be up soon Last edited:
David Bowie's critical success is usually attributed to his 70's output of the "Ziggy Stardust", "Aladdin Sane" and "Heroes" years, it was was during the 80's that he was able to convert that into commercial success, with six Top Ten singles and the first of two #1 albums during the decade. Often experimental in his work, David still managed to be a little off centre with his now pop standards, often collaborating with other artists, or combining his new found passion for acting in his work. Into the 90's, David Bowie continued on his "odd" ways, this time with electronic music, infused with jazz stylings that would result in extremely obscure album releases that, although didn't permit many hit singles to eventuate, would still stand out as brilliant soundscapes that stand up against his earlier work. Of course, whatever muse you'd prefer your Bowie to be of, 136 million album sales worldwide is a good indication that there was a little bit of something there for every one. That wide appeal could also be attributed to the fact that David Bowie was, in fact, an artist working under many characters from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke, with many smaller supporting roles popping up here and there. His declaration of his bisexuality certainly set him apart from other artists, but didn't stop him from a couple of marriages, the first to Angie Bowie (producing a son, Duncan Jones, director of the critically acclaimed film, Moon), and a second to high profile model, Iman, approaching 20 years of marriage very soon. Back to David's music, various compilations have popped up highlighting his vast work, with a couple having to be split across two albums, and rightly so. I would gladly sit down for a good three or four hours and listen to the best bits of his 24 studio albums.
David Bowie is pretty cool. I have 47 songs from him so it'd take too long to figure out a top 10, but his standouts are Under Pressure, Let's Dance, Within You, Dancing In The Street and Ashes To Ashes. Btw, what did Bowie chart with in 2009? I thought you only took into account the top 50 and he never made that, top 100 maybe?
Music is quite a community, and there's no better time to play Six Degrees Of Separation than now, with the Bangles, and the last five artists in this countdown of the biggest artists from the last 30 years. Firstly there's our #100 group, Human Nature, who scored a Top Ten hit in 1999 with "Eternal Flame", originally a #1 hit for the Bangles exactly a decade earlier. Taking stock from our #99 artist, Olivia Newton-John, vocalist Susanna Hoffs reportedly recorded the track naked, something Olivia used to do to get her amazing performances. The hit was just one of many #1 hits written by Billy Steinberg, who also contributed much material for our #101 artist, Cyndi Lauper's albums, including "Unconditional Love" from Cyndi's third album. After the demise of the Bangles, member Susanna Hoffs released her debut album, "When You're A Boy", featuring a cover of Cyndi's original, which reached #100, stayed for one week before dropping out. The inspiration for the title, "When You're A Boy", came from our #97 artist, David Bowie release, "Boys Keep Swinging" from his 1979 album, "Lodger". Susanna recorded the cover the close the album. OK, so nothing from Chris Brown, unless you want to include that Prince's pseudonym when he wrote "Manic Monday" was Christopher. One of the biggest and most delightful girl bands ever, their appearance in the Top 100 today coincides with former member Michael Steele's (yes, that's a girl) birthday today. Happy Birthday, and congrats to an amazing career and entry in the Top 100 biggest artists since 1980.
chri8topher don't listen to 392414. Sometimes drawing things out too much does not add to the suspense, but makes thngs lose their punch. This countdown is being viewed by many many people, not just Australian Chart's members. You only have to check the view count to see that. There are so many people hanging out to see how this countdown plays out. Take as long as you need, but don't slow down just to please a couple of people.
Brilliant, brilliant work chri8topher. I am in awe of your knowledge, research skills, etc, etc. I am in awe fullstop.
I have to agree 1 a day is dragging things out way too much!!!.
The Bangles I love because of their harmonies in songs like Manic Monday & If She Knew What She Wants.
Also earlier I made a prediction about the Top 10. I'm convinced most it will be fairly close to my predictions (based on a bit of look through the charts) - all except Elton John. I based his position being so high up solely on Candle in the Wind 97 being one of the biggest selling songs of all-time. Therefore a clarification. Are the points in this chart based on sales or chart positions/time in the charts, because I'll lower Elton's position based on this??????. Last edited:
Damn I just typed up a long comment and it went away how sad!!! Anyways i like all three artists. I like the majority of CB songs but HATED Kiss Kiss, I Can Transform Ya and Run It. David Bowie was great but Dancing in the street is a disaster (the original was good).
Here's my top ten for the three artists:
CHRIS BROWN: 1. No Air 2. Forever 3. Superhuman 4. Take You down 5. Yo (Excuse Me Miss) 6. With You 7. Say Goodbye 8. Wall To wall 9. crawl 10. gimme That
Top 10 - David Bowie 1. Let's Dance 2. Space Oddity 3. Life On Mars 4. China Girl 5. Cat People (Putting Out The Fire) 6. Heroes 7. Ziggy Stardust 8. Ashes to Ashes 9. Under Pressure 10. rebel Rebel I could go on he's pretty cool good old David Bowie
Top 10 Bangles: 1. Walk like An Egyptian 2. Eternal Flame 3. Manic Monday 4. Hazy Shade of Winter 5. Going Down To Liverpool 6. In Your Room 7. Something That You Said 8. Be With you 9. If she Knew What She Wants 10. I'll Set you Free
freakystevie1, although I use chart positions as my main basis, I would like to think this chart is in line with actual sales. I take into account debut accreditations, and peak periods, so I don't think it is too out of proportion. For the record, I've pinned Elton's sales for "Candle In The Wind '97" at 939,783 based on my points system. Whether that is true or way off, I guess we'll never know...heh heh. But then, I like to think of my final figures for each song as a mix between predicted sales, chart runs and accreditations, so I think it is a fair figure for magnitude of the single. So, yeah, putting Elton John high up in this chart is probably a fair guess...as to what position he is exactly in...even I don't know, just yet. Last edited:
Wow!!!!!!! 939,783 points for Candle in the Wind 97. That's double all of the 22 charting David Bowie songs all by itself - again wow!!!!!!!. From memory (I could be entirely wrong) it was 14 times platnum or something. I remember hearing stories about people in the U.K buying 20+ copies in one hit when it was released.
Anyway with that info Elton may be even higher than I thought.
:UPDATED TOP 10 PREDICTIONS:
1 Madonna 2 Kylie Minogue 3 Michael Jackson 4 Elton John 5 Black Eyed Peas 6 Eminem 7 U2 8 George Michael 9 Britney Spears 10 Pink
I'll have a go at 11-20 (but I'm not so confident about these)
11 Mariah Carey 12 Delta Goodrem 13 Whitney Houston 14 Bon Jovi 15 Bryan Adams 16 INXS 17 Phil Collins 18 John Farnham 19 Janet Jackson 20 Bruce Springsteen
missing out just (or maybe not)
Celine Dion Rihanna Rod Stewart Jimmy Barnes Robbie Williams
I also have to agree it would make an interesting - hotly debated - book. Of course you'd possibly have to expand on some of the artist info in the lower reaches and possibly add some photos and extra stats etc, but it might be something for you to think about.
Yes agreed photos would mean money also ARIA might want money for using their chart info - oh well still worth thinking about I guess. Last edited:
I agree with the above. I've been thinking since this countdown began that it would make a great book. If you just stuck to text and no pictures (to avoid paying for them), you could self-publish for free using Lulu and earn some money while you're at it.
This countdown would make an excellent book. I've been planning to make one myself when the countdown finishes for my bookshelf, but a properly published one would be great. I'd suggest removing the Aus-Charts.com references/jokes relating to the site, etc. from it, and maybe you could also include top 20's for each artists but it's your choice.
This countdown would make an excellent book. I've been planning to make one myself when the countdown finishes for my bookshelf, but a properly published one would be great. I'd suggest removing the Aus-Charts.com references/jokes relating to the site, etc. from it, and maybe you could also include top 20's for each artists but it's your choice.
It seemed that for every time East 17 said "It's Alright" in 1994, another copy was sold in Australia, propelling it to #1 for seven weeks, making it the fourth biggest seller of the year. That was East 17 at their peak of a career that would boast their first five releases hitting the Top Ten. Tony Mortimer began assembling the group after being promised a record deal, but only if he was part of a group, one that could rival Take That who were beginning their domination of the UK. John Hendy and Terry Coldwell made up the middle section, while Brian Harvey tagged along as a backing singer and dancer. That all changed when Brian's impressive vocals stood out over Tony, and soon Brian became the frontman for the group. With frequent use of political undertones, edgy hip-hop rap, and brilliant pop melodies, East 17 certainly gave Take That a run for their money, outselling them, just, over the five years the two groups dominated that charts. But the long-lasting effects of both bands at their decline would have Take That be the eventual victors. While Take That would break up from conflict within the band, East 17's troubles started when Brian got caught up in the drug scene, eventually sacked, causing Tony to quit himself months later. It was the two relatively unknown members who would keep that group going, renaming themselves E-17, but without a frontman, coaxed Brian back into the fold. But to much time and controversy had passed, and East 17's chart account was over. Take That reformed, and went onto to an arguably better career in the UK the second time around, leaving East 17 in the dust. Here in Australia, the guys that were East 17 are miles ahead of their rivals according to this list, and probably will be forever. It's alright.
gaaah not a big fan of East 17 my favourite song from them is Stay Another Day, that one was good and it's fun to sing on singstar. let it rain is also not bad. tbh i haven't listened to their other ones!
#94. RICKY MARTIN (1997-2001, 2003, 2005-06, #1 - 11 entries)
(#30 Biggest Male Solo Artist)
With all the whoo-ha about gays in sports, and how much trouble it can get you into, it's good to see the music industry is a fairly safe haven for such acts. There are eight individuals in the Top 100 who are out and proud, and it hasn't really hurt their careers at all, even though most sneak out of that closet during the latter part of their careers. Such is the case for Ricky Martin, who had girls screaming out of more when he was at the height of his hip-swinging career. But if you think it was a sin to be "hiding" the truth all that time, think again, for it was music that was in Ricky veins, and whether he was singing to "girls or boys or horses or grandparents in mind", his music was for everyone. That musical gift was first offered to the world when Ricky was part of Latin boy band, Menudo, a group formed during the late 70's, and still kicking today (bar a ten year hiatus from 1997) with a totally different line-up. Ricky Martin's role in the group started in 1984, enjoying moderate success in many parts of the world. But Ricky was his own performer, and in 1991, broke away to take control of his own solo career. The 20 year performer released his self-titled debut in 1991, with minimal success, as did his second. The breakthrough came in 1998, when "Maria" hit the Top Ten, joined by the World Cup anthem, "The Cup Of Life". As a double, it became the biggest selling single of the year, and gave Ricky a #2 position on Australia's Albums chart, a rare feat for a foreign language album. Jumping on that success, Ricky gave us a couple of English language albums that both hit our Top 3, and added another 3 Top Ten's onto his singles count. With his worldwide chart success on the decline, Ricky has kept himself busy as a humanitarian, setting up his own foundation looking after the well-being of child all over the world. Ricky Martin has announced a new album this year, a mix of English and Spanish language, just like Enrique Iglesias', and the first as a "out" gay man. It didn't hurt George Michael or Elton John too much, so let's hope to see Ricky back in the charts again real soon.
Ricky Martin's Top 10
The Cup Of Life / Maria
Livin' La Vida Loca
Nobody Wants To Be Lonely (with Christina Aguilera)
Great too see Ricky Martin in there, and that there are 8 gay artists in the top 100 My top 10 from Ricky would be:
01 She Bangs 02 Nobody Wants To Be Lonely (Christina Aguilera) 03 Livin' La Vida Loca 04 The Cup Of Life 05 I Don't Care 06 Maria 07 She's All I Ever Had 08 Jaleo 09 Be Careful With My Heart (Madonna) 10 Shake Your Bon-Bon
It took 36 years for Elvis Presley's record breaking run of 11 weeks at the top of the US Billboard charts to be beaten. Boyz II Men spent an amazing thirteen weeks in the poll position, but could only manage a 17 week hold of that record before Whitney Houston took over with 14 weeks at #1. But Boyz II Men were obviously born to hold that record, and soon had tied with Whitney with "I'll Make Love To You". A year later they would help Mariah Carey to replace that record yet again, as "One Sweet Day" would exceed the previous record by 2 weeks, and remains the longest running US #1 in music history. Originally a five piece vocal group, Nathan, Michael, Shawn and Wanya, with short-lived member Marc, were originally known as Unique Attraction, and got their first break performing for Bell Biv Devoe, an off-shoot of New Edition who would become the inspiration for their name change, becoming Boyz II Men after a New Edition track of the same name. Marc would soon leave due to conflicts within the band, as the now four member group were ready for their first release. One of the first to find success with the New Jack Swing sound that would shape much of the early 90's, Boyz II Men soon earned the tag of a "hip hop doo wop" group, regularly changing or mixing the new styles with traditional sounds of the 60's. Boyz II Men remained at the top of their game for much of the 90's, scoring four #1's in the US, replacing themselves at the top in 1994, something that hadn't been done since Elvis Presley and The Beatles scored the double. Australia put the guys at the top twice, also giving them three Top Ten albums, but for some reason, 2001 came along, and no-one wanted anything to do with the group. Popularity plummeted everywhere around the world, with the guys unable to keep up with the rapidly changing sounds of the new charts. With the departure of Michael due to his battle with scoliosis, the remaining trio pulled together the form their own label, and started delving into the covers industry, with three albums released featuring hits from Motown and R&B greats including Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Michael Jackson. With Boyz II Men's 20th Anniversary approaching, plans were made for the return of Michael into the fold, and a new release set, but it seems things have been put on hold, and Boyz II Men may never return to the charts again.
Upon closer inspection on East 17's Top 10, I realized that one of the peak positions was incorrect. "Do U Still?" actually only made #54 (rather than #41), so drops to #10 in their list. I found that I had actually mistakenly swapped the names of that song with Sophie B. Hawkins "Right Beside You". No big drama, but the slight drop in points actually means East 17 dipped just below the Bangles, so I've adjusted the positions to correct this. Apologies.
#92. BILLY IDOL (1982-88, 1990, 1993-94, #3 - 16 entries)
(#29 Biggest Male Solo Artist)
Although not quite as stereotypical as the punk rock genre that came out of the 70's, Billy Idol was the first artist to build a successful commercial career as a punk artist. Certainly, punk rock was much messier than that style Billy stormed the charts with, but the essence of the movement was all there, hard-edged rock, short songs, and a look that was different from anything else seen in the high regions of the charts before. Billy Idol was certainly the pin-up boy of the punk scene, formerly fronting Generation X, after switching from guitar to vocals for the group. With his first EP, "Don't Stop", Billy released his solo version of "Dancing With Myself", a track he had recorded with Generation X, and "Mony Mony", a cover of the 1968 Tommy James hit which would later become one of his biggest successes as a live version. What followed was perfectly crafted and performed classic pop punks delights, perfectly marrying the punk scene with the 80's pop. But the secret to Billy Idol's success was the video revolution championed by MTV, and with Billy Idol's image, there was no way he was going to lose in the format. After five Top Ten singles and a string of moderately successful albums in Australia, Billy Idol's life was turned upside down as a motorcycle accident in 1990 would almost cause him to lose his leg. The timing was terrible as Billy Idol had just recorded an album, and was first in line to take up the role of the T-1000 character in the Terminator sequel due the following year. While the movie was now off limits, there was still an album to promote, and the return of Billy Idol was hanging in the balance. Under doctors orders, Billy was not to perform live, or put any undue stress on his leg, it it was the punk inside that had Billy still performing, with cane, and appearing in the Oliver Stone film, The Doors. At least he took it easy for the album art for "Charmed Life", his album at the time, as a seemingly standing Billy Idol was actually laying flat on his back for the photo shoot. But Billy was surely back, and a follow-up album took punk music into the matrix, recording the album on a Macintosh computer, quite a step ahead in terms of music technology. It was maybe a little too advanced as the album flopped, but as we have caught up, "Cyberpunk" has now become a cult favourite among fans (which makes me want to hunt a copy down now). No matter who you like or dislike in the Top 100 Biggest artists, there is certainly a great range of artists on board, covering possibly every walk of music artist ever imagined, and Billy Idol is certainly one that coloured the charts, even if it was a Platinum blonde.
I like all of the last three!!! Ricky Martin is excellent and had some great tracks back in the day. My top ten for him: 1. Private Emotion 2. She's All I Ever Had 3. Nobody Wants To Be Lonely 4. Livin La Vida loca 5. Maria 6. The Cup of Life 7. I Don't Care 8. Shake your Bon-Bon 9. Loaded 10. Love You For A Day
I really like Boyz II Men. I think they had some really fantastic songs in the 1990's but went downhill towards the end. Top ten from them: 1. I'll Make Love To You 2. one Sweet Day 3. End Of The Road 4. Water Runs Dry 5. On Bended Knee 6. It's So Hard To Say Goodbye 7. A Song For Mama 8. In The Still Of The Nite 9. motownphilly 10. 4 Seasons of Loneliness The above are all good tracks!
Billy Idol is alright - I wouldn't be able to do a top ten for him but i'll do a top five: 1. White wedding 2. Rebel Yell 3. Mony Mony 4. Shock To The system 5. Cradle Of Love
From the last few I like Bowie most and then East17. The rest of the artists don't do a lot for me. East17 had a great dance sound combining many of the elements of house, acid jazz and pop that were big in the UK in the early 90s. I thought they were a pretty solid act and offered much more than the purely pop vocal group of Take That which were a bit boring for me.
I like White Wedding, but I would have to go back and listen to the rest of his discography to know/remember the other Billy Idol songs.
Great work Chris. Also hoping you keep it to one artist per day or two at the most.
#91. ROD STEWART (1980-88, 1990-95, 2001, #1 - 25 entries)
(#28 Biggest Male Solo Artist)
So, Rod Stewart's impressive post-1980 efforts get him in the Top 100 Singles Artists of the last 30 years. Not bad for a guy already pushing 50 at the (new) height of his career. But his tally of 25 singles, including five Top Tens, during the last 30 years is nothing compared to his 70's output, which included an impressive three #1 hits and another two Top 3 singles. OK, so he's had as many Top Ten hits as children, to almost as many women, so you realize the appeal of Rod Stewart. He was a performer that hit on many levels, whether it is sexing up the women, or representing the perfect "successful" man, for the men. Leaving school at 15, Rod actually started out as a screen printer before realising his dream of becoming a footballer. But the early morning arrivals were not Rod Stewart's cup of tea, and soon his other passion, singing, became the focal point of his life, but that was after stints as a sign painter, newspaper delivery boy, grave digger and fence builder. So Rod Stewart finally got himself out there during the early 60's, releasing his debut in 1964. Even with wide television coverage, it was a flop, leaving Rod to find refuge with established band, The Small Faces, now renamed The Faces. Rod Stewart enjoyed his first taste of chart success, both as part of the band, and as a solo artist, and so, the stars, as they say, were finally aligned Rod's way. Now into his fifth decade as a recording artist, Rod Stewart has now delivered over 25 albums, amassing 130 million copies worldwide, the latest series of his "Great American Songbook" albums becoming among his most successful ever. When the all time list is gradually integrated into this list, you can be assured that Rod Stewart will be extremely close to the Top Ten.
Ah.. old Rod Stewart had to be in here, and with his bag load of hits it is no surprise he is so high. I only know his early 90s tracks, the early 80s tunes I was just too small to be following even radio, my favs would be All for love and Rhythm of my heart. One question, I do't know why he had all the ladies, I mean supermodels and all. Even women I know questioned this.
01 Do Ya Think I'm Sexy 02 Have I Told You Lately 03 My Heart Can't Tell You No 04 All For Love 05 Rhythm Of My Heart 06 The First Cut Is The Deepest 07 Twistin' The Night Away 08 Tonight's The Night 09 Infatuation 10 Sailing
don't mean to sound like a nana but i REALLY like Rod Stewart hahaha! good to see him so high - wasn't expecting it considering we miss out on the whole of the 1970's which was a big period for him.
my top ten from him are: 1. Tonight's the Night 2. Sailing 3. I Don't Want To Talk About It 4. The First Cut Is The Deepest 5. Maggie May 6. Have I Told You Lately 7. Baby Jane 8. It Takes Two 9. You're In My Heart, You're In my Soul 10. Rhythm of the Heart Last edited:
At the height of a brilliant period of pop music, three kids from Tulsa, Oklahoma, stormed the charts with three Top 5 hits and the 5xPlatinum selling album, "Middle Of Nowhere". Taylor, Zac and Isaac Hanson were barely in their teens when a little song called "MMMBop" debuted at #1, keeping all at bay for nine weeks. Even more amazing was the fact that the boys wrote their own songs, and what mighty fine ones they were. Getting past all the hype that Hanson were young and cute poster boys, "Middle Of Nowhere" is certainly a fine achievement packed with brilliant pop morsels that went on to sell 10 million copies worldwide. It is sometimes hard to remember that such a great album was made by kids and it stands as one of the best albums of all time made by a young band, and one that has surprisingly aged very little in it's 13 years since. The success of "Middle" spawned three further album successes in 1998 - a Xmas album, a collection of early Indie recordings, and a live album. Unfortunately, that same hype that got Hanson to the top, possibly left their fans uninterested when the trio delivered their "proper" studio follow-up, "This Time Around", which stiffed in the charts with a #11 debut and was gone in three weeks. OK, so Hanson had their day, but the guys have carried to on with another two albums receiving favourable reviews, both Top 5 albums on the US Indie charts. "Middle Of Nowhere" has also been re-released acoustically (ala Alanis' "Jagged Little Pill") to commemorate it's 10th Anniversary, which gives me something to hunt down later tonight. Hanson keep themselves busy with many a charity concert, and Taylor has even taken a role in the side project, Tinted Windows, with members of The Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick and Fountains Of Wayne. A new Hanson album just just seen the light of day this month, and as I customarily hope that any new album will return our biggest acts to their glory days, I know that the days of Hanson, and the mighty year of pop that was 1997, will forever be locked into that glorious time of my life.
@antonnalan are you kidding me? Go and do some music research. Sorry a bit harsh but these are now big established acts. Rod Steward and Billy Idol are only two of the most significant and successful male artists of the past 40 years, despite how far apart they are on the music spectrum and diametrically opposed in sound they are. Hanson were massive, despite how much many may have not have liked them, there was no escape of the sweet sugary sounds of their (annoying) child-like pop. Now I am ranting..
Hanson are alright, can only provide a top 5 though:
1 If Only 2 Where's The Love 3 I Will Come To You 4 Thinking Of You 5 MMMBop
Poor alley I'm with happypeople, Anton and anyone else who calls themselves a 'music fan' and doesn't know many of these artists that you SHOULD know, I hope you do look up atleast a few of the artists/songs in this countdown that you don't know. Very disappointing. Many people on here can't call themselves music fans. And don't use age as an excuse, I was born in the 90's yet I know most of the big artists from the 80's and even 70's.
yeah completely agree Mykl. it seems that some peoples music knowledge on here dosent stray to far away from Britney, Lady GaGa and Beyonce etc.
Hanson are excellent, and as much as I HATED Mmmbop back in the day when i was in year 8 it is now a guilty pleasure of mine. I Will Come To You and Thinkin Of You are excellent. Shame they didnt go further. I remember Penny & Me, expected it to do well but yeah only a peak of just #65.
Rod Stewart is excellent, love a lot of his songs, if youre after a good one that isnt mentioned try Hot Legs.. its great.
(#26 Biggest Female Solo Artist) (#16 Biggest Australian/New Zealand Artist)
Finding musical success in any field after Young Talent Time was often a hard thing to find. Only a handful of artists managed a career in the charts, and most of them were from the 70's, when the show was relatively new and fresh. "Tiny" Tina Arena joined the cast as a seven year old during the mid-70's, and soon became a favourite, releasing her first album in 1977 with fellow cast member, John Bowles. At 16, it was time for the YTT members to move on, which was regularly to moving time for the team and audiences alike, and soon Tina had reached that age, leaving in 1983. It was tough times as Tina threw herself into the club and cabaret circuit, but unable to shake the "child star" image, Tina found it hard to be taken seriously as an artist. That all changed in 1990 when a re-invented Tina Arena, complete with amplified bazookas(!!!), hit the Top 3 with "I Need Your Body". That elusive success was finally hers, but looking back after her following, and impressive catalogue, it was certainly the sound of Tina recording anything just to get a foot in the door. So came 1994, and "Don't Ask". This was Tina Arena, complete, in control, and even more successful than any Australian Artist at the time. Spearheaded by another Top 5 hit in "Chains", "Don't Ask" supplied Tina with hit after hit, keeping the album afloat in the Top 50 for an amazing 83 weeks - with one solitary week #1 halfway through that run. Hitting the 10xPlatinum mark, and 2 million sales worldwide, "Don't Ask" gave Tina Arena five ARIA's including Album Of The Year, removing once and for all that "child star" tag. Tina continued with another three Top Ten albums, and has even branch out with a couple of French recordings, a country she now calls home, living there with her partner and four year old son, Gabriel. But Tina hasn't turned her back completely on the country that made her big, as she has been a regular visitor of late to the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, an Australian Idol mentor, and recent appearances on "Hey Hey It's Saturday" and "Postcards".
@ Everyone. That's why I said I was pissed off at myself so you don't need to continue my frustration!
But to add to that, I am quite young, but I have only been involved with chart music since mid last year. I've been isolated from all sorts of music except for classical since I play the piano. I've heard the odd song from primary school classrooms but that's about it.
That's why I'm constantly here to discover new music. I swear knowing Billy Idol before though... Last edited:
OMG! I LOOOOOVE Tina Cant believe that i forgot about her! Tina Arena's Dont Ask was the first CD i ever owned. i got it in 1996 as part of a birthday present which you could say complimented the main present a CD Player. Played the album out but still love it today. In Deep equally as good an album. Still hard to decide what i love more. Burn... Chains... Now I Can Dance... I Need Your Body (from the Strong as Steel album).
If you want to hear a fantastic rendition of Lulu's To Sir With Love, listen to Tina's version on Songs Of Love And Loss.. its brilliant.
DW Anton you'll find some great music from here especially if you don't know of TINA ARENA she is amazing!!!! I'm so happy to see her in the top ten, I recently picked up her album of covers for cheap and was stoked. Here is my top ten from her: 1. Chains 2. Heaven Help My Heart 3. Sorrento Moon 4. Burn 5. I WAnt To Spend My Lifetime Loving You 6. Oh Me Oh My 7. Show Me Heaven 8. Symphony Of Life 9. I Need Your Body 10. Wasn't It Good
Good to see all the love for Tina - a truly great artist!
The acts just keep getting bigger and bigger, East 17 all the way for me, followed very closely by Tina Arena, she still performs brilliantly. If you exclude MmmBop, Hanson's first album had some very mature songs considering they were all so young.
(#25 Biggest Female Solo Artist) (#15 Biggest Australian/New Zealand Artist)
There was a time in Vanessa Amorosi's life when she was painting fences for a living, or so the rumour I was told goes. What's even more amazing, is it was at a time AFTER enjoying a #1 album, and a bunch of Top Ten hits! Well, rumour true or not, it does represent the unfortunate downtime and fallout with her previous management, who failed to capitalize on Vanessa's immediate success at the end of the 90's, and into the beginning of the new decade. Interested in music from a very young age, Vanessa trodded along to many a gig in shopping centres and council funded concerts. Finally discovered seriously by Jack Strom, Vanessa was signed to his MarJac Production company co-owned by Mark Holden, of Australian Idol fame. Sporting an amazing vocal range, and a down-to-earth nature to boot, it didn't take Vanessa Amorosi to, err...shine, and the sales kicked in to make Vanessa one of the biggest Aussie artists at the time. Performing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies to a worldwide audience, and donating her time to many charities such as Kids Help Line and the Variety Club, helping her to an Australian Of The Year nomination, Vanessa's "unpaid" work became ultimately more successful for her than her album. But the music stopped, and ironically, it would be the man who set her up who would participate in her hiatus. Well, maybe that's a bit harsh, but certainly the Australian Idol juggernaut, co-judged by Mark Holden, kept many Australian artists at bay while young "flash in the pan" artists lapped up the music sales. But this is not such a sad and sorry tale. In fact, Vanessa is here in the Top 100 because that don't give up attitude would spawn a new album, and put Vanessa back in the Top 5 as if skipping over 2002-2007 at 88 miles an hour. With her third (proper) album in 2009 released, Vanessa claimed that final chart prize, a #1 hit, and a debut in that position, which proved to her doubters that Vanessa Amorosi was indeed a bankable name.
Fans of Vanessa Amorosi: AmerieFan, Chris A, Daniel09, LIFTER500, V1AHHHH
Oh wow another great artist!!! She has had some brilliant hits so it's good to see her up here. My top ten from her: 1. Perfect 2. This Is Who I Am 3. Absolutely Everyboyd 4. Hazardous 5. The Letter 6. Kiss Your Mama 7. Shine 8. Have A Look 9. Mr Mysterious 10. Turn To Me i didn't really like numbers 8-10 though but they are listenable.
Be very careful at basing Quotewooow, i am VERY sick of most of the members on this site, all attacking 14 yr olds -_-Unquote On previous comments especially in an open forum such as this. If you have any problems contact Steffen,Bulion or myself.
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The saying I have quoted above refers to you children who are under the age of 18. You are still minors and therefore two things apply:
1) Until you have not reached the age of majority, you are not entitled to leave the supervision of adults.
2) Until you reach the age of majority, you are too young to express any opinions and as you listen to the adults who post here and who are old enough to voice thier views in society, you should wait a few years before telling people what you think.
To the fans on here who are finding that some of the 80's & 90's music is foreign, On youtube someone has put together some 10minute videos that include all the #1 hits of each year of the decades. Type in billboard #1 hits of 1986 (for example). There was over 30 #1's in that year. You will get to see what the artists look like and to hear the song. That way you can learn new music. You may even like some of it and then you can look up the artists and watch the songs in full or buy it. Try other years too.
There is a world of great songs out there. From 1986 there are artists you will know like Whitney, Madonna, Prince etc, but also ones that you can discover like Heart, Human League, Starship, Mr Mister, Genesis, Bruce Hornsby etc. the video collections are really well put together.
Still loving this countdown SOOO much! Billy Idol was good! Last edited:
Back in 1950, a brand new musical talent couldn't wait to make his way into the world, moving his initial birthdate 6 weeks earlier. Stevie Wonder's premature birth came when the blood vessels at the back of the eyes had not reached the front and caused his retinas to detach, leaving him permanently blind. Perhaps it was a godsend, as we all know that without the eyes, the other senses development to heightened sensitivity, which must have influenced Stevie's interest in picking up a developing his skills on the piano, harmonica, drums and bass. By age 13, "Little" Stevie Wonder was enjoying his first hit, "Fingertips Pt.2", which stiffed in Australia's slow market for Motown with a #54 peak, but was a #1 Billboard chart-topper. It was the first of eight US #1's, and 27 Top Ten hits, with would help his album sales to hit over 100 million copies worldwide. In Australia, we took a little time to warm to Stevie's music, giving him hust one #10 peaking single in the 70's before he struck gold in the 80's, going to #2 at the dawn of the decade with "Master Blaster". It was the first of four Top Tens, with the crowning achievement coming in 1984 when his theme to the Gene Wilder film, The Woman In Red, hit #1 for eight weeks. Apart from becoming one of the biggest hits of the 80's, Stevie earned himself an Oscar for Best Song, the second African American musician to win the award after Isaac Hayes in 1971. Stevie Wonder was quickly downgraded to accompanying artist as his chart career declined by the end of the 80's, popping up on releases by Babyface and 98 Degrees to great effect. But the greatest achievement Stevie ever accomplished, probably without even knowing it, is that he rose above the possible "novelty" aspect of his blindness, to become just simply one of the most gifted and talented musical artists of all time.
Yes, this is true zxcvcxz (actually that's easy to type now that I realize), and but this is just from 1980. But if you added his entire chart success from all time, there would be little change at the top. For some reason, Australia was a little behind in the Motown stakes, and "Superstition", and well-known as it is now, only reached #95 back in 1973, staying in the Top 100 for three weeks.
Top ten from him: 1. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life 2. I Just called To Say I love You 3. Ribbon In The Sky 4. Superstition 5. Part Time Lover 6. Master Blaster 7. For Once In My Life 8. Knocks Me Off My Feet 9. I Ain't Gonna Stand For It 10. Higher Ground
I think his 70's music was primo. I'm pretty sure Fingertips came out in like the 60's or 50's it's freaky to think it's that old!
#86. BILLY OCEAN (1984-86, 1988-89, #1 - 9 entries)
(#26 Biggest Male Solo Artist)
Billy Ocean's strike rate was rather impressive, as a his relatively short career gave him just six hits in Australia's Top 50, but more than enough to give him a place as one of the Top 100 biggest singles artists of the last 30 years. Billy Ocean's efforts aren't confined to just the 80's, though, as a mid-70's disco hit in "Love Really Hurts Without You" introduced us to Leslie Charles, who took on the "Ocean" part of his name after the local football team, Ocean's Eleven, itself inspired by the film of the same name. His debut went Top 3 in Australia and the UK, but the accompanying self-titled album, as well as a further three album releases, couldn't capitalize on its success, and Billy would soon become close to becoming another 70's one hit wonder. Not so as 1984's "Suddenly" album conquered the world, A-listing Billy Ocean to one of the biggest acts of the mid-80's. His initial elusive success in the US was turned on its head as Billy would enjoy three #1 hits on the Billboard charts, with four more Top Ten hits just missing out. In Australia, it was the two massive singles "When The Going Gets Tough , The Tough Get Going" and "Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car" (massive in name as it would be, as well!) that would make up most of his singles sales for this list. But the dreaded career killer, the greatest hits album, came in 1989, and even the mega-successful Billy Ocean couldn't escape its fate. 1993's "Time To Move On" suggested just that, bombing everywhere in the world, even at home in the UK, and all that came after was various compilation albums that would see Billy still pop his head in the albums charts. In 2007, Billy embarked on his first tour since 1992, visiting Australia on the way, while another tour is in progress in the UK to tie in with yet another greatest hits package. Would love to see him down here again, but we'll just have to wait and see.
i'm waiting out for: Mariah Carey Lady GaGa Kelly Clarkson Lionel Richie Nelly Furtado I'm rooting for Janet Jackson as well hoping she's very high!
On BIlly Ocean... He's alright got some classic songs I Suppose but I can only really right a top five for him: 1. Suddenly 2. Get Outta My Dream, Get Into My Car 3. Loverboy 4. Carribean Queen 5. There'll Be Sad Songs
British group, Five (or more annoyingly 5ive), are a bit elusive when it comes to info about the boy band phenomenon. In WIKI, tracing the history of male vocal groups, NKOTB, East 17, Take That, etc., all rate a mention as important chapters in boy band culture, with all making the Top 10 biggest sellers of their kind. Surprisingly, there's no sign of Five! So where does Five fit in here? Did everyone forget the Backstreet Boys were given a run for their money in the late90's and early 2000's? As far as Australia is concerned, Five are the second biggest boy band from the last 30 years in the singles charts. OK, so I've crumbled and searched under "5ive" and here we go. As the Spice Girls had caused so much commotion in 96/97, their creators, Bob and Chris Herbert thought a male version was on the cards, and after and advert was placed in the performing arts newspaper, The Stage, 3000 hopefuls auditioned for five places that the soon become a household name. J Brown, Abz, Ritchie, Scott and Sean were the coolest outfit around with their blend of streetwise rap and slick pop vocals helping them to over 20 million sales worldwide. In the UK, the guys enjoyed a perfect run of 11 Top Ten hits, doing the same here in Oz, bar a couple of releases just missing the ten. "Invincible", the title of album #2, was certainly an apt title. Three albums down, and Five fell apart as various members embarked on their own ventures, but with the usual failure that dogged most boy band breakouts (Justin and Robbie must be really happy, and lucky!). Five, a boy band that is regularly missed as one of the powers in the male vocal group industry, but with the Top 1000 Singles Artists of the 80's, 90's and 2000's, Five are instated as one of the biggest boy bands AND overall vocal groups of all time.
Five were good, knew they'd be up soon. They had good songs.
01 Keep on Movin' 02 If Ya Gettin' Down 03 When the Lights Go Out 04 Got the Feeling 05 Everybody Get Up 06 We Will Rock You 07 Don't Wanna Let You Go 08 Until the Time is Through 09 Let's Dance 10 Rock the Party Last edited:
Split Enz are the original chart-toppers of this very list, taking out the 1980 award for biggest artist, and holding out for four years as the most successful singles artist in Australia. The mother band of many future bands and solo acts, New Zealand's Split Enz had a little trouble establishing themselves as a serious act. For five years, the clown-like image of the band over-shadowed their musical output, however, they always sold solidly in Australia. The late 70's saw a slight line-up change with key member Tim Finn's brother, Neil, permanently joining, replacing guitarist Phil Judd who went on to form The Swingers. Tim used this shuffle to reshape the band into a more accessible outfit, with the resulting album, 1980's "True Colours". The lead single, "I Got You", was #1 in Australia for a full two months (and biggest selling single of the year), reached the British Top 20, and gave the band their first taste of US airplay. Another couple of Top 20 singles, "I Hope I Never" (#18) and "One Step Ahead" (#5 in 1981), rounded out their successful year. Split Enz would go on to enjoy another three Top Ten hits, and two #1 albums, before parting ways, with Tim Finn enjoying success as a solo artist, and Neil Finn forming Crowded House. Over the years, various collaborations have seen "unofficial" reunions. Tim Finn joined Crowded House for a bit, and Eddie Raynor put Enzso together, a symphonic helping of the brilliant music Split Enz brought into our lives. We're inching ever so close to the Top 10 Biggest local acts in this countdown, but Split Enz can lay the claim as the biggest New Zealand act of all time!
two bands i like. i used to love FIVE this was when i was in primary school and they were like the 'cool' boy group cooler than bsb or n-sync. my top six from them: 1. Everybody Get Up 2. Keep On Movin' 3. Get The Feeling 4. When The Lights Go Out 5. Don't Wanna Let You Go 6. If ya Getting Down I really liked number one to number five when they came out and kinda liked number six but didn't like the rest but altogether they had some pretty good songs really!
Split Enz I've only really got into recently. My top ten for them are: 1. Six Months In a Leaky Boat 2. I Got You 3. History Never Repeats 4. Message to My Girl 5. One Step Ahead 6. I See Red 7. I Hope I Never 8. Dirty creature 9. Stuff and Nonsense 10. Next Exit My top two Split Enz songs would rate in my top twenty NZ songs of all time.
Well maybe I don't know Mykl77 but maybe I wouldn't know Lifter500 or maybe even bsb745 IMHO. Who wasn't born in 1992? We may remember the year 2008 but he still knew Lady Gaga? That''s just my opinion though. See a difference? I do.
So I'm sorry Daniel09 but knowing is all opinion, got it?
@bsb745 do either you or mykl attach, detach or mantain a music identity against britney spears AND Lady Gaga AND both at the SAME TIME. If not, it doesn't matter when you were born, even if it was 1992.
it is ridiculous that someone think you can't voice an opinion until you're 18. Go back to the middle ages!
Love Split Enz.
I have a top 10, in no order though.
Madonna Michael Jackson U2 Bon Jovi Kylie Minogue Black Eyed Peas Lady Gaga Pink Britney Spears Mariah Carey Delta Goodrem John Farnham Elton John George Michael Shannon Noll Guy Sebastian Rihanna Eminem Avril Lavigne Queen
I'm tempted to tip Madonna at no 1 but it all depends if We Are The World counts towards MJ
@ bsb. IMHO what he did wasn't a criminal offense. What you did is.
Yes, he said something really idiotic, I may even go as far to call him an internet troll. But he never made a death threat. That is the difference.
Even if you weren't seriously meaning it as such, in the eyes of the law, anything that can even be miscontrued as a death threat, regardless of general common sense, is a death threat and that is against the law.
What he said was stupid but it wasn't a criminal offense. What you said is.
I'm kinda sick and tired of all this, and I feel it's really getting heavy on my heart. I know I'm not the only one, but I find myself left outside alone even though I've paid my dues. I guess one day in your life, Boom!, you'll realize, for for me, I'm outta love, and I'm usually not that kind of guy. Well, that's all I have to say. Welcome to my truth.
A huge market had been left wide open once Taylor Dayne had finished with the charts. Australia was one of her strongest markets, but gave no love to her come the mid-90's. Taylor Dayne part 2 came in 2000 when Anastacia Newkirk burst onto the charts, tackling the #1 position before anyone had time to get to know her properly. It wasn't long before Anastacia was more than just a Taylor Dayne clone, taking out the top selling single of 2000, and enjoying 3xPlatinum sales for her #2 album, "Not That Kind". With such strong vocals coming from a diminutive body, Anastacia was given the nickname, freak of nature, I'm sure meant in the nicest way possible. It would be the inspiration for her second album, named after her nick, but there was nothing freakish about the albums' success. Many artists who achieve greatness upon debut, fizzle with the follow-up, and Anastacia was no exception, finding herself lost and unable to rise above the Britney's and Christina's shaping the charts. Only managing a #10 peak with Platinum sales, "Freak Of Nature" was just a shadow of her former success, but another freak of nature was just around the corner. In 2003, Anastacia was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after successful surgery and radiotherapy, was ready to make her way back to the charts. As tragic as the circumstances were, Anastacia was able to take stock, and work on a new sound and direction for her third album. Taking on a more rock direction, it was just the thing to boost Anastacia's vocal, that had become significantly weaker after her cancer treatment. "Anastacia" was released to great reception, again taking Anastacia to #1 at a time when most artists were battling for a gap between Australian Idol singles. That single, "Left Outside Alone", would be the second biggest seller of the year, narrowly missing out on being the only artist to top the end of year charts twice, something that did not occur in the 30 years this list captures. In the years since, we've heard little of those over-powering vocals, although a fourth album was released in 2008, reaching a dismal #47 on our album chart, which is either a sign that it wasn't all that good, or that the charts have somewhat become very fickle of late, not allowing artists to drop out of sight for even a second. But I'm sure that such a dynamite act as Anastacia isn't done yet, and a comeback is sure to be on the cards.
@bsb, the reason we can't stop talking about it is because you have broken the law. Death threats or even potential death threats are taken seriously indeed by the Australian police. People have gone to jail for things of this nature. Not to make you feel worse or anything but you could be in very deep trouble.
Some good predictions coming in for the top. Will look to set up a tipping comp later on in the list. Meanwhile, smeagols_twin, "We Are The World" has no baring on Michael Jackson's position. I'm not sure if it would have even made a difference on his overall position...
Oh it's absolutely brilliant to see Anastacia in there!!! AWESOME!!! When she first came out in 2000 I didn't think much of her but when she released her second album I really began to like her. Anastacia (her self-titled third album) was brilliant, and she brought out some good songs on Pieces of a Dream. I bought her 'Heavy Rotation' album which wasn't too bad but terribly underrated, I am hoping for a big comeback from her when she releases her next album ... whenever that may be
My top ten from Anastacia: 1. Left Outside Alone 2. I Belong To You 3. Sick And Tired 4. Paid My Dues 5. I'm Outta Love 6. Cowboys and Kisses 7. Heavy On My Heart 8. Welcome To My Truth 9. One Day In Your Life 10. Pieces Of a Dream aaah it's hard to stop at ten so I'll add a number 11 for good measure. 11. In Your Eyes still tonnes of other good songs from her though!
oooh maybe we are the world wouldn't have had much bearing on mj's position because he's number one?!? just a thought but probably wrong! Last edited:
On top of that, Journey lead vocalist, Steve Perry, had a hit of his own in 1984 with "Oh Sherrie" reaching #5. A minor hit followed a year later, "Foolish Heart" (#52). Another short-lived member who went onto better things was Randy Jackson who spent a couple of years in the band during the mid-80's, and went on to become a judge on Australian Idol.
Apart from Glee's hit of "Don't Stop Believin'", Mariah Carey had a moderate hit with "Open Arms".
Just some extra stuff for ya, alley...exercise for the fingers.
All good food needs a little spice to top it off, and it would seem that music can do with the same, as we near the end of the Top 1000 with a little Salt 'n' Pepa. Cheryl James ("Salt") and Sandra Denton ("Pepa") joined forces as Super Nature, releasing "The Showstopper", an answer song to rapper and beat-boxer, Doug E. Fresh's "The Show". It was all done on a shoe-string budget, the proof being in the production, which was a school project for Hurby Azor, the song's producer. It ever so slowly picked up enough momentum to become a moderate hit, peaking at #47 on the US R&B charts. It was during the first verse of "The Showstopper" that Cheryl and Sandra referred to each other as Salt 'n' Pepa, and so the name stuck. With a proper contract signed, the girls embarked on their first full-length album, bringing in Dee Dee Roper, a.k.a. DJ Spinderella, as their DJ. Although Salt 'n' Pepa were not immediately recognized as a trio, Spinderella's profile grew as large as the other two, and soon she moved further forward, soon featuring as prominently in the groups' videos. Things were still moving quite slowly, with little chart success, until a remix of a B-side to their "Tramp" single surfaced. The song was called "Push It", and it was the key to the door that gave them a #2 hit in the UK and #3 in Australia. With further single releases, the US started to warm to the girls as three albums' worth of singles gave them much chart action. Back in Australia, we had pretty much given them one hit wonder status. But that all changed at the end of 1991, when "Let's Talk About Sex" would give them another Top 5 hit. Maybe it was the rare use of the word "sex" in the title (at the time, of course) that was the main selling point which would send it to #1 in 1992 for a month, but the girls certainly began to ooze their sex appeal, and a string of hot and horny hip-hop hits came our way. Taking a couple of years off to catch their breath, Salt 'n' Pepa returned with a brand new album title, er..."Brand New", and it was brand new in all regards as the girls broke away from Hurby (yes, he had been with them all this time - that's no doubt an A-grade by now!!!). It was a complete flop, despite great reviews, but their record company, Red Ant, had filed for bankruptcy and were unable to fund any promotion for the disc. Salt 'n' Pepa had to go out on the road to promote the album, a terribly slow (and hard) way to sell an album, which affected overall sales. But a hit was still salvaged a couple of years later when "Gitty Up" was mashed with Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall". It was the final coda for the group who had racked up over 15 million record sales worldwide, making them one of the most successful female rap acts ever.
#81. ROBERT PALMER (1980-83, 1986-91, #1 - 13 entries)
(#25 Biggest Male Solo Artist)
I'm not going to debate that Robert Palmer was or wasn't a good looking man, but one thing for sure is that he certainly had the best looking backing band ever! Sure, their finger movements on the keyboards and guitars didn't always match the music we were hearing, but who was looking at those parts of the body anyway? It took ten years for Robert to go from the jazz-rock band, Dada, and equally unsuccessful rhythm and blues outfit, Vinegar Joe, to finally cracking the charts with "Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)" in 1979. From then on the floodgates were left open as Robert would occupy a place in the charts for most of the 80's. While his early 80's hits never really chalked up high positions on the charts, their longevity made up for it, and a couple of those hits still made the end of year best sellers despite barely making the Top 20. Without a huge hit to his name, it seemed Robert Palmer had dropped of the face of the earth, but this was not so. Performing at a charity concert organized by Duran Duran, Robert struck up a tight friendship with the band, and went on to front the side project, The Power Station with Andy and John Taylor, and Chic drummer, Tony Thompson. It was here that the Top Ten finally welcomed Robert Palmer as The Power Station reached #4 with "Some Like It Hot" and #8 with "Get It On". It was just the boost Robert needed to his career and confidence, and before anyone could "bang a gong", Robert quit to get back to his solo work. "Addicted To Love" was the result, and it was the first look at his stunning entourage of female "musicians", styled to resemble the female subjects of 80's artist, Patrick Nagel. Patrick's signature look of white faces, dark eye liner and bright red lipstick had already graced the cover of Duran Duran's "Rio" album cover, and now were brought to life for Robert Palmer's video shoot. It was a neat trick that took "Addicted" to #1, and used again for his second #1 hit in 1988, "Simply Irresistible". Capping off an amazingly diverse career, Robert joined up with UB40 to hit the Top 5 one last time, showcasing his reggae abilities to just as great effect as his rock, pop and contemporary hits. Further explorations into the tin pan era of the 20's, and a tropical album seemed a bit extreme, and didn't go down well with audience and critics alike, and so Robert chart career was over. In 2003, Robert Palmer died of a sudden heart attack in Paris, France, making him one of only two deceased solo artists in the Top 100 of this list.
Tina Arena and Robert Palmer would be my favourites of the last few artists, closely followed by Split Enz. Anastacia reminded me of Taylor Dayne too, but I guess it is more her voice and looks. The music is a bit different. Five must not have left too much of an impression - I've forgotten how three of their Top 10 hits sound ...
#80. NO DOUBT (1996-97, 1999-2004, #1 - 12 entries)
(#24 Biggest Band)
In 1996, we met a girl, all pretty and petite, and we certainly didn't leave her out of our sights. Gwen Stefani was certainly unlike any girl we had seen before, but also MORE girl than we had seen before, as she would soon become a fashion icon the same way Madonna was running the 80's. But more about Gwen later on in the list, as we celebrate No Doubt's amazing success in the Singles charts, perched in the Top 80. The very early beginnings of No Doubt trace back to 1986 when Gwen Stefani and her brother, Eric, formed Apple Core. They gradually morphed into No Doubt, with various members joining and leaving the band, with the final outfit finalized towards the late 80's with Gwen, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont. Taking on a ska-pop sound that had been a little absent in the charts since Madness, No Doubt released their first album, without the backing of their record company. No Doubt had to slog it out on the road to promote the album, but what band has ever sold millions of albums without a little promo. It wouldn't be too hard to improve on the 30,000 copies sold of their first disc, and so No Doubt set about to record their follow-up, "Tragic Kingdom". Largely dealing with the issues surrounding Gwen and her relationship with Tony, it took them to #1 with "Don't Speak", and was a solid performer on the Albums chart, peaking at #3 and spending exactly one year in the Top 50. Obviously, the main drawcard of the band was Gwen, and a talent and presence like hers usually resulted in a breakaway solo career, but this was not so, well not yet, anyway. Two albums followed, as well as a greatest hits package, all giving the band a total of six Top Ten hits. OK, so I take that back about Gwen's solo career, as it was too hard to resist, and the resulting sales, not to mention the fact that Gwen herself still hasn't appeared in this list, is proof that the move was definitely a lucrative one. Without Gwen, the remaining members of No Doubt seemed to be left high and dry, but continued on without her to record material for a new album, tipped for a 2008 release. Those plans were delayed once again, as Gwen had promised to return to the band, but not before she finished touring the album and giving birth to her second child. Come 2009, and the delays were over as No Doubt finally performed a number of dates, even making a guest appearance on Gossip Girl, playing a fictional band called "Snowed Out" (get it!?). No Doubt will, err...no doubt strengthen their position on this list as that new album is finally set for release later on this year, and I know many of you out there just can't wait.
ohh awesome. no doubt would have to be an eternal favourite of mine dont speak, just a girl, its my life and hey baby are on replay all the time on my ipod. its my life would have to be one of the best ever remakes. cant wait for the new album!
robert palmer... what a legend... such a shock to know he is dead. for all those younger ones.. take a look at the simply irresistible video on youtube.. its one of the best!
#79. PET SHOP BOYS (1986-91, 1993-97, 1999, 2003, 2006, #2 - 28 entries)
(#3 Biggest Musical Group)
Up until today I was lead to believe the Pet Shop Boys were the most successful gay group in music. And while it took Neil Tennant a good eight years to properly come out, I was shocked to find there is a question mark still hanging over co-member, Chris Lowe. So the angle for my story about the Pet Shop Boys needs a little re-think...heh heh. Let's take just a side street, so to speak, as the duo is certainly one of the most, if not THE, most theatrical groups ever. The streamlining of their career, from the glasses and hat donned by Chris, to the single word only album titles, has never changed over 25 years. In addition to that, neither has the quality of music over 10 studio albums, and various remix and compilation albums. Unfortunately, their chart success has varied, which is a pity, because anything that came from their 2000's albums was chart worthy, especially 2009's "Yes". Underneath the outrageous get-up and silly hats, there is a strength of songwriting that tackles issues different to others musical groups. The basics things, like paying the rent and doing the shopping, you know, the big things, rate a mention in the songs of the Pet Shop Boys, brought to you with just a keyboard and a voice. Pet Shop Boys have also branched out as remixers for various artists such as Blur, David Bowie and Madonna, whose "Jump" drew inspiration from PSB's first hit, "West End Girls". They also remixed Mad's "Sorry", which helped the single reach #1 in the UK, and was ultimately used in her Confessions Live tour. Finally, as another side, Pet Shop Boys did there bit for charity when they toyed with some samples from hit BBC series, Absolutely Fabulous. It was released under the shows' title, but never considered a PSB release by the guys. Well, for this countdown, it has been included in their total points, as I'm not going to split hairs on that one. 50 million albums sales worldwide over 25 years has made the Pet Shop Boys recognized by the Guinness Book Of Records as the most successful British duo of all time. Now that is quite an achievement worthy of their 2009 BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music.
Fans of Pet Shop Boys: alleyt1989, NateBoi, Steffen Hung
Pet Shop Boys' Top 10
West End Girls
Always On My Mind
Absolutely Fabulous (as Absolutely Fabulous)
It's A Sin
Can You Forgive Her?
Se A Vida E (That's The Way Life Is)
Where The Streets Have No Name
What Have I Done To Deserve This (with Dusty Springfield)
Brill! Every song is fantastic... they deserve #79 but also deserve more success. No Doubt also awesome just pick up a best of from either artist and you will understand why they are so high on this list.
surprisingly i didn't know the pet shop boys until about three years ago when one of their songs came on singstar (always on my mind) i downloaded all their singles and came to really enjoy a lot of their songs. it's actually hard to pick a favourite but here is what my top ten would roughly be: 1. What have I Done To Deserve This? 2. Go West 3. Always On My Mind 4. It's A Sin 5. West End Girls 6. Heart 7. Opportunities 8. Left To My Own Devices 9. Absolutely Fabulous 10. Rent
Big fan of the Pet Shop Boys. Love not just their songs, especially West End Girls, It's A Sin and Can You Forgive Her? but massive fan of Absolutely Fabulous (Dull soulless dance music!). Also love the way they reinterpret songs like Always On My Mind, Go West and Where The Streets Have No Name.
The beautiful thing about much of 80's music is that the vocal performances weren't always the strongest. Not to take anything away from the talent of Bananarama, but there are certainly signs in some of their releases that were a little shaky. But - what made up for it was an image, and energy, and some brilliant songwriting that all added up to some of the best music of the decade. Give me that over some over produced pitch perfect vocal anyday. Bananarama were formed by Keren Woodward and Sara Dalin who had been friends since the age of 4 (!), and Siobhan Fahey were they met while studying fashion journalism. While living above a couple of Sex Pistols members, the girls put together a demo, helped out by the guys. It was quite atrocious, but Bananarama still included it on their 1988 greatest hits collection. What it did do was generate interest from Malcolm McLaren, who had managed the Sex Pistols and offered the same for the three girls. They passed, instead helping out another trio of the opposite sex, Fun Boy Three, on their hit, "It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It". In return, FBT backed Bananarama on their first proper release, "Really Saying Something", and with that, Bananarama were on their way to chart domination that would see them became the most prolific girl group ever, still in the Guinness Book Of Records for the most singles chart entries. Listening to that Greatest Hits album, you can see the advancement in talent and production, which would peak with their work with Stock, Aitken & Waterman. It was testament to Bananarama's songwriting skills that they were one of the few artists allowed co-writing credit with the producers, and further acknowledgment that the two were indeed bankable stars in their own fields. Only something great could come out of it. And it did. "Venus", "Love In The First Degree", "I Want You Back", "I Heard A Rumour" and the list goes on. These are all staples of 80's mix-tapes, and the Bananarama juggernaut would reach a staggering 40 million record sales worldwide. The split came when Siobhan decided to leave and form Shakespear's Sister. While the girls replaced her with Jacquie O'Sullivan, it was clear Siobhan was an integral member and Bananarama never had a hit again. Bananarama are still very much together as a duo these days as Keren and Sara have just released their tenth album (fifth as a duo) called "Viva". Even with their absence from our charts, Bananarama's old and new catalogue are still a guilty pleasure.
#77. LINKIN PARK (2001-05, 2007-09, #3 - 16 entries)
(#23 Biggest Band)
50 million worldwide sales said that rock was certainly not dead. The 90's had fizzled in the rock stakes in its closing days, only really excelling in novelty form (The Offspring, anyone?), but then what genre didn't. While rock definitely needing saving, it wasn't generally in the usual fashion. No more stage in the corner of the pub sound, it was complicated, well produced and powerful. Linkin Park combined rap with metal to make a sound all their own. Sure it was along the lines of Limp Bizkit, but it was a rejuvenated youthful sound, fronted by two vocalists often overlapping each other. It was very cool. Forming in the mid-90's by three of the members just out of school, Linkin Park had their sights set on a Warner Bros. contract, but failed three times to catch their attention. With a new vice-president in 1999 in office, that's Warner Bros., Linkin Park gave it a fourth shot, and succeeded. It was all go as "Hybrid Theory" was out just a year later, and it was certainly lived up to the hype the band had created for themselves, selling nearly 5 million copies in its first year. A Grammy came their way, as well as the hit singles, and Linkin Park had pretty much conquered everything there is to conquer in the music business. But what of the follow-up and third album syndromes? Linkin Park didn't need to worry, as "Meteora" and "Minutes To Midnight" joined their debut in the charts with all three albums making the Top 5 in every major country on the globe. With no signs of slowing down, Linkin Park's place in this list was strengthened with their biggest hit in 2009 from the Transformers 2 soundtrack, a stand alone soundtrack hit that is rare to see these days. 2010 sees the return of Linkin Park with their fourth offering, and with the Top 50 just a couple of hit singles away, no doubt they have their name on a spot higher up in the Top 1000 Biggest Artists since 1980.
Fans of Linkin Park: antonnalan, Chris A, LIFTER500
Don't believe everything you read here as the current #1 artist on the Australian Singles Charts is #76 no longer, and with his strongest single ever leading the charts, Usher is probably more likely to be in the Top 50 rather that here, but I guess we'll find that out for sure when the list is finished, and updated with 2010's stats. There's a few surprising things about Usher, and the biggest is the he is actually from the 90's. OK, so maybe that's not such a revelation, but as an artist who fits in so well with today's young music stars, it's hard to think of him around at a time when Cher was still high in the charts. Strange fact #2 is that as an RnB power, Usher has never had that amazing hit. As far as this list is concerned, Usher's biggest hit scored him just 79,707 points, just barely Platinum, where his contemporaries have usually scored at least one double or triple Platinum hit. Overall, Usher has released six albums totaling 45 million sales worldwide (and rising!!!) and all at the tender age of 31. Usher's current album, "Raymond vs. Raymond", a nod to his surname, has already sold nearly a million copies in the US. With "OMG", Usher becomes the first artist to score a #1 hit in the 90's, 2000's and 2010's in both the US and the UK. In Australia, we've given him just two, but we're a little ahead of ourselves here, as 2010 is not counting just yet. For now, Usher has done himself proud to make the Top 100 Biggest Artists for the last 30 years, and the best is still to come.
Bananarama aren't that good. Love Linkin Park, wouldn't have though ND for their #1 though, Numb Encore (with Jay-Z) is my fave of theirs. Usher is hit and miss, several great songs from him but several I hate, such as Burn. I hasn't realized that anton, so they really should be equally #76...
Can't wait for the top 75 and Lady GaGa is still to come!
Wow I'm surprised that Linkin Park have had the same amount of single sales at Usher but am happy to see LP so high - not so much Usher - he's good and he's had heaps of songs I like, but there's been a number of songs from him that I've not liked. And Bananarama = awesome.
Top 5 Bananarama:
1. Venus 2. I Heard A Rumor 3. Cruel Summer 4. Help 5. Love In The First Degree
Top 10 Linkin Park: 1. In The End 2. Crawling 3. Somewhere I Belong 4. Numb 5. Bleed It Out 6. Faint 7. One Step Closer 8. What I've Done 9. Numb/Encore 10. Given up Hybrid Theory is an epic album, and I did like both Meteora and Minutes to Midnight so as I said it's good to see them up so high!
Top 10 Usher songs for me: 1. Burn 2. U Got It Bad 3. Love In This Club 4. Caught up 5. My Boo 6. Nice and slow 7. You Make Me Wanna 8. U Remind Me 9. Confessions (Part II) 10. My Way
The two songs I can't stand from Usher are Yeah! and OMG but the rest of them are all good