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Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - Longest chart run before reaching #1

Longest chart run in the Top 100 before reaching #1

What a Wonderful World spent 22 weeks in the Top 100 in 1968 (peaking at #22) and another 7 weeks in 1988 before reaching #1 making its run at 29 weeks before hitting the top.

Tingles reached #1 in its 28th week and was out of the Top 100 6 weeks later.

 Longest chart run before reaching #1 Weeks Top 100#1
1Tingles (EP)Ratcat28May 4, 1991
2Rush Big Audio Dynamite II24Oct 19, 1991
3SaltwaterJulian Lennon23Mar 7, 1992
4It's Like ThatRun-D.M.C vs Jason Nevins21Mar 15, 1998
5I Wanna Wake Up With YouBoris Gardiner19Mar 9, 1987
6Jump in My CarTed Mulry Gang17Jan 19, 1976
7Black is BlackLa Belle Epoque17Oct 23, 1978
8A Song of JoyMiguel Rios17Dec 7, 1970
9You Don't Treat Me No GoodSonia Dada16Feb 27, 1993
10Never, Never, NeverShirley Bassey16Sept 17, 1973
115, 6, 7, 8Steps16Jun 7, 1998
12Boom! Shake the RoomDJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince16Jan 15, 1994
13All That She WantsAce of Base16Nov 6, 1993
14TeardropsWomack & Womack15Feb 13, 1989
15Eternal FlameBangles15Jun 12, 1989
16Please Don't GoKC & Sunshine Band15Feb 11, 1980
17The HorsesDaryl Braithwaite15May 18, 1991
18HighLighthouse Family15Sep 6, 1998
19Love You RightEuphoria15Feb 22, 1992
20If You Leave Me NowChicago15Dec 27, 1976
21I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I DoABBA15Oct 13, 1975
22Newcastle SongBob Hudson15Apr 14, 1975
23The Pushbike SongMixtures15Mar 15, 1971
24Horror MovieSkyhooks15Mar 31, 1975
25If You Don't Know Me By NowSimply Red14Aug 21, 1989
26I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)The Proclaimers14Feb 20, 1989
27Up Where We BelongJoe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes14Mar 28, 1983
28Don't Stop 'Til You Get EnoughMichael Jackson14Jan 21, 1980
29Bust a MoveYoung MC14Oct 27, 1990
30MascaraKilling Heidi14Jan 30, 2000
31Light Surrounding YouEvermore14Jan 21, 2007
32Heaven is My Woman's LoveCol Joye14July 30, 1973
33The Morning AfterMaureen McGovern14July 23, 1973
34Chirpy Chirpy Cheep CheepLally Stott14June 7, 1971
 Non-consecutive Weeks 
 What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong (1968 & 1988)29June 20, 1988
 Unchained MelodyRighteous Brothers (1965 & 1990)20Nov 24, 1990
Thanks for the list. I'd forgotten how much of a slow burner 'Saltwater' was getting to the top, and wasn't aware it took 11 weeks just to get into the Top 50.
'Tingles (EP)' really collapsed around the time their 'Blind Love' album was released. Maybe this was one of the early instances of discontinued release policy?
This is probably a list where songs from this century will find it difficult to place well in.
Yep, Tingles was quickly pulled from the Australian market soon after the song reached number one, in a successful attempt to drive consumers to buy the 'Blind Love' album.

The same thing happened in the US with Ice Ice Baby. The single was discontinued soon after it hit #1 to encourage people to buy Vanilla's album, To The Extreme.

Blind Love debuted on the albums chart at #1 on June 2, 1991, the same week Tingles dropped from #11 to #25.

Incidentally, Ratcat's follow up single, 'Don't Go Now' reached #1 the same week Blind Love hit the top.
BigKev, you find this thread (specifically this countdown) interesting:
I didn't know 'Love Story' had that solitary week at #100 in late 2008 before the main run. What an anti-climax at the time for anyone that may have been watching it closely.
Three other ones on top of my head:

Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks: 27 weeks; 16 January, 2012
LMFAO - Sexy & I Know It: 15 weeks; 17 October, 2011
Adele - Someone Like You: 14 weeks; 27 June 2011
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Cheers. I don't have the Top 100 chart runs from 2011 onward so, Innocent Eyes please PM me with the chart data.
Just wondered if the list above with the three additions from Innocent Eyes is complete or whether there are other songs that should also slot in?
Although not consecutive weeks in the top 100, Merrill Bainbridge's 'Mouth' was first released on 24th October 1994, and didn't hit #1 until the chart dated week ending 21st May 1995. That's 29 weeks to reach #1, counting from the first week it would have been eligible to enter the chart (week ending 6th November 1994).

Young MC's 'Bust a Move' was first released here in 1989 (some time between August-October 1989, I'm pretty sure), and didn't reach #1 until late October 1990, after a re-release.
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According to the ARIA Report, the 'Tingles' EP was available from 1st October 1990. So it didn't enter the top 100 in its first 2 weeks of sales.

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