News 30 October 2018

This Week In... 1987

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 31 years ago!

This Week In... 1987

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 31 years ago!


Icehouse - Man Of Colours

ARIA Hall Of Fame members Icehouse took out their only #1 album to date when their fifth studio release Man Of Colours spent eleven consecutive weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart between October and December 1987. Debuting at #46, the follow-up to Measure For Measure (#8 Jun. ’86) hit the top spot for the first time in its second week on the chart. Man Of Colours went on to spend a total of 35 weeks in the top ten and 47 weeks in the top 50.

Midway through Man Of Colours’ run at the top, Icehouse picked up a #1 double when ‘Electric Blue’ hit the top of the singles chart for a week in late-November. Four other singles were released from the album: ‘Crazy’ (#4 Aug. ‘87), ‘My Obsession’ (#12 Dec. ‘87), ‘Man Of Colours’ (#28 Apr. ‘88) and ‘Nothing Too Serious’ (#29 Jun. ‘88).

At the second ARIA Awards, Man Of Colours won Album Of The Year and Highest Selling Album.

Icehouse was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2006.


Los Lobos - La Bamba

American band Los Lobos scored their only #1 on the ARIA Charts when their version of ‘La Bamba’ spent seven consecutive weeks in the top spot in October/November 1987. Made famous by Ritchie Valens’ 1958 version, Los Lobos’ ‘La Bamba’ featured on the soundtrack to the Valens biopic, also titled La Bamba (#2 Oct. ’87).

The single debuted at #24 at the end of August before hitting #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the Top 50. ‘La Bamba’ spent a total of 18 weeks in the Top Ten and 25 weeks in the Top 50. It also topped the charts in the UK, US, New Zealand, Canada and in a number of European countries.

Los Lobos took out their only other entry in the ARIA Top 50 with the single ‘Come On, Let’s Go’ (#22 Jan. ’88).