No Australian Songs Have Hit #1 On The ARIA Charts In 2017, And That’s A Big Deal


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If you count yourself a fan of Australian music, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is — because more than seven months into the year, not a single Australian song has hit #1 on the ARIA charts.

You might have seen reports this week that none of the tracks currently in the ARIA Singles Charts top 20 come from Australian artists — but the truth is local music hasn’t been getting the chart recognition it deserves all year. Music Junkee has confirmed with ARIA that so far in 2017, no Australian songs have hit #1 on the Singles Charts.

Instead, the top spot has been hogged all year by just four songs — Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’, Harry Styles’ debut solo single ‘Sign Of The Times’, DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m The One’ and, most recently, Luis Fonsi & Danny Yankee’s inescapable ‘Despacito’.

But it’s ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Despacito’ that have really dominated — collectively those tracks have been #1 for 27 out of the year’s 30 weeks.

Number Of Weeks That Tracks Have Been #1 On The ARIA Charts

The highest charting Australian artist so far this year is Amy Shark, who peaked at #3 with her hit ‘Adore’ on in February. Next best is Sydney pop act Starley, who made it to #8 in January with ‘Call On Me’. (Sydney singer William Singe does, however, have a feature on Jonas Blue’s ‘Mama’, which currently sits at #11.)

So just how unusual is 2017’s lack of local number ones? Historically, it’s a real sore thumb. Last year two tracks — Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You’ and The Veronica’s ‘In My Blood’ — both hit the top spot. In 2015, three Australian tracks hit #1, while four different homegrown tunes had the honour in 2014. 2012 was a boom year for local music, with six different tracks going to #1.

Data provided to Music Junkee from ARIA confirms there’s been at least one local #1 every year since 2010.

The highest charting Australian track this week is Jessica Mauboy’s ‘Fallin’, which clocked in at #21. The only other local singles in the entire Top 50 are Peking Duk’s ‘Fake Magic’, Vance Joy’s ‘Lay It On Me’ and Bliss N Eso’s ‘Moments’.

You’ll also notice that no female artist — local or otherwise — has hit #1 in 2017.