The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling singles and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report which had been Australia's national charts since 1974.
The Go-Set charts were Australia's first national singles and albums charts published from 2 February 1966 until 24 August 1974. Succeeding Go-Set, the Kent Music Report began issuing the national top 100 charts in Australia from May 1974. The compiler, David Kent, also published Australia's national charts from 1940–1974 in a retrospective fashion using state based data. In April 1983, the Australian Recording Industry Asscociation commenced by licencing the Kent Music Report and began compiling its own charts in-house from the week ending 26 June 1988 until the present point in time.
Formulation of charts
The ARIA charts are based on data collected from a number of traditional "bricks and mortar" retailers around Australia. Both the Top 40 Digital Track Chart and the Top 100 Singles Chart include data from online retailers including iTunes and BigPond music. Starting from 8 October 2006, due to low physical single sales at the time, the official ARIA singles chart included online data as well as physical sales. In 2006, it was announced that the Brazin retailing group, comprising major retailers HMV, Sanity and Virgin music/DVD stores would no longer contribute sales data to the ARIA charts. However, after a five-month absence, Brazin reportedly re-commenced contributing sales figures to the ARIA Charts on 26 November 2006.
There are numerous awards and events for Australian chart topping artist and groups that include:
The ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards have been an event on the Australian music industry's calendar since 2002. The Awards were established in 2002 as a means of acknowledging Australian recording artists, and their record labels, who attained the coveted No. 1 position on the ARIA album and singles chart.
The ARIA Music Awards recognise excellence and innovation in all genres of Australian music. The very first ARIA Awards took place at Sydney's Sheraton Wentworth Hotel in front of 500 industry guests, on 2 March 1987. Nineteen years later, the ARIAs are held in front of 2,500 industry guests and 5,000 members of the general public. Up until 2008, the ARIA Awards were screened on Network Ten for many years. As of 2009, they air on the Nine Network, although the ratings of the 2009 ARIA Awards were well down on previous years.
"The ARIAs have always been, first and foremost, a showcase for local artists across a broad range of genres, produced by ARIA record company members. They are the highlight of the Australian music industry's calendar, covering a diverse range of talent over 28 categories". Denis Handlin, Chairman of ARIA.
The ARIA Hall of Fame has been an important part of the ARIA Awards since 1988. Traditionally taking place during the ARIA Awards ceremony, a diverse range of artists have been inducted into the Hall of Fame including Kylie Minogue, AC/DC, Dame Joan Sutherland, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny O'Keefe, Paul Kelly, John Farnham, INXS, Slim Dusty, Jimmy Little, Nick Cave, Midnight Oil and more.
In July 2005, ARIA staged the inaugural ARIA Icons: Hall of Fame event, which was introduced to honour the growing number of legendary performers, producers, songwriters and others who have had an impact on music culture in Australia. In the past, time constraints had prevented any more than one or two artists from being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at each ARIA Awards, resulting in a lengthy waiting list of worthy recipients.
While ARIA intends to maintain a Hall of Fame segment within the ARIA Awards presentation, the ARIA Icons: Hall of Fame will become an annual stand-alone event that continues to honour those whose musical achievements have had a significant impact in Australia and around the *Weekly Top 100 Top 100 Singles *Weekly Top 100 Highest selling Albums
- Weekly Top 100 highest selling digital tracks
- Weekly Top 100 highest selling digital albums
- Weekly Top 50 highest selling physical singles (ceased 4 April 2011 or ARIA report #1101)
- Weekly Top 50 highest selling physical albums
- Weekly Top 20 highest selling Australian singles
- Weekly Top 20 highest selling Australian albums
- Weekly Top 20 highest selling dance releases
- Weekly Top 20 highest selling country releases
- Weekly Top 20 highest selling compilation releases
- Weekly Top 50 highest selling catalogue albums
- Weekly Top 50 highest selling club releases
- Weekly Top 40 highest selling urban singles
- Weekly Top 40 highest selling urban albums
- Weekly Top 40 highest selling music DVDs
- Yearly Top 100 End of Year charts profiling the year in music
- End of Decade Top 100 charts profiling the decade in music 
The top 5 singles and albums are firstly published in News Limited newspapers each Sunday. All charts, in full, are then published on the ARIA Chart website each Sunday night at 6:30 pm AEST, in order for printed release the next day. Each chart is dated according to the Monday of the given week. The website and printed lists are shortened versions of the full chart, with only the top 50 singles and albums shown as well as only the top 40 digital tracks. The ARIA Report lists the charts listed above in full and is available via paid e-mail subscription each week (the report transitioned from paper to pdf starting 9 October 2000 or issue #554). These reports are uploaded to the Pandora Archive periodically.
ARIA End of Year Charts
At the end of each year, ARIA publishes the highest selling albums, singles etc. of the year. This is a list of the highest selling albums of every year:
- 1988: Kick by INXS
- 1989: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 by the Traveling Wilburys
- 1990: Chain Reaction by John Farnham
- 1991: Rise by Daryl Braithwaite
- 1992: Jesus Christ Superstar (1992 Australian Cast) by John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens and Cast
- 1993: The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album by Whitney Houston and various artists
- 1994: Music Box by Mariah Carey
- 1995: Don't Ask by Tina Arena
- 1996: Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
- 1997: Savage Garden by Savage Garden
- 1998: Yourself or Someone Like You by Matchbox 20
- 1999: Come On Over by Shania Twain
- 2000: 1 by The Beatles
- 2001: Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film by various artists
- 2002: The Eminem Show by Eminem
- 2003: Innocent Eyes by Delta Goodrem
- 2004: Get Born by Jet
- 2005: The Sound of White by Missy Higgins
- 2006: Back to Bedlam by James Blunt
- 2007: Call Me Irresponsible by Michael Bublé
- 2008: Only by the Night by Kings of Leon
- 2009: I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle
- 2010: Greatest Hits... So Far!!! by Pink
- 2011: 21 by Adele
- 2012: The Truth About Love by Pink
A music single or album qualifies for a platinum certification if it exceeds 70,000 copies shipped to retailers and a gold certification for 35,000 copies shipped.
For music DVDs (formerly videos), a gold accreditation originally represented 7,500 copies shipped, with a platinum accreditation representing 15,000 units shipped.
|Album||[nb 1]35,000||[nb 1]70,000|
|Single||[nb 2]35,000||[nb 2]70,000|
- Australian albums figures can include digital album sales.
- Australian singles figures can include sales from legal digital downloads.
2000 to present:
2000 to present:
- Music of Australia
- List of artists who reached number one on the Australian singles chart
- List of number one tracks on the Australian Club Chart
- "Dining out: Lady Gaga turns heads".
- Brazin Data Returns To Aus Charts
- Aria End of Decade Chart Retrieved 28 Mar 2010
- "ARIA Charts - Gold and Platinum ARIA Accreditation Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- "International Certification Award levels" (PDF). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. March 2010. p. 7. Retrieved 7 June 2010.