List of Top 40 singles for 1980–89 in Australia

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The following lists the top 40 (end of decade) charting singles on the Australian Singles Charts, for the 1980s. These were the best charting singles in Australia for the 1980s. The source for this decade is the "Kent Music Report", known from 1987 onwards as the "Australian Music Report".

# Title Artist Highest pos. reached Date Reached
1. "Locomotion" Kylie Minogue 1 Aug 1987
2. "Dancing in the Dark" Bruce Springsteen 5 Sep 1984
3. "Australiana" Austen Tayshus 1 Aug 1983
4. "Simply Irresistible" Robert Palmer 1 Sep 1988
5. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" Stevie Wonder 1 Oct 1984
6. "Ghostbusters" Ray Parker Jr. 2 Sep 1984
7. "Islands in the Stream" Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton 1 Dec 1983
8. "La Bamba" Los Lobos 1 Sep 1987
9. "Never Gonna Give You Up" Rick Astley 1 Nov 1987
10. "Down Under" Men at Work 1 Dec 1981
11. "Run to Paradise" The Choirboys 3 Nov 1987
12. "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Irene Cara 1 Jul 1983
13. "Old Time Rock and Roll" Bob Seger 3 Aug 1987
14. "You're the Voice" John Farnham 1 Nov 1985
15. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes 1 Feb 1988
16. "We Are the World" USA for Africa 1 Apr 1985
17. "Kokomo" Beach Boys 1 Dec 1988
18. "Shaddap You Face" Joe Dolce Music Theatre 1 Nov 1980
19. "Gloria" Laura Branigan 1 Feb 1983
20. "The Only Way Is Up" Yazz and the Plastic Population 3 Oct 1988
21. "Walk Like an Egyptian" The Bangles 1 Feb 1987
22. "Electric Blue" Icehouse 1 Nov 1987
23. "Venus" Bananarama 1 Sep 1986
24. "Teardrops" Womack & Womack 1 Feb 1989
25. "Faith" George Michael 2 Dec 1987
26. "I Got You" Split Enz 1 Apr 1980
27. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" Kim Wilde 1 Feb 1987
28. "The Power of Love" Jennifer Rush 1 Nov 1985
29. "Start Me Up" Rolling Stones 1 Nov 1981
30. "Eternal Flame" The Bangles 1 Jun 1989
31. "Angel" / "Into the Groove" Madonna 1 Jun 1985
32. "Time Warp" Original Cast, The Rocky Horror Picture Show 3 Dec 1980
33. "It's Just Not Cricket" The Twelfth Man 1 Jun 1984
34. "Eye of the Tiger" Survivor 1 Sep 1982
35. "(Just Like) Starting Over" John Lennon 1 Jan 1981
36. "Funkytown" Pseudo Echo 1 Dec 1986
37. "Wired for Sound" Cliff Richard 2 Dec 1981
38. "Come On Eileen" Dexy's Midnight Runners 1 Nov 1982
39. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" The Proclaimers 1 Feb 1989
40. "If I Could" 1927 2 Dec 1988

These charts are calculated by David Kent of the Kent Music Report and they are based on the number of weeks and position the records reach within the top 100 singles for each week.

See also[edit]

List of Top 40 albums for 1980-1989 in Australia