List of number-one singles from the 1980s (New Zealand)

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This is the Recorded Music NZ (known as RIANZ during this decade) list of number-one singles in New Zealand during the 1980s decade, starting from 14 January 1980.

Chart[edit]

Key
 *  – Number-one single of the year[nb 1]
 †  – Song of New Zealand origin[nb 2]
 ‡  – Number-one single of the year, of New Zealand origin
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Stevens, JonJon Stevens "Jezebel" † 9 2 December 1979
Stevens, JonJon Stevens "Montego Bay" † 1 3 February 1980
Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall" 5 10 February 1980
Split Enz "I Got You" † 3 16 March 1980
Cooder, RyRy Cooder "Little Sister" 2 6 April 1980
Robinson, SmokeySmokey Robinson "Cruisin'" 4 20 April 1980
Dr. Hook "Sexy Eyes" 1 18 May 1980
Peaches & Herb "I Pledge My Love" 1 25 May 1980
Brothers Johnson, TheThe Brothers Johnson "Stomp!" 6 1 June 1980
Lipps Inc "Funkytown" 1 13 July 1980
Ritz "Locomotion" 4 20 July 1980
Matchbox "Rockabilly Rebel" 1 17 August 1980
Ritz "Locomotion" 3 22 August 1980
UB40 "Food for Thought" 4 14 September 1980
Ross, DianaDiana Ross "Upside Down" 3 12 October 1980
Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "Master Blaster (Jammin')" 4 2 November 1980
Pointer Sisters "He's So Shy" 3 30 November 1980
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Dolce, JoeJoe Dolce "Shaddap You Face" 8 21 December 1980
Blondie "The Tide Is High" 2 14 February 1981
Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "Woman" 5 1 March 1981
Waretini, DeaneDeane Waretini "The Bridge" † 1 5 April 1981
Swingers, TheThe Swingers "Counting the Beat" † 1 12 April 1981
Waretini, DeaneDeane Waretini "The Bridge" † 2 19 April 1981
Swingers, TheThe Swingers "Counting the Beat" † 2 3 May 1981
Robinson, SmokeySmokey Robinson "Being with You" 4 17 May 1981
Easton, SheenaSheena Easton "Morning Train (9 to 5)" 1 14 June 1981
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart" 1 21 June 1981
Stars on 45 "Stars on 45"* 7 28 June 1981
Joy Division "Atmosphere" 1 16 August 1981
Kool and the Gang "Celebration" 1 23 August 1981
Screaming Meemees "See Me Go" † 1 30 August 1981
Kool and the Gang "Celebration" 2 6 September 1981
Field, BillyBilly Field "Bad Habits" 2 20 September 1981
Commodores "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" 1 4 October 1981
Scarbury, JoeyJoey Scarbury "Believe It or Not (Greatest American Hero Theme)" 3 11 October 1981
Renée Geyer " Say I Love You" 5 1 November 1981
Newton-John, OliviaOlivia Newton-John "Physical" 2 6 December 1981
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Morrison, HowardHoward Morrison "Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art)" † 5 20 December 1981
Newton-John, OliviaOlivia Newton-John "Physical" 1 24 January 1982
Morrison, HowardHoward Morrison "Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art)" † 1 31 January 1981
Stewart, DaveDave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin "It's My Party" 1 7 February 1982
Morrison, HowardHoward Morrison "Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art)" † 1 14 February 1982
Men at Work "Down Under" 1 21 February 1982
Morrison, HowardHoward Morrison "Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art)" † 1 28 February 1982
Men at Work "Down Under" 1 7 March 1982
Ottawan "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" 9 14 March 1982
Human League, TheThe Human League "Don't You Want Me" 5 16 May 1982
Jett, JoanJoan Jett "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" 4 20 June 1982
Prince Tui Teka "E Ipo" † 2 18 July 1982
Toots & the Maytals "Beautiful Woman" 5 1 August 1982
Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" 3 5 September 1982
Cara, IreneIrene Cara "Fame" 3 26 September 1982
Trio "Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha" 3 17 October 1982
Dexys Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen" 4 7 November 1982
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie" 7 5 December 1982
Gaye, MarvinMarvin Gaye "Sexual Healing" 6 23 January 1983
Grant, EddyEddy Grant "I Don't Wanna Dance" 2 6 March 1983
Dire Straits "Twisting By The Pool" 5 20 March 1983
Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie "Let's Dance"* 5 24 April 1983
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Beat It" 5 29 May 1983
Tyler, BonnieBonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 4 3 July 1983
Cara, IreneIrene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling" 6 31 July 1983
Dave and the Dynamos "Life Begins at Forty" † 3 11 September 1983
Real Life "Send Me an Angel" 1 2 October 1983
Taco "Puttin' on the Ritz" 2 9 October 1983
UB40 "Red Red Wine" 1 23 October 1983
Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" 6 30 October 1983
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Joel, BillyBilly Joel "Uptown Girl" 7 11 December 1983
Young, PaulPaul Young "Come Back and Stay" 1 29 January 1984
Simple Minds "Waterfront" 2 5 February 1984
Foster and Allen "Maggie" 4 19 February 1984
Patea Maori Club "Poi E" ‡ 4 18 March 1984
Nena "99 Luftballons" 1 15 April 1984
Cliff, JimmyJimmy Cliff "Reggae Night" 2 22 April 1984
Lauper, CyndiCyndi Lauper "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" 3 6 May 1984
Richie, LionelLionel Richie " Hello" 1 27 May 1984
Loggins, KennyKenny Loggins "Footloose" 4 3 June 1984
Time Bandits "I'm Only Shooting Love" 1 1 July 1984
The Special A.K.A. "Nelson Mandela" 3 8 July 1984
Bob Marley & The Wailers "One Love/People Get Ready" 7 29 July 1984
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Two Tribes" 3 16 September 1984
U2 "Pride (In the Name of Love)" 1 7 October 1984
Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "I Just Called to Say I Love You" 8 14 October 1984
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Ocean, BillyBilly Ocean "Caribbean Queen" 5 9 December 1984
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 4 20 January 1985
Foreigner "I Want to Know What Love Is" 1 17 February 1985
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen "Born In The USA" 1 24 February 1985
Foreigner "I Want to Know What Love Is" 2 3 March 1985
Ashford & Simpson "Solid" 2 17 March 1985
Tears for Fears "Shout" 3 31 March 1985
USA for Africa "We Are the World"* 7 21 April 1985
Tears for Fears "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" 1 9 June 1985
Moyet, AlisonAlison Moyet "That Ole Devil Called Love" 3 16 June 1985
Hardcastle, PaulPaul Hardcastle "19" 5 7 July 1985
Madonna "Into the Groove" 6 11 August 1985
UB40 featuring Chrissie Hynde "I Got You Babe" 6 22 September 1985
Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "Part-Time Lover" 2 3 November 1985
Rush, JenniferJennifer Rush "The Power of Love" 4 17 November 1985
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Peking Man "Room That Echoes" † 6 15 December 1985
John, EltonElton John "Nikita" 3 26 January 1986
Wham! "I'm Your Man" 1 16 February 1986
Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls" 4 23 February 1986
Falco "Rock Me Amadeus" 5 23 March 1986
Rolling Stones, TheThe Rolling Stones "Harlem Shuffle" 1 27 April 1986
Richard, CliffCliff Richard featuring The Young Ones "Living Doll" 6 4 May 1986
All Of Us "Sailing Away" ‡ 9 15 June 1986
Boys Don't Cry "I Wanna be a Cowboy" 3 17 August 1986
Bananarama "Venus" 4 9 July 1986
Dobbyn, DaveDave Dobbyn featuring Herbs "Slice of Heaven" † 8 5 October 1986
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Run DMC featuring Aerosmith "Walk This Way" 7 30 November 1986
Gwen Guthrie "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent" 2 18 January 1987
Barnes, JimmyJimmy Barnes featuring INXS "Good Times" 4 1 February 1987
Cameo "Word Up" 1 1 March 1987
Pseudo Echo "Funkytown"* 6 8 March 1987
Crowded House "Don't Dream It's Over" † 2 19 April 1987
Club Nouveau "Lean on Me" 6 3 May 1987
Bon Jovi "Livin' On a Prayer" 1 14 June 1987
Iggy Pop "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" 1 21 June 1987
Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" 4 28 June 1987
Mel & Kim "Respectable" 5 26 July 1987
Los Lobos "La Bamba" 7 30 August 1987
Tex Pistol "Game of Love" † 1 18 October 1987
Midnight Oil "Beds Are Burning" 2 25 October 1987
U2 "Where the Streets Have No Name" 2 8 November 1987
Midnight Oil "Beds Are Burning" 2 22 November 1987
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Faith" 7 6 December 1987
Tiffany "I Think We're Alone Now" 2 24 January 1988
Astley, RickRick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up" 1 7 February 1988
MARRS "Pump Up The Volume" 2 14 February 1988
Carlisle, BelindaBelinda Carlisle "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" 4 28 February 1988
U2 "One Tree Hill" 7 27 March 1988
Pet Shop Boys "Heart" 1 15 May 1988
Big Pig "Breakaway" 2 22 May 1988
Aswad "Don't Turn Around" 2 5 June 1988
Prince "Alphabet Street" 1 19 June 1988
New Order "Blue Monday ‘88" 3 26 June 1988
Holidaymakers "Sweet Lovers" ‡ 6 17 July 1988
Timelords "Doctorin' the TARDIS" 3 28 August 1988
Times Two "Cecilia" 3 18 August 1988
Tex Pistol featuring Rikki Morris "Nobody Else" † 1 9 October 1988
U2 "Desire" 5 16 October 1988
Yazz & The Plastic Population "The Only Way Is Up" 3 20 November 1988
When the Cat's Away "Melting Pot" † 1 11 December 1988
Artist Title Weeks at
number-one
[nb 3]
Reached
number-one
Reference
Womack & Womack "Teardrops" 4 18 December 1988
The Proclaimers "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 2 15 January 1989
U2 "Angel of Harlem" 4 29 January 1989
Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones "Kiss" 1 26 January 1989
Fine Young Cannibals "She Drives Me Crazy" 5 5 March 1989
Madonna "Like a Prayer" 2 9 April 1989
Tone Loc "Wild Thing" 2 23 April 1989
Roxette "The Look" 2 7 May 1989
The Cult "Fire Woman" 1 21 May 1989
Roxette "The Look" 1 28 May 1989
Simply Red "If You Don't Know Me By Now"* 4 4 June 1989
Mellencamp, John CougarJohn Cougar Mellencamp "Pop Singer" 1 2 July 1989
Simply Red "If You Don't Know Me By Now"* 1 9 July 1989
Prince "Batdance" 1 19 July 1989
Edelweiss "Bring Me Edelweiss" 1 23 July 1989
Prince "Batdance" 3 30 July 1989
Martika "Toy Soldiers" 4 20 August 1989
Brown, BobbyBobby Brown "On Our Own" 3 17 September 1989
Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers "Swing The Mood" 5 8 October 1989
Marx, RichardRichard Marx "Right Here Waiting" 3 12 November 1989
Margaret Urlich "Escaping" † 5 3 December 1989

Notes: The actual highest selling single in New Zealand in 1983 was New Order's "Blue Monday" but the song never charted to the #1 spot therefore, David Bowie's "Let's Dance" has been marked as top single that made it to #1. (It was second best selling single). In 1988, a reboot of New Order’s song was released which did make it to the #1 spot.

By artist[edit]

Key
 †  – Song of New Zealand origin[nb 2]
Artist Number-one
singles
Longest run Total weeks at
number one
U2 5 "One Tree Hill (7 weeks) 19
UB40 3 "I Got You Babe" featuring Chrissie Hynde (6 weeks) 11
Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder 3 "I Just Called To Say I Love You" (8 weeks) 14
Excluded statistics

By song[edit]

Key
 †  – Song of New Zealand origin[nb 2]


Title Artist Reached number one Weeks at
number one
"Sailing Away" † All Of Us 15 June 1986 9
"Jezebel" † Stevens, JonJon Stevens 2 December 1979 9
"Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" Ottawan 14 March 1982 9
"Slice of Heaven" † Dobbyn, DaveDave Dobbyn featuring Herbs 5 October 1986 8
"Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art)" † Morrison, HowardHoward Morrison 20 December 1981 8
"Shaddap You Face" Dolce, JoeJoe Dolce 21 December 1980 8
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder 14 October 1984 8
"Uptown Girl" Joel, BillyBilly Joel 11 December 1983 7
"One Love/People Get Ready" Bob Marley & The Wailers 29 July 1984 7
"Faith" Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael 6 December 1987 7
"La Bamba" Los Lobos 30 August 1987 7
"Pass the Dutchie" Musical Youth 5 December 1985 7
"Locomotion" Ritz 20 July 1980 7
"Walk This Way" Run DMC featuring Aerosmith 30 November 1986 7
"Stars on 45" Stars on 45 5 October 1987 7
"One Tree Hill" U2 27 March 1988 7
"We Are the World" USA for Africa 21 April 1985 7
"Stomp!" Brothers Johnson, TheThe Brothers Johnson 1 June 1980 6
"Living Doll" Richard, CliffCliff Richard featuring The Young Ones 4 May 1986 6
"Lean on Me" Club Nouveau 3 May 1987 6
"Karma Chameleon" Culture Club 30 October 1983 6
"Sweet Lovers" † Holidaymakers 10 July 1986 6
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" Cara, IreneIrene Cara 31 July 1981 6
"Into the Groove" Madonna 11 August 1985 6
"Sexual Healing" Gaye, MarvinMarvin Gaye 23 January 1983 6
"Room That Echoes" † Peking Man 15 December 1985 6
"Funkytown" Pseudo Echo 8 March 1987 6
"I Got You Babe" UB40 featuring Chrissie Hynde 22 September 1985 6
"Caribbean Queen" Ocean, BillyBilly Ocean 9 December 1984 5
"Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie 5 September 1982 5
"Twisting By The Pool" Dire Straits 20 March 1983 5
"Rock Me Amadeus" Falco 23 March 1986 5
"She Drives Me Crazy" Fine Young Cannibals 5 March 1989 5
"Don't You Want Me" Human League, TheThe Human League 16 May 1982 5
"Swing The Mood" Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers 8 October 1989 5
"Woman" Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon 1 March 1981 5
"Escaping" † Margaret Urlich 3 December 1989 5
"Respectable" Mel & Kim 26 July 1987 5
"Beat It" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson 29 May 1983 5
"19" Hardcastle, PaulPaul Hardcastle 7 July 1985 5
" Say I Love You" Renée Geyer 1 November 1981 5
"If You Don't Know Me By Now" Simply Red 4 June 1989 5
"Beautiful Woman" Toots & the Maytals 1 August 1982 5
"Desire" U2 1 August 1982 5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Annual charts are sourced from the Charts.org.nz website:
  2. ^ a b c Whether or not a song is of New Zealand origin is determined by the RIANZ
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The date given is the day when the chart was published. The reporting period is from the preceding week, which is Monday to Sunday. Therefore, the date given is the day after the reporting period ended.

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