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

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The following lists the number-one singles on the New Zealand Singles Chart during the 1980s. The source for this decade is the Recorded Music NZ chart, the chart history of which can be found on the Recorded Music NZ website or Charts.nz.[1][2]

Key
The yellow background indicates the number-one song on New Zealand's End-of-Year Chart[nb 1]
New Zealand The New Zealand flag marks artists of New Zealand origin.[nb 2]

1980[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
6 January Jon Stevens New Zealand "Jezebel" 8 weeks (5 in 1979)
13 January
20 January
27 January "Montego Bay" 2 weeks
3 February
10 February Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" 5 weeks
17 February
24 February
2 March
9 March
16 March Split Enz New Zealand "I Got You" 3 weeks
23 March
30 March
6 April Ry Cooder "Little Sister" 2 weeks
13 April
20 April Smokey Robinson "Cruisin'" 4 weeks
27 April
4 May
11 May
18 May Dr. Hook "Sexy Eyes" 1 week
25 May Peaches & Herb "I Pledge My Love" 1 week
1 June The Brothers Johnson "Stomp!" 6 weeks
8 June
15 June
22 June
29 June
6 July
13 July Lipps Inc. "Funkytown" 1 week
20 July Ritz "Locomotion" 7 weeks
27 July
3 August
10 August
17 August Matchbox "Rockabilly Rebel" 1 week
24 August Ritz "Locomotion" 7 weeks
31 August
7 September
14 September UB40 "Food for Thought" 4 weeks
21 September
28 September
5 October
12 October Diana Ross "Upside Down" 3 weeks
19 October
26 October
2 November Stevie Wonder "Master Blaster (Jammin')" 4 weeks
9 November
16 November
23 November
30 November The Pointer Sisters "He's So Shy" 3 weeks
7 December
14 December
21 December Joe Dolce Music Theatre "Shaddap You Face" 8 weeks
28 December

1981[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
4 January Joe Dolce Music Theatre "Shaddap You Face" 8 weeks
11 January
18 January
25 January
1 February
8 February
15 February Blondie "The Tide Is High" 2 weeks
22 February
1 March John Lennon "Woman" 5 weeks
8 March
15 March
22 March
29 March
5 April Deane Waretini New Zealand "The Bridge" 3 weeks
12 April The Swingers New Zealand "Counting the Beat" 3 weeks
19 April Deane Waretini New Zealand "The Bridge" 3 weeks
26 April
3 May The Swingers New Zealand "Counting the Beat" 3 weeks
10 May
17 May Smokey Robinson "Being with You" 4 weeks
24 May
31 May
7 June
14 June Sheena Easton "Morning Train (9 to 5)" 1 week
21 June Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart" 1 week
28 June Stars on 45 "Stars on 45" 7 weeks
5 July
12 July
19 July
26 July
2 August
9 August
16 August Joy Division "Atmosphere" 1 week
23 August Kool & the Gang "Celebration" 3 weeks
30 August Screaming Meemees New Zealand "See Me Go" 1 week
6 September Kool & the Gang "Celebration" 3 weeks
13 September
20 September Billy Field "Bad Habits" 2 weeks
27 September
4 October Commodores "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" 1 week
11 October Joey Scarbury "Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)" 3 weeks
18 October
25 October
1 November Renée Geyer "Say I Love You" 5 weeks
8 November
15 November
22 November
29 November
6 December Olivia Newton-John "Physical" 3 weeks
13 December
20 December Howard Morrison New Zealand "How Great Thou Art" 8 weeks
27 December

1982[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
3 January Howard Morrison New Zealand "How Great Thou Art" 8 weeks
10 January
17 January
24 January Olivia Newton-John "Physical" 3 weeks
31 January Howard Morrison New Zealand "How Great Thou Art" 8 weeks
7 February Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin "It's My Party" 1 week
14 February Howard Morrison New Zealand "How Great Thou Art" 8 weeks
21 February Men at Work "Down Under" 2 weeks
28 February Howard Morrison New Zealand "How Great Thou Art" 8 weeks
7 March Men at Work "Down Under" 2 weeks
14 March Ottawan "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" 9 weeks
21 March
28 March
4 April
11 April
18 April
25 April
2 May
9 May
16 May The Human League "Don't You Want Me" 5 weeks
23 May
30 May
6 June
13 June
20 June Joan Jett & the Blackhearts "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" 4 weeks
27 June
4 July
11 July
18 July Prince Tui Teka New Zealand "E Ipo" 2 weeks
25 July
1 August Toots and the Maytals "Beautiful Woman" 5 weeks
8 August
15 August
22 August
29 August
5 September David Bowie "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" 3 weeks
12 September
19 September
26 September Irene Cara "Fame" 3 weeks
3 October
10 October
17 October Trio "Da Da Da" 3 weeks
24 October
31 October
7 November Dexys Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen" 4 weeks
14 November
21 November
28 November
5 December Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie" 7 weeks
12 December
19 December
26 December

1983[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
2 January Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie" 7 weeks
9 January
16 January
23 January Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing" 6 weeks
30 January
6 February
13 February
20 February
27 February
6 March Eddy Grant "I Don't Wanna Dance" 2 weeks
13 March
20 March Dire Straits "Twisting by the Pool" 5 weeks
27 March
3 April
10 April
17 April
24 April David Bowie "Let's Dance" 5 weeks
1 May
8 May
15 May
22 May
29 May Michael Jackson "Beat It" 5 weeks
5 June
12 June
19 June
26 June
3 July Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 4 weeks
10 July
17 July
24 July
31 July Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling" 6 weeks
7 August
14 August
21 August
28 August
4 September
11 September Dave and the Dynamos New Zealand "Life Begins at Forty" 3 weeks
18 September
25 September
2 October Real Life "Send Me an Angel" 1 week
9 October Taco "Puttin' On the Ritz" 2 weeks
16 October
23 October UB40 "Red Red Wine" 1 week
30 October Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" 6 weeks
6 November
13 November
20 November
27 November
4 December
11 December Billy Joel "Uptown Girl" 7 weeks
18 December
25 December

Note: The highest-selling single of New Zealand in 1983 was New Order's "Blue Monday", which peaked at number two for two weeks behind Michael Jackson's "Beat It".[3][4]

1984[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
1 January Billy Joel "Uptown Girl" 7 weeks
8 January
15 January
22 January
29 January Paul Young "Come Back and Stay" 1 week
5 February Simple Minds "Waterfront" 2 weeks
12 February
19 February Foster and Allen "Maggie" 4 weeks
26 February
4 March
11 March
18 March Patea Maori Club New Zealand "Poi E" 4 weeks
25 March
1 April
8 April
15 April Nena "99 Luftballons" 1 week
22 April Jimmy Cliff "Reggae Night" 2 weeks
29 April
6 May Cyndi Lauper "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" 3 weeks
13 May
20 May
27 May Lionel Richie "Hello" 1 week
3 June Kenny Loggins "Footloose" 4 weeks
10 June
17 June
24 June
1 July Time Bandits "I'm Only Shooting Love" 1 week
8 July The Special A.K.A. "Nelson Mandela" 3 weeks
15 July
22 July
29 July Bob Marley and the Wailers "One Love/People Get Ready" 7 weeks
5 August
12 August
19 August
26 August
2 September
9 September
16 September Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Two Tribes" 3 weeks
23 September
30 September
7 October U2 "Pride (In the Name of Love)" 1 week
14 October Stevie Wonder "I Just Called to Say I Love You" 8 weeks
21 October
28 October
4 November
11 November
18 November
25 November
2 December
9 December Billy Ocean "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" 6 weeks
16 December
23 December
30 December

1985[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
6 January Billy Ocean "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" 6 weeks
13 January
20 January Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 4 weeks
27 January
3 February
10 February
17 February Foreigner "I Want to Know What Love Is" 3 weeks
24 February Bruce Springsteen "Born in the U.S.A." 1 week
3 March Foreigner "I Want to Know What Love Is" 3 weeks
10 March
17 March Ashford & Simpson "Solid" 2 weeks
24 March
31 March Tears for Fears "Shout" 3 weeks
7 April
14 April
21 April USA for Africa "We Are the World" 7 weeks
28 April
5 May
12 May
19 May
26 May
2 June
9 June Tears for Fears "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" 1 week
16 June Alison Moyet "That Ole Devil Called Love" 3 weeks
23 June
30 June
7 July Paul Hardcastle "19" 5 weeks
14 July
21 July
28 July
4 August
11 August Madonna "Into the Groove" 6 weeks
18 August
25 August
1 September
8 September
15 September
22 September UB40 and Chrissie Hynde "I Got You Babe" 6 weeks
29 September
6 October
13 October
20 October
27 October
3 November Stevie Wonder "Part-Time Lover" 2 weeks
10 November
17 November Jennifer Rush "The Power of Love" 4 weeks
24 November
1 December
8 December
15 December Peking Man New Zealand "Room That Echoes" 6 weeks
22 December
29 December

1986[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
5 January Peking Man New Zealand "Room That Echoes" 6 weeks
12 January
19 January
26 January Elton John "Nikita" 3 weeks
2 February
9 February
16 February Wham! "I'm Your Man" 1 week
23 February Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls" 4 weeks
2 March
9 March
16 March
23 March Falco "Rock Me Amadeus" 5 weeks
30 March
6 April
13 April
20 April
27 April The Rolling Stones "Harlem Shuffle" 1 week
4 May Cliff Richard and The Young Ones "Living Doll" 6 weeks
11 May
18 May
25 May
1 June
8 June
15 June All of Us New Zealand "Sailing Away" 9 weeks
22 June
29 June
6 July
13 July
20 July
27 July
3 August
10 August
17 August Boys Don't Cry "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" 3 weeks
24 August
31 August
7 September Bananarama "Venus" 4 weeks
14 September
21 September
28 September
5 October Dave Dobbyn with Herbs New Zealand "Slice of Heaven" 8 weeks
12 October
19 October
26 October
2 November
9 November
16 November
23 November
30 November Run–D.M.C. "Walk This Way" 7 weeks
7 December
14 December
21 December
28 December

1987[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
4 January Run–D.M.C. "Walk This Way" 7 weeks
11 January
18 January Gwen Guthrie "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On but the Rent" 2 weeks
25 January
1 February Jimmy Barnes and INXS "Good Times" 4 weeks
8 February
15 February
22 February
1 March Cameo "Word Up!" 1 week
8 March Pseudo Echo "Funkytown" 6 weeks
15 March
22 March
29 March
5 April
12 April
19 April Crowded House New Zealand "Don't Dream It's Over" 2 weeks
26 April
3 May Club Nouveau "Lean on Me" 6 weeks
10 May
17 May
24 May
31 May
7 June
14 June Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer" 1 week
21 June Iggy Pop "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" 1 week
28 June Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 4 weeks
5 July
12 July
19 July
26 July Mel and Kim "Respectable" 5 weeks
2 August
9 August
16 August
23 August
30 August Los Lobos "La Bamba" 7 weeks
6 September
13 September
20 September
27 September
4 October
11 October
18 October Tex Pistol New Zealand "The Game of Love" 1 week
25 October Midnight Oil "Beds Are Burning" 4 weeks
1 November
8 November U2 "Where the Streets Have No Name" 2 weeks
15 November
22 November Midnight Oil "Beds Are Burning" 4 weeks
29 November
6 December George Michael "Faith" 7 weeks
13 December
20 December
27 December

1988[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
3 January George Michael "Faith" 7 weeks
10 January
17 January
24 January Tiffany "I Think We're Alone Now" 2 weeks
31 January
7 February Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up" 1 week
14 February M|A|R|R|S "Pump Up the Volume" 2 weeks
21 February
28 February Belinda Carlisle "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" 4 weeks
6 March
13 March
20 March
27 March U2 "One Tree Hill" 7 weeks
3 April
10 April
17 April
24 April
1 May
8 May
15 May Pet Shop Boys "Heart" 1 week
22 May Big Pig "Breakaway" 2 weeks
29 May
5 June Aswad "Don’t Turn Around" 2 weeks
12 June
19 June Prince "Alphabet St." 1 week
26 June New Order "Blue Monday '88" 3 weeks
3 July
10 July
17 July Holidaymakers New Zealand "Sweet Lovers" 6 weeks
24 July
31 July
7 August
14 August
21 August
28 August The Timelords "Doctorin' the Tardis" 3 weeks
4 September
11 September
18 September Times Two "Cecilia" 3 weeks
25 September
2 October
9 October Tex Pistol and Rikki Morris New Zealand "Nobody Else" 1 week
16 October U2 "Desire" 5 weeks
23 October
30 October
6 November
13 November
20 November Yazz and the Plastic Population "The Only Way Is Up" 3 weeks
27 November
4 December
11 December When the Cat's Away New Zealand "Melting Pot" 1 week
18 December Womack & Womack "Teardrops" 4 weeks
25 December

1989[edit]

Date Artist Single Weeks at number one
1 January Womack & Womack "Teardrops" 4 weeks
8 January
15 January The Proclaimers "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 2 weeks
22 January
29 January U2 "Angel of Harlem" 4 weeks
5 February
12 February
19 February
26 February Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones "Kiss" 1 week
5 March Fine Young Cannibals "She Drives Me Crazy" 5 weeks
12 March
19 March
26 March
2 April
9 April Madonna "Like a Prayer" 2 weeks
16 April
23 April Tone Lōc "Wild Thing" 2 weeks
30 April
7 May Roxette "The Look" 3 weeks
14 May
21 May The Cult "Fire Woman" 1 week
28 May Roxette "The Look" 3 weeks
4 June Simply Red "If You Don't Know Me by Now" 5 weeks
11 June
18 June
25 June
2 July John Cougar Mellencamp "Pop Singer" 1 week
9 July Simply Red "If You Don't Know Me by Now" 5 weeks
16 July Prince "Batdance" 4 weeks
23 July Edelweiss "Bring Me Edelweiss" 1 week
30 July Prince "Batdance" 4 weeks
6 August
13 August
20 August Martika "Toy Soldiers" 4 weeks
27 August
3 September
10 September
17 September Bobby Brown "On Our Own" 3 weeks
24 September
1 October
8 October Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers "Swing the Mood" 5 weeks
15 October
22 October
29 October
5 November
12 November Richard Marx "Right Here Waiting" 3 weeks
19 November
26 November
3 December Margaret Urlich New Zealand "Escaping" 6 weeks (1 in 1990)
10 December
17 December
24 December
31 December

Artists with the most number-one songs[edit]

Key

New Zealand – Artist 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" (with Chrissie Hynde) (6 weeks) 11
Stevie Wonder 3 "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (8 weeks) 14

Excluded statistics

Most weeks at number one[edit]

Key

New Zealand – Artist of New Zealand origin[nb 2]
Title Artist Reached number one Weeks at
number one
"Sailing Away" All of Us New Zealand 15 June 1986 9
"Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" Ottawan 14 March 1982 9
"Jezebel" Jon Stevens New Zealand 2 December 1979 8
"Slice of Heaven" Dave Dobbyn featuring Herbs New Zealand 5 October 1986 8
"How Great Thou Art" Howard Morrison New Zealand 20 December 1981 8
"Shaddap You Face" Joe Dolce Music Theatre 21 December 1980 8
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" Stevie Wonder 14 October 1984 8
"Uptown Girl" Billy Joel 11 December 1983 7
"One Love/People Get Ready" Bob Marley and the Wailers 29 July 1984 7
"Faith" George 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–D.M.C. 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!" The Brothers Johnson 1 June 1980 6
"Living Doll" Cliff Richard and 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 New Zealand 10 July 1986 6
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" Irene Cara 31 July 1981 6
"Into the Groove" Madonna 11 August 1985 6
"Sexual Healing" Marvin Gaye 23 January 1983 6
"Room That Echoes" Peking Man New Zealand 15 December 1985 6
"Funkytown" Pseudo Echo 8 March 1987 6
"I Got You Babe" UB40 and Chrissie Hynde 22 September 1985 6

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Annual charts are sourced from the Recorded Music NZ website:
  2. ^ a b c Whether or not a song is of New Zealand origin is determined by Recorded Music NZ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official NZ Music Charts". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  2. ^ "New Zealand Charts Portal". Charts.nz. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Single Top 40 12/06/1983". Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Single Top 40 19/06/1983". Retrieved 9 July 2019.

See also[edit]