As the new year clicks into 2017, the last week’s sales for 2016 have Clean Bandit with Anne-Marie and Sean Paul and their song “Rockabye” at No.1 for a fifth straight week atop the ARIA Singles Chart.
In fact the entire top three songs from last week remain stable this week, with the new US No.1 single “Starboy” for The Weeknd and Daft Punk staying at No.2 for an eleventh non-consecutive week, making it now the longest run (without hitting #1) in that position, whilst Bruno Mars is stable at No.3 for a second week with the title track from this week’s No.7 album “24k Magic”.
Jumping back up five places is the former No.1 (and potential #1 single for 2016) “Closer” for The Chainsmokers and Halsey, which logs its 22nd week within the Top 10, becoming the equal second longest run in Australian chart history, tying with “Hey Jude” (1968/69) and the most recent effort “Flaunt it” by TV Rock and Seany B (2006), whilst if it is to tie with the three leading tracks, the song requires a total of 24 weeks within the Top 10, so if the next few weeks become stagnant within the Top 10, “Closer” could crack or even break that record.
Three weeks ago Zayn and Taylor Swift debuted at No.3 with their duet “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and each successive week since the song has slipped a single chart rung, with it moving down a spot to No.5 this week. Also down one to No.6 is James Arthur and his former No.1 “Say You Won’t Let Go”, whilst stable at its No.7 peak is “Stranger” for Peking Duk and Elliphant. Back up two places to No.8 are the duo Rae Sremmurd and “Black Beatles”, whilst leaping back into the Top 10, back up seven spots to No.9 is Justin Timberlake and “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”, giving the song its fourteenth week within the Top 10, plus the track is newly certified 5x▲Platinum in sales. Finally falling four spots to land at No.10 is Neiked and their track “Sexual”.
* The three songs which sat outside the Top 10 last week are all there again, with The Weeknd and Daft Punk at No.11 for a third straight week with “I Feel it Coming”, Starley and “Call on Me” at No.12 and Andy Grammer with his “Fresh Eyes” stays at No.13.
* Zara Larsson lands her fifth Top 20 single in Australia (four solo, one as guest vocalist) as her new track “I Would Like” is up four places to a new peak of No.18.
* Mura Masa and A$AP Rocky stay on hold at their No.25 peak with “Love$ick”.
* Shawn Mendes released a live album last week, and his track “Mercy” is back up nine spots this week to No.26.
* “On Your Side” for The Veronicas recently blasted back into the Top 50, and this week it rises three places to No.29.
* The new Train single “Play That Song” jumped into the Top 50 last week, and now it pulls into the Top 40 station by climbing twelve places to land a new peak of No.35.
* With the recent DVD and Blu-Ray release of the DC film “Suicide Club”, the songs weaved into the film the most in “Heathens” by twenty one pilots, which is back up fourteen places to No.36, whilst the other charting track from the album “Sucker for Pain” is back up fifteen spots to No.56.
* The “Juju on the Beat (TZ Anthem)” track climbs back up five spots this week to No.39.
* Local dance duo Pnau land their second ever Top 50 entry, as their new track “Chameleon” is up fourteen places this week to a new peak of No.43. Their only other Top 50 entry was “Baby” which made it to No.34 in March 2008.
* The Chainsmokers not only climb with their old No.1 single but their former No.3 entry “Don’t Let Me Down” is back up eight spots to No.46 and newly crowned 6x▲Platinum in sales.
* The first long-running No.1 single of 2016 in “7 Years” for Lukas Graham blasts back up twenty-six places to land at No.49.
* After returning to the Top 100 last week, the Sage the Gemini track “Now and Later” this week leaps up forty-six spots to land at a new peak of No.52.
* Rising back up ten places to No.57 is the Calvin Harris and Rihanna teaming “This is What You Came for”.
* The Alan Walker track “Faded” is being used in the current ‘Neighbours’ promos for the return of the series, and that has been helping the track to climb back up the charts, this week it’s up twelve to No.62.
* After re-entering last week, the Bruno Mars track “Versace on the Floor” climbs five to a new peak of No.65.
* Two weeks ago the twenty one pilots track “Stressed Out” had left the Top 100, now this week it is back up eighteen places to No.66, plus “Ride” sneaks back in at #100.
* The last new entry for 2016 was for local artists Pon Cho and Paige IV with “Frozen”, which this week is up eighteen places to a new peak of No.73.
* Another song which left the Top 100 a few weeks ago was the former No.1 “I Love U, I Hate U” for Gnash, which this week is back up twenty spots to No.74.
* The first new No.1 for 2016 was “Fast Car” for Jonas Blue, which this week is backup eighteen spots to No.78.
* For the final two weeks of 2016 the Adele song “Hello” was sitting at #100, but this week it is back up sixteen places to No.84.
* There are only re-entries on this week’s chart, and also returning are “Just Like Fire” for Pink (#92), “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth (#97), “The Sound of Silence” for Disturbed (#99).
* The only song leaving the Top 10 this week is the first Top 10 for Alessia Cara and “Scars to Your Beautiful” (HP-8×2, WI10-2) which drops six spots this week to No.14.
* After peaking at No.20 last week, the Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson track “Just Hold on” is back down four spots to No.24.
* Nevada plummet thirteen spots to No.32 with their rendition of “The Mack”.
* Drake drops six spots to No.33 with his “Fake Love”.
* Last week the Milky Chance track “Cocoon” climbed to No.36, but this week it is back down four spots to No.40.
* It looks like Jonas Blue might not achieve a third straight Top 10 single in Australia, as his latest track “By Your Side” is back down six places this week to No.44.
* The triple producer track “Shed a Light” for Robin Schulz, David Guetta and Cheat Codes drops back down fourteen spots to No.48.
* Calvin Harris leaves the Top 50 with his recent No.9 single “My Way”, down twelve to No.51.
* John Legend drops twelve spots to No.54 with his track “Love Me Now”.
* After returning to the Top 40, the Lady Gaga track “Million Reasons” is back down twenty-four places this week to No.61.
* The duo Sofi Tukker jumped to No.59 last week with “Drinkee”, which this week loses some of its fizz, and drops back down eight to No.67.
* Also scoring a new peak last week was the duet between Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello in “Bad Things”, which this week is back down six to No.68.
* “Redbone” for Childish Gambino is down fifteen to No.70 and “The Ocean” for Mike Perry recedes thirteen places to No.71, whilst beating both of those is Guy Sebastian and “Set in Stone” which crumbles nineteen spots to No.72.
* The Vamps drop down fourteen places to No.82 with “All Night”.
* Now that their tour is over and done with, the Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood duet “The Fighter” is back down eighteen places this week to No.87.
* J. Cole plummets thirty-seven places to No. 89 with his first Top 50 entry “Deja Vu” (HP-46).
* Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars still hold the longest charting single crown, as “Uptown Funk” is down nineteen places this week to No.91 in its 111th week on the Top 100.
* Two more big drops occur for Cashmere Cat with “Trust Nobody” (73 to 95) and The Weeknd and “Party Monster” (65 to 98).
* The sudden passing of singer George Michael on December 25th helps several of his former solo and Wham! tracks to return to the chart this week. Last week (prior to his passing) we had the seasonal return of his Wham! song “Last Christmas”, which this week (given the poignancy) blasts up thirty-seven spots to land at No.23, its first Top 50 appearance since the 1997 re-issue hit No.46 in December, plus the track is newly certified 2x▲Platinum in sales.
* George’s third No.1 single in Australia was the title track from his debut solo album “Faith” (peaked third week of January 1988 for a single week), and it returns at No.50 this week.
* While George was within Wham! he released his first solo single (overseas it was credited in some places to Wham! featuring George Michael), and it became his first No.1 single here in Australia, peaking here for four weeks, taking three weeks to climb to the top in September 1984, this week it is back in at No.64.
* The second track lifted from George’s second album “Waiting for Patience Vol.1” was “Freedom ’90” (HP-18, peaked late Feb 1991 for three broken weeks) and it also returns this week at No.75.
* The second Wham! track within the Top 100 this week is the band’s first and only No.1 single in Australia, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”, which spent seven broken weeks at No.1 during July, August and September of 1984, and is back in at No.88.
* Finally the sixth entry for George this week is a return at No.93 for his cover of and duet with Elton John on “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (HP-3×3, peaked Feb 1992), which was his second teaming with Elton, as he had done backing vocals on Elton’s 1986 track “Wrap Her Up” (HP-22×2, peaked late February).
Compiled by Gavin Ryan for Australian-Charts.com