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John Farnham One Electric Day Sunday 26 November 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

John Farnham One Electric Day Photo by Ros O'Gorman

John Farnham All The Hits By The Charts

by Paul Cashmere on October 1, 2019

in News

John Farnham has amazed an incredible 36 Top 40 hits in Australia and what is even more incredible is that the last one was 22 years ago.

The John Farnham Top 40 catalogue sits within a tight package of 30 years from between 1967’s ‘Sadie (The Cleaning Lady) to 1997’s ‘Everytime You Cry’.

During that time there were lean times too. In 1973 the hits dried up after ‘I Can’t Dance To Your Music’ but returned with John’s stunning cover of The Beatles ‘Help’ in 1980. His version was so ‘of the times’ that when Tina Turner covered ‘Help’ she performed John’s arrangement, not The Beatles.

John has rarely had international success. ‘You’re The Voice’ did reach no 6 in the UK and was also a number one hit in Germany and Sweden. ‘Age of Reason’ peaked at no 20 in Germany.

In the USA however, the only two times John Farnham has been in the American Top 40 was as lead singer of Little River Band. ‘The Other Guy’ reached no 5, ‘We Two’ reached no 15.

Here are John Farnham’s 36 Top 40 appearances in the Australian charts from 1967 to 1997. Songs released between 1967 and 1985 were registered by the Kent Music Report. Songs from 1986 to now are from the ARIA chart.

John Farnham by the hits

Sadie (The Cleaning Lady) (no 1, 1967)
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (no 1, 1969)
You’re The Voice (no 1, 1986)
Age of Reason (no 1, 1988)
Two Strong Hearts (no 3, 1988)
When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (with Jimmy Barnes) (no 3, 1991)
Have A Little Faith (In Us) (no 3, 1996)
Everytime You Cry (with Human Nature) (no 3, 1997)
One (no 4, 1969)
Pressure Down (no 4, 1986)
Burn For You (no 5, 1990)
Underneath The Arches/Friday Kind of Monday (no 6, 1968)
Jamie (no 6, 1968)
Rock Me Baby (no 6, 1972)
Two Strong Hearts (no 6, 1988)
Chain Reaction (no 6, 1990)
That’s Freedom (no 6, 1990)
Everything’s Alright (with Kate Ceberano and Jon Stevens) (no 6, 1992)
Down On The Border (with Little River Band) (no 7, 1982)
Help (no 8, 1980)
Everything Is Out Of Season (no 9, 1973)
Comic Conversation (no 10, 1970)
Don’t You Know Its Magic (no 12, 1972)
Communication (with Danielle Gaha) (no 13, 1989)
Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time (no 16, 1993)
The Other Guy (with Little River Band) (no 18, 1982)
Rose Coloured Glasses (no 19, 1968)
I Can’t Dance To Your Music (no 19, 1973)
Please Don’t Ask Me (live version) (no 21, 1991)
A Touch of Paradise (no 24, 1987)
Baby Without You (with Allison Durbin) (no 27, 1971)
A Simple Life (no 29, 1996)
Walking the Floor on My Hands (no 36, 1971)
Angels (no 36, 1993)
Acapulco Sun (no 40, 1971)
Beyond The Call (no 40, 1988)

John Farnham will headline the first One Electric Day National tour for 2019

One Electric Day national dates

Saturday 2nd November 2019
Country Club Lawns, LAUNCESTON TAS
John Farnham, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, The Black Sorrows & Southern Sons | 136 100

Saturday 9th November 2019
Cockatoo Island, SYDNEY NSW
John Farnham, James Reyne, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi & Southern Sons | 136 100

Saturday 16th November 2019
Riverstage, BRISBANE QLD
John Farnham, James Reyne, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi & Southern Sons | 136 100

Sunday 24th November 2019
Werribee Park on the Great Lawn, WERRIBEE VIC
John Farnham, James Reyne, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi & Southern Sons | 136 100

Saturday 7th December 2019
Seppeltsfield, BAROSSA SA
John Farnham, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, The Black Sorrows & Southern Sons | 136 100

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