Celebrating Gotye’s UKnumber one hit
Fri 17th Feb, 2012 in Features
Between May 1980, when Wouter ‘Wally’ De Backer first arrived on this earth, and February this year there had been 27 UK chart topping hits performed by Australians. Now, using an adopted name in an adopted country ‘our Wally’ has claimed to the Top of the Pops in the United Kingdom himself (with some help from another adopted Aussie, Kimbra).
Yes, Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know has added a first place in the UK to an ever growing list of accolades that already includes a top place on the Hottest 100, adoration from Ashton Kutcher, 67 million Youtube views and a second placing on Switzerland’s Schweizer Hitparade. He’ll also win everything at the ARIAs this year and probably the AMP and Australian of the Year as well.
Gotye joins a list of notables to have held the top place on the UK charts that includes the likes of Bob the Builder (who has two number one hits), t.A.T.u., Crazy Frog, James Blunt, Sandi Thom and Mr Blooby. The last time an Australian performer reached such dizzy heights on the UK charts was way back on the 5th of February this year when Adelaide’s very own Sia Furler reached the top place singing a little tune called Titanium. Although it’s worth noting that Somebody That I Used To Know is the first Aussie duet to top the UK charts since Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan teamed up (with Stock, Aitken & Waterman) for Especially for You 1989.
Sadly Gotye won’t have a chance to perform on Top of the Pops (it was axed in 2006) but we hope that Gotye’s tune can stay at number one long enough to make up for the fact that Kylie’s classic Can’t Get You Out of My Head was rudely knocked out of first place on the charts in 2001 by bloody Afroman. (Sidenote – Afroman is almost certainly booked to headline Heatwave 2013.)
To celebrate Gotye’s UK success we’ve put together a Friday afternoon playlist of some of the great Aussie songs that have topped the charts in the land that for reasons unknown still occupies a hefty chunk of our national flag and a set of small islands off the coast of Argentina.
The Aussie invasion on the UK charts:
5th February 2012 (one week) – David Guetta featuring Sia “Titanium”
25th July 2010 (one week) – Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP “We No Speak Americano”
29th February 2004 (one week) Peter Andre featuring Bubbler Ranx “Mysterious Girl”
9th November 2003 (one week) Kylie Minogue “Slow”
5th May 2002 (one week) Holly Valance “Kiss Kiss”
23rd September 2001 (four weeks) Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”
16th December 2001 (three weeks) Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman “Somethin’ Stupid”
25th June 2000 (one week) Kylie Minogue “Spinning Around”
14th May 2000 (one week) Madison Avenue “Don’t Call Me Baby”
6th June 1999 (one week) Baz Luhrmann “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”
1st December 1996 (one week) Peter Andre “I Feel You”
8th September 1996 (one week) Peter Andre “Flava”
19th May 1996 (one week) Gina G “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit”
Continue on to the next page for more classic Aussie number one hits.