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Chart Analysis October 5, 2019

Tones and I becomes 18th Aussie act to score UK #1

Senior Journalist, B2B
Tones and I becomes 18th Aussie act to score UK #1

Tones and I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ has hit #1 on the UK’s Official Singles chart—making her the 18th Aussie act to do so, according to the Official Chart Company.

The track took only nine weeks to claim the summit, with over 50,000 chart sales, including 5.1 million streams.

It’s the first Aussie track to reach #1 in five years since Iggy Azalea’s ‘Problem’ with Ariana Grande.

‘Dance Monkey’ has been #1 on the Global Shazam Charts since September 3 and took the top position from Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s ‘Señorita’, which was Shazam’s worldwide #1 for 8 consecutive weeks before.

The track is breaking in Europe now and received over one million Shazams in a single week for two consecutive weeks now – more than any other song in a single week this year.

The track has been ranking on Shazam’s Australian top 200 every day since release and has been the #1 song on the Australian Shazam chart for over 11 weeks, longer than any other track in the country this year.


Since the UK singles charts began in 1952, 32 songs from 18 Aussie acts have hit #1.

The first was The Seekers with ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ (1965), which they followed up later that year with ‘The Carnival is Over’.

There were multiple entries by Kylie Minogue with 7 hits, putting her in the lead.

Both Olivia Newton-John and Peter Andre have had three, with one-offs by Men At Work, Joe Dolce, Madison Avenue, 5 Seconds of Summer, Gotye and Iggy Azalea.

According to the Official Chart Company, despite their huge profile in the UK, Natalie Imbruglia, Delta Goodrem, Dannii Minogue, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and INXS never made it to the top.

Sherbet’s ‘Howzat!’ reached #1 in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa but only peaked at #4.

AC/DC have had 21 single appearances in the Top 40, but no #1, and only one Top 10 hit.

This was when a reissue of ‘Highway To Hell’ reached #4 in 2013 after a Facebook campaign by two fans to get it to a Christmas #1 to celebrate AC/DC’s 40th anniversary and to stop The X Factor from having another chart-topper.

The Bee Gees, born in the UK, formed in Australia and resided in the US for the past 40 years, had four chart-toppers there but were not considered ‘Aussie’ by the chart compiler.


1965: ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’, The Seekers

1965: ‘The Carnival Is Over’, The Seekers

1969: ‘Two Little Boys’, Rolf Harris

1978: ‘You’re The One That I Wan’, Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta

1979: ‘Summer Nights’, Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta

1980: ‘Xanadu’, Olivia Newton-John & & ELO

1981: ‘Shaddap Your Face’, Joe Dolce Music Theatre

1983: ‘Down Under’, Men At Work

1988: ‘I Should Be So Lucky’, Kylie Minogue

1988: ‘Especially For You’, Kylie & Jason

1989: ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’, Jason Donovan

1989: ‘Hand On Your Heart’, Kylie Minogue

1989: ‘Sealed With A Kiss’, Jason Donovan

1990: ‘Tears On My Pillow’, Kylie Minogue

1991: ‘Any Dream Will Do’, Jason Donovan

1996: ‘Ooh Aah, Just A Little Bit’, Gina G

1996: ‘Flava, ‘, Peter Andre

1996: ‘I Feel You’, Peter Andre

1999: ‘Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen’, Bah Luhrmann

2000: ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’, Madison Avenue

2000: ‘Spinning Around’, Kylie Minogue

2001: ‘Can’t Get You out Of My Head’, Kylie Minogue

2001: ‘Something Stupid’, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman

2002: ‘Kiss Kiss’, Holly Valance

2003: ‘Slow’, Kylie Minogue

2004: ‘Mysterious Girl’, Peter Andre ft. Bubbler Ranx

2010: ‘We Speak No Americano’, Yolanda Be Cool Vs DCup

2012: ‘Titanium’. David Guetta ft. Sia

2012: ‘Somebody I Used To Know’, Gotye ft. Kimbra

2014: ‘She Looks So Perfect’, 5 Seconds Of Summer

2014: ‘Problem’, Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea


Since the release of her debut single ‘Johnny Run Away’ in March 2019 , and her second single ‘Dance Monkey’ in May, Tones and I has steadily found global engagement through Shazam.

‘Johnny Run Away’ peaked at #5 in May on the Shazam’s Australian chart.

‘Dance Monkey’ is #1 in 20 national charts including the UK, France, Germany and Italy, with France the biggest Shazamers.

It was the most-Shazamed song in a single day in France this year on September 28.

‘Dance Monkey’ appeared on the very first Shazam Discovery Top 50 chart in August and stayed in the chart for six weeks.

It went on to top the chart in the first week of September.


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