The Biggest Number 1 Hit Songs of Each Year in Austria, Ranked by Martin CanineWelcome to my arguably biggest list project on TheTopTens.
What did I do?
I made a list compiling the biggest number one hits in Austria in their respective year since the charts were first recorded in 1964. The songs were selected by how many weeks they stayed on top of the official Austrian charts. If they achieved that consecutive or not is completely irrelevant. If two or more songs stayed on top of the charts equally long, all of them will be included on the list as the biggest hit of the year, which occurred several times. It is theoretically possible for the same song to appear as the biggest number one hit in two years if they managed to stay on top long enough in each of them, but that didn't occur so far. In contrast, it's also possible that a song that spent so much time at number one in two years that in combination they'd be the biggest hit of each doesn't appear on the list at all because in the individual years there were bigger hits. For example, imagine the following: Song A spent 12 weeks on top of the charts, 6 weeks in Year X and 6 weeks in Year Y. But in each year, there is another song (B and C) that spent more than 6 weeks, yet not 12 weeks, on the number one spot. In that case, B and C would appear on the list, not A. This scenario occurred a couple of times throughout. That's also the reason why the second longest number one stay, “Daddy Cool/No Women No Cry [sic]” by Boney M., doesn't appear on the list despite having spent 17 weeks on top of the charts - 7 weeks in 1976 and 10 weeks in 1977, with the biggest hits of the respective years having stayed for 9 and 13 weeks.
I listened to all of the songs, and ranked them on a giant subjective list. This list is solely based on my opinion on the music - not popularity, not success and not critical reception. I am not biased towards any of them, I hate none of them with a passion and don’t care about how big the hype is.
The items are not ranked by year, but by individual songs. If a year had more than one “biggest hit”, then all of the tunes are included as individual items. I listed a couple of double A-Side singles - different sources may only list one of the songs as the number one hit, but they were double singles, and often the songs that weren’t listed on the sources were the actual hits (e.g. “Gotta Go Home” by Boney M. was a more popular song than “El Lute”, yet sometimes “El Lute” is solely listed). Whenever a release was listed as a double A-Side single on any source, I also treated it as such - I ranked the two songs of the double singles as individual items. One of the entries, “ABBA-esque” by Erasure (1992), is actually an EP, but the Austrian charts classified it as a single. It has 4 songs, and was sold in a classic slim Single-CD case. Ö3, who compile the official Austrian charts, decided it would pass as a maxi-single, and I can see why. If its title would be one of the 4 songs, then it would clearly be a single. I ranked all four songs on my list individually, as all of them are equal parts of the record.
This list is not definite, and will be updated with each new year.
Here is a chronological list of the biggest hit single(s) of each year, with info about how long they stayed on top of the charts. This is for a better overview of the entire list.
1964: Freddy - Gib mir dein Wort (bevor ich fahre) / Kaplan Alfred Flury - Ich will an deiner Seite geh'n/Lass die kleinen Dinge [double A-Side] (9 weeks each)
1965: Nini Rosso - Il silenzio (13 weeks)
1966: Frank Sinatra - Strangers in the Night (13 weeks)
1967: Sandie Shaw - Puppet on a String (13 weeks)
1968: John Fred & His Playboy Band - Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) (9 weeks)
1969: The Beatles - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da/While My Guitar Gently Weeps [double A-Side] / The Beatles - The Ballad of John and Yoko/Old Brown Shoe [double A-Side] (9 weeks each)
1970: The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (10 weeks in 1970 plus 7 weeks in 1969)
1971: Peter Alexander - Hier ist ein Mensch (9 weeks)
1972: - (no charts this year)
1973: Albert West - Ginny Come Lately (13 weeks)
1974: Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun (13 weeks)
1975: George Baker Selection - Paloma Blanca (13 weeks)
1976: Bellamy Brothers - Let Your Love Flow (9 weeks)
1977: Boney M. - Ma Baker/Still I’m Sad [double A-Side] (13 weeks)
1978: Boney M. - Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring [double A-Side] (17 weeks)
1979: Blondie - Heart of Glass / Eruption - One Way Ticket / Boney M. - El Lute/Gotta Go Home [double A-Side] (9 weeks each)
1980: Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 / Oliver Onions - Santa Maria (9 weeks each)
1981: Rainhard Fendrich - Strada del Sole (9 weeks)
1982: Rainhard Fendrich - Oben ohne (9 weeks)
1983: Döf - Codo (9 weeks)
1984: Masquerade - Guardian Angel (8 weeks)
1985: Opus - Live is Life (9 weeks)
1986: Chris Norman - Midnight Lady (9 weeks)
1987: Mixed Emotions - You Want Love (11 weeks)
1988: Rainhard Fendrich - Macho, Macho (8 weeks)
1989: Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy / Thomas Forstner - Nur ein Lied (9 weeks each)
1990: Matthias Reim - Verdammt, ich lieb’ dich (12 weeks)
1991: Roxette - Joyride (10 weeks)
1992: Erasure - ABBA-Esque [4-Track EP] (8 weeks)
1993: 4 Non Blondes - What’s Up (13 weeks)
1994: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting - All For Love / Mariah Carey - Without You / All-4-One - I Swear (8 weeks each)
1995: Rednex - Old Pop in an Oak / Rednex - Wish You Were Here (10 weeks each)
1996: Coolio - Gangsta’s Paradise (7 weeks in 1996 plus 2 weeks in 1995)
1997: Elton John - Candle in the Wind ‘97 (14 weeks in 1997 plus 4 weeks in 1998)
1998: Los Umbrellos - No tengo dinero (10 weeks)
1999: Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…) (9 weeks)
2000: Anton feat. DJ Ötzi - Anton aus Tirol (7 weeks)
2001: Shaggy feat. Rayvon - Angel / Kylie Minogue - Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (8 weeks each)
2002: Las Ketchup - The Ketchup Song (Aserejé) (12 weeks)
2003: Buddy vs. DJ The Wave - Ab in den Süden (12 weeks)
2004: O-Zone - Dragostea Din Tei (13 weeks)
2005: Schnappi - Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil (11 weeks)
2006: Gnarls Barkley - Crazy (10 weeks)
2007: DJ Ötzi & Nik P. - Ein Stern (...der deinen Namen trägt) (13 weeks)
2008: Kid Rock - All Summer Long (10 weeks)
2009: Lady Gaga - Poker Face (12 weeks)
2010: Ke$ha - Tik Tok (9 weeks)
2011: Alexandra Stan - Mr. Saxobeat (7 weeks)
2012: Michel Teló - Ai Se Eu Te Pego! (8 weeks)
2013: Avicii - Wake Me Up (9 weeks)
2014: Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass (6 weeks)
2015: Hozier - Take Me To Church (7 weeks in 2015 plus 1 week in 2014)
2016: Alan Walker - Faded (12 weeks)
2017: Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee - Despacito (16 weeks)
2018: Dynoro & Gigi D'Agostino - In My Mind (8 weeks)
If you spot a mistake, feel free to leave me a note. I compiled the list myself using several lists including all number 1 hit singles there ever were in Austria. I am not perfect either, but I did my best.
Still a runner for my favorite Beatles song (next to “Eleanor Rigby”, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “A Day in the Life”, this is an excellent display of George Harrison’s songwriting skills. It’s one of the ultimate guitar songs and a testament to how much feeling a melody can convey. Truly one of the best songs ever recorded.
After two massive uptempo country songs filled with fiddles and synthetic banjos, Rednex showed a softer, more vulnerable side with the release of their third single, which also became their third chart topper in a row. The wistful tune is one of the greatest love ballads of the 1990s, and it outdid most other downtempo songs that were on the radio with its moving mix of delicate country guitars and powerful, lush pop.
Although “Still I’m Sad” was not the reason the double A-Side single topped the charts and is not regarded as one of their best known tracks, it’s one of, if not THE best track Boney M have ever recorded. A cover of a Yardbirds song, it beats the original on any level with a more thought out production and more intense performance. The group’s great successes consist of mostly disco oriented tracks (many of which rank among the absolute best of the genre), but people shouldn’t overlook their catalogue of slower songs.
So far, “Take Me To Church” is a very, very likely candidate for the title as the greatest song of the decade. A gospel inspired rock ballad that criticizes religiously driven discrimination against certain forms of love, it’s a musically astounding statement that a thing as beautiful as love (emotionally as well as physically) should be embraced, not frowned upon.
It’s more than just a danceable disco song. “Ma Baker” tells an exciting somewhat true story, and has a rocking’ melody that many power pop artists can only dream of. It’s not really a positive tale, but it’s nevertheless infectious. Once heard, it won’t leave your brain all too soon.
Linda Perry’s vocal delivery is on this song is expressive as hell. Only Kate Bush and Nina Hagen have reached this level of intensity. How her voice ranges from soft high notes to roaring deep borderline screaming while never taking too many liberties with the melody is breathtaking, making it one of the great rock songs of the 90s.
Originally recorded in the 70s as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, Elton John has performed a new version of his masterpiece after the death of Princess Diana. The intense emotion of the moment can be felt in every line. Comparing the two renditions, it’s interesting how his voice has become deeper and stronger over the years. With 18 weeks in combination, this is the biggest number 1 hit in Austria to date.
One of the most bittersweet songs ever recorded. Its lyrics are told from the perspective of a person about to die, saying goodbye to the people he loves and remembering the good times. What makes it so sad is that its melody is not fully dark - there’s a bit of sunshine between the raindrops, to speak metaphorically.
Peter Alexander was one of the biggest entertainers in post-war Germany and Austria alike. He acted and sang, both usually rather comically and light-heartedly, with easy going topics everyone can have a good chuckle with, similarly to American artists such as Dean Martin of the dancer/actor Fred Astaire. But this song is much deeper in its meaning: he addresses the listener to not leaving a stranger who is in need out in the cold just because you don’t know them.
This song audibly marks a transition from the 80s to the 90s, at least what they sounded like over here. There are rocking guitars, percussions and synths as in the Neue Deutsche Welle, but the fast melody and especially the groovy vocals are in harsh contrast to the characteristic monotonous singing that was modern back then. The song is about how a man realizes he’s not as much over his ex wife as he though.