Global Charts
National Charts

Global Single Chart
40 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to March 3, 1984
compiled and provided by

mediatraffic.jpg (4494 bytes)

3 / 8
week 3
99 Luftballons - Nena
CBS / Epic - 1 week at No.1
1 / 2
week 4
Thriller - Michael Jackson
4 / 5
week 4
Jump - Van Halen
Warner Bros.
6 / 9
week 5
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Portrait / Epic
7 / 7
week 3
Radio Ga-Ga - Queen
EMI / Capitol
5 / 3
week 5
Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
ZTT / Island
2 / 1
week 24
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Epic / Virgin
9 / -
week 2
Nobody Told Me - John Lennon
8 / 4
week 12
Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes
new.JPG (991 bytes) Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell

While at a June 1982 concert by the Rolling Stones in West Berlin, Nena's guitarist Carlo Karges noticed that balloons were being released. As he watched them move toward the horizon, he noticed them shifting and changing shapes, where they looked like strange spacecraft. He thought about what happen if they floated over the Berlin Wall to the Soviet sector, that's how this song came about. Originally released in January 1983 in the German-speaking territories, "99 Luftballons" initially reached number one in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. One year later, the song surprisingly became a big smash in the United States, where it peaked at no.2. At the same time it topped the hitlists in United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. US-American, Australian, and New Zealand audiences preferred the original German version, whereas an English translation of the song was released in the other three countries. Furthermore it was another big success in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, and even in Japan. "99 Luftballons" became an anthem for the peace movement in the 1980s.

10 YEARS AGO     20 YEARS AGO     30 YEARS AGO     40 YEARS AGO     50 YEARS AGO     60 YEARS AGO