Classic COUNTDOWN: a definitive anthology of Australian music history

Countdown remains one of the most loved programs ever produced and broadcast by the ABC. Spanning 13 years from 1974-1987, the classic TV show provided the soundtrack to an entire generation of Australians and kick started the careers of some of the world’s most revered musicians.

ABC Music have just released a massive digital and 4CD collection with the biggest and most influential hits from the iconic original series including classic tracks from ABBASkyhooksIggy PopHall & OatesCyndi LauperCold Chisel, John Farnham, and heaps of others.

Returning to its original Countdown timeslot, Classic Countdown launched on Sunday and will continue with 13 one-hour episodes over the coming weeks on the ABC. Unashamedly nostalgic and playful, Classic Countdown will celebrate the explosion in youth culture and Aussie music that was the driving force of the show’s success. Actually I think we have to acknowledge the driving force that was Molly Meldrum here too, though he isn’t mentioned on the press release.

Follow Classic Countdown online at www.abc.net.au/classiccountdown and get social via #ClassicCountdown

CLASSIC COUNTDOWN – TRACK LIST

DISC ONE: 1975-79

  1. Countdown Theme
  2. John Paul Young – Yesterday’s Hero
  3. Abba – Waterloo
  4. Skyhooks – Horror Movie
  5. Stevie Wright – Guitar Band
  6. Hush – C’mon We’re Taking Over
  7. Marty Rhone – Denim & Lace
  8. Marcia Hines – From The Inside
  9. Bay City Rollers – I Only Want To Be With You
  10. Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
  11. Ted Mulry Gang – Jump In My Car
  12. Sherbet – Howzat
  13. Supernaut – I Like It Both Ways
  14. Jon English – Hollywood Seven
  15. Little River Band – Help Is On Its Way
  16. The Ferrets – Don’t Fall In Love
  17. Graham Parker & The Rumour – Don’t Ask Me Questions
  18. The Two-Man Band – Up There Cazaly
  19. Rose Tattoo – Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw
  20. Cheap Trick – Dream Police
DISC TWO: 1979-81

  1. Countdown Theme
  2. Cold Chisel – Breakfast At Sweethearts
  3. The Angels – Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?
  4. Iggy Pop – I’m Bored
  5. Mi-Sex – Computer Games
  6. The Sports – Don’t Throw Stones
  7. Australian Crawl – Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama
  8. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster
  9. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Kiss On My List
  10. The Police – Walking On The Moon
  11. Ramones – Rock ‘N’ Roll High School
  12. The Scientists – Last Night
  13. Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
  14. Adam & The Ants – Antmusic
  15. Men At Work – Down Under
  16. Joe Dolce – Shaddap You Face
  17. Mondo Rock – Cool World
  18. Simple Minds – Love Song
  19. The Reels – Quasimodo’s Dream
DISC THREE: 1981-84

  1. Countdown Theme
  2. The Church – The Unguarded Moment
  3. The Cure – Primary
  4. Devo – Whip It
  5. Duran Duran – My Own Way
  6. Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
  7. Goanna – Solid Rock
  8. The Go-Betweens – Cattle And Cane
  9. Moving Pictures – What About Me?
  10. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  11. Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny
  12. Kids In The Kitchen – Change In Mood
  13. Pat Wilson – Bop Girl
  14. Sharon O’Neill – Maxine
  15. Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting
  16. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  17. Elton John – Kiss The Bride
  18. Eurogliders – Heaven (Must Be There)
  19. The Saints – Imagination

 

 

DISC FOUR: 1985-87

  1. Countdown Theme
  2. a-ha – Take On Me
  3. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  4. The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
  5. Nik Kershaw – Wide Boy
  6. The Hooters – And We Danced
  7. Boom Crash Opera – Hands Up In The Air
  8. GANGgajang – Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia)
  9. Hunters & Collectors – Say Goodbye
  10. John Farnham – You’re The Voice
  11. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – We Love You
  12. Wa Wa Nee – Sugar Free
  13. Painters and Dockers – Nude School
  14. Pseudo Echo – A Beat For You
  15. Rockmelons – Rhymes
  16. Redgum – Roll It On Robbie
  17. Swing Out Sister – Breakout
  18. The Chantoozies – Witch Queen
  19. The Cockroaches – She’s The One
  20. Noiseworks – Take Me Back

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