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Ed Sheeran, Gotye, Adele and INXS Dominate Australia’s Decade-End Charts

Ed Sheeran, take a bow.

Ed Sheeran, take a bow. 

The Brit enjoyed an indomitable run in the last decade, peppered by record-smashing stadium tours and more hits than a Mike Tyson highlights video.

On Friday (Jan. 10), the singer and songwriter was named ARIA Chart International Artist of the Decade, for his winning ways on the Australian charts. 

Sheeran’s hit “Shape Of You,” which led the national singles survey for 15 non-consecutive weeks in 2017, also tops the ARIA End Of Decade Singles Chart.


The singer lands two other songs in the top 10, with “Thinking Out Loud” at No. 6 and “Perfect” at No. 8, and two others inside the top 50. 

Sheeran swiftly graduated from busking in Britain to filling stadiums and selling more than a million tickets on a single Australian tour (Divide), smashing a record set by Dire Straits in the ‘80s. During his platinum-gilded stretch, Sheeran enjoyed five No. 1 singles and four No. 1 albums in Australia.

His first three studio sets all impact the top ten on the ARIA End Of Decade Albums Chart, a list that’s dominated by British and North American artists and led by Adeles 21

Adele also appears at No. 3 with 25, while Pink manages a double of her own as Truth About Love and Greatest Hits…So Far come in at No. 6 and 7, respectively.

The ARIA Charts are a window into the popular music tastes of Australians in the last 10 years across all platforms and formats, from CDs to streaming, downloads and vinyl.


For the first time, Gotye, the stage name for the enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Wally de Backer, is feted as the ARIA Chart Australian Artist of the Decade, thanks to his border-leaping hit “Somebody That I Used To Know”. The three-times Grammy-winning track finished as the No. 2 single of the decade, just behind Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” and ahead of Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk,” LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennet & GoonRock’s EDM classic ”Party Rock Anthem” and Pharrell Williams“Happy.”

Gotye’s album Making Mirrors comes in at No. 3 on the ARIA End Of Decade Australian Albums Chart behind a pair of retrospective collections, INXS’s The Very Best and The Best Of Cold Chisel: All For You.

The surviving members of INXS said the honor was “overwhelming.” A statement reads, “We left Perth as tenacious young men looking to play our music to the world, and we did so with passion, honour, and pride for our country and families. The announcement of being the biggest selling Australian artist of the last decade is overwhelming, and we are truly humbled, thank you.”

INXS’ disbanded in 2012, but their catalogue was catapulted back into the upper tier of the charts by a the miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart and a 2019 documentary Mystify on the new wave band’s late singer Michael Hutchence.

“Our hearts go out to all Australians who rallied around us this last decade, and our hope and prayers are with all Australian’s presently caught up in these raging and horrific fires,” the INXS statement continues.


Also, Gotye hinted at a followup to his 2011 release Making Mirrors. Just don’t hold your breath. “Sincere thanks to everyone who has listened to and supported my music over the years. In some ways it feels like ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ and Making Mirrors came out more than a decade ago,” he comments. “And for anyone who’s wondering – yes, the follow-up album will be released in the next decade. Probably.”

ARIA went and crunched the numbers on the best-performing singles and albums of 2019. Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” tops the ARIA 2019 Singles Chart, ahead of breakthrough Aussie singer Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” and Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.”

Eilish reigns over the ARIA 2019 Album Chart with her debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which eclipses Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project and Pink’s latest, Hurts 2B Human.

See the ARIA Decade-End and Year-End charts below.

ARIA End Of Decade Singles Chart – Top 10
1. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
2. Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
3. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
4. LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennet & GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem
5. Pharrell Williams – Happy
6. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
7. Katy Perry – Roar
8. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
9. Passenger – Let Her Go
10. Adele – Someone Like You
ARIA End Of Decade Australian Singles Chart – Top 10
1. Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
2. Vance Joy – Riptide
3. Guy Sebastian Feat. Lupe Fiasco –  Battle Scars
4. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood
5. Sia – Chandelier
6. Flume Feat. Kai – Never Be Like You
7. Dean Lewis – Be Alright
8. Matt Corby – Brother
9. Sheppard – Geronimo
10. Tones And I – Dance Monkey
ARIA End Of Decade Albums Chart – Top 10
1. Adele – 21
2. Michael Buble – Christmas
3. Adele – 25
4. Ed Sheeran – X
5. Ed Sheeran – ÷
6. P!nk – Truth About Love
7. P!nk – Greatest Hits…So Far!!!
8. Taylor Swift – 1989
9. Ed Sheeran – +
10. Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
ARIA End Of Decade Australian Albums Chart – Top 10
1. INXS – The Very Best
2. Cold Chisel – The Best Of Cold Chisel: All For You
3. Gotye – Making Mirrors
4. Angus & Julia Stone – Down The Way
5. Flume – Flume
6. Crowded House – The Very Very Best Of
7. Guy Sebastian – Armageddon
8. Keith Urban – The Story So Far
9. Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars
10. Hilltop Hoods – Drinking From The Sun
ARIA 2019 Singles Chart – Top 10
1. Lil Nas X – Old Town Road
2. Tones And I – Dance Monkey
3. Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
4. Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
5. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
6. Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
7. Post Malone – Wow
8. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
9. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita
10. Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
ARIA 2019 Album Chart – Top 10
1. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
2. Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project
3. P!nk – Hurts 2B Human
4. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
5. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack)
6. Taylor Swift – Lover
7. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next
8. Queen – Greatest Hits
9. Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding
10. The Greatest Showman soundtrack