This week’s program COUNTDOWN show cases artists who appeared on the show Countdown and featured on the ‘Countdown 40th Anniversary’ or ‘Countdown Rock’ CD. Countdown was a long running popular Australian music television show broadcast by the ABC from 8th November 1974 until 19th July 1987.  It was created by Michael Shrimpton, Robbie Weekes and record producer and music journalist journalist Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum.  Molly became the face of Countdown introducing the audience to new Australian and International acts via live appearances or the screening of their music videos.  Features of the programme included Molly’s ‘Humdrum’ music news segment, interviews with local and international artists who would sometimes host or co-host an episode. Over the years Countdown was crucial to the success of many leading Australian performers and overseas artists and was instrumental in creating the phenomenon known as ABBA.



  • Kids in America – Kim Wilde
  • You Make Lovin’ Fun – Fleetwood Mac
  • Help Is on Its Way – LRB
  • Total Eclipse of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  • Dreadlock Holiday – 10CC
  • Girls on Film – Duran Duran
  • What About Me – Moving Pictures
  • Take a long Line – Angels
  • Boogie Shoes – KC and The Sunshine Band
  • Counting the Beat – The Swingers
  • Beautiful People – Australian Crawl