Top 10 INXS Songs

INXS Songs

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Our top 10 INXS Songs list takes a look at a band that arrived on the scene in the early 1980’s and became an instant favorite on MTV for so many reasons. The first and most important reason was the fact that the band INXS was releasing rock and roll records that had an incredible fresh sound. The band had a rock and roll groove all of their own. There was a mixture of classic rock, soul and new wave all intertwined behind a legion of personalities that played of each other perfectly.

The origins of the band INXS began in the Australian pub scene where they met the manager of the popular Australian band Midnight Oil. The band INXS began opening shows for Midnight Oil and eventually released their first album in 1980 entitled INXS. The band’s sophomore album was released in 1981 entitled Underneath the Colours. The album sold extremely well in Australia but the band was still relatively unknown throughout the rest of the world.

The album Shabooh Shoobah was released in 1982. It was the band’s first record to be released on an international basis. The album’s lead single entitled “The One Thing,” became an instant MTV staple as it in fell into heavy rotation on the channel. The album yielded three more singles, but none as popular as the album’s lead off single.

INXS released their fourth album in 1984 entitled The Swing. The album featured the killer track “Original Sin.” The record was produced by the legendary Nile Rogers. One year later in 1985, INXS released what was considered their breakthrough album. On the strength of the album’s second single “What You Need,” INXS had become a household name.

While The Swing album had put INXS on the map, it was the band’s sixth album entitled Kick released two years later that became the band’s most successful album of their career. Five singles were released from the album. Since its release, the Kick album has gone 6 times platinum. The band followed up the biggest selling album of their career with the album X in 1990. Once again INXS enjoyed incredible success with the album release as the record spawned five singles.

In 1992, Inxs released the album Welcome to Wherever You Are. One year later the band followed up with Full Moon, Dirty Hearts. In 1997, the band released essentially what would be their final album with the original lineup, entitled Elegantly Wasted. The album would be the last INXS record to feature Michael Hutchence who died the same year the album was released.

Eight years after Michael Hutchence passed away INXS released a new record with the winner of a singing competition designed to find the new lead singer of INXS. The competition was based on a CBS television show called Rock Star: INXS. The album was called Switch. It was the last studio album INXS ever released of new material.

Our top 10 INXS Songs list focuses on the material INXS released between their third album Shabooh Shoobah and their final album with Michael Hutchence entitled Elegantly Wasted. 

# 10 – Elegantly Wasted

We open our top 10 INXS Songs list with the lead single “Elegantly Wasted,” from the band’s final album with Michael Hutchence. The album was released in 1997. The record was produced by Bruce Fairbairn.

# 9 – The Gift

The INXS Song “The Gift,” was released on the 1993 album Full Moon, Dirty Hearts. The song was the first single released from the album. MTV banned the video which was a bit ironic stemming from the notion that INXS at one time was one of the most played bands on MTV.

# 8 – Heaven Sent

In 1993, INXS released the album Welcome to Wherever You Are. The album’s lead single was the great track here entitled “Heaven Sent.”

# 7 – What You Need

The hit single “What You Need,” was released on the band’s Listen Like Thieves album. The album was released in 1985. “What You Need,” was the band’s first Top 10 hit. It stands as the song that in essence, turned most people on to the great band INXS.

# 6 – Suicide Blondes

The great blues opening of “Suicide Blonde,” that melted into that slick funk groove defined the best of INXS. A band that blended so many styles of music into their own unique sound owned it on this killer track. “Suicide Blonde,” was released on the band’s album entitled X. The record was released in 1990.

# 5 – Never Tear Us Apart

“Never Tear Us Apart,” was the fourth single released from the band’s most commercially successful album called Kick. The record was released in 1987. The beautiful staccato Beatlesque strings that were played throughout the song set up an incredible emotionally charged vocal by the great Michael Hutchence. One of the band’s best songs and one of Michael Hutchence’s greatest vocal performances.

# 4 – Original Sin

The INXS song “Original Sin,” was released on the band’s album The Swing. The record was released in 1984. The song’s great dance groove was produced by the dance music and rhythmic master Nile Rogers. The brilliant producer who had arrived on the scene with his band Chic in the 1970’s had produced some great rock dance records in the 1980’s including David Bowie’s “Lets Dance.”

# 3 – Need You Tonight

Out of all the INXS Songs on this list, “I Need You Tonight,” is probably the most popular one. The song was released on the Kick album in 1987. The song reached the number three spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first of five singles to be released from the album.

# 2 – New Sensation

Once again we return to the Kick album on this Top 10 INXS Songs list with the killer single “New Sensation.” The track was released as the third single from the Kick album. The song was written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence.

# 1 – The One Thing

As we reach the number one spot on our top 10 INXS Songs we reach back to the first INXS Song we ever heard. The band’s lead single from their third album Shabooh Shoobah has remained our favorite INXS song throughout all these years. This one never gets old.

Updated Nov 11, 2020

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