In an mmm bop they're gone but how many of these hits from 1997 do you remember?
As the first half of 1997 drew to a close, Oz rock icons INXS released what was to be their final album with front man Michael Hutchence, Elegantly Wasted; Radiohead released their era-defining third album OK Computer; future hip hop star Missy Elliott released ‘The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)’, the first single from her debut album.
For the entire month, the top of the ARIA Singles Chart was dominated by three American brothers setting teen hearts aflutter across the globe.
10. Faith No More - Ashes To Ashes
The first single from Faith No More’s final album of the 1990s, Album Of The Year (#1 Jun. ’97), became the American rock band’s third Top Ten single when it peaked at #8 in June 1997. Their two other Top Tens were both #1s: ‘Epic’ (#1 Sept. ’90) and ‘Easy’ (#1 May ’93).
9. Spice Girls - 2 Become 1
Released as the third single from their debut album Spice (#3 Jun. ’97), ‘2 Become 1’ became the Spice Girls’ second Top Ten when it peaked at #2 in April 1997. In the UK, the single was the third of the group’s nine #1s.
8. Blur - Song 2
Snaring 13 Top Ten Singles in their homeland, Britpop group Blur picked up their only Top Ten in Australia when ‘Song 2’ peaked at #4 in June 1997. The second track and second single from the group’s self-titled fifth album (#22 Feb. ’97), ‘Song 2’ clocks in at two minutes and two seconds. It peaked at #2 in the UK.
7. Savage Garden - Break Me, Shake Me
The self-titled debut album by Brisbane duo Savage Garden spent 19 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart during 1997. The album produced four Top Ten singles in Australia, of which ‘Break Me Shake Me’ was the last. Debuting and peaking at #7, the single only spent one week in the Top Ten but held a spot in the Top 50 for 17 straight weeks.
6. White Town - Your Woman
The solo project of British musician Jyoti Prakash Mishra, White Town scored its only entry in the ARIA Top 50 when ‘Your Woman’ peaked at #2 in May 1997. The track was #1 in the UK for one week in January 1997.
5. Real McCoy - One More Time
German Eurodance act the Real McCoy had four entries in the Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart in the 1990s. Hitting #3 for a week in May 1997, ‘One More Time’ was the last Top Ten for the group and their second-highest peak after ‘Another Night’ (#1 Feb. ’95).
4. Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Deeply
As well as spending 19 weeks at the top of the Albums Chart, Savage Garden spent nine weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart during 1997. Eight of those weeks were spent in the top spot by ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’. The single gave the duo their first #1 single in the US, as well as a second chart-topper in Canada.
3. Jewel - You Were Meant For Me
Jewel took out her highest peak on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘You Were Meant For Me’ peaked at #3 for three weeks in June/July 1997. The American singer-songwriter’s debut album, Pieces Of You, spent 25 weeks in the Top Ten during 1997 and 1998 and also produced the hits ‘Who Will Save Your Soul’ (#27 Sept. ’96) and ‘Foolish Games’ (#12 Nov. ’97).
2. No Mercy - When I Die
Dance-pop trio No Mercy snared two Top Ten entries on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1996/1997, both of which peaked at #2. While ‘Where Do You Go’ was the first track to appear on the chart, ‘When I Die’ managed to stay at the peak for one week longer, clocking up five weeks in its top spot.
1. Hanson - MMMbop
The debut single from Hanson became the sibling trio’s sole chart-topper on the ARIA Singles Chart when it spent nine straight weeks at #1 between May and July in 1997. Released from Hanson’s debut album, Middle Of Nowhere (#1 Aug. ’97), ‘MMMBop’ debuted at #1 and went on to spent a total of 13 weeks in the Top Ten and 20 weeks in the Top 50. ‘MMMBop’ was accredited 2x Platinum. It charted at #5 on the 1997 End Of Year Singles Chart.