This Week In… 1996
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This Week In… 1996

March 8, 2016

20 years ago, these ladies were leading the pack on the ARIA Charts.

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JAGGED LITTLE PILL – ALANIS MORISSETTE

The third studio album from Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette was her first to receive an international release. Jagged Little Pill made its first appearance in the ARIA top 50 in August 1995, debuting at #46. It reached #1 for the first time in its 29th week on the chart and went on to spend ten non-consecutive weeks in the top spot between March and June 1996.

Singles released from the album include ‘You Oughta Know’ (#4 Oct. ’95), ‘Hand In My Pocket’ (#13 Feb. ’96), ‘Ironic’ (#3 May ’96), ‘You Learn’ (#20 Jul. ’96), ‘Head Over Feet’ (#12 Nov. ’96) and ‘All I Really Want’ (#40 Mar. ’97). Jagged Little Pill has to-date been accredited 14X Platinum. It topped the 1996 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart.

The 20th anniversary reissue of Jagged Little Pill peaked at #19 in November 2015.

Morissette’s follow-up album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, peaked at #2 in November 1998. Her next album, Under Rug Swept, debuted at #1 in March 2002.

SINGLE

ONE OF US – JOAN OSBORNE

The only track by American singer-songwriter Joan Osborne to top the ARIA Singles Chart began its five-week run at #1 this week in 1996. ‘One Of Us’, written by Eric Bazilian of The Hooters, debuted at #48 in January 1996 and made a steady climb to reach the top spot in its sixth week in the top 50. In total, the single spent ten weeks in the top ten.

‘One Of Us’ was certified Platinum. It was #6 on the 1996 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart. It was also a Canadian #1 single.

Osborne’s debut album Relish, which featured ‘One Of Us’, peaked at #12 on the ARIA AIbums Chart during the single’s run at #1. ‘St. Teresa’ was released as the follow-up single. It peaked at #43 in July 1996.