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This Week In... 1996

December 6, 2016

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 20 years ago!


Crowded House - Recurring Dream: The Very Best Of Crowded House

2016 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees Crowded House scored the third of their five #1 albums to date on the ARIA Charts when Recurring Dream spent ten weeks at #1 in 1996 and 1997. The compilation debuted at #1 in July, spending its first four weeks on the chart in the top spot. Following the band’s farewell show on the Sydney Opera House forecourt in late November 1996, it returned to #1 for a further six weeks. In total, Recurring Dream spent 26 weeks in the top ten and 70 weeks in the top 50.

Recurring Dream features four tracks each from the studio albums Crowded House (#1 Jun. ’87), Temple Of Low Men (#1 Jul. ’88), Woodface (#2 Jul. ’91) and Together Alone (#2 Nov. ’93), as well as new tracks ‘Everything Is Good For You’ (#10 Jun. ’96), ‘Not The Girl You Think You Are’ (#37 Sept. ’96) and ‘Instinct’ (#90 Mar. ’97).

The album has been accredited 13x Platinum. It was #6 on the 1996 ARIA End OF Year Albums Chart.

Crowded House reunited in 2007 for the album Time On Earth (#1 Jul. ’07). They topped the chart again in 2010 with Intriguer (#1 Jun. ’10).


Spice Girls - Wannabe

British girl group the Spice Girls scored their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Wannabe’ spent eleven straight weeks in the top spot between October 1996 and January 1997. Taken from the album Spice (#3 Jun. ’97), the quintet’s debut single hit the Singles Chart for the first in September 1996, when it reached #45. After a steady climb, ‘Wannabe’ hit #1 for the first time in its eleventh week in the top 50.

In total, ‘Wannabe’ spent 16 weeks in the top ten and 31 weeks in the top 50. The single was #5 on the ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart in 1996 and was accredited 2x Platinum.

During their career, the Spice Girls scored eight top tens on the ARIA Singles Chart. Their last was with ‘Let Love Lead The Way’ / ‘Holler’ (#2 Oct. ’00).