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This Week In... 1996

May 2, 2017

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 21 years ago!


Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

The third studio album from Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette was her first to receive an international release. Jagged Little Pill debuted in the ARIA top 50 at #46 in August 1995. 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. Jagged Little Pill spent a total of 56 weeks in the top ten and 100 weeks in the top 50.

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 been accredited 14x Platinum. It topped the 1996 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart.

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. She last charted with Havoc And Bright Lights (#22 Sept. ’12).


O.M.C. - How Bizarre

‘How Bizarre’ was the only single to chart in the ARIA top 50 for New Zealand duo O.M.C. It debuted at #24 in February 1996, eventually reaching the top spot in its seventh week in the chart. It stayed at #1 for five straight weeks. In total, ‘How Bizarre’ spent 12 weeks in the top ten and 21 weeks in the top 50.

The single was #4 on the 1996 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and received a Platinum accreditation.

O.M.C.’s only other appearance on the ARIA Singles Chart was with ‘Right On’ (#88 Aug. ’96). They permanently split following the passing of front man Pauly Fuemana in 2010.