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This Week In... 1997

July 11, 2017

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


The prodigy - The Fat Of The Land

British electronic group The Prodigy took out their only #1 to date on the ARIA Albums Chart when their third album, The Fat Of The Land, spent its debut week in the top spot in July 1997. The album was the follow-up to 1994’s Music For The Jilted Generation (#9 Apr. ’97) and featured the singles ‘Firestarter’ (#22 May ’96), ‘Breathe’ (#2 Mar. ’97) and ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ (#41 Dec. ’97).

The Fat Of The Land spent a total of seven weeks in the top ten and 28 weeks in the top 50. It was accredited 2x Platinum and was #23 on the 1997 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart.

The Prodigy followed The Fat Of The Land with Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (#5 Aug. ’04).

They last charted with the studio album The Day Is My Enemy (#8 Apr. ‘15).


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.

Hanson next hit the chart with ‘Where’s The Love’ (#2 Aug’ 97). They last appeared in the top 50 with the single ‘This Time Around’ (#42 Jul. ’00).