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This Week In... 1998

June 6, 2017

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 19 years ago!


You Am I - # 4 Record

Australian rock icons You Am I became the first Australian band to have three successive albums debut at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart when their aptly-titled fourth studio album #4 Record debuted in the top spot in June 1998. The follow-up to Hi Fi Way (#1 Feb. ’95) and Hourly, Daily (#1 Jul. ’96) spent a total of 11 weeks in the top 50.

Singles released from #4 Record include ‘What I Don't Know 'Bout You’ (#28 Feb. ’98), ‘Rumble’ (#67 May ’98) and ‘Heavy Heart’ (#49 Aug. ’98). Receiving a Gold accreditation, #4 Record was #96 in the 1998 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart.

A year on from #4 Record, You Am I released the live album Saturday Night, 'Round Ten (#7 Sept. ’99). Their next studio album was Dress Me Slowly (#3 May ’01). The band last charted with tenth studio album Porridge & Hotsauce (#20 Nov. ’15).


Steps - 5, 6, 7, 8

Dance-pop act Steps took out their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when their debut single ‘5,6,7,8’ spent one week in the top spot in June 1998. Taken from the British quintet’s debut album Step One (#5 Sept. ’98), the track first appeared on the Singles Chart at #43 in March before hitting #1 in its 13th week in the top 50. In total, ‘5,6,7,8’ spent ten weeks in the top ten and 19 weeks in the top 50.

The single was #15 in the 1998 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and received a Platinum accreditation.

Steps scored three more top ten singles on the ARIA Charts: ‘Last Thing On My Mind’ (#5 Aug. ’98), ‘Tragedy’ / ‘Heartbeat’ (#10 Mar. ’99) and the group release with Tina Cousins, Billie Piper, Cleopatra and B*Witched, ‘Thank ABBA For The Music’ (#9 May ’99). They split for the first time in 2001.

Reforming between 2011 and 2012 and then against the start of 2017, Steps recently charted for first time in 18 years with the album Tears On The Dancefloor (#46 May ’17).