ARIA Charts Throwback: 16 November 1998
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 16 November 1998

November 15, 2018

Come and sit beside us; we'll give you such a thrill. Will the hits of November 1998 do?

With 1998 heading into its final few weeks, the top of the ARIA Albums Chart featured some heavy hitters of the past, present and future including U2, Alanis Morissette, George Michael, The Living End, Shania Twain, Natalie Imbruglia, Regurgitator, Cold Chisel and more.

Topping the Singles Chart was an Irish quartet whose rise was brief but bright.

10. U2 - Sweetest Thing

Originally released as a b-side to ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ (#27 Nov. ’87), ‘Sweetest Thing’ was re-recorded and re-released by U2 for the compilation The Best Of 1980-1990 (#1 Nov. ’98). The new version became the Irish band’s eleventh and final Top Ten entry of the 1990s when it peaked at #6 in November 1998.



9. Five - Everybody Get Up

After making their first Top Ten appearance in mid-1998 with ‘When The Lights Go Out’ (#2 Aug. ’98), British boyband Five hit the chart again at the end of the year with ‘Everybody Get Up’. The track became their second Top Ten, peaking at #5. Five would have a total of eight Top Ten singles before splitting in 2001.



8. Aerosmith - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing

American rockers Aerosmith snared their second #1 single when ‘I Don't Want To Miss A Thing’ spent nine straight weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart between September and November, 1998. Taken from the soundtrack to the film Armageddon (#5 Aug. ’98), the single spent a total of 16 weeks in the Top Ten and 30 weeks in the Top 50.



7. Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You

‘Music Sounds Better With You’ was the sole release by French house trio Stardust. Consisting of Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, producer Alan Braxe and vocalist Benjamin Diamond, the group peaked at #4 with the single in Australia. They also hit the Top Ten in the UK, New Zealand and across Europe.



6. Honeyz - Finally Found

With their debut single, ‘Finally Found’, British girl group Honeyz took out their only entry in the ARIA Top Ten. Taken from the group’s only album, Wonder No. 8, it peaked at #3 in December 1998. Honeyz last appeared on the chart with ‘End Of The Line’ (#24 Apr. ’99).



5. Green Day - Redundant / Time Of Your Life

Three years on from their first appearance in the Top Ten with ‘When I Come Around’ (#7 Apr. ’95), American punks Green Day scored a new chart peak when the double a-side ‘Redundant / Time Of Your Life’ peaked at #2 for five straight weeks between September and October 1998. The trio would later have a #1 when they collaborated with U2 on ‘The Saints Are Coming’ (#1 Nov. ’06).



4. Stars On 54 - If You Could Read My Mind

One-off Eurodance supergroup Stars On 54 peaked at #3 in November 1998 with their cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘If You Could Read My Mind’. Featuring Amber, Ultra Naté and Jocelyn Enriquez, the group were put together to feature on the soundtrack of the film 54 (#25 Nov. ’98).



3. Shania Twain - From This Moment On

Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain scored the second of four Top Ten singles from the album Come On Over (#1 Feb. ’99) when ‘From This Moment On’ peaked at #2 on November 1998. The album also produced the hits ‘You’re Still The One’ (#1 May ’98), ‘That Don't Impress Me Much’ (#2 Apr. ’99) and ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’ (#4 Jun. ’99).



2. Jennifer Paige - Crush

The sole entry in the ARIA Top 50 for American artist Jennifer Paige came when ‘Crush’ spent two weeks at #1 in November 1998. The single was taken from Paige’s self-titled debut album (#44 Nov. ’98), and also went to #1 in Canada and New Zealand.



1. B*Witched - Rollercoaster

Irish girl group B*Witched scored their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Rollercoaster’ spent two straight weeks in the top spot. Taken from the debut album, B*Witched (#5 Dec. ’98), the single was the follow-up to ‘C'est La Vie’ (#6 Sept. ’18). In the UK, it was the second of B*Witched’s four straight #1s. B*Witched last charted when they collaborated with Steps, Tina Cousins, Billie and Cleopatra on ‘Thank ABBA For The Music’ (#9 May ’99).