ARIA Charts Throwback: 2 August 1998
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 2 August 1998

August 2, 2018

Don't want the world to see you? Hunker down and check out the hits of August 1998!

During August 1998, the ARIA Albums Chart saw big names such as Neil Finn, Regurgitator, Natalie Imbruglia, Beastie Boys, Aqua, Matchbox 20 and more holding down spots in the Top Ten. For one week, the soundtrack to Grease returned to the #1 spot, 20 years after its initial release.

Over on the Singles Chart, a soundtrack hit dominated for the entire month.

10. Puff Daddy & Jimmy Page - Come With Me

Released as a single from Godzilla: The Album (#8 Jun. ’98), ‘Come With Me’ became Puff Daddy’s second Top Ten on the ARIA Singles when it peaked for one week at #10. The track recreated the 1975 Led Zeppelin track ‘Kashmir’.

9. S.O.A.P. - This Is How We Party

Fronted by sisters Heidi and Saseline Sørensen, Danish pop act S.O.A.P. took out their only Top Ten appearance in Australian when their debut single peaked at #7. ‘This Is How We Party’ also hit the Top Ten across Europe and peaked at #1 in Sweden.

8. K-Ci & JoJo - All My Life

American brothers K-Ci & JoJo picked up their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘All My Life’ spent one week in the top spot in June 1998. Taken from the duo’s debut album Love Always (#37 May ‘’98), ‘All My Life’ spent 14 weeks in the Top Ten and 20 weeks in the Top 50.

7. Steps - Last Thing On My Mind

The second single released by Steps also became the British pop group’s second Top Ten when it peaked at #5 in August 1998. In the UK, ‘Last Thing On My Mind’ was the first on their 15 consecutive singles to hit the Top Ten.

6. Five - When The Lights Go Out

Between 1998 and 2001, British boy band Five scored eight Top Ten hits on the ARIA Singles Chart. Peaking at #2 in August 1998, ‘When The Lights Go Out’ was the group’s first hit locally

5. Lighthouse Family - High

‘High’, the debut chart entry for British easy listening duo Lighthouse Family, spent 17 weeks in the Top Ten between June and October 1998. During that time it hit the #1 spot for one week.

4. Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine

R&B stars Brandy and Monica scored the highest ARIA Charts peaks of both their careers when they peaked at #3 with the duet ‘The Boy Is Mine’. The track was inspired by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s 1982 duet ‘The Girl Is Mine’ and spent 13 consecutive weeks at #1 in the US.

3. Pras Michel Feat. ODB & Mya - Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)

Fugees member Pras Michel took out his only solo entry in the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)’ peaked at #2 for two weeks in August 1998. Featuring on the soundtrack to the film Bulworth, the track samples Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s 1983 hit ‘Islands In The Stream’.

2. Ricky Martin - The Cup Of Life / Maria

Ricky Martin scored his only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when the double A-side single ‘The Cup Of Life’ / ‘Maria’ spent six consecutive weeks in the top spot during June/July 1998. ‘The Cup Of Life’ was the official theme of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which was held in France.

1. The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

American rock band The Goo Goo Dolls took out their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Iris’ spent five weeks in the top spot during August/September 1998. The song was originally written for the soundtrack to the Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan-starring film City Of Angels (#1 Jun. ’98). It later appeared on the band’s sixth studio album, Dizzy Up The Girl (#17 Mar. ’99). It went on to be #3 on the 1998 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.