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This Week In... 1998

July 3, 2018

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


Neil Finn - Try Whistling This

Celebrated New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn took out his only solo #1 to date on the ARIA Albums Chart when Try Whistling This spent two weeks in the top spot during June/July 1998. Finn’s debut solo album came two years after the split of Crowded House and five years after their last studio album, Together Alone (#2 Nov. ’93). After spending its first two weeks at #1, Try Whistling This went on to spend a total of six weeks in the Top Ten and 18 weeks in the Top 50.

Accredited Platinum, Try Whistling This was #44 on the 1998 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart. One single from the album hit the Top 50: ‘Sinner’ (#40 Jun. ’98).

Neil Finn followed Try Whistling This with One Nil (#9 Mar. ’01). 2017 saw the release of his fourth solo album, Out Of Silence (#9 Sept. ’17).

Finns has been inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame twice; entering as a member of Split Enz in 2005 and as a member of Crowded House in 2016.


Ricky MArtin - The Cup Of Life / Maria

Puerto Rican artist 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 single debuted at #50 in March and hit #1 for the first time in its 16th week in the Top 50. In total, ‘The Cup Of Life’ / ‘Maria’ spent eleven weeks in the Top Ten and 27 weeks in the Top 50.

‘The Cup Of Life’ served as the official theme of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which was held in France.

The single was #1 on the 1998 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart. It received a Platinum accreditation.

Ricky Martin next hit the ARIA Top Ten with ‘Livin' La Vida Loca’ (#4 Jun. ’99). His last Singles Chart appearance was with ‘Come With Me’ (#3 Jun. ’13).