This Week In... 2004
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This Week In... 2004

May 22, 2018

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 14 years ago!


Jet - Get Born

Melbourne band Jet scored their only #1 on the ARIA Charts when their debut album spent two weeks at the top of the Albums Chart in May 2004. Released in September 2003, Get Born debuted at #3. It reached #1 for the first time in its 35th week in the top 50 and went on to spend 55 weeks in the Top Ten and 84 weeks in the Top 50.

Singles released from Get Born included ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ (#20 Dec. ’03), ‘Rollover DJ’ (#31 Feb. ’04), ‘Look What You've Done’ (#14 May ’04) and ‘Cold Hard Bitch’ (#33 Aug. ’04).

The album was accredited 8x Platinum. It was #48 on the 2003 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart, #1 on the End Of Year Albums Chart in 2004 and #35 on 2005’s End Of Year Albums Chart.

Jet won six ARIA Awards in 2004 including Album Of The Year and Best Group.

Following on from Get Born, Jet released the albums Shine On (#3 Oct. ’06) and Shaka Rock (#5 Aug. ’09). They announced their split in 2012 before reforming in 2016. 2018 sees the band celebrating the 15th anniversary of Get Born with a tour featuring the album played in its entirety.


Spiderbait - Black Betty

Hailing from Finley in the New South Wales Riverina region, indie rock trio Spiderbait took out their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in May 2004 with ‘Black Betty’. A cover of a traditional American folk song first made famous by Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter in 1939, Spiderbait’s version of ‘Black Betty’ was the first single released from their sixth studio album, Tonight Alright (#14 Apr. ’04). It debuted on the chart at #12 in March 2004 and hit #1 for the first time in its tenth week.

Spending three weeks at #1, ‘Black Betty’ spent a total of 12 weeks in the Top Ten 18 weeks in the Top 50. The single was #3 on the 2003 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and was accredited 2x Platinum.

Spiderbait received three nominations at the 2004 ARIA Awards.

The band last appeared in the Singles Chart with ‘F**ken Awesome (#30 Jun. ’04)’.