ARIA Charts Throwback: 1 March 1998
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 1 March 1998

February 28, 2019

Near, far, wherever you are, check out the hits of March 1998!

As the third month of 1998 began, the top of the ARIA Albums Chart saw the like of the Titanic soundtrack, The Superjesus, Pearl Jam, The Corrs, Matchbox 20, Aqua, Regurgitator, Jewel and Savage Garden holding down the top positions.

On the Singles Chart, an epic film’s signature song proved to be unsinkable.

10. Kate Ceberano - Pash

Australian singer-songwriter Kate Ceberano scored her third Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Pash’ peaked at #10 in March 1998. The single was also the title track to the album Ceberano released in May 1998 (#23 May ’98).



9. Spice Girls - Too Much

The Spice Girls notched up their fourth Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Too Much’ hit #9 in March 1998. It was the second Top Ten to come from the group’s second album, Spiceworld (#2 Dec. ’97), following ‘Spice Up Your Life’ (#8 Nov. ’97).



8. Aqua - Doctor Jones

Danish pop group Aqua took out their second chart-topper on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Doctor Jones’ spent seven consecutive weeks at #1. Debuting at #7 at the start of December 1997, the single hit #1 for the first time in its third week in the Top 50. It went on to spent 13 weeks in the Top Ten and 15 weeks in the Top 50. Like Aqua’s first #1 single, ‘Barbie Girl’ (#1 Nov. ’97), ‘Doctor Jones’ featured on the quartet’s debut album Aquarium (#1 Jan. ’98).



7. T. Shirt - You Sexy Thing

British pop duo T-Shirt made their only appearance on the ARIA Singles Chart when their cover of Hot Chocolate’s ‘You Sexy Thing’ peaked at #6 in February 1998. The track and video featured Hot Chocolate front man Errol Brown. The original version peaked at #4 in Australia in 1976.



6. Janet Jackson - Together Again

Janet Jackson picked up the eighth of her nine entries in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘Together Again’ peaked at #4 in January 1998. It was the second Top Ten single from The Velvet Rope (#4 Oct. ’97), after ‘Got ‘Til It’s Gone’ (#10 Nov. ’97).



5. Madonna - Frozen

‘Frozen’ became Madonna’s twelfth Top Ten single of the 1990s when it peaked at #5 in March 1998. It was the first single released from #1 album Ray Of Light (#1 Mar. ’98). The album’s title track peaked at #6 in May 1998. In the UK, ‘Frozen’ was Madonna’s eighth #1 single.



4. Run DMC Vs Jason Nevins - It's Like That

Ground-breaking American hip hop group Run-D.M.C. took out their sole #1 on the ARIA Singles Charts when a remix of their track ‘It’s Like That’ by American house producer Jason Nevins topped the chart for one week in 1998. Debuting at #49 in November 1997, the single hit #1 in its 18th week in the chart. It went on to spend a total of 14 weeks in the Top Ten and 37 weeks in the Top 50. ‘It’s Like That’ was originally released in 1983 as Run-D.M.C.’s 1983 debut single. The Jason Nevins remix was #2 on the 1998 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and received a 2x Platinum accreditation. Run-D.M.C.’s only previous Top Ten hit in Australia was with their cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’ (#9 Nov. ’86).



3. Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me

American boy band the Backstreet Boys made their second appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘As Long As You Love Me’ hit #2 in February 1998. It was the second single from Backstreet's Back (#2 Feb. ’98) after ‘Everybody (Backstreet's Back)’ (#3 Dec. ’97). The group took out a third Top Ten from the album with ‘All I Have To Give’ (#4 Apr. ’98).


2. Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia hit the ARIA Top Ten for the first time when ‘Torn’ peaked at #2 for one week in early-1998. Previously released as a single by American band Ednaswap in 1995, ‘Torn’ was the first single from Imbruglia’s debut album, Left Of The Middle (#1 Oct. ‘98). The album also spawned the hit ‘Big Mistake’ (#6 Jun. ’98).



1. Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On

Celine Dion made her third appearance at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘My Heart Will Go On’ spent four weeks in the top spot in February/March 1998. Acting as the main theme for and appearing on the soundtrack to Titanic (#1 Feb. ’98), the single debuted at #45 in December before hitting #1 for the first time in its ninth week in the Top 50. In total, ‘My Heart Will Go On’ spent 16 weeks in the Top Ten and 26 weeks in the Top 50 and was accredited 2x Platinum. ‘My Heart Will Go On’ won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1998 for Best Original Song. At the 1999 Grammy Awards, it won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. Celine Dion has also hit #1 with ‘The Power Of Love’ (#1 Apr. ’94) and ‘Because You Loved Me’ (#1 Aug. ’96).