ARIA Charts Throwback: 11 February 1996
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 11 February 1996

February 14, 2019

There are many things that I would like to say to you but I don’t know how. So, here are the ARIA hits of February 1996!

Midway through February 1996, the ARIA Charts saw albums by Oasis, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, The Presidents Of the United States Of America, Smashing Pumpkins, Enya, Live and Tracy Chapman holding down the prime positions.

Over on the Singles Chart, a band fronted by forever warring brothers experienced a rare chart double.

10. Outhere Brothers - Boom Boom Boom

American duo the Outhere Brothers took out their highest peak on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Boom Boom Boom’ hit #2 for a week in January 1996. It was their second Top Ten, following ‘Don’t Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)’ (#5 Jul. ’95). Their only other chart appearance was with ‘La La La Hey Hey’ (#42 Feb. ’96).

9. CDB - Let's Groove

Covering Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1981 classic ‘Let’s Groove’, Melbourne vocal group CDB scored a career-best #2 peak on the ARIA Singles Chart. The track came from the quartet’s debut album, Glide With Me (#6 Nov. ’95), which also included the singles ‘Hook Me Up’ (#11 Dec. ’94), ‘Hey Girl (this Is Our Time)’ (#14 May ’95) and ‘Don't Stop’ (#28 Apr. ’96).

8. Mariah Carey With Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day

Mariah Carey notched up her eighth Top Ten single on the ARIA Charts when ‘One Sweet Day’ hit #2 in January 1996. Featuring Boyz II Men, the track was the second Top Ten from Carey’s fifth album, Daydream (#1 Oct. ’95), following the #1 ‘Fantasy’ (#1 Oct. ’95).

7. George Michael - Jesus To A Child

The fourth of George Michael’s five #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart came when ‘Jesus To A Child’ spent two weeks in the top spot in January 1996. It was the first of two #1 singles from Older (#1 May ‘96). In May 1996, he would hit #1 again with ‘Fastlove’ (#1 May ’96).

6. Groove Theory - Tell Me

‘Tell Me’ became the only Top 50 hit in Australia for American duo Groove Theory when it peaked at #6 for three straight weeks in February 1996. The song was also a Top Ten hit in the US, peaking at #5.

5. La Bouche - Be My Lover

German dance duo La Bouche took out three Top Ten hits in Australia during 1996, with ‘Be My Lover’ being the first when it hit #2 in January. Later in the year, La Bouche charted with ‘Sweet Dreams’ (#8 May ’96) and ‘I Love To Love’ (#6 Jul. ’96).

4. Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's

American rock band Deep Blue Something scored their only entry on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Breakfast At Tiffany's’ peaked at #3 in February 1996. The track came from the quartet’s second album, Home (#31 Feb. ’96), their only long player to chart in Australia.

3. Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason

Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman hit the highest peak of her career on the Singles Chart when ‘Give Me One Reason’ reached #3 in February 1996. It overtook the peak Chapman previously hit in 1988 with ‘Fast Car’ (#4 Jul. ’88). ‘Give Me One Reason’ featured on the album New Beginning (#6 Jan. ’96).

2. Shaggy - Boombastic

Jamaican artist Shaggy took out the first of his three #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Boombastic’ held the top spot for four weeks in February/March 1996. Taken from the album of the same name (#11 Feb. ’96), ‘Bombastic’ was also a #1 hit in the UK. Shaggy later topped the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘It Wasn’t Me’ (#1 Mar. ’01) and ‘Angel’ (#1 Jun. ’01).

1. Oasis - Wonderwall

For one week in January 1996, Britpop superstars Oasis held #1 on both the ARIA Albums and Singles Charts, holding the top sots with (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and ‘Wonderwall’, respectively. Debuting at #50 in the ARIA Singles Chart in November 1995, ‘Wonderwall’ hit #1 in its 11th week on the chart, after taking out #1 on Triple J’s Hottest 100. ‘Wonderwall’ was #19 in the 1996 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and has since been accredited 3x Platinum. It was Oasis’ only #1 single in Australia.