ARIA Charts Throwback: 18 May 1997
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 18 May 1997

May 16, 2019

You could be standing on a mountain or bathing in the sea, just don’t forget to enjoy the hits of May 1997!

As May 1997 hit its midway point, the ARIA Albums Chart saw Savage Garden, The Chemical Brothers, Spice Girls, Stevie Wonder, Live, No Doubt, Celine Dion and more holding down the top spots.

For the entire month, an Australian duo were dominating the #1 spots on both charts.

10. Bruce Springsteen - Secret Garden

Bruce Springsteen took out his fourth and most recent ARIA Singles Chart Top Ten when ‘Secret Garden’ peaked at #9 in May 1997. Originally released on Greatest Hits (#1 Mar. ‘95), the track gained greater success after being featured on the soundtrack to Jerry Macguire (#33 Mar. ’97).

9. Ginuwine - Pony

American R&B star Ginuwine made his only appearance on the ARIA Charts when ‘Pony’ hit #3 in March 1997. The song was later sampled on Rihanna’s ‘Jump’ (#5 Feb. ’14) and re-entered the chart in 2015 after its inclusion in Magic Mike XXL (#10 Jul. ’15).

8. Real McCoy - One More Time

German Eurodance act the Real McCoy had four entries in the Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart in the 1990s. Hitting #3 for a week in May 1997, ‘One More Time’ was the last Top Ten for the group and their second-highest peak after ‘Another Night’ (#1 Feb. ’95).

7. The Prodigy - Breathe

‘Breathe’ became the highest charting single for British electronic act The Prodigy when it peaked at #2 in March 1997. The track came from the group’s only album to hit #1 in Australia, The Fat Of The Land (#1 Jul. ’97). ‘Breathe’ was also a UK #1.

6. En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)

American R&B group En Vogue scored their biggest standalone hit when ‘Don't Let Go (Love)’ hit #3 in March 1997. Taken from the album EV3 (#20 Jun. ’97), it was their second Top Ten single following their collaboration with Salt ‘N’ Pepa, ‘Whatta Man’ (#2 Mar. ’94).

5. Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor

Michael Jackson’s last Top Ten single of the 1990s came when ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’ peaked at #5 in May 1997.

4. Az Yet - Last Night

The first of two Top Ten entries for American R&B act Az Yet came when ‘Last Night’ hit #2 in March 1997. Later in the same year, they would hit the Top Ten for a second and final time with a cover of Chicago’s ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’ (#5 Jul. ’97).

3. Spice Girls - 2 Become 1

Released as the third single from their debut album Spice (#3 Jun. ’97), ‘2 Become 1’ became the Spice Girls’ second Top Ten when it peaked at #2 in April 1997. In the UK, the single was the third of the group’s nine #1s.

2. White Town - Your Woman

The solo project of British musician Jyoti Prakash Mishra, White Town scored its only entry in the ARIA Top 50 when ‘Your Woman’ peaked at #2 in May 1997. The track was #1 in the UK for one week in January 1997.

1. Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Deeply

As well as spending 19 weeks at the top of the Albums Chart, Savage Garden spent nine weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart during 1997. Eight of those weeks were spent in the top spot by ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’. The single gave the duo their first #1 single in the US, as well as a second chart-topper in Canada.