ARIA Charts Throwback: 2 February 1997
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 2 February 1997

January 31, 2019

If only I could be as cool as you, hits of February 1997!

The second month of 1997 began with the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, The Corrs, Crowded House, Powderfinger, Celine Dion, No Doubt, Alanis Morisette, Spiderbait and more reigning at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.

The top of the Singles Chart saw an Aussie trio prove they were far from hitting a sophomore slump.

10. Whigfield - Sexy Eyes

Danish artist Whigfield took out her sole Top Ten entry on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Sexy Eyes’ peaked at #6 in February 1997. Her only other Top 50 appearance came not long after with ‘Gimme Gimme’ (#14 Apr. ’97).



9. Keith Sweat - Twisted

An artist who scored a string of Top Ten hits on the US R&B charts, Keith Sweat made his only ARIA Top Ten appearance when ‘Twisted’ peaked at #9 in January 1997. It was Sweat’s highest charting track on the Billboard 100, hitting #2.



8. Toni Braxton - Unbreak My Heart

American R&B star Toni Braxton scored four Top Tens on the ARIA Singles Chart between 1994 and 2000. ‘Unbreak My Heart’ became her third hit when it peaked at #6 in January 1997. Her highest peaks were with ‘Breathe Again’ (#2 Apr. ’94) and ‘You’re Making Me High’ (#2 Sept. ’96).



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. Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back

Brisbane duo Savage Garden took out the first of their two #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘To The Moon And Back’ spent a week in the top spot in January 1997. Taken from their self-titled debut album (#1 Mar. ’97), it was one of four Top Ten singles from the album. Savage Garden later spent eight weeks at #1 with ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ (#1 Mar. ’97).



5. Shania Twain – (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here

Shania Twain made her first appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here’ peaked at #5 in January 1997. It was the first of five Top Tens for the Canadian country pop star between 1996 and 1999.



4. Bryan Adams & Barbra Streisand - I Finally Found Someone

Bringing together Canadian rocker Bryan Adams and American singer/actress Barbra Streisand ‘I Finally Found Someone’ peaked at #2 in February 1997. It gave Adams his seventh Top Ten single and Streisand her first chart appearance since 1988. The track came from the soundtrack to The Mirror Two Has Faces, a film Streisand starred in and directed.



3. No Doubt - Don't Speak

American band No Doubt scored their only ARIA #1 single when ‘Don’t Speak’ spent eight consecutive weeks at the top of the Singles Chart in February and March 1997. The second single released from No Doubt’s third album, Tragic Kingdom (#3 Feb. ’97), ‘Don’t Speak’ spent a total of 13 weeks in the Top Ten and 19 weeks in the Top 50. The single was #8 on the 1997 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and received a 2x Platinum accreditation.



2. Unique II - Break My Stride

A #6 hit in Australia in 1984 for American artist Matthew Wilder, ‘Break My Stride’ returned to the ARIA Charts just over a decade later when Austrian duo Unique II released a cover of it. The Unique II version outdid the original, peaking at #2 for three weeks in January 1997.



1. Silverchair - Freak

The second of Silverchair’s three #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart came when ‘Freak’ held the top spot for two weeks in early 1997. The first single from the Newcastle band’s second album, Freakshow (#1 Feb. ‘97), ‘Freak’ spent its first two weeks in the chart at #1 before going on to spend 12 weeks in the Top Ten and 18 weeks in the Top 50. Accredited Platinum, it was #20 on the 1997 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart. Silverchair also topped the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘Tomorrow’ (#1 Oct. ’94) and ‘Straight Lines’ (#1 Mar. ’07).