ARIA Charts Throwback: 8 September 1996
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 8 September 1996

September 5, 2019

Move with me, chant with me to the hits of September 1996.

In September 1996, the ARIA Albums Chart featured Pearl Jam, The Corrs, Celine Dion, Crowded House, Riverdance, Alanis Morissette, Leann Rimes and more in the top positions.

For the entire month, one of the biggest songs of the late-90s had all the right moves at the top of the Singles Chart.

10. No Doubt - Just A Girl

No Doubt made their debut on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Just A Girl’ peaked at #3 in July 1996. The track was the first of two Top Tens from the band’s third album, Tragic Kingdom (#3 Apr. ’97). They spent eight weeks at #1 with ‘Don’t Speak’ in early-1997.

9. Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother

American singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham scored her only entry in the ARIA Top 50 when ‘Mother Mother’ peaked at #5 in August 1996. It featured on Bonham’s debut album, The Burdens Of Being Upright (#31 Aug. ’96).

8. Fugees - Killing Me Softly

The only #1 for the Fugees came when the American trio’s cover of ‘Killing Me Softly’ spent seven straight weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart in mid-1996. Taken from the second and final Fugees album, The Score (#5 Jul. ’96), ‘Killing Me Softly’ debuted at #1 in mid-June and didn’t leave the top spot until the end of July. The single spent a total of 13 weeks in the Top Ten and 18 weeks in the Top 50. ‘Killing Me Softly’ was first recorded by Lori Lieberman in 1971. In 1973 it became a number-one hit in US and Canada for Roberta Flack. The Fugees’ version was #2 on the 1996 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and was accredited 3x Platinum.

7. Maxi Priest Feat. Shaggy - That Girl

British reggae artist Maxi Priest took out his third and final Top Ten entry on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘That Girl’ peaked at #7 in September 1996. Priest also had Top Ten hits with his cover of Cat Stevens’ ‘Wild World’ (#8 Aug. ’88), as well as ‘Close To You’ (#2 Sept. ’90).

6. Toni Braxton - You're Making Me High

‘You’re Making Me High’ became the second single by Toni Braxton to hit #2 on the ARIA Singles Chart when it spent two weeks there in September/October 1996. Braxton first hit #2 with ‘Breathe Again’ in April 1994.

5. Celine Dion - Because You Loved Me / Power Of The Dream

Celine Dion scored her second #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when the double A-side ‘Because You Loved Me’ / ‘Power Of The Dream’ held the top spot for three weeks in August 1996. ‘Because You Loved Me served as the theme song to the film Up Close And Personal, while ‘Power Of The Dream’ was performed by Dion at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

4. Savage Garden - I Want You

Savage Garden announced their arrival on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘I Want You’ peaked at #4 for three consecutive weeks in September 1996. The duo went on to score a further five Top Ten singles in Australia between 1996 and 1999, including two #1s.

3. Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack

British R&B artist Mark Morrison scored his highest peak on the Singles Chart when ‘Return Of The Mack’ reached #2 for two weeks in August 1996. Morrison’s only other Top 50 entry was ‘Crazy’ (#18 Nov. ’96).

2. Los Del Mar – Macarena

Spanish duo Los Del Mar made their only appearance on the ARIA Charts when their cover of ‘Macarena’ peaked at #2 for three consecutive weeks in September 1996. It was a cover of the Los Del Rio track that beat it to #1.

1. Los Del Rio - Macarena

It was the worldwide dance craze of 1996 and for nine straight weeks between August and October of that year, Los Del Rio’s ‘Macarena’ topped the ARIA Singles Chart. Los Del Mar was formed by Spaniards Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruíz Perdigones in 1962. The duo first recorded a rumba version of the track in 1992. This version was remixed by producers The Bayside Boys, who also added English lyrics. It was this version that became the international hit. ‘Macarena’ debuted at #36 in early August 1996. It hit #1 for the first time in its fourth week in the top 50. The track spent a total of 15 weeks in the Top Ten and 19 weeks in the Top 50. It was accredited 3x Platinum and was #1 on the ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart in 1996.