ARIA Charts Throwback: 9 June 1996
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 9 June 1996

June 6, 2019

Looking for some education? Find something out in the hits of June 1996!

As 1996 headed towards its halfway mark, the likes of Alanis Morissette, George Michael, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cranberries, Oasis, Bush and The Presidents Of The United States Of America were riding high at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.

On the Singles Chart, a British pop icon was taking out his second chart-topper of the year.

10. 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.

9. Alanis Morissette - Ironic

Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill was one of the biggest albums in the world in 1996/97. In Australia, it spent 100 weeks in the Top 50, including ten weeks at #1 and took out #1 on the 1996 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart. The album spawned six Top 50 singles, including two Top Tens. Peaking at #3 for two weeks, ‘Ironic’ remains Morissette’s highest-charting single in Australia.

8. O.M.C. - How Bizarre

The only hit for New Zealand duo OMC spent five weeks at #1 in April/May 1996. As well as topping the charts on both sides of the Tasman, it was #1 in Canada and it went Top Five in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and on several US radio charts.

7. Gina G - (Ooh Aah) Just A Little Bit

Brisbane-born Gina G took out her biggest hit on the ARIA Charts when ‘(Ooh Aah) Just A Little Bit’ peaked at #5 in June 1996. Gina G represented the United Kingdom in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest with the track, finishing eighth. ‘(Ooh Aah) Just A Little Bit’ peaked at #1 in the UK.

6. Max-A-Million - Sexual Healing

With their cover of Marvin Gaye’s 1982 classic ‘Sexual Healing’, American trio Max-A-Million took out their only entry on the ARIA Singles Chart. Their version peaked at #5, one spot below Gaye’s original.

5. Robert Miles - Children

Italian DJ/producer Robert Miles made his sole appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘Children’ peaked at #5 in June 1996. Both ‘Children’ and follow-up single ‘Fable’ (#21 Sept. ’96) appeared on Miles’ debut album, Dreamland (#12 Sept. ’96).

4. The Tony Rich Project - Nobody Knows

American R&B singer-songwriter Tony Rich scored his only entry in the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Nobody Knows’ hit #2 in June 1996. Taken from Rich’s debut album, Words (#31 Jul. ’96), the track also peaked at #2 in the US.

3. Metallica - Until It Sleeps

‘Until It Sleeps’ became Metallica’s only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when it held the top spot for one week in June 1996. The track was the first single released from Metallica’s sixth album, Load (#1 Jun. ’96). The album would also spawn the Top Ten hit ‘Hero Of The Day’ (#2 Sept. ’96).

2. Triple X - X-Files Theme

The TV series The X-Files was so popular in 1996 that two versions of the show’s iconic theme tune charted in the ARIA Top 50. While the original version by composer Mark Snow only managed to peak at #27, a dance remix by Triple X peaked at #2 in June 1996.

1. George Michael - Fastlove

The fifth and final #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for George Michael came when ‘Fastlove’ spent four weeks in the top spot during May and June 1996. It was the late British star’s second consecutive chart-topper, following ‘Jesus To A Child’ (#1 Jan. ’96). Both tracks came from Michael’s third solo studio album, Older (#1 May ’96). Accredited Platinum, ‘Fastlove’ spent eleven weeks in the Top Ten and 18 weeks in the Top 50. George Michael also hit #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart under his own name with ‘Careless Whisper’ (#1 Sept. ’84), ‘Faith’ (#1 Jan. ’88) and the duet with Aretha Franklin ‘I Knew You Were Waiting For Me’ (#1 Mar. ’87). As a member of Wham!, he spent seven weeks at #1 with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ in mid-1984.