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This Week In... 1996

May 21, 2019

Check out who topped the ARIA Charts 23 years ago!

ALBUM

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

The third studio album from Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette was her first to receive an international release. Jagged Little Pill debuted in the ARIA top 50 at #46 in August 1995. It reached #1 for the first time in its 29th week on the chart and went on to spend ten non-consecutive weeks in the top spot between March and June 1996. Jagged Little Pill spent a total of 56 weeks in the top ten and 100 weeks in the top 50.

Singles released from the album include ‘You Oughta Know’ (#4 Oct. ’95), ‘Hand In My Pocket’ (#13 Feb. ’96), ‘Ironic’ (#3 May ’96), ‘You Learn’ (#20 Jul. ’96), ‘Head Over Feet’ (#12 Nov. ’96) and ‘All I Really Want’ (#40 Mar. ’97). Jagged Little Pill has been accredited 14x Platinum. It topped the 1996 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart.

Morissette’s follow-up album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, peaked at #2 in November 1998. Her next album, Under Rug Swept, debuted at #1 in March 2002. She last charted with Havoc And Bright Lights (#22 Sept. ’12).



Single

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. Debuting at #2 at the end of April, the track hit #1 for the first time in its third week on the chart. It went on to spend a total of eleven weeks in the Top Ten and 18 weeks in the Top 50.

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’ was #20 on the 1996 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.

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.