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This Week In... 1997

June 4, 2019

Check out who topped the ARIA Charts 22 years ago!


Savage Garden - Savage Garden

Savage Garden’s debut album spent 19 weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart during the course of 1997. The Brisbane duo’s self-titled album debuted at #1 at the end of March and remained there for 12 straight weeks. It returned to #1 for another seven non-consecutive weeks between July and October. Savage Garden spent a total of 47 weeks in the Top Ten and 77 weeks in the Top 50.

Savage Garden’s debut album was #1 on the 1997 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart. It has been accredited 12x Platinum. The album earned Savage Garden five of the ten ARIA Awards the duo won in 1997, including Album Of The Year and Best Independent Release.

Five singles from the album hit the top 50: ‘I Want You’ (#4 Sept. ’96), ‘To The Moon & Back’ (#1 Jan. ’97), ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ (#1 May ‘97), ‘Break Me, Shake Me’ (#7 Jun. ’97) and ‘Universe’ (#26 Nov. ’97).

Savage Garden also topped the Albums Chart with follow-up release Affirmation (#1 Nov. ’99). The duo split in 2001. Their last release to chart was the compilation The Singles (#15 Jun. ’15).


Hanson - MMMBop

The debut single from Hanson became the sibling trio’s sole chart-topper on the ARIA Singles Chart when it spent nine straight weeks at #1 between May and July in 1997. Released from Hanson’s debut album, Middle Of Nowhere (#1 Aug. ’97), ‘MMMBop’ debuted at #1 and went on to spent a total of 13 weeks in the Top Ten and 20 weeks in the Top 50.

‘MMMBop’ was accredited 2x Platinum. It charted at #5 on the 1997 End Of Year Singles Chart.

Hanson next hit the chart with ‘Where’s The Love’ (#2 Aug. ‘97). They last appeared in the Top 50 with the single ‘This Time Around’ (#42 Jul. ’00).