One 2 One; OASIS TOP CHART OF `97

By Dingwall, John; Fulton, Rick | Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), December 23, 1997 | Go to article overview

One 2 One; OASIS TOP CHART OF `97


Dingwall, John, Fulton, Rick, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)


Oasis and the Spice Girls have finished the year on a high by becoming the UK's best-selling album artists for 1997.

The mad-for-it bad boys of rock and the Fab Five were pushed to the brink during the last 12 months after suffering split threats, bust-ups and sackings.

But their legions of fans dug deep to make their heroes number one, according to figures published by chart compilers CIN.

And as expected, the best selling single in the UK - and the rest of the world - was Elton John's Candle In The Wind 97.

The single - which has topped the American charts for 12 weeks - has now raised millions for the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fund.

Oasis' Be Here Now took the number one slot in the 1997 top 50 albums chart, despite songwriter Noel Gallagher and critics saying it wasn't very good.

The band's third album sold 1.4 million copies in the UK alone, while their second album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, also made the top 50 at number 35.

And the Spice Girls showed that Girl Power is still alive and kicking. The Fab Five not only have the Christmas number one single with Too Much, but their debut album, Spice, still sold enough copies this year to take second spot despite being released in 1996.

Their second album, Spiceworld, also claimed sixth place in the best- selling album charts.

And there was also good new for Scots rockers Texas. Since their album White On Blonde was released 10 months ago, it has only left the top 10 twice.

By the new year, it will have sold one million copies in the UK, making it the fourth biggest selling album of 1997 behind third placed Verve and their comeback album Urban Hymns.

But - apart from Elton John's Diana tribute - this year's best selling singles charts were dominated by novelty records. Aqua's Barbie Girl took second spot, with the Teletubbies debut effort Say Eh-Oh! creeping in at number nine. Will Smith's Men In Black managed fifth place.

Puff Daddy's memorial to his murdered friend, Notorious B.I.G I'll Be Missing You, was in third place and Perfect Day, which raised money for Children In Need, was fourth.

Top 50 Albums

1 Be Here Now Oasis

2 Spice Spice Girls

3 Urban Hymns The Verve

4 White On Blonde Texas

5 The Fat Of The Land Prodigy

6 Spiceworld Spice Girls

7 Let's Talk About Love Celine Deon

8 OK Computer Radiohead

9 Ocean Drive Lighthouse Family

10 Greatest Hits Eternal

11 Older George Michael

12 Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow

13 Travelling Without Moving Jamiroquai

14 Backstreet's Back Backstreet Boys

15 Blue Is The Colour Beautiful South

16 The Best Of Wham Wham

17 Everything Must Go Manic Street Preachers

18 Evita Original Cast

19 Pop U2

20 Tragic Kingdom No Doubt

21 Postcards From Heaven Lighthouse Family

22 Fresco M People

23 Falling Into You Celine Dion

24 Paint The Sky With Stars - The Best Of Enya Enya

25 Secrets Toni Braxton

26 Lennon Legend - The Very Best Of John Lennon

27 Blur Blur

28 Like You Do - Best Of Lightning Seeds

29 All Saints All Saints

30 Do It Yourself Seahorses

31 Marchin'Already Ocean Colour Scene

32 Their Greatest Hits Hot Chocolate

33 Stoosh Skunk Anansie

34 Glow Reef

35 (What's The Story) Morning Glory Oasis

36 Always On My Mind Elvis Presley

37 K Kula Shaker

38 Tellin' Stories Charlatans

39 Before the Rain Eternal

40 Come Find Yourself Fun Lovin' Criminals

41 The Big Picture Elton John

42 Open Road Gary Barlow

43 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette

44 It's My Life - The Album Sash! …

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