1. Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Deeply
Taking home an ARIA for Single Of The Year and becoming the duo's first No. 1 single on the US Billboard Charts, Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones song 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' was an anthem for 1997. It was the most successful Australian song of the year.
2. Silverchair - Freak
Taken from their second album "Freak Show" in 1997, 'Freak' became Silverchair's second No. 1 song on Australian charts. They didn't revisit the No. 1 spot until 10 years later with their 2007 hit 'Straight Lines'.
3. Kylie Minogue - Did It Again
'Did It Again' was the second single to come from Kylie Minogue's sixth studio album "Impossible Princess" in 1997. It entered the Aussie and UK charts in the Top 20. Do you remember the video of her fighting with her Kylie clones?
4. Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
'Torn' was the debut single of Berkeley Vale-born Natalie Imbruglia and hit No. 1 in five different countries. While the song made the rounds all across the world, it only reached No. 2 here in Aus! The song was actually a cover of a less-popular version recorded by Danish band Ednaswap in 1995.
5. John Farnham & Human Nature - Everytime You Cry
Peaking at No. 3 on the ARIA charts, 'Everytime You Cry', a duet between John Farnham & Human Nature, was featured on both Human Nature's album "Counting Down" and served as the lead single on John Farnham's "Anthology 1".
6. Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Aussie band Regurgitator were in their prime in 1997. Off the back of "Polyester Girl" came "! (The Song Formally Known As)". Although it only peaked at #28 on the ARIA charts the following year, this song has remained a cult classic and an Aussie anthem for the 90s.
7. Tina Arena - Burn
Tina Arena's 'Burn' was extremely popular in Australia, reaching No. 2 on the ARIA charts and certified gold by the end of the year. It featured on her third album "In Deep".
8. Grinspoon - Just Ace
'Just Ace' was the debut single from Grinspoon's first album "Guide to Better Living". At only 1:46 duration, it reached No. 25 on the ARIA singles chart and remained there for 15 weeks.
9. The Living End - Prisoner Of Society
'Prisoner of Society' was originally released on the 1997 EP "Second Solution/Prisoner of Society". It was later released as a single, separate from "Second Solution", in the UK in 1998.
10. Spiderbait - Calypso
Spiderbait's third album "Ivy and the Big Apples" became a double platinum-selling record that hit the top 10 albums chart in Australia and won the 1997 ARIA Award for Best Alternative Release. Its second single, 'Calypso', reached No. 13 and can also be heard in the movie '10 Things I Hate About You'.