Each week, we’ll bring you the run down of what was #1 on the charts this week in 1997. In the week of March 1, 1997, some classics held the #1 spots. We pulled the #1s from the Hot 100, Radio (Airplay) Songs, R&B Albums and R&B Songs.
“Wannabe” was released as the Spice Girls’ debut single in May of 1996, but it took awhile for it to cross the Atlantic and eventually top the U.S. charts. This now-classic piece of pop perfection was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, this week in 1997.
The third single from 1995’s Tragic Kingdom album, “Don’t Speak” reached its peak success in 1997. It spent 16 weeks atop the Hot 100 Airplay chart in early 1997, where it sat this week in 1997. The song was ineligible to enter the main chart because it had no commercial single. The decision proved beneficial for the band, as the album ended up scanning upwards of 8 million copies in the U.S. alone.
The debut album from neo-soul founding artist Erykah Badu was perched at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week in 1997. Baduizm was instrumental in birthing the genre of neo-soul.
Before Sisqo tried to get into thongs, he was trying to get the ladies into his bed alongside his Dru Hill bandmates on the R&B classic, “In My Bed.” The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, this week in 1997.