Pick of the Year: 1997

‘1997, Heaven only knows where this thing is gonna go’ – Kool and the Gang


Dad’s ‘Pick of the Year’ tapes were always a firm family favourite where he would make a compilation cassette of his favourite songs form that year. He stopped in 1992 however, when music got a bit too modern for him. It’s something over the years I’ve tried to carry on, and did for a while but, no one listens to CDs anymore and they don’t have the same impact as mp3 playlists. I’ve often thought about restarting it all from 1982 on my blog though just so I have somewhere to put them all for prosperity sake.

The first rule of POTY is DON’T TALK ABOUT PICK OF THE YEAR, sorry, that’s the illegal underground fight club i’m part of.

The first rule of POTY is that you can only pick songs that charted in the top 75 in the UK. The second rule of POTY is that you can only pick enough songs that would fit onto an old C120 cassette (between 30-40 tracks). The final rule, one which I’ve imposed myself, is that you must include that year’s Christmas number 1 (highlighted in green)

  1. DJ Quicksilver – Bellisima
  2. Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
  3. Elton John – Something About The Way You Look Tonight
  4. Will Smith – Men in Black
  5. Spice Girls – Spice Up Your Life
  6. Hanson – Mmmbop
  7. LL Cool J – Phemonenon
  8. Gala – Freed From Desire
  9. Boyz II Men – 4 Seasons of Lonliness
  10. Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are
  11. En Vogue – Don’t Let Go (Love)
  12. No Doubt – Don’t Speak
  13. Oasis – D’You Know What I Mean
  14. Various – Perfect Day
  15. Todd Terry – Something Goin’ On
  16. Janet Jackson – Got Til It’s Gone
  17. Fun Lovin Criminals – Scooby Snacks
  18. Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
  19. Hanson – Where’s the Love
  20. R Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
  21. Blur – On Your Own
  22. Robbie Williams – Angels
  23. Ulra Nate – Free
  24. Blackstreet – Don’t Leave Me
  25. Meredith Brooks – Bitch
  26. All Saints – I Know Where It’s At
  27. Peter Andre – All About Us
  28. Janet Jackson – Together Again
  29. All Saints – Never Ever
  30. Kula Shaker – Hush
  31. Michael Jackson – Blood on the Dance Floor
  32. Dario G – Sunchyme
  33. Puff Daddy – I’ll Be Missing You
  34. Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
  35. Texas – Black Eyed Boy
  36. PF Project – Choose Life
  37. Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
  38. Notorious BIG – Mo Money Mo Problems
  39. Rosie Gaines – Closer than Close
  40. Texas – Say What You Want
  41. Pacebo – Nancy Boy
  42. Sash – Encore Une Fois
  43. Spice Girls – Too Much
  44. Blue Boy – Remember Me
  45. White Town – Your Woman
  46. Do Doubt – Just A Girl
  47. Verve – Lucjy Man

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