This week in 1997
1 2 3 4 5 Barbie Girl Aqua
Torn Natalie Imbruglia
Tell Him Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion
Spice Up Your Life Spice Girls
Something About the Way You Look Tonight/candle In The Wind Elton John
6 Choose Life PF Project feat Ewan Mcgregor
7 Open Roadgary Barlow
8 James Bond Theme Moby
9 Stay Sash! Feat La Trec
10 Put Your Arms Around Me Texas
Few songs are as reviled as ‘Barbie Girl’ from
Danish-norwegian dance pop group Aqua.
And yet, since its release
20 years ago, it has sold more than eight million copies around the world and currently ranks as the thirteenth best selling single of all time in the
UK. The song about Barbie and Ken was the subject of a lengthy lawsuit in the US as toymakers Mattel claimed the lyrics violated their trademark and turned Barbie into a sex object, therefore tarnishing the brand. Aqua and their record company MCA countersued for defamation. Both cases were eventually thrown out in the courts, the judge in the latter advising both parties to ‘chill’.