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1997

Top Adult Contemporary Songs of 1997
by Alex Cosper

LEANN RIMES - How Do I Live
MADONNA - Don't Cry For Me Argentina
NO DOUBT - Don't Speak
JEWEL - You Were Meant For Me
DAVE MATTHEWS - Crash Into Me
R. KELLY - I Believe I Can Fly
TONI BRAXTON - Un-break My Heart
JEWEL - Foolish Games
CELINE DION - All By Myself
SHAWN COLVIN - Sunny Came Home

1997 Top Pop Hits
1997 Top Albums
1997 Top Ballads/Adult Contemporary
1997 Top Country Hits
1997 Top Dance Hits
1997 Top Modern/Alternative Hits
1997 Top R&B Hits
1997 Top Rock Hits

More Adult Contemporary Songs of 1997

ELTON JOHN - Candle in the Wind '97
SARAH McLACHLAN - Building a Mystery
THE VERVE PIPE - The Freshmen
SUGAR RAY - Fly
PAULA COLE - I Don't Want To Wait
ELTON JOHN - Something About The Way You Look Tonight
MATCHBOX 20 - Push
BACKSTREET BOYS - Quit Playin' Games
WALLFLOWERS - The Difference
MARIAH CAREY - Honey
DUNCAN SHEIK - Barely Breathing
WALLFLOWERS - One Headlight
SHERYL CROW - Every Day Is a Winding Road
SARAH McLACHLAN - Sweet Surrender
WHITE TOWN - Yuor Woman
SNEAKER PIMPS - 6 Underground
THE VERVE - Bittersweet Symphony
GREEN DAY - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
GARBAGE - #1 Crush
OASIS - Don't Go Away
ALANIS MORISSETTE - Head Over Feet
BEE GEES - Alone
CRANBERRIES - When You're Gone
JARS OF CLAY - Crazy Times
MATCHBOX 20 - 3 a.m.
AMY GRANT - Takes a Little Time
NO DOUBT - Sunday Morning
BABYFACE - Everytime I Close My Eyes
THIRD EYE BLIND - How's It Going To Be
DEPECHE MODE - It's No Good
PAULA COLE - Where Have All the Cowboys Gone
OMC - How Bizarre
SAVAGE GARDEN - I Want You
SISTER HAZEL - All For You
LUSCIOUS JACKSON - Naked Eye
CARDIGANS - Lovefool
BEN FOLDS FIVE - Brick
WALLFLOWERS - Three Marlenas
U2 - Staring At The Sun
COUNTING CROWS - A Long December
SUNDAYS - Summertime

The rise of the modern AC format was felt in places such as Sacramento as KZZO (100.5 The Zone) zoomed up in the ratings with a tight format of female-driven pop alternative music. It was a refreshing sound at first since the alternative format had moved away from diversity in favor of a predictable hard crunchy sound.

In many ways 1997 was part of a transition period into a new dark age of cororate emptiness. But for the time being music was still not too super formulaic in the modern AC realm, which attracted fans of Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Alanis Morissette and countlss other female acts that had slipped through the cracks at pop radio but were nurtured by the alternative format.

The death of the alternative format as a meaningful force in society was still a few more years away, but the format was not clearly on the decline, as the ratings proved. The effects of the Telecom Act of 1996 were starting to kick in as radio across the dial was quickly becoming more corporate and standardized.








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