Top of the Pops 7 May 2022: Saturday on BBC Two

Top of the Pops 7 May 2022: Saturday on BBC Two 11

The Story of 1997 – Revolution was in the air for the long-running music show, both in terms of the music and the show itself. Techno-pop punk rock arrived in the form of Republica and frontwoman Saffron, followed by the likes of Placebo and Chumbawamba, who were all livening things up at the BBC Elstree studios.

The year also saw the emergence of reggae star Finley Quaye, NY trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals, with their sample-driven tales of city life, and hogging the charts were Danish outfit Aqua with their own brand of plastic pop. With a new chief, Chris Cowey, in charge of the show, evolution was also in the air during another fascinating year in the life of Top of the Pops.

Contributors include Saffron from Republica, Sharleen Spiteri of Texas, Brian Molko of Placebo, Finley Quaye, Huey Morgan, Aqua, Chris Cowey, Trevor Nelson and Jayne Middlemiss.

TOTP: Biggest Hits 1997 – Revel in many of the biggest singles of 1997 as the Top of the Pops archives are opened once more!

It’s the year Robbie Williams took flight with his anthemic Angels, Chumbawamba proved nothing could get us down, and Barbie and Ken had us partying to plastic pop. Girl power was irresistible as Spice Girls built on their astronomical rise with yet another chart topper, All Saints had a few questions they needed to know, and Eternal proved four key changes in a song make for a hit with I Wanna Be The Only One. Celebrate the BBC Elstree debuts from No Doubt, Natalie Imbruglia and three Hanson hit-makers. Also, with club classics from Ultra Naté Gala, and many more, you’ve got yourself a pop music year not to be missed.

Artists include Hanson, Eternal and Bebe Winans, Backstreet Boys, Aqua, No Doubt, Placebo, Texas, Spice Girls, Shola Ama, Robbie Williams, Chumbawamba, Bush, Beck, Gala, Natalie Imbruglia, Eels, Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, Ultra Nate and All Saints.

All Saints Special – Performance from All Saints on Top of the Pops, first broadcast 2000.

Eternal Special – Performance by Eternal on Top of the Pops, first broadcast 1998.

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