Your long-weekend bangin barbie playlist from Summer 97/98!

The January long weekend is the perfect time for listening to a bunch of great tunes while you gather with friends. And if you’re over the ‘usual’ one – here’s a little time machine back to 1997/1998.

Andrew Gyopar, Dannii Minogue and Rod ‘Talking Man’ Cuddihy

Pssssst!! Wanna jump straight to the music?

Just scroll STRAIGHT to the bottom… and enjoy over FIVE HOURS of Hitz FM tunes. Ready to stream on Spotify…

So, December/January ’97/’98. Hitz FM was wrapping up its 13th broadcast and there was lots to celebrate. The station had attracted lots of celebrity drop-ins, including Dannii Minogue (on New Year’s Eve, no less!) and Kate Ceberano.

They’d given away bigger prizes than ever (one listener won a pinball machine, a Hard Rock Cafe denim jacket and a Hoyts Gold Pass!). And they’d got some fantastic promotion when president Andrew Gyopar and morning presenter Olivia Belvedere appeared on ABC TV’s Recovery with Dylan Lewis!

ABC TV’s Dylan Lewis with Olivia Belvedere & Andrew Gyopar

And when the broadcast finally wrapped up on Saturday January 24, 1998 – Hitz FM did it’s traditional Hitz 89 countdown. That was a user-voted selection of the top 89 songs of that Summer. And as you’ll hear in a minute, there were tonnes of great tracks. In fact, many of them turned up just 3 months later in one of the best Hitz FM CDs of all time – Hitz ONE.

Playing your barbie playlist from Summer 97/98

So, what better way to celebrate a long weekend, than to listen to most of those Hitz FM songs – in your own hand-created Spotify playlist! Over 70 songs… over 5 HOURS of Hitz FM 90s goodness.

Just click on player below, and start streaming!
(No Spotify player appearing? – just CLICK ON THIS LINK to open the playlist directly in Spotify)

PS: don’t forget to “save” it to your Spotify account!

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Author: Gabe McGrath

Gabe McGrath is a radio creative and freelance writer. He helped set up 89.9 Hitz FM Melbourne in the 90s. This youth radio station caused a sensation and 30 years later many a 90s kid will smile when 'Hitz' is mentioned. Gabe is working on a book about that era and now blogs about Hitz Melbourne. includes tonnes of streaming audio recordings, photos, stories and behind-the-scenes info.

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