My favorite songs of 1998

Posted: February 8, 2019 in Rankings

At the start of 1998, at the turn of the New Year, I had moved to London and returned to school. This time it was college. Some close friends and family were in this city so it was an easy transition. My mind and heart were still reeling from the breakup that was a good 14 months prior. In London things were much better, because instead of being alone and depressed with no close friends around and few acquaintances, I had plenty around. Plus I made more, including a couple of good ones in college and a couple of good ones who lived next door (one of whom eventually became my brother-in-law). But all this meant was that I had a different friend or group of friends to hit the bar with every night. Three or four times a week, in fact.

I went to school for marketing, but in the summer I found a job as a retail manager and stopped going to class. I showed up for exams and got the credits, because I found it easy. But then I focused on making money, still unsure about what I wanted to do. Only that I wanted to make money and be comfortable. I was heavily in debt ($40 thousand) and thanks to returning to school, it reset the clock as to how quickly I had to pay it back.

In the retail stores we played music, so I was still on top of the latest songs. Not many great ones came out in 1998, though plenty of “not bad” ones. Perhaps it was the rough couple of years I was going through. I did love Fly Away though. It brought me straight back to being a huge Kravitz fan. I thought Uninvited and You Should Come Over were both very underrated songs (and both from Canadian artists). And Pearl Jam Yield came out and the best song on that CD was a song they never released – No Way. The song Money City Maniacs (another Canadian band) will always remind me of GT’s.

In the summer of ’98 I remember being on a rooftop patio when we caught word that the Hip was the ‘secret band’ that would perform in London the next night. We all got up, went home and gathered our things, and we got in line, staying up all night. We got the tickets and I watched the Hip for my second and final time.

The Tragically Hip’s album that summer, Phantom Menace, was the first of what would be a steady string of weak albums for what was an elite band. And Poets was the last of their truly great songs. Everyone loves Bobcaygeon – love love loves it – but it never caught on with me. I bought the Hip’s Live Between Us album after that one, but that would be it for me and buying albums from this band.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

 

1- Awesome Uninvited Alanis Morissette
1- Awesome Fly Away Lenny Kravitz
3 – Awesome You Should Come Over 54-40
3 – Awesome Cowboy Kid Rock
3 – Awesome No Way Pearl Jam
3 – Awesome Money City Maniacs Sloan
3 – Awesome Poets Tragicallly Hip
8 – Great Celebrity Skin Hole
8 – Great Malibu Hole
8 – Great All Those Yesterdays Pearl Jam
8 – Great Meet Virginia Train
12 – Great Closing Time Semisonic
12 – Great Slide The Goo Goo Dolls
12 – Great Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) The Offspring
12 – Great Thank U Alanis Morissette
12 – Great That Song Big Wreck
12 – Great The Way Fastball
12 – Great Shine Junkhouse
12 – Great American Woman Lenny Kravitz
12 – Great Gasoline Moist
12 – Great In Hiding Pearl Jam
12 – Great Wishlist Pearl Jam
12 – Great Pure Morning Placebo
12 – Great Luv Me, Luv Me Shaggy
12 – Great My Favorite Mistake Sheryl Crow
12 – Great Can’t Get Enough of You Baby Smash Mouth
12 – Great Ava Adore Smashing Pumpkins
12 – Great Black Balloon The Goo Goo Dolls
12 – Great Broadway The Goo Goo Dolls
12 – Great Iris The Goo Goo Dolls
12 – Great Fireworks Tragicallly Hip
32 – Pretty Good Since When 54-40
32 – Pretty Good One Week Barenaked Ladies
32 – Pretty Good Intergalactic Beastie Boys
32 – Pretty Good The Oaf Big Wreck
32 – Pretty Good Never There Cake
32 – Pretty Good What It’s Like Everlast
32 – Pretty Good Out Of My Head Fastball
32 – Pretty Good He Got Game Public Enemy
32 – Pretty Good Come With Me Puff Daddy
32 – Pretty Good The Kids Aren’t Alright The Offspring
42 – Pretty Good I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith
42 – Pretty Good Spaceman Bif Naked
42 – Pretty Good The Scene Big Sugar
42 – Pretty Good Blown Wide Open Big Wreck
42 – Pretty Good …Baby One More Time Britney Spears
42 – Pretty Good Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
42 – Pretty Good Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry
42 – Pretty Good Fire Escape Fastball
42 – Pretty Good Shimmer Fuel
42 – Pretty Good Heaven Tonight Hole
42 – Pretty Good The Dope Show Marilyn Manson
42 – Pretty Good Space Lord Monster Magnet
42 – Pretty Good Given To Fly Pearl Jam
42 – Pretty Good Adia Sarah McLachlan
42 – Pretty Good Lullaby Shawn Mullins
42 – Pretty Good My Favourite Game The Cardigans
42 – Pretty Good We Like To Party (The Vengabus) Vengaboys
59 – Not Bad It’s All Been Done Barenaked Ladies
59 – Not Bad Forest Fire David Usher
59 – Not Bad Together Again Janet Jackson
59 – Not Bad Hands Jewel
59 – Not Bad Ray Of Light Madonna
59 – Not Bad Kind & Generous Natalie Merchant
59 – Not Bad Do The Evolution Pearl Jam
59 – Not Bad Dragula Rob Zombie
59 – Not Bad The Spirit of Radio Rush
59 – Not Bad Bobcaygeon Tragicallly Hip
59 – Not Bad Membership Tragicallly Hip
59 – Not Bad Leaving On a Jet Plan Chantal Kreviazuk
59 – Not Bad Don’t Drink The Water Dave Matthews Band
59 – Not Bad I’ll Be Edwin McCain
59 – Not Bad Perfect Smashing Pumpkins
59 – Not Bad The Rules Tragicallly Hip
75 – Not Bad The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica
75 – Not Bad This Means War! Busta Rhymes
75 – Not Bad My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion
75 – Not Bad You Were Mine Dixie Chicks
75 – Not Bad Summer Long Emm Gryner
75 – Not Bad Everything Is Automatic Matthew Good Band
75 – Not Bad Faithfull Pearl Jam
75 – Not Bad Pilate Pearl Jam
75 – Not Bad Something On Tragicallly Hip
75 – Not Bad Thompson Girl Tragicallly Hip
75 – Not Bad Under the Lighthouse Big Wreck
75 – Not Bad When You’re Gone Bryan Adams
75 – Not Bad Back to You Bryan Adams
75 – Not Bad Whippin’ Piccadilly Gomez
75 – Not Bad It’s the End of the World Great Big Sea
75 – Not Bad London Rain Heather Nova
75 – Not Bad Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) Jay-Z
75 – Not Bad Freak on a Leash Korn
75 – Not Bad Mountain Hare Krishna Krishna Das
75 – Not Bad Rico Matthew Good Band
75 – Not Bad MFC Pearl Jam
75 – Not Bad In My Head Queens of the Stone Age
75 – Not Bad You Get What You Give The New Radicals
75 – Not Bad Graduate Third Eye Blind
75 – Not Bad Vapour Trails Tragicallly Hip
75 – Not Bad Any Day Now Watchmen
75 – Not Bad This Mourning Wide Mouth Mason

 

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