My favorite songs of 1998


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. As always, I turned to music.

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:

Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

Here are videos of the best, with the full list and chart at the bottom…

27 Great Songs from 1998

Turn The Lights On – Big Sugar

Celebrity Skin – Hole

Malibu – Hole

All Those Yesterdays – Pearl Jam

Meet Virginia – Train

Closing Time – Semisonic

Slide – The Goo Goo Dolls

Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) – The Offspring

Thank U – Alanis Morissette

That Song – Big Wreck

The Way – Fastball

Shine – Junkhouse

American Woman – Lenny Kravitz

Gasoline – Moist

In Hiding – Pearl Jam

Wishlist – Pearl Jam

Pure Morning – Placebo

Luv Me, Luv Me – Shaggy

My Favorite Mistake – Sheryl Crow

Can’t Get Enough of You Baby – Smash Mouth

Ava Adore – Smashing Pumpkins

Black Balloon – The Goo Goo Dolls

Broadway – The Goo Goo Dolls

Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls

Fireworks – Tragicallly Hip

Paranoid – Garbage

Apparitions – Matthew Good Band

8 Truly Awesome Songs from 1998

Uninvited – Alanis Morissette

Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz

You Should Come Over – 54-40

Cowboy – Kid Rock

No Way – Pearl Jam

Money City Maniacs – Sloan

Poets – Tragically Hip

Got You Where I Want You – The Flys

You can listen to these great songs from 1998 on this YouTube playlist I put together.

My Spotify playlists are all here

Here is the full list…

Awesome – 1Uninvited Alanis Morissette
Awesome – 1Fly Away Lenny Kravitz
Awesome – 3You Should Come Over54-40
Awesome – 3Cowboy Kid Rock
Awesome – 3No WayPearl Jam
Awesome – 3Money City ManiacsSloan
Awesome – 3PoetsTragicallly Hip
Awesome – 3Got You Where I Want YouThe Flys
Great – 9ApparitionsMatthew Good Band
Great – 9Celebrity Skin Hole
Great – 9Malibu Hole
Great – 9All Those YesterdaysPearl Jam
Great – 9Meet Virginia Train
Great – 14Closing Time Semisonic
Great – 14Slide The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 14Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) The Offspring
Great – 14Thank U Alanis Morissette
Great – 14That SongBig Wreck
Great – 14The Way Fastball
Great – 14ShineJunkhouse
Great – 14American Woman Lenny Kravitz
Great – 14GasolineMoist
Great – 14In Hiding Pearl Jam
Great – 14Wishlist Pearl Jam
Great – 14Pure Morning Placebo
Great – 14Luv Me, Luv Me Shaggy
Great – 14My Favorite Mistake Sheryl Crow
Great – 14Can’t Get Enough of You Baby Smash Mouth
Great – 14Ava Adore Smashing Pumpkins
Great – 14Black Balloon The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 14Broadway The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 14Iris The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 14FireworksTragicallly Hip
Great – 14I Think I’m ParanoidGarbage
Great – 14Turn The Lights OnBig Sugar
Solid – 36Girl WatcherBig Sugar
Solid – 36StereoThe Watchmen
Solid – 36The Rockafeller SkankFatboy Slim
Solid – 36Since When54-40
Solid – 36One Week Barenaked Ladies
Solid – 36Intergalactic Beastie Boys
Solid – 36The OafBig Wreck
Solid – 36Never There Cake
Solid – 36What It’s Like Everlast
Solid – 36Out Of My Head Fastball
Solid – 36He Got Game Public Enemy
Solid – 36Come With Me Puff Daddy
Solid – 36The Kids Aren’t Alright The Offspring
Solid – 36Tequila SunriseCypress Hill
Solid – 36Push ItGarbage
Solid – 36Turn The PageMetallica
Solid – 52I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith
Solid – 52SpacemanBif Naked
Solid – 52The SceneBig Sugar
Solid – 52Blown Wide OpenBig Wreck
Solid – 52…Baby One More Time Britney Spears
Solid – 52Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
Solid – 52Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry
Solid – 52Fire Escape Fastball
Solid – 52Shimmer Fuel
Solid – 52Heaven Tonight Hole
Solid – 52The Dope Show Marilyn Manson
Solid – 52Space Lord Monster Magnet
Solid – 52Given To Fly Pearl Jam
Solid – 52AdiaSarah McLachlan
Solid – 52Lullaby Shawn Mullins
Solid – 52My Favourite Game The Cardigans
Solid – 52We Like To Party (The Vengabus) Vengaboys
Solid – 52HeroesThe Wallflowers
Solid – 52Cut You InJerry Cantrell
Solid – 52RedundantGreen Day
Solid – 52Body Movin’Beastie Boys
Solid – 52Remote ControlBeastie Boys
Not Bad – 74It’s All Been Done Barenaked Ladies
Not Bad – 74Forest FireDavid Usher
Not Bad – 74Together Again Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 74Hands Jewel
Not Bad – 74Ray Of Light Madonna
Not Bad – 74Kind & Generous Natalie Merchant
Not Bad – 74Do The Evolution Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 74Dragula Rob Zombie
Not Bad – 74The Spirit of Radio (Live)Rush
Not Bad – 74BobcaygeonTragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 74MembershipTragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 74Leaving On a Jet PlanChantal Kreviazuk
Not Bad – 74Don’t Drink The Water Dave Matthews Band
Not Bad – 74I’ll Be Edwin McCain
Not Bad – 74Perfect Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 74The RulesTragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 90The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica
Not Bad – 90This Means War! Busta Rhymes
Not Bad – 90My Heart Will Go OnCeline Dion
Not Bad – 90You Were Mine Dixie Chicks
Not Bad – 90Summer LongEmm Gryner
Not Bad – 90Everything Is AutomaticMatthew Good Band
Not Bad – 90Faithfull Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 90Pilate Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 90Something OnTragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 90Thompson GirlTragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 90Under the LighthouseBig Wreck
Not Bad – 90When You’re Gone Bryan Adams
Not Bad – 90Back to YouBryan Adams
Not Bad – 90Whippin’ Piccadilly Gomez
Not Bad – 90It’s the End of the WorldGreat Big Sea
Not Bad – 90London RainHeather Nova
Not Bad – 90Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) Jay-Z
Not Bad – 90Freak on a Leash Korn
Not Bad – 90Mountain Hare Krishna Krishna Das
Not Bad – 90RicoMatthew Good Band
Not Bad – 90MFC Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 90In My Head Queens of the Stone Age
Not Bad – 90You Get What You Give The New Radicals
Not Bad – 90Graduate Third Eye Blind
Not Bad – 90Vapour TrailsTragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 90Any Day NowThe Watchmen
Not Bad – 90This MourningWide Mouth Mason
Not Bad – 90DaysleeperR.E.M.
Not Bad – 90FrozenMadonna
Not Bad – 90Over Your ShoulderSeven Mary Three
Not Bad – 90Losing A Whole YearThird Eye Blind
Not Bad – 90HoochEverything

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