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…


25 Great Songs from 1998

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



7 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.


Here is the full list…

Awesome – 1 Uninvited Alanis Morissette
Awesome – 1 Fly Away Lenny Kravitz
Awesome – 3 You Should Come Over 54-40
Awesome – 3 Cowboy Kid Rock
Awesome – 3 No Way Pearl Jam
Awesome – 3 Money City Maniacs Sloan
Awesome – 3 Poets Tragicallly Hip
Awesome – 3 Got You Where I Want You The Flys
Great – 9 Celebrity Skin Hole
Great – 9 Malibu Hole
Great – 9 All Those Yesterdays Pearl Jam
Great – 9 Meet Virginia Train
Great – 13 Closing Time Semisonic
Great – 13 Slide The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 13 Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) The Offspring
Great – 13 Thank U Alanis Morissette
Great – 13 That Song Big Wreck
Great – 13 The Way Fastball
Great – 13 Shine Junkhouse
Great – 13 American Woman Lenny Kravitz
Great – 13 Gasoline Moist
Great – 13 In Hiding Pearl Jam
Great – 13 Wishlist Pearl Jam
Great – 13 Pure Morning Placebo
Great – 13 Luv Me, Luv Me Shaggy
Great – 13 My Favorite Mistake Sheryl Crow
Great – 13 Can’t Get Enough of You Baby Smash Mouth
Great – 13 Ava Adore Smashing Pumpkins
Great – 13 Black Balloon The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 13 Broadway The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 13 Iris The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 13 Fireworks Tragicallly Hip
Great – 13 I Think I’m Paranoid Garbage
Solid – 34 The Rockafeller Skank Fatboy Slim
Solid – 34 Since When 54-40
Solid – 34 One Week Barenaked Ladies
Solid – 34 Intergalactic Beastie Boys
Solid – 34 The Oaf Big Wreck
Solid – 34 Never There Cake
Solid – 34 What It’s Like Everlast
Solid – 34 Out Of My Head Fastball
Solid – 34 He Got Game Public Enemy
Solid – 34 Come With Me Puff Daddy
Solid – 34 The Kids Aren’t Alright The Offspring
Solid – 34 Tequila Sunrise Cypress Hill
Solid – 34 Push It Garbage
Solid – 34 Turn The Page Metallica
Solid – 48 I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith
Solid – 48 Spaceman Bif Naked
Solid – 48 The Scene Big Sugar
Solid – 48 Blown Wide Open Big Wreck
Solid – 48 …Baby One More Time Britney Spears
Solid – 48 Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
Solid – 48 Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry
Solid – 48 Fire Escape Fastball
Solid – 48 Shimmer Fuel
Solid – 48 Heaven Tonight Hole
Solid – 48 The Dope Show Marilyn Manson
Solid – 48 Space Lord Monster Magnet
Solid – 48 Given To Fly Pearl Jam
Solid – 48 Adia Sarah McLachlan
Solid – 48 Lullaby Shawn Mullins
Solid – 48 My Favourite Game The Cardigans
Solid – 48 We Like To Party (The Vengabus) Vengaboys
Solid – 48 Heroes The Wallflowers
Solid – 48 Cut You In Jerry Cantrell
Solid – 48 Redundant Green Day
Solid – 48 Body Movin’ Beastie Boys
Solid – 48 Remote Control Beastie Boys
Not Bad – 70 It’s All Been Done Barenaked Ladies
Not Bad – 70 Forest Fire David Usher
Not Bad – 70 Together Again Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 70 Hands Jewel
Not Bad – 70 Ray Of Light Madonna
Not Bad – 70 Kind & Generous Natalie Merchant
Not Bad – 70 Do The Evolution Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 70 Dragula Rob Zombie
Not Bad – 70 The Spirit of Radio Rush
Not Bad – 70 Bobcaygeon Tragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 70 Membership Tragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 70 Leaving On a Jet Plan Chantal Kreviazuk
Not Bad – 70 Don’t Drink The Water Dave Matthews Band
Not Bad – 70 I’ll Be Edwin McCain
Not Bad – 70 Perfect Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 70 The Rules Tragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 86 The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica
Not Bad – 86 This Means War! Busta Rhymes
Not Bad – 86 My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion
Not Bad – 86 You Were Mine Dixie Chicks
Not Bad – 86 Summer Long Emm Gryner
Not Bad – 86 Everything Is Automatic Matthew Good Band
Not Bad – 86 Faithfull Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 86 Pilate Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 86 Something On Tragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 86 Thompson Girl Tragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 86 Under the Lighthouse Big Wreck
Not Bad – 86 When You’re Gone Bryan Adams
Not Bad – 86 Back to You Bryan Adams
Not Bad – 86 Whippin’ Piccadilly Gomez
Not Bad – 86 It’s the End of the World Great Big Sea
Not Bad – 86 London Rain Heather Nova
Not Bad – 86 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) Jay-Z
Not Bad – 86 Freak on a Leash Korn
Not Bad – 86 Mountain Hare Krishna Krishna Das
Not Bad – 86 Rico Matthew Good Band
Not Bad – 86 MFC Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 86 In My Head Queens of the Stone Age
Not Bad – 86 You Get What You Give The New Radicals
Not Bad – 86 Graduate Third Eye Blind
Not Bad – 86 Vapour Trails Tragicallly Hip
Not Bad – 86 Any Day Now Watchmen
Not Bad – 86 This Mourning Wide Mouth Mason
Not Bad – 86 Daysleeper R.E.M.
Not Bad – 86 Frozen Madonna
Not Bad – 86 Over Your Shoulder Seven Mary Three
Not Bad – 86 Losing A Whole Year Third Eye Blind
Not Bad – 86 Hooch Everything


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