100 Greatest Albums of 1998

Criteria: These music albums from the year 1998 were chosen for their immediate and lasting popularity, impact, influence, and acclaim from critics and musicians. This list does not include 'Greatest Hits' albums.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

  1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
  2. Aquemini - Outkast
  3. Ray of Light - Madonna
  4. Hello Nasty - Beastie Boys
  5. Devil Without a Cause - Kid Rock
  6. You've Come a Long Way, Baby - Fatboy Slim
  7. The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 - Live 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert - Bob Dylan
  8. Follow the Leader - Korn
  9. Moon Safari - Air
10. Mezzanine - Massive Attack
11. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
12. Deserter's Songs - Mercury Rev
13. Hard Knock Life, Vol.2 - Jay-Z
14. Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - Black Star
15. Music Has the Right to Children - Boards of Canada
16. Moment of Truth - Gang Starr
17. White Ladder - David Gray
18. It's Dark and Hell Is Hot - DMX
19. System of a Down - System of a Down
20. XO - Elliott Smith
21. Without You I'm Nothing - Placebo
22. Mutations - Beck
23. My Love Is Your Love - Whitney Houston
24. Americana - Offspring
25. Celebrity Skin - Hole
26. Capital Punishment - Big Punisher
27. The Boy With the Arab Strap - Belle and Sebastian
28. Never Say Never - Brandy
29. Godsmack - Godsmack
30. Mechanical Animals - Marilyn Manson
31. 400 Degreez - Juvenile
32. Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age
33. Dizzy Up the Girl - Goo Goo Dolls
34. Version 2.0 - Garbage
35. This Is Hardcore - Pulp
36. Adore - Smashing Pumpkins
37. Embrya - Maxwell
38. Yield - Pearl Jam
39. Hellbilly Deluxe - Rob Zombie
40. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood - DMX
41. From the Choirgirl Hotel - Tori Amos
42. R. - R. Kelly
43. The Shape of Punk to Come - Refused
44. 3rd Eye Vision - Hieroglyphics
45. Stunt - Barenaked Ladies
46. Before These Crowded Streets - Dave Matthews Band
47. Big Calm - Morcheeba
48. Enter the Dru - Dru Hill
49. Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie - Alanis Morissette
50. The Boy Is Mine - Monica
51. Believe - Cher
52. City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture - Various Artists
53. E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front - Busta Rhymes
54. Electro-Shock Blues - Eels
55. Tyrese - Tyrese
56. Mermaid Avenue - Billy Bragg & Wilco
57. Moon Pix - Cat Power
58. Bobby Digital in Stereo - RZA
59. Garage Inc. - Metallica
60. Is This Desire? - PJ Harvey
61. Psyence Fiction - UNKLE
62. Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too - New Radicals
63. Whitey Ford Sings the Blues - Everlast
64. The Black Light - Calexico
65. The K & D Sessions - Kruder & Dorfmeister
66. Powertrip - Monster Magnet
67. The Globe Sessions - Sheryl Crow
68. Soul Survivor - Pete Rock
69. Tamia - Tamia
70. Still Standing - Goodie Mob
71. Up - R.E.M.
72. I've Been Expecting You - Robbie Williams
73. Heavy Mental - Killah Priest
74. Bring It On - Gomez
75. Steal This Album - The Coup
76. This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours - Manic Street Preachers
77. Decksanddrumsandrockandroll - Propellerheads
78. Painted from Memory - Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
79. 5 - Lenny Kravitz
80. The Dude - Devin the Dude
81. TNT - Tortoise
82. 98 Degrees and Rising - 98 Degrees
83. Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Wainwright
84. He Got Game (Soundtrack) - Public Enemy
85. Life Won't Wait - Rancid
86. Shut 'Em Down - Onyx
87. Feeling Strangely Fine - Semisonic
88. American Water - Silver Jews
89. Permutation - Amon Tobin
90. Rhythm-al-ism - DJ Quik
91. Good Morning Spider - Sparklehorse
92. Nightfall in Middle Earth - Blind Guardian
93. Keep the Faith - Faith Evans
94. Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk - Jeff Buckley
95. Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis
96. Ophelia - Natalie Merchant
97. A Book of Human Language - Aceyalone
98. How It Feels to Be Something On - Sunny Day Real Estate
99. Angels with Dirty Faces - Tricky
100. Apocalypse Dudes - Turbonegro
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1998
Brian's choice - An unheralded great album from 1998
* Through the Trees - Handsome Family
Lew's choice:
* Soul's Core - Shawn Mullins
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