100 Greatest Songs From 1998

Criteria: These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

  1. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
  2. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
  3. Intergalactic - Beastie Boys
  4. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) - Jay Z
  5. Ray Of Light - Madonna
  6. Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
  7. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
  8. The Boy Is Mine - Brandy and Monica
  9. Freak On A Leash - Korn
10. Believe - Cher
11. Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz
12. One Week - Barenaked Ladies
13. Changes - 2Pac
14. Music Sounds Better with You - Stardust
15. The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim
16. Closing Time - Semisonic
17. You Get What You Give - New Radicals
18. Rosa Parks - Outkast
19. Bawitdaba - Kid Rock
20. Are You That Somebody - Aaliyah
21. The Way - Fastball
22. Celebrity Skin - Hole
23. Frozen - Madonna
24. Angel of Mine - Monica
25. Heartbreak Hotel - Whitney Houston, Faith Evans and Kelly Price
26. Holland, 1945 - Neutral Milk Hotel
27. Teardrop - Massive Attack
28. It's Not Right but It's Okay - Whitney Houston
29. Sexy Boy - Air
30. Slide - Goo Goo Dolls
31. Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera
32. Nobody's Supposed to Be Here - Deborah Cox
33. No, No, No - Destiny's Child
34. This Is Hardcore - Pulp
35. Have You Ever? - Brandy
36. I'm Your Angel - R. Kelly and Celine Dion
37. The First Night - Monica
38. What's It Gonna Be?! - Busta Rhymes and Janet Jackson
39. Praise You - Fatboy Slim
40. Waltz #2 - Elliott Smith
41. Can I Get A... - Jay-Z, Amil and Ja Rule
42. Ex-Factor - Lauryn Hill
43. Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) - Pras Michel, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Mýa
44. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers
45. A Rose Is Still a Rose - Aretha Franklin
46. Lately - Divine
47. Spottieottiedopaliscious - OutKast
48. Body Bumpin' (Yippie-Yi-Yo) - Public Announcement
49. Come with Me - Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page
50. Let's Ride - Montell Jordan, Master P and Silkk the Shocker
51. What It's Like - Everlast
52. Make It Hot - Nicole Wray, Missy Elliott and Mocha
53. Beau Mot Plage - Isolée
54. Sweet Lady - Tyrese
55. Say It - Voices of Theory
56. Goddess on a Hiway - Mercury Rev
57. Pure Morning - Placebo
58. Anywhere - 112 and Lil Zane
59. Rabbit in Your Headlights - UNKLE
60. You - Jesse Powell
61. Ice Hockey Hair - Super Furry Animals
62. It's All About Me - Mýa and Sisqo
63. The Arms of the One Who Loves You - Xscape
64. Trippin' - Total and Missy Elliott
65. Black Balloon - Goo Goo Dolls
66. Holes - Mercury Rev
67. Time After Time - INOJ
68. Are You Jimmy Ray? - Jimmy Ray
69. Cruel Summer - Ace of Base
70. Cross Bones Style - Cat Power
71. Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
72. Nobody's Fault But My Own - Beck
73. Daysleeper - R.E.M.
74. These Are the Times - Dru Hill
75. My Favourite Game - Cardigans
76. Everybody Here Wants You - Jeff Buckley
77. Friend of Mine - Kelly Price, R. Kelly, Ron Isley
78. My Love Is Your Love - Whitney Houston
79. The Boy with the Arab Strap - Belle and Sebastian
80. Road Rage - Catatonia
81. Still Not a Player - Big Pun and Joe
82. Ha - Juvenile
83. Random Rules - Silver Jews
84. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams
85. All Night Long - Faith Evans and Puff Daddy
86. Back That Azz Up - Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Lil Wayne
87. All I Need - Air
88. Inner Meet Me - The Beta Band
89. Almost Doesn't Count - Brandy
90. When a Woman's Fed Up - R. Kelly
91. Malibu - Hole
92. Outside - George Michael
93. Millennium - Robbie Williams
94. Roygbiv - Boards of Canada
95. The Everlasting - Manic Street Preachers
96. Tropicalia - Beck
97. The Dope Show - Marilyn Manson
98. To Zion - Lauryn Hill
99. Horny '98 - Mousse T vs Hot 'n' Juicy
100. Drunken Angel - Lucinda Williams
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Jump Jive an' Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
102. Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks
103. Ghetto Cowboy - Mo Thugs
104. Who Am I - Beenie Man
105. Kelly Watch the Stars - Air
106. Babylon - David Gray
107. Sugar - System of a Down
108. The Cedar Room - Doves
109. Love Unlimited - Fun Lovin' Criminals
110. Money, Power & Respect - The LOX, DMX and Lil' Kim
111. Out of My Head - Fastball
112. God Give Me Strength - Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
113. Honey - Moby
114. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) - The Offspring
115. Meet Virginia - Train
116. California Stars - Billy Bragg & Wilco
117. The Party Continues - Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and Usher
118. Thinkin' Bout It - Gerald Levert
119. Let's Kill Saturday Night - Robbie Fulks
120. El President - Drugstore
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1998
An unheralded great record from 1998
Bruce's choice -
* Pride And Joy - Otis Rush
Lew's choice -
* My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton
Adam's choice -
* Cry - Philosopher Kings
Ryan's choice -
* Money City Maniacs - Sloan

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Last Updated: 2014-07-16