The History of Pop Music – 1998

Featured song:

All Saints – Never Ever (UK Version) 

I am only going to select one featured song for each article, which makes it hard. I am going to try and select a different artist for each year.

For many people, and I include myself, you tend to still like the tunes you heard during childhood, which your parents often played. So rather than just pick the top 10 hits of each year, I shall let you know what they were, but also the tunes of that year not necessarily in the top 10 or so, what were in my view classics.  I also add a couple of events in history for that year, it helps bring back memories, and hopefully happy ones.

Not everyone will like my choices of course, and you may remember some from each particular year that you feel should have been included, so do please post a link to the song.

So, on we go with memories from 1998: (Thank you Wiki)

This year was about:

What was I doing:  Just going to work really. Spent the first few months mainly in our newly built office in the UK.  I oversaw sorting it out, where people sit, car parking etc.  No win job that! I recall not becoming extremely popular!  It is to be an exceptionally dire year.


Prime Minister – Tony Blair (Labour)

12 February – Mohamed Al Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed, says that he is “99.9% certain” that his son’s death in the car crash that also claimed the life of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997 was a conspiracy to kill rather than an accident. He also claims that his son had purchased an engagement ring just before the crash and had been preparing to propose marriage to Diana. A lawyer in Mr Al Fayed’s native Egypt was planning to sue the Queen and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair on the grounds that they had conspired to kill Diana because her love for a Muslim would embarrass the country.  Do not think that happened!

3 March – Millennium Dome construction begins.

10 April – The Good Friday Agreement, an agreement between the UK and Irish governments, and the main political parties in Northern Ireland is signed.

9 May – The Eurovision Song Contest held in Birmingham at the National Indoor Arena. The Dana International one.

15 June – First general-circulation issue of a two-pound coin, with a bi-metallic design (dated 1997)

2 July – Three young children are killed in a loyalist arson attack in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland.

15 August – Omagh bombing: A car bomb explodes in the Northern Irish market town of Omagh, County Tyrone, killing 29 people – the worst terrorist atrocity in the history of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. It has been planted by the Real Irish Republican Army.

24 August – First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom by Kevin Warwick at the University of Reading.  I wonder if this will catch on!

26 December – Great Boxing Day Storm: severe gale-force winds hit Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England. Roads, railways, and electricity are disrupted.

Overall, not much happening and another very dire year.

TV programmes included:

Parkinson returns after several years, I like him and his style.  Robot Wars start, watched a bit of the first episode, never again.  American adult animated comedy South Park debuts on Sky One.  Deirdre Rachid *Barlow) is jailed for mortgage and credit card fraud, and even Prime Minister Tony Blair offers to refer the conviction to Home Secretary Jack Straw, as that is how sad they were.  Stargate SG-1 makes its debut on Sky One, I mention this as it is my favourite TV program.  Kevin Lloyd, who has played Tosh Lines in The Bill since 1988, is dismissed from the role by ITV due to his alcoholism. He dies, aged 49, within a week, liked him.  ITV broadcasts the first edition of its new game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, presented by Chris Tarrant.

The Top 10 Singles with a You Tube hyperlink on the title:

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Top Hits of 1998





Celine Dion

My Heart Will Go On


Run DMC vs Jason Nevins

It’s Like That



No Matter What



C’est La Vie


LeAnn Rimes

How Do I Live


Spice Girls



Pras Michel

Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)


Chef (Isaac Hayes)

Chocolate Salty Balls


Savage Garden

Truly Madly Deeply

 Not a great year for music.  Loved Celine Dion but this tune is a bit sad.  I never did watch the film Titanic, some cnut told me the ending while in the cinema queue.  Did like Truly Madly Deeply, but then I am a bit soppy.

My featured song: – “Never Ever” is a song by English-Canadian girl group All Saints. Written by All Saints member Shaznay Lewis along with co-writers Robert Jazayeri and Sean Mather. It was released on 10 November 1997.  However, still a huge hit in 1998.  I have always loved this song, true pop music.  The band had a few hits but this one just makes me want to sing along every time it is played.

More writings on this song here:  Never Aver – All Saints

In my view the best songs of the year, after the featured track:

The Mavericks – Dance The Night Away – Love this, real toe-tapper, worth checking out their albums.

Robbie Williams – Millennium – Yet another great tune from Robbie

Catatonia – Mulder And Scully – Love this.  Also lie the way she songs with a Welsh Wales accent.

Oasis – All Around The World

Aerosmith – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – I think the best they have ever done.

All Saints – Under The Bridge– not great, but proves not a one-hit wonder.

Mousse T. feat. Hot ‘n’ Juicy – Horny – I just like it.

Lighthouse Family – High – Awesome

Various Artists  – Perfect Day

Cornershop – Brimful of Asha

The Beautiful South – Perfect 10 – Never done a bad song these two.

Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight

Spice Girls – Stop – one of their better ones.

Boyzone – All That I Need – It’s Friday

Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You – I just like him, great voice.

Five – Everybody Get Up – It’s still Friday and this is a good tune

Fun Song:

The Lightning Seeds – Three Lions ’98

Fat Les – Vindaloo – I liked it!

Just 18 songs for 1998 in my favourites list.  I think they are all great, but the rest of the so called top 100 are even worse than last year, and that was bad.  You can see why 1999 will be the last from me, which is next time in this series.

Hat tips to:  these give the top 100 selling charts for each year   these give the top 10 songs for each year  you know them.

Next Time 1999 – I need help on the featured song, Shirley it cannot be Britney Spears, Steps or S-Club Seven.  Just kidding, I know who the one is.

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