Top Ten Tunes- 1998

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1998.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

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in 1998, Mohammed Al Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed who was killed in the Paris car crash alongside Princess Diana, claims that the crash was a conspiracy to kill rather than an accident instigated by the Queen and Tony Blair, the Good Friday agreement between the UK and Ireland/Northern Ireland is signed, the USA reveal that they have arrested British footballer Justin Fashanu over an alleged sexual assault of a 17yr-old male, he shortly afterwards commits suicide, both the DVD format and the £2 coin are released in the UK, three young children are killed in a loyalist arson attack in Northern Ireland, Anti-Social Behaviours Orders are introduced in the UK or ASBOs as they become known, a terrorist attack occurs in Omagh in Northern Ireland by the IRA which kills 29 in a bomb explosion, General Pinochet the former dictator of Chile is placed under house arrest in the UK while he receives medical treatment, Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the UK to address the Irish government, 3 British tourists are killed in Yemen, the IRA announce a ceasefire, Google is founded, 250 people are killed in terrorist attacks on 2 US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the football World Cup take place in France and France wins, Bill Clinton denies he had “sexual relations with that woman” (Monica Lewinsky), the official famine of Sudan is declared, the Yangtze river in China breaks through the main bank and kills more than 12,000 people, the films the Big Lebowski, Saving Private Ryan, The Truman Show and Shakespeare in Love are released and I turn 22 years old.

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1998 gave me lots of fun (too much fun) memories of living in London. I remember the World Cup dominated my summer as myself and my French friend became obsessed with it. Obviously, her World Cup journey had a happier ending than mine. So, this week Madge is back and so are the Spice Girls, but everyone else is making a first time appearance. So, in no particular order, here’s the best of 1998.

1. Brimful of Asha- the Norman Cook remix by Cornershop

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2. Ray of Light by Madonna

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3.…Baby One More Time by Britney Spears

4. It’s Like That by Run DMC vs Jason Nevins

5. Tragedy by Steps

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British culture at its finest.

6. Celebrity Skin by Hole

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7. Concrete Schoolyard by Jurassic 5

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8. Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill

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9. Get Myself Arrested by Gomez

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10. Goodbye by the Spice Girls

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Well, this week my favourite is either Madonna, Britney or Run DMC….so very close, but I think I have to go with Britney. You know the score, let me know your favourite below in the comments.

See you next week for the last of the nineties- 1999!

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82 comments

  1. Oh Celebrity Skin and Ray of Light!! Love both so much!! I also really love The Big Lebowski, I re-watch that at least once every year!

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    • thebeasley · April 27

      It’s been a while since I watched it. I need to rewatch it! Hole and Madonna are ace tracks- good choices.

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      • Lorna · April 29

        You only watch it once a year? Once a month in this house!

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  2. awkwardwhale · April 27

    Love brimful of asha! Great list 🙂

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  3. gigglingfattie · April 27

    Now we’re getting into songs I actually know from my childhood haha! Britney was my JAM for a good portion of my tweens and teens

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  4. My Mashed Up Life · April 27

    1998 was great… my fave tune is It’s Like That. I remember having one of those Pete Tong club compilations, and that song was one that I played to death. Reminds me of a holiday in Ibiza! I did a little post about the albums I was listening to back then: https://mymasheduplife.com/2018/02/28/these-albums-are-twenty-years-old/

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  5. Liz Flynn · April 27

    This was the year my daughter was born, so happy memories. Also, I know you have probably had loads of these nominations, but I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award for keeping me entertained with your Friday music posts. https://thefruitytart.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/the-sunshine-blogger-award-my-most-notable-blogging-nomination/

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    • thebeasley · April 27

      Ah lovely. On both counts. This being the year your daughter was born and nominating me for the Sunshine blogger award. Thank you SO much. Really appreciate it x

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  6. willowdot21 · April 27

    It has to be brim full of Asher!

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  7. middleagedwarrior · April 27

    Brimful of Asha and Run DMC!! Good times

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  8. rachaelstray · April 27

    What a year! Goodbye by the Spice Girls was played at our leavers assembly for Sixth Form and always makes me teary. Brimful of Asha is one of the first single cds I ever bought I actually belted this out on the way to work this morning as it was on the radio!

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    • thebeasley · April 30

      Aaaah I can just imagine Goodbye would’ve have been quite the tearjerker for you then. I bought the Brimful of Asha CD single too- snap. Great tune.

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      • rachaelstray · April 30

        Such a tune!!

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  9. Looking back, 1998 wasn’t a vintage music year was it? So for that reason,I cant look any further any Britney 😁

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    • thebeasley · April 30

      It has to be Britney, doesn’t it? No not the most vintage year. Though I have a lot of affection for those songs as they bring back lots of very happy memories.

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  10. Carol · April 28

    Lauryn Hill and Madonna for me I have heard so much Britney from my kids…No more pleeeeese 🙂 Otherwise a good list 🙂

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    • thebeasley · April 30

      Hahaha. Go on, have another listen to Britney! I can relate though. There’s plenty of singers my daughter loves and I cannot stand and would glad never listen to again. Lauryn & Madonna are very good choices.

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      • Carol · April 30

        I have had Britney and Oasis overload enough to last me forever…haha 🙂

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  11. Lorna · April 28

    99 was my first year of Uni. I’ll wait. 🙂

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    • thebeasley · April 30

      I’m feeling the pressure for my ’99 playlist now. I hope it doesn’t disappoint x

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  12. Ritu · April 28

    Oh my! Officially the year I moved out of home!
    I loved Brimful of Asha and Doo Wap!

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    • thebeasley · April 30

      An important year for you then. Cornershop and Lauryn are proving very popular this week.

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  13. Lucy Mitchell · April 28

    What a fab year! Madonna’s Ray of Light is such a magical song, v uplifting and brings on a hip wiggle.

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  14. Gary · April 28

    Sheesh, Google was founded…. who knew what that beast would become! Apparently responsible for the decline in top shelf magazines…can’t think why 🤔

    Has to be Britney as my son at really really tiny loved it, that and The Beach by…dammit can’t renember now!!

    Mine would be Madonna on this list!

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    • thebeasley · April 30

      Haha bloody Google- ruining everything. Ray of Light is one of Madonna’s best- great choice.

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      • Gary · April 30

        Too right. And yes re Madonna. Its ages since I heard that track and you reminded me about it!

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  15. Finally. I know one song – Oops I did it again. So this song was released in 1999. I only got to know this song in 2000. When I was in 6th grade, we used to debate who was a better singer. I would always defend Britney with all my life. Kids! Lol. 😅

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  16. angelanoelauthor · April 28

    I wanted to be sure I listened to the tracks I hadn’t heard before and now I have a funny story: So I was listening to Tragedy (because I haven’t heard of the Steps) and I thought, “gosh, this sounds like ABBA.” Then I recognized that it was a cover of an ABBA song so I laughed at myself. AND THEN I realized it wasn’t a cover of an ABBA song, it was a cover of a Bee Gees song!
    I am ridiculous.
    Since I couldn’t get Brimful of Asha out of my head that might be my pick for the week. But, I did like Concrete Schoolyard too.
    In 1998 I was on my way to Berkeley to pretend I wanted to live with a friend but really I wanted to follow a boyfriend. *Sigh*

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    • thebeasley · April 30

      I love, love, LOVE how much care you take with these playlists, Angela. I really appreciate it. Haha- to be fair Tragedy is from the same era as Abba. Easy mistake to make. Glad you liked both Brimful of Asha and Concrete Schoolyard- they’re both great tracks. Ha I think we’ve all followed a boyfriend somewhere, you’re not alone with that.

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  17. Ahhhhhh, the 90s…my sweet youth. Brimful of Asha was my jam! Now I have to go listen to it on repeat. 😁

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  18. fancypaperblog · April 28

    I was 18 and had had one of those funky monkey t shirts like Steps🤣

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  19. arv! · April 28

    Spice Girls and Brittany Spears was such a rage then!

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  20. Jennifer · April 28

    I would have to go with that voice that makes that thing so smooth. Lauryn Hill. Doo Wap indeed!

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    • thebeasley · April 30

      Lauren’s voice is so beautiful. So soulful. It’s a shame she didn’t do another album.

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  21. Losing the Plot · April 28

    Can not believe this is 20 years ago!

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  22. Unbound Roots · April 28

    Brittany Spears, Spice Girls, Lauryn Hill, Madonna – all some of my favorites. I know I’ve said this before, but your posts always bring back fun memories. I love it! I enjoyed watching the Run-DMC video as well – gotta love those moves. 🙂

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    • thebeasley · April 30

      So glad you watched the video. It’s great, isn’t it? 1998 was great for female voices, wasn’t it?

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      • Unbound Roots · April 30

        It sure was! My husband has hundreds of CD’s from 90’s – it’s so much fun to go through them and listen to them.

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  28. music2commute2 · June 7

    Just thinking I was back in the saddle but past Madonna I got lost again. Clearly having kids destroyed my musical interests!

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