50 Years - 50 Songs - 50 Weeks: 1998

 

By Jack Sharkey, May 12, 2017

 

1998

The airwaves were filled with some really great releases in 1998, but it was the ladies who ruled pop music, especially the ladies who sang country. Rock, hip-hop and new soul made strong appearances but the end of what many consider the last great decade of pop music was a ladies' event.  

 

 

Tubthumping - Chumbawamba Unless this lot were the friends you were supposed to meet, or you wanted to get in a fight, you'd turn around at the door and find a bar with safe boring people in it. But what a glorious hook. You're welcome, because you'll be singing this for the rest of the day. But better than the hook? The kick drum during the trumpet breakdown. Genius.

 

 

You're Still the One - Shania Twain Nobody had a better year, regardless of genre, than Shania Twain. The Nashville sound continued its straight line from Patsy Cline and Hank Williams through the end of the decade as Bro-country and all of it's unfortunate off-shoots were still 15 or so years away. 

 

 

How Do I Live - Leann Rimes At the tender age of fifteen Leann Rimes took this Diane Warren song and owned it. Others had hits with it (most notably Trisha Yearwood), but Rimes' version is the standard. 

 

 

Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden Continuuing the formula perfected by Aussie duo Air Supply a decade and a half before, Savage Garden made everyone think romance and love were actual things regular people could enjoy without any of the nasty human stuff that comes along with them.  

 

 

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion Love it or hate it, or just worn out on it, if you were walking this planet in 1997 this song was playing, and it was way bigger than any opinion you might have had about it. The movie Titanic and it's theme were cultural icons and nothing was bigger.

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