Category Archives: 1998

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

Posted in 1940s, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Celine Dion and R. Kelly – I’m Your Angel

First Hit #1: December 5, 1998 At first glance, R. Kelly and Celine Dion don’t seem like obvious collaborators. Kelly is a renowned horndog, Dion is curiously asexual. But then when you listen to I’m Your Angel you remember that … Continue reading

Posted in 1998 | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Divine – Lately

First Hit #1: November 28, 1998 Lately is a gospel-inspired song, but I kind of wish it had more gospel in there. It’s got the church organ and the big vocal harmonies, and that’s good. But there’s also a bit … Continue reading

Posted in 1998 | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)

First Hit #1: November 14, 1998 Some artists are at their best when they’re trying to throw the spotlight on social issues. It’s possibly because they know that it’s a priority to make the message go down easy, so they … Continue reading

Posted in 1998 | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Barenaked Ladies – One Week

First Hit #1: October 17, 1998 Barenaked Ladies are probably the most unexpected bands to get absolutely huge. Well, huge in Canada, where their mix of odd novelty songs and unexpected serious moments somehow have propelled them to become one … Continue reading

Posted in 1998 | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Monica – The First Night

First Hit #1: October 3, 1998 Sex is, and always has been, one of the most popular subjects for modern hits. But it’s rare to get a song that both admits that sex is both natural and fun, but that … Continue reading

Posted in 1998 | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Aerosmith – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

First Hit #1: September 5, 1998 This is possibly the most Diane Warren song that has ever been recorded. She’s been a successful songwriter for a while now, cropping up throughout the decades giving musicians something of a challenge. Her … Continue reading

Posted in 1998 | Tagged , , | 1 Comment