1998 Nostalgia: 20 Songs that Turn 20 Years Old This Year

1998 was twenty years ago. Yes, it may sound like time flies, but really, 1998 was already twenty years ago. Feeling old yet? Not till we reminisce the good old days of the said year that paved the way for many chart-topping singles.

Let’s relive the glory that was 1998 with these twenty songs that will surely give all the feels and chills with a healthy dose of nostalgia.

1. Reflection (Christina Aguilera)

Written and produced by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, Reflection was a breakout hit for Christina Aguilera that peaked at Number 19 of Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. The song went on to be nominated for the Best Original Song category at the Golden Globes.

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2. Ray of Light (Madonna)

Ray of Light was the title track of Madonna’s seventh studio album. It peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also a commercial success worldwide, reaching number one in countries like Spain and Scotland. Ray of Light is widely regarded as one of the best Madonna songs ever released.

3. Nice & Slow (Usher)

The song would forever go in history as Usher’s first number one single on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart off his album My Way. It also was one of the songs that helped launch Usher’s R & B superstardom.

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4. The Boy Is Mine (Brandy and Monica)

Before Beyoncé and Shakira shattered the earth with Beautiful Liar, Brandy and Monica trailblazed the path for songs with the similar theme via 1998’s number one hit The Boy Is Mine. It was later on awarded with the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals honor at the 41st Grammy Awards.

5. Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)

Technology Used by Successwful BusinessesBaby One More Time is one of the best selling debut singles by a female artist of all time. The song that put Spears to the map, Baby One More Time is recognized as one of the best pop songs ever released commercially. Britney’s look in the music video, meanwhile, is still one, if not the most iconic styles in popular culture.

6. My All (Mariah Carey)

A track off Mariah Carey’s album Butterfly, My All is a signature Carey song that became her thirteenth number one single and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

7. You’re Still The One (Shania Twain)

Winner of 1999’s Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance, You’re Still The One is recognized as Shania Twain’s crossover single. The song, which is both a critical and commercial success, was listed at VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s.

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8. All My Life (K-Ci & JoJo)

All My Life topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for three consecutive weeks. Several critics noted that the song is the duo’s most successful song to date.

9. Crush (Jennifer Paige)

“It’s just a little crush. Not like I faint every time we touch” was probably Paige’s most iconic lyrics in her entire career. The song was an icon of 1998, too, reaching number one in countries like New Zealand, Canada, and Australia.

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10. I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)

Written by Diane Warren, I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing was the original soundtrack of the movie Armageddon. The song, in 1998, gave Aerosmith their first number one in 28 years.

11. This Kiss (Faith Hill)

The original soundtrack of the movie Practical Magic, This Kiss was Faith Hill’s crossover single which reached number one in Canada and the United States, as well as Top 10 in Australia and Top 20 in the United Kingdom.

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12. Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)

Best known as the original soundtrack of the 1998 movie City of Angels, Iris went on to be on number 39 in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Pop Songs. It has also become a talent competition favorite with covers in shows like The Voice and The X-Factor.

13. Buses and Trains (Bachelor Girl)

The most successful song in Bachelor Girl’s whole discography, Buses and Trains peaked at number 4 in Australia, and number 6 in New Zealand.

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14. Believe (Cher) 

Believe is the song off Cher’s twenty-second album of the same name. It peaked at number in 23 countries worldwide, including the United States and the United Kingdom. It won the Best Dance Recording honor at the 42nd Grammy Awards.

15. Thank U (Alanis Morissette)

Thank U ranks among the best Alanis Morissette lyrics, which she wrote together with Glen Ballard after she returned from India. It topped the Canadian Hot 100 Chart for three consecutive weeks.

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16. Finally Found (Honeyz)

Finally Found was the debut single of British girl group Honeyz. The song was the group’s most successful song in the UK and worldwide.

17. The Cup of Life (Ricky Martin)

The song that was best remembered as the track from 1998 FIFA World Cup, The Cup of Life was also one of Ricky Martin’s most successful singles which topped the chart in several countries including Finland, Australia, France and Sweden.

18. Goodbye (Spice Girls)

Interpreted as a tribute song to Geri Halliwell, Goodbye was a commercial success that peaked at number one on the UK Single’s Chart.

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19. Adia (Sarah McLachlan)

Adia was the first song of Sarah McLachlan to break the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It was the 28th most successful song in the United Stated on the year 1998.

20. No Matter What (Boyzone)

People probably remember No Matter What as a feature song on the movie Notting Hill. But, the song was also an intercontinental hit, reaching the top 5 in Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia.


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