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Friday, July 11, 2008

1998: The Worst Year in Music History

I went off on the late '90s in my review of Albert Hammond Jr's new album and how bands like The Strokes, Interpol, and The White Stripes saved rock music.
But one year in particular was so craptacular that it deserves special attention.
So, here are the reasons why 1998 was the worst year in music history:

Leftovers from '97:
Men In Black, Swing Revival, Boy Bands, Hardcore or rap/metal whatever that crap was.

The Top 3 Singles on 98
1) My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion
2) Believe, Cher
3) I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing, Aerosmith


Top 5 selling albums of the year (United States)
  1. Titanic - Soundtrack (11x Platinum)
  2. Let's Talk About Love - Celine Dion (10x Platinum)
  3. Sevens - Garth Brooks (10x Platinum)
  4. Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys (14x Platinum) (9 during 1998)
  5. Come on Over - Shania Twain (20x Platinum) (7 during 199

14 of Blenders 50 Worst Bands in Music History either release an album, a single, or are on a major tour.


Jan: Candle in the Wind '97 is the biggest radio hit, until Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden. Insane Clown Posse (Blender's worst band in music history) is one of the biggest touring acts.

Feb: Paula (Where Have All the Cowboy's Gone?) Cole and her armpit hair win best new artist. That's right, remember Lilith Fair? I Believe I can Fly sweeps the R&B portion of the Grammys and I'll be Missing You, still a hit, wins the Rap awards.. Soy Bomb. Fiona Apple's acceptance speech....ODB interrupts Shawn Colvin. Neutral Milk Hotel releases their one and only masterpiece. My Heart Will Go On is played over and over again with mixes including dialogue from the film. Ricky Martin is a Latin sensation.
March: My Heart Will go on, goes on until Gettin Jiggy With it takes over. Dave Matthews Bands Before These Crowded streets (ie. their worst album) takes over at the top of the charts.

April: K-Ci and Jo Jo ruin High School dances forever as All My Life dominating the charts.

May: Next makes school dances forever uncomfortable with "Too Close"

June: Smashing Pumpkins go industiral/gothic. Aaron Carter is a tween sensation. Black Eyed Peas debut album released.

August: Kid Rock debuts and is a rock sensation. Korn becomes the face of rock. Rap/metal at its apex. Elliot Smith releases his masterpiece XO, but a second Titanic soundtrack makes a big (pardon) splash. Rob Zombie's Hellbilly released; unleashes Dragula. Future ride-pimper Xzibit gets his big break.


September: I don't Wanna Miss a Thing, by Aerosmith, is the top hit. Ace of Base makes a minor comeback. Belle and Sebastian release The boy with the Arab Strap...but Everlast is the bigger story and hit. Hootie and the Blowfish release and album. Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals is the talk of the media. Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes it big. The Goo Goo Dolls release Dizzy Up the Girl and ride the success of their single "Iris."

October: Barenaked Ladies make it big. One Week is the top single. Cake, Fatboy Slim also at top of charts. The New Radicals release their one and only album. 98* release their second album. Vanilla Ice releases his Hardcore album. REM releases UP, setting up 10 years of frustrating and disappointing albums.

November: B*Witched debuts, Celine Dion releases her Christmas album. Alanis Morrisette releases "Thank U." Cher and her botox make a comeback with Believe. N'Sync releases a Christmas album, then a less partisan "Winter Album." The Offspring release Americana. Limp Bizkit, my vote for the worst band in history, begins to make waves after a successful warped tour. Britney Spears releases ...Baby One More Time.


But now I see all this...I think 99 Might have just been as bad.

1 comment:

elgringo said...

I don't know if you listen to hip-hop or not, but for hip-hop fans, '98 was a pretty damn good year.

1. Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
2. Big Pun - Capital Punishment
3. Black Eyed Peas - Behind the Front
4. DMX - Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
5. DMX - It's Dark and Hell is Hot
6. Funkdoobiest - The Troubleshooters
7. Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
8. Jay-Z - Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life
9. Jurassic 5 - Jurassic 5 EP
10. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
11. Outkast - Aquemini


A few other non-hip-hop albums I really liked came out in 1998 too:
Garbage - Version 2.0
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
The Tragically Hip - Phantom Power

That being said, music that wasn't hip-hop was pretty rough that year. Titanic...what more can you say?