Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1998 [Videos]

September 04, 2014|By Jordan Bartel | The Baltimore Sun

During this week 16 years ago, Google Inc. was founded in Menlo Park, Calif., legendary film director Akira Kurosawa died and these were the most popular songs in America, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Lookin' at Me,' Mase featuring Puff Daddy

Remember when Mase (or Ma$e as he sometimes preferred) was a such a big deal? "Lookin' at Me" was the third single from his debut album -- and his third consecutive top 10 hit. He's now a pastor, but plans to release a new album this year.

9. "Never Ever," All Saints

This British girl group song is notable for several reasons. 1) It was one of my guilty pleasure songs from high school. Go ahead, judge. 2) It included a not-often used opening monologue. And 3) It probably introduced Americans to the word "Zed" as a way to pronounce the letter "Z." We should be greatful to All Saints for all of these things.

8. "Adia," Sarah McLachlan


Before she helped out abused animals, McLachlan was busy putting out a string of Lilith Fair-friendly pop tunes like this. "Adia" was followed up by the even more popular single, "Angel."

7. "You're Still the One," Shania Twain

If you haven't guessed, this song's about Twain and her relationship with her producer husband Mutt Lange. Not sure if she still plays this -- the pair had a bitter divorce 12 years after this was released.

6. "Daydreamin'," Tatyana Ali

Yes, 1998 was a golden age when Ashley Banks from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" could have a top 10 single.

5. "The Boy is Mine," Brandy and Monica

The song of summer 1998. "The Boy is Mine" was the best-selling song of the year, and spent 13 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 chart. P.S.: Team Monica.

4. "My Way," Usher

The ladies didn't entire own the September 1998 charts.

3. "Crush," Jennifer Paige

Best listened to while skimming your latest edition of "Teen People" with Josh Hartnett on the cover.

2. "The First Night," Monica

Like I said: Team Monica.

1. "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing," Aerosmith

Aerosmith's biggest hit was a Diane Warren power ballad featured in a really bad Michael Bay movie. Sixteen years later and that still hurts.

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