Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone - The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year (2018)

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Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone - The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year (2018)

Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:30 pm

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/list ... 98-w519958

98. The Foo Fighters, "Walking After You"
97. Mase feat. Total, "What You Want"
96. Semisonic, "Closing Time"
95. Iggy Pop and Françoise Hardy, "I'll Be Seeing You"
94. Foxy Brown, "Hot Spot"
93. The Donnas, "Rock & Roll Machine"
92. Spoon, "Metal Detektor"
91. The Spice Girls, "Stop"
90. Korea Girl, "Under the Sun"
89. Willie Nelson, "Darkness on the Face of the Earth"
88. Next, "Too Close"
87. The Drive-By Truckers, "The Living Bubba"
86. Saint Etienne, "Lose That Girl"
85. True Love Always, "Spring Collection"
84. Maxwell, "Everwanting: To Want You to Want"
83. Mono, "Life in Mono"
82. Black Box Recorder, "It's Only the End of the World"
81. The Rondelles, "Safety in Numbers"
80. Hall & Oates, "Promise Ain't Enough"
79. Total, "Trippin'"
78. Savage Garden, "Truly Madly Deeply"
77. Sarah McLachlan, "Sweet Surrender"
76. Master P, "Make 'Em Say Uhh!"
75. Everclear, "I Will Buy You a New Life"
74. Kahimi Karie, "Watashi No Jinsei, Jinsei No Natsu"
73. PJ Harvey, "Is This Desire?"
72. Deborah Cox, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here"
71. Quickspace, "Hadid"
70. All Saints, "Never Ever"
69. Liz Phair, "Johnny Feelgood"
68. Third Eye Blind, "Losing a Whole Year"
67. Brandy, "Almost Doesn't Count"
66. The Gerbils, "Crayon Box"
65. Mogwai, "Small Children in the Background"
64. Backstreet Boys, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
63. Silkk the Shocker, "It Ain't My Fault"
62. The Boredoms, "Super Shine"
61. Hanson, "Weird"
60. Julie Ruin, "Radical or Pro-Parental"
59. Buffalo Daughter, "Socks, Drugs and Rock & Roll"
58. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)"
57. Belle & Sebastian, "This Is Just a Modern Rock Song"
56. Sheryl Crow, "My Favorite Mistake"
55. Stardust, "Music Sounds Better With You"
54. Chocolate Genius, "My Mom"
53. Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach, "Toledo"
52. Juvenile, "Ha"
51. The Dixie Chicks, "There's Your Trouble"
50. Fatboy Slim, "The Rockafeller Skank"
49. Cher, "Believe"
48. Neutral Milk Hotel, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
47. Pras Michel feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mya, "Ghetto Supastar"
46. Imperial Teen, "Yoo Hoo"
45. Destiny's Child, "No, No, No (Pt. 2)"
44. Boards of Canada, "An Eagle in Your Mind"
43. Sparklehorse, "Sunshine"
42. Wyclef Jean, "Gone Til November"
41. Robert Pollard, "Subspace Biographies"
40. The Verve, "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
39. R.E.M., "At My Most Beautiful"
38. Placebo, "Pure Morning"
37. Divine, "Lately"
36. Robbie Williams, "Strong"
35. Black Star, "Definition"
34. Ivy, "I've Got a Feeling"
33. Pulp, "Help the Aged"
32. Monica, "The First Night"
31. Silver Jews, "The Wild Kindness"
30. Massive Attack, "Angel"
29. Prince and the New Power Generation, "Mad Sex"
28. Air, "Sexy Boy"
27. Lucinda Williams, "Metal Firecracker"
26. Elliott Smith, "Bled White"
25. Jermaine Dupri feat. Jay-Z, "Money Ain't a Thang"
24. Garbage, "Push It"
23. Beastie Boys, "Intergalactic"
22. Catatonia, "Road Rage"
21. DMX, "Get at Me Dog"
20. Alanis Morrissette, "Thank U"
19. Mya, "It's All About Me"
18. Gang Starr feat. Inspectah Deck, "Above the Clouds"
17. Sonic Youth, "Hoarfrost"
16. Madonna, "Ray of Light"
15. Cadallaca, "Pocket Games"
14. Noreaga, "Superthug"
13. Hole, "Celebrity Skin"
12. Lifter Puller, "Nassau Coliseum"
11. Big Pun feat. Joe, "Still Not A Player"
10. The New Radicals, "You Get What You Give"
9. Jay-Z feat. Amil and Ja Rule, "Can I Get A..."
8. Lauryn Hill, "Lost Ones"
7. Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show"
6. Cat Power, "Metal Heart"
5. Aaliyah, "Are You That Somebody?"
4. OutKast, "Rosa Parks"
3. Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn"
2. Nicole feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott & Mocha: "Make It Hot"
1. Harvey Danger, "Flagpole Sitta"
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Re: Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone - The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year (2018)

Postby Harold » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:23 pm

No time to digest the list right now, but what an awesome choice for #1. Love, love, LOVE that song. "Hear the voices in my head/I swear to God it sounds like they're snoring/But if you're bored then you're boring/The agony and the irony, they're killing me/WHOAAA!!!" God bless you, Sheffield.

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Re: Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone - The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year (2018)

Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:47 pm

Harold wrote:No time to digest the list right now, but what an awesome choice for #1. Love, love, LOVE that song. "Hear the voices in my head/I swear to God it sounds like they're snoring/But if you're bored then you're boring/The agony and the irony, they're killing me/WHOAAA!!!" God bless you, Sheffield.

He put it high on his best of the '90s list too, and I love him for it. It's in my top 500, in regular rotation on my Spotify, and one of the most triumphant rock songs of the decade.
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Re: Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone - The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year (2018)

Postby Pauler » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:54 am

I only know a couple of these songs, and a few things stood out:

- What an awesome choice for #2! "Make It Hot" is among the best Timbaland / Missy Elliott collaboration and it is a nice surprise to see Rob Sheffield rank it over the sublime "Are You That Somebody?"
- Great representation of the late 90's Contemporary R&B with the inclusion of Destiny's Child, Monica, Brandy, Mya.
- I need to know in what year Mr. Sheffield files "...Baby One More Time" under. It was released in 1998 as a single and the debut came in 1999, but that is still a 1998 track, no? That production is still stunning and modern until this day.

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Re: Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone - The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year (2018)

Postby Harold » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:35 am

Pauler wrote:- I need to know in what year Mr. Sheffield files "...Baby One More Time" under. It was released in 1998 as a single and the debut came in 1999, but that is still a 1998 track, no? That production is still stunning and modern until this day.


From Sheffield's intro: "On the other hand, many greats technically came out in late 1998, but didn't made their real impact until later. (Just to pick the most obvious example, Britney's 'Baby One More Time' appeared at the end of the year, but it spiritually belongs to 1999, when it changed the world.)"

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Re: Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone - The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year (2018)

Postby StevieFan13 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:41 am

Harold wrote:
Pauler wrote:- I need to know in what year Mr. Sheffield files "...Baby One More Time" under. It was released in 1998 as a single and the debut came in 1999, but that is still a 1998 track, no? That production is still stunning and modern until this day.


From Sheffield's intro: "On the other hand, many greats technically came out in late 1998, but didn't made their real impact until later. (Just to pick the most obvious example, Britney's 'Baby One More Time' appeared at the end of the year, but it spiritually belongs to 1999, when it changed the world.)"

Yeah, in fact, his #1 fits this to a T (having been released in '97 but becoming a major hit in '98).
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Re: Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone - The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year (2018)

Postby JR » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:27 am

Another year vs. year: Cher's "Believe" was released in October 1998, and hit the U.S. top 40 in early 1999 (on its way to the top). Compared to most other countries, though, the USA success came after, so I guess 1998 is OK for that one.


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