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Popular ’98

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I give every record on Popular a mark out of 10. This poll is your chance to tick any singles YOU would have given 6 or more to. In 1998 my top score was a 9 for Cornershop, my lowest a 1 for Boyzone’s “No Matter What”. Use the comments to discuss the year in general, present other lists, etc etc.

Which of the Number Ones of 1998 would you give 6 or more to?

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  1. 26
    lonepilgrim on 14 Aug 2014 #

    While I was still vaguely aware of what was current in the singles charts via radio, TV and the pupils I was teaching I’m not entirely sure what I was listening to that was current in 1998 apart from Mezzanine by Massive Attack and OK by Talvin Singh. At some point, either this year or the next, as a reward for starting a subscription to The Wire I got a copy of Fabrication Defect by Tom Ze that kicked off a continuing interest in contemporary Brazilian music. I don’t know whether Fopp began to become more ubiquitous at this time but they were responsible for much of my music spending going towards replacing music I already owned on vinyl and tape with CDs.

  2. 27
    Auntie Beryl on 15 Aug 2014 #

    This feels like the year I started to not give two tosses about what was number one; which given I was The Bloke In The Town’s Record Shop, this was quite an achievement. At this point I was far more interested in Oakenfold than Oasis, and as the lifeblood of the Spice Girls ebbed away I must admit I laughed. What a twat I was.

    Still not a bad year, though. I’m dreading 2004. What? What… who are you, big teethed monster? Ow….

  3. 28
    Billy Hicks on 15 Aug 2014 #

    Whereas I’m about to start the first of two personal imperial ages in chart music – one for my childhood covering April 1999 to, ooh, let’s say Boxing Day 2001 as a suitable endpoint, and the other my hedonistic late teens/early twenties, starting from the first #1 of 2008 and running mostly uninterrupted until September 2011, since when a slow, gradual fizzling out has lasted ever since.

    About three years ago, back in my earlier days of Popular I read a comment quoting Danny Baker saying “something wrong happens to music when you turn 26″. That’s next month. At the time I assumed that the music of 2014 would have mutated into some weird, alien sound impossible for my older ears to comprehend, like some mad speed dubstep/D&B noisecore running at 200mph. I’m a bit disheartened to instead just find it all similar to what it was, just blander and more repetitive instead.

  4. 29
    thefatgit on 15 Aug 2014 #

    #28, I was 26 in 1992, kind of not feeling grunge and The KLF disintegrated. Maybe Danny Baker had a point.

  5. 30
    Rory on 15 Aug 2014 #

    Cornershop not only have a clear lead in this year’s poll, theirs is the highest-rated number one of the 1990s so far in the FT Reader Top 100:

    53. 8.15 CORNERSHOP – “Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)” 9
    54. 8.12 SINEAD O’CONNOR – “Nothing Compares 2 U” 10
    70. 7.92 THE KLF ft THE CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION – “3AM Eternal” 8
    80. 7.75 WHITE TOWN – “Your Woman” 7
    82. 7.73 COOLIO ft LV – “Gangsta’s Paradise” 9
    98. 7.6 BEATS INTERNATIONAL ft LINDY LAYTON – “Dub Be Good To Me” 9

  6. 31
    Cumbrian on 15 Aug 2014 #

    Killer should be in there somewhere – certainly was last I looked.

  7. 32
    Andrew Farrell on 15 Aug 2014 #

    At 83%, it’s probably in the top 10 across these yearly consensus polls too – I checked when it was at 87% and only Good Vibrations and Paint It, Black were higher.

  8. 33
    mapman132 on 15 Aug 2014 #

    #28 I turned 26 in November 1998. So…yeah.

    #27 2004 seemed like a pop music nadir on both sides of the Atlantic, although for slightly different reasons. Not sure whether I’m dreading it, or perversely looking forward to everyone’s reactions….

    #30 Notable that the collective performance of the 90′s has actually gotten worse since I made the observation that they weren’t doing well several months ago. Among other things, the top-rated song at the time, “Ready Or Not”, has fallen out of the top 100 entirely. Good to see White Town and Beats International hanging in there though.

  9. 34
    Rory on 15 Aug 2014 #

    #31: Whoops, right you are:

    49. 8.18 ADAMSKI – “Killer” 8

    I must have missed it, or momentarily misremembered it as late ’80s, when I was going down the list. Cornershop are only second-highest of the ’90s, then.

    #33: Agreed, it’s not a good showing by the ’90s, only managing one entry in the readers’ top 50 and seven in the top 100. I can only see one or two songs in 1999 that might have a chance of getting there, but they may displace Beats International in the process so the overall numbers won’t get much higher than that.

  10. 35
    Auntie Beryl on 15 Aug 2014 #

    A little unjust on the 90s, these scores, I think. I remember some concern from commenters past that The Modern Era would be overscored compared to some perceived Halycon Era: that really hasn’t happened.

  11. 36
    flahr on 15 Aug 2014 #

    Well #35 serves you right for being an OLD SQUARE because as any ASPIRING NON-DADDY-O would know that Modern Era still hasn’t arrived yet because G**** A**** are still merely SLOUCHING TOWARD US instead of HERE

  12. 37
    lonepilgrim on 18 Aug 2014 #

    30th December 1998 saw the first broadcast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on BBC2, as noted here: http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/susan/sf/tv/buffy/1.htm

  13. 38
    ciaran on 18 Aug 2014 #

    Of Toms 6 or more I would have marked Dr Jones, Deeper Underground, and RollerCoaster lower than him but Three Lions and It’s Like That above 6.

    Cant argue with the other ones that received 5 or less.

    A reasonably good year. Some terrible efforts also.

    Cornershop well ahead of everything else unsurprisingly. Also the highest rated 90s song in the top 100 now.

    The 90s is getting a raw deal I reckon. Only 5 or 6 in the top 100 but prominent in the bottom 100 with 30 or more from the decade.

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