BitchTapes: The Best Songs of 1998

1998 was a great year for music. Between the introductions of Destiny’s Child and Britney Spears; Monica and Brandy sparring over Mekhi Phifer; and Lauryn Hill dominating the charts, the future of the music industry was partially decided 20 years ago. This BitchTape celebrates that crucial year, and evokes some nostalgia along the way. Also, please put Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody” on Spotify. We’re long overdue. Also, we’ve included “My Heart Will Go On” on this BitchTape because it dominated the charts in 1998, though it was released in December 1997.

Track List:

1. Destiny’s Child featuring Wyclef Jean - “No, No, No, Pt. 2”

2. Brandy and Monica - “The Boy Is Mine”

3. Ms. Lauryn Hill - “Ex-Factor”

4. Monica - “Angel of Mine”

5. Brandy- “Have You Ever”

6. Whitney Houston featuring Kelly Price and Faith Evans - “Heartbreak Hotel”

7. Usher - “Nice & Slow”

8. Janet Jackson  - “I Get Lonely”

9. Ms. Lauryn Hill - “Everything is Everything”

10. Will Smith - “Gettin’ Jiggy With It”

11. Deborah Cox - “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”

12. Xscape - “My Little Secret”

13. Nicole Wray featuring Missy Elliott and Mocha - “Make It Hot”

14. Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston - “When You Believe”

15. Pras featuring Mýa and Ol’ Dirty Bastard - “Ghetto Supastar”

16. Beastie Boys - “Intergalactic”

17. Alanis Morissette - “Uninvited”

18. Britney Spears - “…Baby One More Time”

19. The Goo Goo Dolls - “Iris”

20. Jennifer Paige - “Crush”

21. Lenny Kravitz - “Fly Away”

22. PJ Harvey - “The Sky Lit Up”

23. K-Ci & JoJo - “All My Life”

24. Wyclef Jean - “Gone Till November”

25. Jon B. - “They Don’t Know”

26. Mýa featuring Sisqo - “It’s All About Me”

27. Madonna - “Ray of Light”

28. Barenaked Ladies - “One Week”

29. OutKast - “Rosa Parks”

30. Whitney Houston - “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”

31. Total featuring Missy Elliott - Trippin’

32. Ms. Lauryn Hill - “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

33. Boyz II Men - “A Song for Mama”

34. Tatyana Ali featuring Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz - “Daydreamin’”

35. Cher - “Believe”

36. Tamia - “So Into You”

37. Voices of Theory - “Say It”

38. Jewel - “You Were Meant for Me”

39. Monica - “The First Night”

40. Mýa - “Movin’ On”

41. Backstreet Boys - “All I Have To Give”

42. B*Witched - “C’est la Vie”

43. Sixpence None the Richer - “Kiss Me”

44. Céline Dion - “My Heart Will Go On”

45. Aaliyah - “Are You That Somebody?”


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Evette Dionne is Bitch Media’s senior culture editor. She’s all about Beyoncé, Black women, and dope TV shows and books. You can follow her on Twitter.

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