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1998

Top Adult Contemporary Songs of 1998
by Alex Cosper

SHANIA TWAIN - You're Still The One
FAITH HILL - That Kiss
SAVAGE GARDEN - Truly Madly Deeply
SHANIA TWAIN - From This Moment On
CELINE DION - My Heart Will Go On
MARIAH CAREY - My All
EDWIN McCAIN - I'll Be
BOYZ II MEN - A Song For Mama
R. KELLY & CELINE DION - I'm Your Angel
SARAH McLACHLAN - Adia

1998 Top Pop Hits
1998 Top Albums
1998 Top Ballads/Adult Contemporary
1998 Top Country Hits
1998 Top Dance Hits
1998 Top Modern/Alternative Hits
1998 Top R&B Hits
1998 Top Rock Hits

More Adult Contemporary Songs of 1998

GOO GOO DOLLS - Iris
PAULA COLE - I Don't Want To Wait
THIRD EYE BLIND - How's It Going To Be
USHER - Nice & Slow
MADONNA - Frozen
JENNIFER PAIGE - Crush
SISTER HAZEL - All For You
THE VERVE - Bittersweet Symphony
JANET - I Get Lonely
AALIYAH - The One I Gave My Heart To
LISA LOEB - I Do
LEANN RIMES - Looking Through Your Eyes
LOREENA McKENNITT - The Mummer's Dance
ARETHA FRANKLIN - A Rose Is Still a Rose
HANSON - I Will Come To You
BILLIE MYERS - Kiss The Rain


Modern AC had another good year in 1998 as the alternative format continued to become harder yet less exciting. At one time message bands like U2, REM and Pearl Jam were at the forefront of alternative music, specifically with music that had a point. There had been a sense that the 90s was a rebirth of the counter-cuture movement, but not so much by 1998.

The best way to characterize the state of music and radio in 1998 was that the corporate world was firmly taking over while the independent minded factions were struggling to make a mark. Due to the Telecom Act of 1996 several mom and pop radio stations across the country were being gobbled up by big biz. In the process, the sound of radio from city to city was becoming predictably the same.

One of the more refreshing acts to make a big mark in 1998 was Shania Twain, whose third album Come On Over outsold everyone except maybe Metallica. The album sold over 15 million units in the U.S. alone over several years, driven by a string of country/pop hits such as "You're Still the One." It was mass appeal music with strong hooks and not just typical adult contemporary wallpaper music.

Part of the success of the Shania Twain album was that it was produced by her husband, Mutt Lange, who had produced several other big selling acts. While he was more known for his fancy production of bands such as Def Leppard, Lange was able to pull back on production for Twain and let her raw talent take the spotlight. It was one of the last hurrahs of the music biz in general, prior to the industry falling into deep depression the following year.






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