…Baby One More Time And 15 Other Great Pop Songs Released In 1998

In 1998, Bill Clinton was President, Monica Lewinsky was the most famous intern on the planet, the world had come down with Titanic fever and a show on MTV called Total Request Live was about to alter the sound of popular music. One such superstar who rose up through TRL‘s glittery ranks was Britney Jean Spears, a then-16-year-old performer who had last been seen as a series regular on Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club.

So head below to get an earful of what people were listening to while checking their pagers and worrying about the Y2K Bug.

Britney Spears, “…Baby One More Time”: Things could have gone either way for this onetime Mouseketeer. Lucky (ba-zinnngg) for her, there was a window open for a female counterpart to all the TRL-viewing public’s favorite boy(band)s in fall 1998. Then-16-year-old Britney jumped through it head first, and never looked back.

Cher, “Believe”: On the flipside of the Britney Spears revolution that was just beginning, Cher was 52 and onto her twenty-third album by the time “Believe” was released. That in no way impeded the legendary diva from topping the Billboard Hot 100 with the song or ushering in the age of Auto-Tune.

Madonna, “Ray Of Light”: Just ahead of her 40th birthday — and after the birth of daughter Lourdes — Madge reinvented herself once again, this time as a cosmic goddess of electronica.

Garbage, “I Think I’m Paranoid”: If you think this modern rock classic is amazing, do yourself a favor and give Garbage’s sophomore LP Version 2.0 another listen. We guarantee it sounds just as fresh in 2013 as it did in 1998.

Jay Z, “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”: Hova + Annie = one powerful ghetto anthem. The song eventually reached #15 on the Hot 100, making it Jay’s highest-charting single at the time.

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