The music that really makes me miss the '90s most are the forgotten artists and songs - the ones that really made an impression for a short time and then disappeared from the charts. 18 years ago, artists like Jennifer Paige, Tatyana Ali and Five were topping the charts. These artists who created their 1998 smash hits were never able to replicate the success. Let's take a look at some of the best one hit wonders of 1998!
Disclaimer: These lists are based on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 only. Sorry to those who disagree with certain choices! It is what it is
Divine - Lately
The gospel-inspired song was released as the group's debut single in 1998 and peaked at no. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song was eventually released to international markets, but it failed to make as big of an impact as it did in North America. The group disbanded in 2000 and the song was rerecorded by Samantha Mumba for the European market.
Jennifer Paige - Crush
If you were alive and had a radio in 1998, chances are you heard Jennifer Paige's one and only hit "Crush." Almost immediately after Paige recorded the song, her producer gave a copy to KIIS-FM. "Crush" eventually became the station's most requested song, and it wasn't too long before everyone caught on. The song peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Unfortunately, none of her album's singles gained much traction—at least not in the United States, where she never charted again.
Nicole Wray - Make It Hot
When Nicole Wray dropped that Timbaland produced-Missy laced track on us in '98, we were jamming. She was a decent alternative to Aaliyah's at the time, but for some reason, after "Make It Hot" peaked at no. 5 on the Hot 100 and went gold, Wray’s career started to slow down. She’s done some features, but "Make it Hot" was the last time we’ve successfully heard her shine on her own.
K.P. & Envyi - Swing My Way
This rap duo collaborated in 1998 to produce the hit single “Swing My Way”. It peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and remained in the top 40 for an additional 6 weeks. Their collaboration was short lived and only resulted in this one hit. As individual artists they were part of their own projects prior to producing “Swing my Way” and they’ve since been featured on singles of many other rap artists.
Tatyana Ali - Daydreamin'
Best known as Ashley Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it wasn’t until 1998 that Tatyana turned her attention to focus on her musical talents and released "Daydreamin'" from her debut album. The single peaked at no. 6 on the Hot 100 and stayed on the US chart for 17 weeks. Tatyana recently released an album in 2014.
Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy
"Sex And Candy" is by far one of the greatest and weirdest songs of the '90s, so it's easy to understand why the song became huge. The band was also curiously unique, with songs like "Comin' Up From Behind" and "Poppies." None of their songs made the impact that "Sex and Candy" did, which peaked at no. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998.
Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz - Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)
Peter Gunz linked with fellow Bronx MC Lord Tariq to create this New York City anthem. The song's main groove was lifted from Steely Dan's "Black Cow," and with its popular refrain ("Uptown baby, Uptown baby!"), it became the group's only hit. The song peaked at no. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Peter is currently being a fuckboy on VH1's Love & Hip-Hop.
Five - When The Lights Go Out
Released in 1998, "When the Lights Go Out" was the second single released from the British boy band Five’s debut album, 5ive. The song peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. While Five continued to have commercial success in Europe, the song remains their only U.S. hit.
Semisonic - Closing Time
"Closing Time" remains a pop-cultural touchstone, but it also remains the groups only top 40 hit. Some may say this band is not a one hit wonder, but the group peaked at no. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and never saw the same success again. Hole-in-the-wall bars are still kicking people out w/ this song to this day.
Pras - Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)
Pras from the Fugees, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Mya aren't even close to being one-hit wonders, but they all came together in 1998 to create a one-off smash HIT for the film, Bulworth, starring Warren Beatty as a fading politician who becomes inspired by hip-hop culture. Thanks to the coming together of this elite group, this became Pras' one and only solo hit. But that's not to take away all of the success he has had with the Fugees!
- Uncle Sam, "I Don't Ever Wanna See You Again"
- TQ, "Westside"
- Jimmy Ray, "Are You Jimmy Ray?"
- Billie Myers, "Kiss The Rain"
- Nu Flavor, "Heaven
- Queen Pen, "All My Love"
- Alana Davis, "32 Flavors"
What were you doing in 1998, ONTD?
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