#TBT June 4, 1998

Talia Aroshas
Talia Aroshas is a Capricorn semi vegetarian who obtained her master’s degree in the art of coat checking after four years of intense study at NYC’s mostly highly regarded titty bar. Here, she double majored in high-brow sarcasm, and graduated with honors in pungent irony. As a result, she is fluent in both languages. All coats aside, after two years as Editor in Chief of one of NYC’s leading nightlife blogs, Talia realized her greatest passion to be music and is very excited to be heading 20something’s Create vertical, mostly for the free concert access it will get her. Follow her on Instagram on all her music adventures @gangsta_rap.
 The year is 1998 and everyone still thinks Titanic is actually a good movie. Paula Cole won Best New Artist at the 40th Annual Grammy awards. Sex and the City is set to premiere on HBO in two days and thusly change the world forever. And in real grown up news, Terry Nichols receives a life sentence for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. And what was on the radio on June 4, 1998 you ask? All of these:

1. B*Witched, C’est la Vie 
Hailing from Ireland, this funky girl group released C’est la Vie as their debut single, after signing with Glowworm Records. The song had some unfavorable critical reception, but that didn’t stop if from hitting #1 on the UK charts, and debuting at #9 in the US.

2. Fatboy Slim, The Rockafeller Skank
Fatboy Slim’s second song to land a spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, The Rockafeller Skank was famously featured in the hit romantic comedy She’s All That during the prom scene, and peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/ Maxi Singles Sales.

3. Brandy and Monica- The Boy Is Mine
Released as the lead single off of both the ladies’ second albums, The Boy Is Mine was a hit across the board, receiving good reviews from critics and all the love from the radio. It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 13 weeks, won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and had probably the best music video of all the later 90s. Just saying.

4. Mariah Carey, My All
Released on April 21 of 1998, My All was the 13th Mariah Carey song to to top the Billboard Hot 100, debuting at #2. The song came off her sixth studio album, Butterlyfly, which she considered a “redefining moment” for herself as an artist.

5. Wyclef Jean, Gone Till November
The third single off of Wyclef Jean’s debut album, Gone Till November peaked at #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on US Hot Rap Singles. But the most notable fact of the song? The music video included a cameo from Bob Dylan…casual.

6. Mousse T.,  Horny ’98
Although it never really got much love from the US charts, Horny ’98 was included in Chef Aid, The South Park Album, and that’s pretty freaking awesome. And with a chorus that goes, “I’m horny, horny, horny, horny,” its a classic no matter what.

7. Madonna, Ray Of Light

Ray of light was the second single off the queen of pop’s seventh studio album of the same title. The song and video were both critically acclaimed, with the video winning the Grammy that year for Best Short Form Video.

8. Next, Too Close 

This mega hit from American R&B group, Next, hit the #1 spot on both the US Hot 100 and R&B Charts, eventually going Platinum. The song was all over radio airwaves throughout the year, and even the years to follow, despite some very suggestive song lyrics. “Girl you’re making it hard for me.”

9. Natalie Imbruglia, Wishing I Was There

Wishing I Was There was the third track released off of Natalie Imbruglia’s debut album, Let of the Middle. The Australian beauty got her start as an actress, but with the release of the forever classic pop hit, “Torn,” she became a legendary pop star.

10. The Corrs, Dreams

Dreams comes off of the album Talk On Corners, the second studio album from Irish pop group The Corrs.


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