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post Mar 30 2019, 01:34 AM
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Really like "Ray Of Light", it is so good!
And yeah, "Good Riddance" is a definition of a perfect graduation song.
Also... wait, you're currently leaving your job? Hope you'll find another job real fast!
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post Mar 30 2019, 01:45 AM
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QUOTE(sergejdordij98 @ Mar 30 2019, 01:34 AM) *
Really like "Ray Of Light", it is so good!
And yeah, "Good Riddance" is a definition of a perfect graduation song.
Also... wait, you're currently leaving your job? Hope you'll find another job real fast!

Hey there Serge hi.gif

I'm pleased that you're into 'Ray Of Light', it really stands out in her discography <3 and it's amazing how 'Good Riddance' just took on a completely different meaning, but yes, it's easy to see why. As for the job situation, it's good news, I'm leaving my current role for a better one in the same company *.* (it was fun to be a lil dramatic)
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post Mar 30 2019, 04:36 PM
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'Feel It' might be the song I have heard (at least a bit of) the most times in my life tbh as it's been my dad's ringtone for as long as I can remember, so I can never hear it without thinking my dad needs to answer his phone laugh.gif bop tho ~
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post Mar 30 2019, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE(Bré @ Mar 30 2019, 04:36 PM) *
'Feel It' might be the song I have heard (at least a bit of) the most times in my life tbh as it's been my dad's ringtone for as long as I can remember, so I can never hear it without thinking my dad needs to answer his phone laugh.gif bop tho ~

Iconic ringtone *.* my mum's was always Magnetic Man & Katy B - 'Perfect Stranger' back in the day so our parents know a banger when they hear one tbh
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post Apr 2 2019, 02:18 PM
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Catching up on this:

'Ray Of Light' an incredible tune from Madonna, one of the memorable music videos from 1998, I would say. 'Feel It' not one I have heard in a while but really like the sample in this. 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life') from Green Day this song would probably be featured in every wedding or graduation in real life. Absolutely love this song. 'Drowned World/ Substitute of Love' another tune from 'The Ray of Light' era from Madonna, forgot how good her 'Ray of Light' era was. 'Angel' from Massive Attack so this is the love love love me song been bugging for a few months where that bit comes from.
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post Apr 9 2019, 08:04 PM
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Apr 2 2019, 03:18 PM) *
Catching up on this:

'Ray Of Light' an incredible tune from Madonna, one of the memorable music videos from 1998, I would say. 'Feel It' not one I have heard in a while but really like the sample in this. 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life') from Green Day this song would probably be featured in every wedding or graduation in real life. Absolutely love this song. 'Drowned World/ Substitute of Love' another tune from 'The Ray of Light' era from Madonna, forgot how good her 'Ray of Light' era was. 'Angel' from Massive Attack so this is the love love love me song been bugging for a few months where that bit comes from.

Hey Mack, thanks for being a regular commenter as ever happy.gif

The 'Ray Of Light' music video is very memorable indeed but does hurt my eyes a bit with the fast movement laugh.gif fair enough at you not hearing 'Feel It' in a while, I haven't on the radio but I did actually hear it out on Christmas Eve at the pub, mashed up with 'Can You Feel It?' *.* that sample is so banging. Yeah 'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)' is the first song to come in my head when I think of farewell ceremonies in particular, perhaps 'High School Musical' from HSM 3 being next in line laugh.gif what a tune.

The 'Ray Of Light' era was truly producing gem after gem wub.gif the biggest of all still to come ohmy.gif and omg I'm happy to have helped out with the 'Angel' lightbulb moment!

Going to type out a new section now biggrin.gif
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post Apr 9 2019, 10:20 PM
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20. Bryan Adams - When You're Gone (feat. Melanie C)
(chart-run: 3-6-8-7-6-6-6-7-5-7-11-15-22-32-36-42-50-57-65)

19. Lovestation - Teardrops
(chart-run: 14-15-22-26-28-48)

18. Ace Of Base - Life Is A Flower
(chart-run: 5-7-5-9-12-19-27-34-43-53-69)

17. The All Seeing I - Beat Goes On
(chart-run: 11-16-15-23-30-42-62)

16. Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
(chart-run: 3-6-6-10-16-26-35-50-55-53-68-69)



Time to kick off the top 20 of 1998! We start with Bryan Adams who was responsible for Melanie C's first hit outside of the Spice Girls. She'd soon have a radical makeover when kicking off her own excellent 'Northern Star' era - sporting a short blonde hairstyle - but in this video she is still recognisably Sporty Spice. Especially when doing a handstand against a door! It's a simple but stand-out video really as the two of them are in a house with never-ending cool rooms. Melanie C wasn't originally who Bryan had in mind for this collaboration however! That was actually Sheryl Crow... but he never heard back from her. Thankfully he bumped into Mel in a hotel lift in LA and her version was born instead. Melanie has always been my favourite Spice Girl vocally and she really shines on this! I also love both the drums and guitars in the instrumental. I think the lyrics have a special place in my heart because they can so easily be connected to the harder parts of a long distance relationship. But despite this, the song is actually quite feel-good with its soaring sing-a-long chorus. A fun bit of pop-rock! Next up is a little gem that I discovered on Kisstory quite a few years ago. This is Lovestation's take on Womack & Womack's 'Teardrops'. They turn this soulful classic into a blissful UK garage song *.* that seems like a strange word to describe garage music, which is usually glorious chaos, but this is indeed more chilled than your typical garage offering. I really like the original song and I think this does a good job of transforming it into something else, with wonderful production flourishes and choppiness. The music video is pretty basic (a white background while cutting to different people dancing in front of it) and reminded me so much of the one for Artful Dodger's 'Movin Too Fast' - so there was clearly a formula in the air for late 90s garage videos! Lovestation quickly disappeared from the top 40, after a re-issue of 'Teardops' in 2000 funnily enough, but at least their short lived career did give us this beauty. Next up is a bit of a surprise even to me, because generally I am not a fan of Ace of Base (yep, the big hits 'The Sign' and 'All That She Wants' have never clicked with me) but I've always been drawn to this song for some reason. The whole package just feels so soothing I think. The calming vocals, production and lyrics are just trying their best to relax you and give you hope and I like that. "Carry on smiling and the world will smile at you" in particular is a cute lyric. However, what on EARTH is that video?! I have to listen to the song alone because the vid is too much of a cheesefest (okay the lyrics are cheesy but they work) in a tacky way that does not compliment the song. Those green screens have aged HORRIBLY. But I guess that is just a general theme of 90s videos. Apparently a more expensive video of this was canned by the label because it was "too dark" for a happy song. I'm definitely intrigued by this alternative visual.

So 'Teardrops' earlier isn't the only 90s reworking of a song to appear here! As 'Beat Goes On' by All Seeing I is a remixed cover of the original by Sonny & Cher. The song begins with some instantly striking production that reminds me of Girls Aloud's 'Sound of the Underground' quite a bit. The production continues to be a massive highlight throughout as it incorporates trip-trop and breakbeat elements. So cool. The vocals are pretty nonchalant and mesh with the production with ease. They're super repetitive and choppy as well which also gets the thumbs up from me. This is nothing like their Tony Christie collab 'Walk Like A Panther' (their biggest hit, beating this by one position at #10) - the existence of that is pretty fun tbh but this is way more up my street. Such a catchy and hypnotic song. Also, fun fact, Dean Honer from this (now-disbanded) group fronts I Monster, behind the excellent song 'Daydream In Blue' *.* he clearly has a thing for the letter I. Lastly, much like 'Angels', we have a Robbie song that didn't reach #1 but is regarded as one of his signature songs. It's crazy that this was as late as the fifth single in the campaign! But I guess they could get away with that because it was such a ready-made smash. 'Let Me Entertain You' never fails to get me feeling hyped and the audiences at his concerts seem to agree! He often opens his shows with this song and it's easy to see why. I think this suits Robbie's larger than life showmanship to a T! A super bold song with an equally striking video, as he dons make-up similar to that of the band KISS. I absolutely love the production of the song as well, the brass instruments towards the end and the general drum track are brilliant! When Robbie's good, he's great.
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post Apr 9 2019, 11:16 PM
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God Is A DJ: Bb Bb Bb Bb C Ab Ab F, Bb Bb Bb Bb C Ab Ab Ab (x2)
F F F F Ab Eb Eb C, F F F F Ab Eb Eb Eb (x2)

Angel is such a tense trip-hop track. I can imagine it being used in a dark sci-fi film.
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post Apr 10 2019, 02:27 PM
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'When You're Gone' from Bryan Adams/Mel C wow what a tune this is from them, this finished 19th in my Top100 of the 90s. Just worked very well. An unlikely collaboration. 'Teardrops' quite a cover this is. Would say this is underrated. Haven't heard this in a long time. 'Life Is A Flower' one of the strange music videos of 1998. Sounded different from them. 'Beat Goes On' yet another song which I recognize from the beat to it. 5 weeks in the Top40 doesn't do it justice though. 'Let Me Entertain You' yet another classic from Robbie Williams, One of his signature songs, more memorable than 'Millennium' I know that sounds a bit strange but it could be. This is such a tune from him.
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post Apr 21 2019, 08:41 PM
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Love this thread Jade and have been following it! 1998 is still my favourite overall year for music and you've picked some great songs so far! What a trio to kick off the top 20, When You're Gone is an iconic solo Spice single (I like duets where both singers sing the whole thing together), Teardrops was a great cover and Life Is A Flower has always been my go to track if I need cheering up, just such an insanely happy song. Other faves include Believe (honestly was the song that got me properly into pop music), Ray Of Light and I Don't Want To Miss A Thing is legendary too.
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post Apr 30 2019, 09:24 PM
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Really sorry for the long gaps lately sad.gif I appreciate those who are still sticking with this! We will get there eventually. Going to bang out a new section now before bed!

QUOTE(DalekTurret32 @ Apr 10 2019, 12:16 AM) *
God Is A DJ: Bb Bb Bb Bb C Ab Ab F, Bb Bb Bb Bb C Ab Ab Ab (x2)
F F F F Ab Eb Eb C, F F F F Ab Eb Eb Eb (x2)

Angel is such a tense trip-hop track. I can imagine it being used in a dark sci-fi film.

'tense' is a very good word to describe 'Angel', amazing vibes right there heart.gif

QUOTE(Mack. @ Apr 10 2019, 03:27 PM) *
'When You're Gone' from Bryan Adams/Mel C wow what a tune this is from them, this finished 19th in my Top100 of the 90s. Just worked very well. An unlikely collaboration. 'Teardrops' quite a cover this is. Would say this is underrated. Haven't heard this in a long time. 'Life Is A Flower' one of the strange music videos of 1998. Sounded different from them. 'Beat Goes On' yet another song which I recognize from the beat to it. 5 weeks in the Top40 doesn't do it justice though. 'Let Me Entertain You' yet another classic from Robbie Williams, One of his signature songs, more memorable than 'Millennium' I know that sounds a bit strange but it could be. This is such a tune from him.

Ooh it's cool that 'When You're Gone' finished so high in your 90s top 100! That feels like a bit of a forgotten gem so I appreciate any positive recognition nowadays. An unlikely collab for sure, says it all that it happened due to a chance meeting in a lift laugh.gif 'Teardrops' definitely feels underrated indeed, deserved to be a top 5 smash at the very least, I wouldn't have ever come across it if it wasn't for Kisstory ohmy.gif the 'Life Is A Flower' music video is... a choice :') really ruins the experience for me oops, definitely a song to be listened to in isolation. Yeah it really was something different from them, a lot more chilled than the usual in-your-face bubblegum dance-pop! The 'Beat Goes On' production is very memorably indeed, kinda reminds me of 'Sound of the Underground' as mentioned in the commentary! Quite, deserved to be so much bigger </3 woo 'Let Me Entertain You' is such a moment from Robbie, definitely the song that seems to sum up what he's all about the best. I agree that it's more memorable than 'Millennium', as much as I like that too!

QUOTE(gooddelta @ Apr 21 2019, 09:41 PM) *
Love this thread Jade and have been following it! 1998 is still my favourite overall year for music and you've picked some great songs so far! What a trio to kick off the top 20, When You're Gone is an iconic solo Spice single (I like duets where both singers sing the whole thing together), Teardrops was a great cover and Life Is A Flower has always been my go to track if I need cheering up, just such an insanely happy song. Other faves include Believe (honestly was the song that got me properly into pop music), Ray Of Light and I Don't Want To Miss A Thing is legendary too.

Ooh hello there Rich hi.gif very happy to hear that you have been following things so far! I'd actually say that 1999 is my favourite year for 90s music (watch this space *.*) but 1998 is definitely up there, so a good overall pick, the quality of my top 10 that is to come is insane if I say so myself!! I'm glad that you approve of some songs that have popped up so far! I also like duets of this type in general, nowadays collaborations seem to be all about a quick guest verse sad.gif 'Life Is A Flower' is an amazing choice as an instant pick-me-up song, I'd definitely use it for that purpose too, very happy indeed and soothing <3
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15. Spice Girls - Stop
(chart-run: 2-4-7-11-12-17-29-36-53-52-55-58-57-59-70-69R(2)-52)

14. Doolally - Straight From The Heart
(chart-run: 20-31-44-56-68-75-70R(2)-66-63-68)

13. Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
(chart-run: 3-6-10-13-24-44-55)

12. Eagle-Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
(chart-run: 6-6-6-7-8-10-11-14-18-26-36-48-59)

11. MJ Cole - Sincere
(chart-run: 38-50)



I'm currently revisiting the music videos for this 1998 section and it has been perfect timing on this front when it comes to the Spice Girls. This is because their catalogue of music videos has been re-uploaded in wonderful 4K quality very recently! It genuinely makes a world of difference. However, this 'Stop' music video is currently unlisted, so they need to sort that out. I feel like 'Stop's unfortunate legacy is the fact that it ended the girls' very impressive string of consecutive number one singles. This would have been their 7th chart-topper in a row but Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins had something to say about this and ultimately blocked them. Sadly, no amount of 'Stop To The Top' campaigning has actually led to this single eventually topping the chart. I must admit that 'It's Like That' is actually my preferred song of the two (spoiler - that is still to come!) but I happen to like 'Stop' more than a sizeable chunk of Spice Girls #1s so it's a shame that it didn't quite get that gold medal at any point. But it was of course a success, this was no kind of 'Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)' type of underperformance now!! 'Stop' feels quite different for a Spice song, mainly due to its clear motown influences. It'd slot far more naturally into the discography of The Supremes for instance. But they give it a good go and create an infectious experience with a chorus that easily gets lodged in your brain, uplifting brass instruments and even a fun dance routine in the music video. The girls excel at creating memorable pop moments and this is a shining example. I cannot wait to hear this live at Wembley in a little less than two months now ahhh!! Next up is the wonderfully bouncy 'Straight From The Heart' by Doolally, a garage duo who would later become Shanks & Bigfoot of 'Sweet Like Chocolate' fame! This initially peaked at #20 in 1998, hence its inclusion, but would later go on to re-peak at #9 following the success of 'Sweet Like Chocolate' - so I'm glad that it did get to be a top 10 hit in the end. You can easily tell that this duo is the same as Shanks & Bigfoot as the formula for 'Straight From The Heart' is very similar to that of 'Sweet Like Chocolate'! Here we have similar bubbly garage production, sugary sweet lyrics and even Sharon Woolf on vocals once again! This is yet another song I discovered through Kisstory back in the day and I'm very happy to have found it, t'was love at first listen as a 'Sweet Like Chocolate' super fan. At #13 I have chosen Fugees legend Lauryn Hill with her debut solo single 'Doo Wop (That Thing)', which was actually the first debut single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 during its first week of charting! This song has it all really and I'm already hooked a few seconds in due to the harmonisation! The lyrics are great and she sings them with such a convincing attitude. Personal favourite lyrics include the simple but effective "How you gonna win when you ain't right within?" and also the following words to always live by: "Don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem" - I feel like this particularly speaks to me as I'm named after a semi-precious gemstone, after all. This is a storming R&B song that was really making a statement and feels ahead of its time, that production still sounds really fresh now. This is somehow only the first time I've ever seen the video too, props to the interesting concept of a split-screen video depicting two different eras simultaneously. Great stuff.

Next, the Cherry family is not short of talent by any means. You have musical legend Neneh Cherry, her daughter Mabel who is also carving out her own career in recent times and here we have Neneh's half brother Eagle-Eye Cherry with the fabulous 'Save Tonight', the track that he is best known for. This song is about having one more night with your love and cherishing it, ahead of having to leave. Definitely a relatable experience for me in a long-distance set-up. This alternative-rock triumph is full of heart, electrifying instrumentation and a stormer of a chorus. In fact, Eagle-Eye himself thought the chorus was too good and wondered if he had actually inadvertently ripped off the riff from another musician laugh.gif stay humble kids. But seriously, fair enough, it is a terrific song after all. Now, time to round off with an artist who's still got it 20 years later! MJ Cole recently scored a multi-week #1 in my personal chart with his stunning Freya Ridings collaboration 'Waking Up'. As much as I love this song, it was quite the departure for him sonically as his roots are very much in the world of garage. Here we have an utter garage CLASSIC *.* it scored a lowly peak of #38 in 1998 but thankfully re-charted a lot higher in 2000, at #13, following the release of his top 10 single 'Crazy Love'. This song sounds very late-night radio 1 with its garage elements and low-key vibes. It's a calming effort that always puts me in a positive mood. <3 That beat is just hypnotising and the vocalists Nova Casper and Jay Dee smash it. Utterly blissful with hooks aplenty.
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"Let Me Entertain You" is a essential Robbie Williams song and I like it! (Fun fact: I heard this song first, when I heard that a german TV channel's Slogan was based on this song. Instead of "Let Me Entertain You" it's "We Love To Entertain You")
Wonderful to See another Spice Girls song on these and I also like "Doo-Wop" and "Save Tonight" (The latter of which is also played a lot on those vintage radio stations still!)
Great picks Jade!
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post May 14 2019, 03:23 PM
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A great 15-11 there with 'Stop' which really should have been a Spice Girls #1.
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