This month's retrochart - 1998 - my year abroad

For the vast majority of 1998 I was living In France, but I still followed the UK Top 40 on this new thing called the internet, so every Sunday evening I went to the local internet cafe at the Dijon train station and made sure I knew what was going on [that sounds a bit sad now!]

So here is the top 40 from this week in 1998:

1 Aqua Doctor Jones
2 Usher You Make Me Wanna
3 Will Smith Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
4 All Saints Never Ever
5 The Lighthouse Family High
6 Robbie Williams Angels
7 Backstreet Boys All I Have To Give
8 Catatonia Mulder And Scully
9 Janet Jackson Together Again
10 Cleopatra Cleopatra's Theme
11 Aaron Carter Crazy Little Party Girl
12 Bamboo Bamboogie
13 Wildchild Renegade Master '98
14 Oasis All Around The World
15 Ce Ce Peniston Somebody Else's Guy
16 Various Artists Perfect Day
17 Saint Etienne Sylvie
18 Chumbawamba Amnesia
19 Steps 5, 6, 7, 8
20 Lutricia McNeal Ain't That Just The Way
21 OTT The Story Of Love
22 Natalie Imbruglia Torn
23 Green Day Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)
24 Puff Daddy & The Family It's All About The Benjamins
25 Wes Alane
26 Encore Le Disc Jockey
27 Freestylers featuring Tenor Fly B-Boy Stance
28 Jay-Z featuring Gwen Dickey Wishing On A Star
29 Da Hool Meet Her At The Love Parade
30 Byron Stingily You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
31 Boyzone Baby Can I Hold You / Shooting Star
32 Carleen Anderson Maybe I'm Amazed
33 Elton John Recover Your Soul
34 Aqua Barbie Girl
35 The Rolling Stones Saint Of Me
36 Hot Chocolate featuring Errol Brown It Started With A Kiss
37 Ian Brown My Star
38 Space Avenging Angels
39 Juliet Roberts So Good / Free Love 98
40 BBE Desire

Its not a bad top 40, there are plenty if singers and groups that I've heard of, just not many songs by them seem memorable. Will Chumbawamba be remembered for Amnesia? [geddit??]

Best song on there has to be Perfect Day by lots of people! The worst I think is Boyzone's dreadful cover of Tracey Chapman's Baby Can I Hold You. I'm also wondering why a Hot Chocolate song was there. Was the UK still under the spell of that overrated Full Monty movie?

So what were your memories of the time? Please let me know. I wasn't there....

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