95 MATTHEW MARSDEN - THE HEART'S LONE DESIRE
Reached #13 [July]
The beautiful guy from Coro embarked on a music career a year before Adam Rickett in 1998. It seemed Matthew wanted to be the next Gary Barlow (something even Gary Barlow wasn't doing well in 1998), before he inexplicably managed to get a collaboration with Destinys Child. This isn't the most exciting song in the world but when I hear it, it just screams Summer 98 to me.
94 THE SUPERNATURALS - I WASN'T BUILT TO GET UP
Reached #25 [August]
In a sea of successful fun indie groups (Space, Divine Comedy, Dodgy), the Supernaturals just struggled to get a hit, a shame really because this was a really uplifting sunny song.
93 ALDA - REAL GOOD TIME
Reached #7 [August]
In 1998 there seemed to be loads of these odd pop acts coming out every week, featured in Smash Hits magazine and failing to make the top 40, Kulay, FAB, Pure Sugar, Paper Dolls, they were all over the place, but somehow Alda managed to break away and score herself this rather unusual but fun top 10 hit.
92 SHANIA TWAIN - YOU'RE STILL THE ONE
Reached #10 [February]
Kicking of her massive UK career, I adored this song when it came out, quite deceptively nothing like her Country roots, this song was a traditional power ballad, for me, it still remains one of her greatest hits, before she became a bit of a country parody (Party For Two? No ta).
91 THE TAMPERER F/MAYA - FEEL IT
Reached #1 [April]
Now this is a classic dance anthem, a little bit gimicky, but that often seems to be the case with the bigger hits in this genre. Taking a Jackson 5 sample and dropping a chimney on it's head, for me this sounds so much better now than it ever did at the time.