1998 wins for Time of Your Life (Good Riddance) by Green Day.
I refuse to hate Green Day. That song may well have murdered an orphan or two in its day, but I'm not hating Green Day.
Anyways, it's not on the list.
This song is, though: 10. I Don't Want to Wait, Paula Cole
Then there's all sorts of crazy songs I've never heard of by performers I never knew existed:
1. Too Close, Next
24. Body Bumpin Yippie-Yi-Yo, Public Announcement
26. I Don't Ever Want to See You Again, Uncle Sam
36. Deja Vu (Uptown Baby), Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz
94. Butta Love, Next
Lsg, Voices Of Theory, Sylk-E Fyne, K.P. and Envyi, Xscape, Lox,
Inoj... Who the fuck are these people?
That Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz song was produced by Wyclef and it sucks every form of testicle. But Lord Tarik was a member of the most underrated hip-hop group of all-time - Money Boss Players. They were like Onyx, Das Efx, Mobb Deep and the Alkoholiks all wrapped into one. Only better.
Don't believe me? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmZp5g2QVXQ
The fucking Lox were the worst. I think this was the year that rap went right down the shitter.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly when that happened. Or if it happened. Commercial, mainstream rap was always pretty horrible - with several memorable exceptions. The underground has kept on winning every year though. If the handful of decent artists that still get radio play (The Roots, Mos Def, Common, Oukast, Jay-Z, Nas) weren't doing it for you once sampling costs went from the sublime to the ridiculous, you could point to that era as the nadir. But I had Big Pun's Capital Punishment
Pete Rock's Soul Survivor
and Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
on HEAVY rotation that whole summer. That's just to name a couple standouts. If you want to shit down the neck of commercial hip-hop, I'll hit you with a hand towel and a spritz of cologne when you come out of the stall - feel free to grab a mint or a stick of gum too. But Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Killah Priest and Sunz of Man were just getting started in '98. Case in point.
And I've always hated The Lox save for Jadakiss' verse on Ghostface Killah's "Run." Other than that those losers can go suck a dick and die.