“Lately” is a ballad recorded by American R&B girl group Divine. The song was released as the group’s debut single in 1998 and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA. The gospel-inspired song was eventually released to international markets, but it failed to make as big of an impact as it did in North America.
“Doo Wop (That Thing)” is the debut solo single from American recording artist Lauryn Hill. The song is taken from her debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Written and produced by Hill, the song was released as the album’s lead single in July 1998. It was Hill’s first and only Billboard Hot 100 number-one, to date. The song won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 1999 Grammy Awards on February 24, 1999. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the tenth song in the chart’s history to do so, and the first debut single to do so.
“One Week” is a song by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, the first single from their 1998 album, Stunt. It was written by Ed Robertson, who is featured on the lead vocal of the rapped verses. Steven Page sings lead on the song’s chorus, while the two co-lead the prechoruses in harmony. The song is notable for its significant number of pop culture references, and remains the band’s best known song in the United States. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and, fittingly, spent one week at the top.
“One Week” is the band’s best-performing single on the charts in both the U.S. and the U.K., though it slightly under-performed several other singles in the band’s native Canada. It was the band’s first and only number one single in the U.S. on both the Hot 100 (for one week) and the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks (for five non-consecutive weeks). The song spent seven weeks at number 3 on the Hot 100 Airplay and an additional four at number two land locked behind the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris”. Both “The Old Apartment” and “Brian Wilson” barely broke the top 100 of the US chart. The band’s US chart success has not been equaled, and was neared only by follow-up singles “It’s All Been Done” and “Pinch Me”, the first single from follow-up album Maroon; both broke the top 50 of the U.S. Hot 100. Apple used the song at MacWorld 1999 for presenting Mac OS X Server on a wall of 50 iMacs 
In 1999, American parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded a parody titled “Jerry Springer”, a song about a man’s strange obsession with The Jerry Springer Show, for his album Running with Scissors.
The song has been featured numerous times in other media, including the films Digimon: The Movie, American Pie, 10 Things I Hate About You, the band appear to perform it live in “College Kids”, an early season 4 episode of The West Wing, the video game Alvin and the Chipmunks, and in the video game Rock Band Blitz, and in an ad for Mitsubishi Lancer, which featured teens trying to sing the song but being unable to keep up with the fast rapping at some points. Lastly, this song was featured in an episode of How I Met Your Mother when the Slutty Pumpkin sings it to Ted as they sit on his couch.
“The First Night” is a song recorded by American singer Monica for her second studio album, The Boy Is Mine (1998). It was written by Tamara Savage and Jermaine Dupri, featuring production and additional vocals from the latter. Built around a sample of Diana Ross’s 1976 recording “Love Hangover,” penned by Marilyn McLeod and Pam Sawyer, who share co-writing credits on the song.
Following the major commercial chart success of previous single “The Boy Is Mine,” a duet with fellow R&B singer Brandy, “The First Night” song was released on July 7, 1998 as the album’s second single by Arista Records. Upon its commercial release, it emerged as one of Monica’s biggest successes in years, topping both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the component Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, becoming her first chart solo topper. A remix version with producer Dupri, and rapper Da Brat appeared as a bonus track on Monica’s 1998 CD single, “Angel of Mine”.
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” is a power ballad performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith for the 1998 film Armageddon. Written by Diane Warren, the song debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (the first #1 for the band after 28 years together). It is one of three songs performed by the band for the film, the other two being “What Kind of Love Are You On” and “Sweet Emotion”. The song stayed at number one for four weeks from September 5 to 26, 1998. The song also stayed at number 1 for several weeks in several other countries. In the UK, the song peaked at number four, becoming Aerosmith’s highest charting song in the UK, where it was the 17th best-selling single of 1998, and has sold over a million copies.
This song was also featured in the 2013 video game Saints Row IV. The track was also heard in an episode of “Jewelpet Sunshine” which is the third season of the Jewelpet franchise.
“The Boy Is Mine” is a duet by American singers Brandy and Monica. The song was written and composed by LaShawn Daniels, Japhe Tejeda, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, and Brandy with co-production by Darkchild and Dallas Austin, and was released as the lead single from both singers’ second albums, Never Say Never (1998) by Brandy and the album of the same name (1998) by Monica, during the second quarter of 1998. Described as an answer song to Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s 1982 duet “The Girl Is Mine”, the lyrics of the mid-tempo R&B track revolve around two women disputing the love of a man.
The song received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics and was the first number-one pop record for both artists, both stateside and internationally. Exploiting the media’s presumption of a rivalry between the two young singers, “The Boy Is Mine” became the best-selling song of the year in the US, spending 13 weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1998. Internationally, the single also achieved a strong charting, peaking at number-one in Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand, while reaching the top five on most of the other charts on which it appeared.
The music video for the single was filmed by director Joseph Kahn in April 1998, and depicts the singers as both neighbours and challengers, fighting over the same man, only to end up as allies who amicably settle on dumping their unfaithful lover, played by Mekhi Phifer. The video was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year and Best R&B Video. To date, their performance at the 1998 VMAs ceremony, held on September 10, 1998 in the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, remains Brandy and Monica’s only television broadcast performance of the song.
“The Boy Is Mine” was awarded the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and received nominations for both Record of the Year and Best R&B Song in 1999. At the Billboard Music Awards, the song won in three categories, including Hot 100 Sales Single of Year. In 2008, Billboard listed it 54th on its 50th Anniversary All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs chart, and 18th on the All-Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs countdown. In 2012, after 14 years, the singers reunited on the single “It All Belongs to Me”.
“My All” is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey from her sixth studio album, Butterfly (1997). It was released as the album’s fifth single overall and second commercial single on April 21, 1998 by Columbia Records. The song was written and produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff. “My All” is built around Latin guitar chord melodies, and makes subtle use of Latin percussion throughout the first chorus, before taking on a more conventional contemporary R&B-style beat. Carey was inspired to write the song and use Latin inspired melodies after her trip to Puerto Rico, where she was influenced by the culture. The song’s lyrics tell of a lonely woman declaring she would give “her all” to have just one more night with her estranged lover.
The music video for the song was released in March 1998. It shows many scenes of Carey laying on a submerged vessel in a large body of water, while lamenting her lost lover. Towards the video’s climax, Carey and her love interest climb atop a lighthouse and caress each other under the night’s sky. “My All” was performed live on various occasions, including the 1998 World Music Awards and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Saturday Night Live, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and various European television and music chart programs. The song was also part of Carey’s 1998 Butterfly World Tour, and was performed during many future tours and concerts. House music producer David Morales remixed the song, which was sung in live medley’s with the original.
“My All” was well received by contemporary music critics and charted strongly throughout various music markets. In the United States, the song became Carey’s thirteenth chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Throughout Europe, the song performed moderately, peaking at number four in the United Kingdom and in the top ten in Belgium (Wallonia), France, Spain and Switzerland. In France, due to strong sales, the song was certified silver by the Syndicat National de l’Édition Phonographique (SNEP).
“Too Close” is a song by American R&B group Next, featuring uncredited vocals from Vee of Koffee Brown. It was released in September 1997 as the second single from their debut album Rated Next (1997).
The song reached number one on the U.S. Hot 100 and R&B charts and has gone Platinum making it their biggest and best known hit. In the 1998 U.S. Billboard End-Year chart, the song reached number one. It contains a sample of “Christmas Rappin'” by Kurtis Blow. “Too Close” was a massive hit on Urban Contemporary radio stations by its fourth month of airplay in January 1998 and still the most played single by Next.
“All My Life” is a song recorded by American R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo. The track was produced and written by Joel “JoJo” Hailey and Rory Bennett for K-Ci & JoJo’s debut studio album, Love Always (1997). It samples Paul Anka’s 1983 hit, “Hold Me ‘Til the Mornin’ Comes”.
The song was released physically as from January 6, 1998 as the third single from the album through MCA Records. “All My Life” is an R&B and soul song. Music critics have claimed this as the duo’s most successful song of their career.
“All My Life” was a commercial success, and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. It was certified platinum in the US, and was the duo’s longest-running number-one single of their career. “All My Life” performed well internationally, reaching top ten in many countries, including Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, as well as the United Kingdom and achieving platinum status in Australia and gold status in Sweden.
“Gettin’ Jiggy wit It” is a single by American actor and rapper Will Smith, released as the third cut from his debut solo album Big Willie Style (1997). The song is based around a sample of “He’s the Greatest Dancer” by Sister Sledge. The chorus is sampled from “Sang and Dance” by The Bar-Kays. Released in January 1998, the song was Smith’s second hit produced by Poke & Tone, who replaced his long-time partner Jazzy Jeff, though the record-scratching techniques of Jazzy Jeff can be heard in the song.
The song spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart from March 14, 1998. It also won a Grammy Award in 1999 for the Best Rap Solo Performance. It was ranked the 68th greatest song of the 1990s by VH1. However, it was ranked at #19 on the list of AOL Radio’s 100 Worst Songs Ever in 2010. The song was included in Pitchfork Media’s 2010 list of “the seven worst U.S. No. 1 singles of the 90s”.
“My Heart Will Go On”, also called the “Love Theme from Titanic”, is the main theme song to James Cameron’s blockbuster film Titanic. Its music was composed by James Horner, its lyrics were written by Will Jennings, and it was produced by Walter Afanasieff and Simon Franglen; recorded by Celine Dion and released in 1997.
Originally released in 1997 on Dion’s album Let’s Talk About Love and the Titanic soundtrack album, the romantic song went to number 1 all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia. “My Heart Will Go On” was released in Australia and Germany on December 8, 1997, and in the rest of the world in January and February 1998.
The song became Dion’s biggest hit, and one of the best-selling singles of all time, and was the world’s best-selling single of 1998. The music video was directed by Bille Woodruff and released at the end of 1997. Due to the song’s widespread popularity when it was released, it is considered to be Dion’s signature song. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Nice & Slow” is a 1998 single from Usher’s second album My Way. It became his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1998. The song was written by Usher, Brian and Brandon Casey of the R&B group Jagged Edge, Manuel Seal Jr. and Jermaine Dupri.
“Nice & Slow” was written by Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, and Brian Casey, with Dupri producing the tune and Seal serving as co-producer and responsible for the guitar work. Jagged Edge provided background vocals in the record. “Nice & Slow” was recorded by Phil Tan at the Somewhere in College Park studio in College Park, Georgia. Tan and Dupri mixed the record with assistance from John and Brian Frye at Studio LaCoCo, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dupri recalled telling Usher he needed a ballad to “knock out the world”. The beat was created first, and the lyrics were fitted to it. The composition and recording of “Nice & Slow” took four hours, according to Dupri.
“Nice & Slow” is a slow pop, R&B and soul ballad with hip hop influences. Musicologist Richard J. Ripani wrote that “Nice & Slow” is an example of the typical “R&B ballad style that became widely popular” in the late 1990s. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Universal Music Publishing Group, “Nice & Slow” is written in common time with a slow tempo of sixty-eight beats per minute. Set in the key of A♭ major, it follows the basic chord progression of Fm11–Cm7–D♭maj13–E♭9sus. Usher’s voice spans from the low note of E♭4 to the high note of A♭5. “Nice & Slow” features a spoken introduction, while in the middle of the song Usher performs a melodic rap, which Billboard’s Shawnee Smith compared to the syle of Do or Die. Usher said to Time that “Nice & Slow” is “somewhat of an intimate story between a man and a woman.”
“Together Again” is a song by American recording artist Janet Jackson from her sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope (1997). It was written and produced by Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with additional writing by Jackson’s then-husband, René Elizondo, Jr. It was released as the second single from the album on December 2, 1997, by Virgin. Originally written as a ballad, the track was rearranged as a dance and house song. Jackson was inspired to write the song by her own personal experience of losing a friend to AIDS, as well as by a piece of fan mail she received from a young boy in England who had lost his father.
“Together Again” was well received by music critics, who praised the song’s structure and Jackson’s vocals, comparing them to those of Diana Ross and works by Donna Summer. Commercially, the song was a success, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks, as well as reaching the top of the Hot Dance Club Songs. The song was additionally certified Gold by the RIAA. Worldwide, it peaked within the top five in most countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, and topped the charts in the Netherlands. It is Jackson’s best selling single selling 6 million copies worldwide and is one of the best selling singles of all time.
Two music videos were produced for “Together Again”. The video for the original, directed by Seb Janiak, shows Jackson and her dancers performing in a futuristic African paradise where people are seen living side by side with wild animals such as elephants, giraffes, and wildcats. Another music video released for the ‘Deeper Remix’ was directed by René Elizondo, Jr. and shows Jackson in an apartment. Jackson performed “Together Again” in a number of occasions to promote The Velvet Rope, including at the American Music Awards, and also on all of her tours since its release. It is also included in two of Jackson’s greatest hits collections, Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010).
“Truly Madly Deeply” is a song by Australian pop band Savage Garden, released as the third single from their self-titled debut album in March 1997 by Columbia Records, Roadshow Music and Sony Records. It won the 1997 ARIA Music Award for Single of the Year and Highest Selling Single along it nominated of ARIA Music Award for Song of the Year. Written by bandmates Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones, the song is a reworking of a song called “Magical Kisses” that the pair wrote together long before recording began on their debut album. It was used as the main theme from the soundtrack of the 1998 film Music from Another Room, starring Jude Law and Gretchen Mol.
The song reached number one in Australia in 1997 and in the United States the following year. Two music videos were filmed for the track—one for its original Australian release, and another for the international market shot in Paris.
“Candle in the Wind 1997” is a song by Elton John, a re-written and re-recorded version of his 1973 song “Candle in the Wind”. It was released on 13 September 1997 as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, with the global proceeds from the song going towards Diana’s charities. In many countries, it was pressed as a double A-side with “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”. It was produced by Sir George Martin.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, with certified sales, it is “the second best-selling single of all time.” The Guinness World Records 2009 states that the song is “the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies”.
After being released, “Candle in the Wind 1997” entered at number one in the UK Singles Chart, John’s fourth UK number one single, and became the best-selling single in UK Chart history. In October it became John’s ninth U.S. number one single, where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, and is the best-selling single in Billboard history, and was the first single certified Diamond in the U.S. The song topped the German Singles Chart for seven weeks, the Australian ARIA Charts for six weeks, reached number one in Japan, Canada, France and music charts around the world.
The 1997 version won John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards ceremony in 1998. At the 1998 Brit Awards the song was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single. The lyrics of the earlier version of “Candle in the Wind”, written by Bernie Taupin, were a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. The opening lines of the 1973 version, “Goodbye Norma Jeane, though I never knew you at all,” were adapted to “Goodbye England’s rose, may you ever grow in our hearts.” Most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana’s life and death, but a notable omission, which needed no adaptation, was the line, “Even when you died, the press still hounded you.” which was replaced with the lyric, “Even though we try, the truth brings us to tears.”
“Something About the Way You Look Tonight” is a song by Elton John, released in 1997 as the first single from his 26th studio album The Big Picture. The song and its video were dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died that year, with proceeds from the sale of the song going towards Diana’s charities.
The single was released later also as a double A-side single with “Candle in the Wind 1997”. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, with certified sales, this double A-side is “the best-selling single of all time.” The Guinness World Records 2009 states that the song is “the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies”.
The video for the song featured actors and actresses from the UK television programme This Life, as well as supermodels Kate Moss and Sophie Dahl and is regarded as one of Elton John’s best videos. John has publicly revealed (through his “warts and all” documentary Tantrums and Tiaras) that he finds videos “fucking loathsome” and after the album The Big Picture refrained from appearing in his own videos unless they were cameo appearances.