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November 23, 2021


[Album 1000/1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 20 are from the year 1998.

I’ve reviewed all but 1 of them (Khaled – Kenza) so far

Which 1998 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 20 albums, enjoy!



20. Korn – Follow the Leader. I might have been around the outer rings of the target audience at the time, somewhat less so now.

19. Manu Chao – Clandestino . I appreciated the multi-lingual approach.

18. Khaled – Khaled. Aritst/album alliteration always adds (to my) appreciation.

17. Talvin Singh – OK. A good example of under-promise, over-deliver.

16. System of a Down – System of a Down. Sugar was a standout.

15. Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby. More likely to revisit the videos.

14. Madonna – Ray of Light. Her 2nd of 3.

13. Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Memorable title track in particular.

12. Air – Moon Safari. Their 1st of 2.

11. Boards of Canada – Music has the Right to Children. Likely to revisit out of curiosity, to see if I can hear some of the magic (as described from multiple reliable sources) that I missed the first time around.

10. Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs. A more consistent temperature throughout than that of their namesake planet.

9. David Gray – White Ladder. A best seller.

8. Turbonegro – Apocalypse Dudes. Glam rock, with a sense of humour, perhaps the link between The Dictators & The Darkness.



7. Queens of the Stone Age – Queens of the Stone Age. Another self-titled debut on the 1001.

6. Kid Rock – Devil Without a Cause. Easily the top simile of the year, “I’m in it to win it like Yzerman.”

5. Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vol.4…. His final appearance on the list (at least, his final appearance from the 2005 book).

4. Pulp – This is Hardcore. An interesting listening exercise, hearing this back-to-back with Different Class.

3. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Ex-Factor, what a track.

2. Hole – Celebrity Skin. Terrific Melissa Auf Der Mar harmonies throughout.

1. Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue. Billy Bragg + Wilco + Woody Guthrie lyrics = A low-risk, high reward equation. In fact, I was just listening to this Last Night or Night Before that!


Verbalize the Positive

1998, another solid year for CanCon, with Phantom Power & Navy Blues leading the way!

From → 1990s

  1. Again, only a couple of these in the VC holding, but they are albums I like a lot, so that’s OK, isn’t it?!

    • OK indeed!
      I think that’s the case with this late 90s/early 00s era for me – I don’t own a ton of them, but the ones I do are all keepers.

  2. Seeing this list as the 90s progresses is interesting. Safe to say I own none of these artists that are in your Top 20 for 98 except for the two CanCon artists mentioned at the end. lol

  3. I always think they start dropping the ball around here with recency issues, but that list is pretty good – I love that Dylan live album, and Lucinda, Mercury Rev, are all great. Sounds like I need to check out Turbonegro too.

  4. Only a few I like here but starting to get back in to music by this time.

    • I think in my personal CD collection, ’98 wouldn’t be one of the big years. The ones I have from that year stay in the rotation, but just not many of them.
      QUality over quantity I suppose!

      • That was never my motto when I was heavy in the CD collecting. I wanted it all and right now!

      • Freddy Mercury would approve, you want(ed) it all and you want(ed) it now!

  5. Yeah, I don’t know any of these albums on here, lol.

    • Not to worry, Lana – before going through the 1001 list, I don’t think I knew many of them either!

      • Thanks for making me feel better! Truth be told, people discover new music everyday.

  6. jprobichaud permalink

    The number one album there is quite excellent, gave me a new found appreciation for Wilco.

  7. Can’t argue with #1, but I’d definitely bump Lucinda up into #2.

    • Perhaps if the world improves over the next few months – I may find myself driving on some gravel roads this summer, and therefore be looking for some Lucinda as a soundtrack!

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