Hottest 100, 1998 Volume 6
# Title Artist Time Country
1 Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) The Offspring 3:09 USA
2 Cigarettes Will Kill You Ben Lee 3:50 Australia
3 Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us) Custard 3:11 Australia
4 Celebrity Skin Hole 2:43 USA
5 Got The Life Korn 3:45 USA
6 ! (The Song Formerly Known As) Regurgitator 3:28 Australia
7 Harpoon Jebediah 4:28 Australia
8 The Day You Come Powderfinger 4:01 Australia
9 Heavy Heart You Am I 3:12 Australia
10 Save The Day The Living End 2:56 Australia
11 Sweetest Thing U2 3:01 Ireland
12 Brick Ben Folds Five 4:32 USA
13 Doctor Worm They Might Be Giants 3:02 USA
14 Josie Blink-182 3:21 USA
15 Second Solution The Living End 3:00 Australia
16 Addicted To Bass Josh Abrahams 3:55 Australia
17 Tainted Love (Live) The Living End 3:41 Australia
18 Just Ace Grinspoon 1:48 Australia
19 Bubblegoose (feat. Stan, Kyle, Kenny & Cartman) Wyclef Jean 2:53 USA
20 Simultaneous Chef 3:18 USA
21 Sex And Candy Marcy Playground 2:52 USA
22 Black Friday Grinspoon 2:29 Australia
23 Teardrop Massive Attack 5:31 England
24 Music Is Crap Custard 3:01 Australia
25 Intergalactic Beastie Boys 3:52 USA
26 Polyester Girl Regurgitator 3:34 Australia
27 I Like Your Old Remix Better Than Your New Remix Regurgitator 2:59 Australia
28 Don't You Know Who I Am? Happyland 2:21 Australia
29 Everybody Here Wants You Jeff Buckley 4:47 USA
30 Never There Cake 2:44 USA
31 Throw Your Arms Around Me Paul McDermott 5:04 Australia
32 Black Bugs Regurgitator 3:03 Australia
33 Sweater Eskimo Joe 2:17 Australia
34 One Week Barenaked Ladies 2:49 Canada
35 Flagpole Sitta Harvey Danger 3:36 USA
36 Whatareya? TISM 3:34 Australia
37 Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2) The Whitlams 3:47 Australia
38 The Impression That I Get The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 3:14 USA
39 Somebody Kill Me Adam Sandler 1:53 USA
40 Song For The Dumped Ben Folds Five 3:40 USA
41 Pure Morning Placebo 4:15 England
42 Teflon Jebediah 3:47 Australia
43 Melbourne The Whitlams 4:50 Australia
44 The Dope Show Marilyn Manson 3:47 USA
45 Ava Adore The Smashing Pumpkins 4:31 USA
46 Don't Wanna Be Left Out Powderfinger 2:13 Australia
47 Do The Evolution Pearl Jam 3:54 USA
48 Road Rage Catatonia 5:09 Wales
49 Malibu Hole 3:50 USA
50 It's Like That Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins 4:11 USA
51 Given To Fly Pearl Jam 4:01 USA
52 The Grouch Green Day 2:12 USA
53 Father Of Mine Everclear 3:52 USA
54 Mum Changed The Locks Frenzal Rhomb 1:43 Australia
55 No Surprises Radiohead 3:49 England
56 Charlie No. 3 The Whitlams 4:24 Australia
57 I Think I'm Paranoid Garbage 3:38 USA
58 I Don't Like It Pauline Pantsdown 3:18 Australia
59 History Repeating (feat. Miss Shirley Bassey) Propellerheads 4:03 England
60 Untouchable Face Ani DiFranco 3:37 USA
61 Cry The Mavis's 4:13 Australia
62 Gone Away The Offspring 4:29 USA
63 The Rockafeller Skank Fatboy Slim 6:54 England
64 Come On Spring Antenna 4:49 Australia
65 Rumble You Am I 2:37 Australia
66 No Shelter Rage Against The Machine 4:04 USA
67 The Unforgiven II Metallica 6:36 USA
68 Every Day Should Be A Holiday The Dandy Warhols 4:02 USA
69 Cinnamon Lip Pollyanna 2:27 Australia
70 If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next Manic Street Preachers 4:52 Wales
71 Hello! Happyland 3:00 Australia
72 Mr Charisma Frenzal Rhomb 2:19 Australia
73 Music Sounds Better With You Stardust 4:21 France
74 My Hero Foo Fighters 4:20 USA
75 Dragula Rob Zombie 3:43 USA
76 Saint Joe On The School Bus Marcy Playground 3:20 USA
77 Fuel Metallica 4:30 USA
78 Shimmer Fuel 3:34 USA
79 Don't Go Away Grinspoon 2:58 Australia
80 Bad Old Man Babybird 4:21 England
81 Drinking In L.A. Bran Van 3000 3:56 Canada
82 El President (feat. Thom Yorke) Drugstore 2:49 England
83 Now And Then The Superjesus 4:08 Australia
84 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day 2:35 USA
85 Harpoon Something For Kate 4:20 Australia
86 Mama's Trippin' Ben Harper 3:45 USA
87 Push It Garbage 4:02 USA
88 Wishlist Pearl Jam 3:27 USA
89 Special Garbage 3:44 USA
90 No Substitute Chef 4:47 USA
91 Benedict Jebediah 4:03 Australia
92 The Ballad Of Tom Jones Space 4:09 England
93 Untitled Silverchair 3:31 Australia
94 Perfect The Smashing Pumpkins 3:23 USA
95 Tropicalia Beck 3:21 USA
96 Redneck Wonderland Midnight Oil 3:09 Australia
97 Black Umbrella Even 3:21 Australia
98 Baker Street Foo Fighters 5:39 USA
99 Saturation The Superjesus 4:04 Australia
100 Sich Öffnen Not From There 3:48 Australia

Facts for 1998

The 1998 Hottest 100 was the sixth annual Hottest 100 countdown since the change of the format which allowed only songs from the previous year to be voted for.

The Countdown

The countdown took place in January of 1999 and featured a mixture of 70 different artists.

The 1998 countdown is one of three countdowns to feature two versions of the same song. Jebediah's 'Harpoon' was voted into the #7 position, while the cover by Something For Kate reached #85. This happened again in 2004 when Scissor Sisters charted with their cover of Franz Ferdinand's winning track 'Take Me Out', and in 2013 when San Cisco also charted with their cover of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'. This had also happened in the 1989 All Time countdown when Art Of Noise charted with their cover of Prince's 'Kiss'.

This countdown has long been the subject of ridicule, namely in that The Offspring's winning song, 'Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)', is considered to be a 'joke song'. Derisive references have been made in more recent countdowns. including some announcers using it as reason to abolish democratic voting systems, such as those used in the Hottest 100. Strangely, the 1993 countdown, in which Denis Leary's 'Asshole' won, is not given as much attention, despite the fact that 'Asshole' is 'officially' a comedy song.

At #2, Ben Lee charted with his song 'Cigarettes Will Kill You'. Reportedly, he was inspired to the name the song after the blunt, truthful nature of the title of The Verve's song 'The Drugs Don't Work', which reached #22 in 1997.

At #4, Hole charted with their song 'Celebrity Skin'. The song includes the line "Beautiful garbage, beautiful dresses. Can you stand up or will you just fall down?"
3 years later, Garbage, who also appeared at #57, #87, & #89 in the 1998 countdown, featured with their songs 'Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)' and 'Androgyny' from their album Beautiful Garbage. The title of the album comes directly from the lyrics in Hole's song.

At #14, Blink-182 charted with their song 'Josie'. The song includes the line "And my girlfriend likes UL and DHC. And she's so smart and independent, I don't think she needs me quite half as much as I know I need her. I wonder why there's not another guy that she'd prefer."
The first line references two bands; 'UL', better known as Unwritten Law, and 'DHC', better known as Dance Hall Crashers. Unwritten Law would later chart in the 2001 countdown at #69 with their song 'Up All Night'. Original members of Dance Hall Crashers, Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, charted at #31 in 1995 as members of Rancid with the song 'Time Bomb'.

The countdown is also one of only two to feature artists gaining three back to back tracks. It is yet to be done with the same band for all three tracks, however, Quan Yeomans of Regurgitator and Happyland scored three entries in a row with his work with the two bands, featuring at positions #26 through #28.
Again, this has only been matched once, with Dave Grohl featuring 3 times in a row due to his work with Nirvana and the Foo Fighters.

At #73, Stardust featured with 'Music Sounds Better With You'. To date, this is the only track ever released by the band, making them the first band to have their entire discography feature in the Hottest 100.

Despite it not being played by Triple J that year, Green Day's 'Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)' reached #84.

At #92, English band Space charted with the track 'The Ballad Of Tom Jones'. Despite having a sound that one would not expect to be heard on Triple J, Tom Jones charted in the 1994 countdown, reaching #9 with his cover of 'If I Only Knew', by Rise Robots Rise.

Grinspoon's appearance in the countdown continues their efforts from the previous year in which songs from album have been featured in non-consecutive countdowns. In 1995, Grinspoon released their track 'Sickfest' which was later re-released on their debut album 'Guide To Better Living' in 1998. The album also managed to feature in both the 1997 and 1998 countdowns. To date, it is the only album that features in 3 different countdowns. Non-consecutive appearances also occurred in the 2011 countdown with Architecture In Helsinki, and the 2015 countdown, when The Wombats charted.

Artists Featured

Quan Yeomans was the best performing artist of the countdown and was featured 6 times; 4 times with Regurgitator and 2 times with Happyland. Incidentally, the second best performing band of the countdown was in fact Regurgitator, who managed to achieve 4 entries, their highest reaching #6.

Garbage, Grinspoon, Jebediah, The Living End, Pearl Jam and The Whitlams all managed to gain 3 tracks each. Jebediah managed the highest entry, reaching #7.
16 other artists managed to appear twice in the countdown.

Artists With Multiple Entries

6 Tracks
  • Quan Yeomans (6, 26, 27, 28, 32, 71)
    (Four times with Regurgitator and twice with Happyland)
4 Tracks
  • Regurgitator (6, 26, 27, 32)
3 Tracks
  • Garbage (57, 87, 89)
  • Grinspoon (18, 22, 79)
  • Jebediah (7, 42, 91)
  • The Living End (10, 15, 17)
  • Pearl Jam (47, 51, 88)
  • The Whitlams (37, 43, 56)
2 Tracks
  • Ben Folds Five (12, 40)
  • Chef (20, 90)
  • Custard (3, 24)
  • Foo Fighters (74, 98)
  • Frenzal Rhomb (54, 72)
  • Green Day (52, 84)
  • Happyland (28, 71)
  • Hole (4, 49)
  • Marcy Playground (21, 76)
  • Metallica (67, 77)
  • The Offspring (1, 62)
  • Powderfinger (8, 46)
  • The Smashing Pumpkins (45, 94)
  • The Superjesus (83, 99)
  • You Am I (9, 65)

  • Cerys Matthews (48, 92)
    (Once with Catatonia and once with Space)

Countries Featured


The 1998 Hottest 100 featured artists from 7 countries, including 44 from the USA, 42 from Australia and 8 from England.

A Couple Of Notes

‘Teardrop’ at #23, was a collaboration between Massive Attack and Elizabeth Fraser, who are English and Scottish, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.

‘History Repeating’ at #92, was a collaboration between Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey, who are English and Welsh, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.

‘The Ballad Of Tom Jones’ at #59, was a collaboration between Space and Cerys Matthews, who are English and Welsh, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.


Countries Represented in the 1998 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 42
Canada 2
England 8
France 1
Ireland 1
Wales 2
USA 44



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