Hottest 100 Of All Time, 1998 Volume 4
# Title Artist Time Year Country
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 5:02 1991 USA
2 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 3:53 1986 Australia
3 Alive Pearl Jam 5:41 1991 USA
4 Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley 4:36 1994 USA
5 Creep Radiohead 3:56 1992 England
6 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8:03 1971 England
7 One Metallica 7:28 1988 USA
8 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 5:54 1975 England
9 Enter Sandman Metallica 5:32 1991 USA
10 Black Pearl Jam 5:43 1991 USA
11 One U2 4:36 1991 Ireland
12 The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson 3:39 1996 USA
13 Paranoid Android Radiohead 6:24 1997 England
14 Closer Nine Inch Nails 6:13 1994 USA
15 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes 2:24 1983 USA
16 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 3:28 1980 England
17 Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine 5:14 1992 USA
18 Prisoner Of Society The Living End 3:55 1997 Australia
19 Epic Faith No More 4:54 1989 USA
20 Dammit Blink-182 2:46 1997 USA
21 Lightning Crashes Live 5:26 1994 USA
22 Better Man Pearl Jam 4:29 1994 USA
23 With Or Without You U2 4:55 1987 Ireland
24 Stinkfist Tool 5:11 1996 USA
25 Tainted Love Soft Cell 2:42 1981 England
26 The Ship Song Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5:14 1990 Australia
27 Cornflake Girl Tori Amos 5:08 1994 USA
28 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 6:49 1985 England
29 Grace Jeff Buckley 5:22 1994 USA
30 Blue Monday New Order 7:28 1983 England
31 Under The Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:24 1991 USA
32 Brick Ben Folds Five 4:32 1997 USA
33 Bullet With Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins 4:19 1995 USA
34 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 5:08 1991 England
35 Ashes To Ashes Faith No More 3:36 1997 USA
36 No Aphrodisiac The Whitlams 4:20 1997 Australia
37 Love Shack The B-52's 5:22 1989 USA
38 (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) Beastie Boys 3:27 1986 USA
39 Today The Smashing Pumpkins 3:21 1989 England
40 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 5:35 1993 USA
41 Tomorrow, Wendy Andy Prieboy 4:42 1975 England
42 You Sound Like Louis Burdett The Whitlams 4:02 1990 USA
43 Sabotage Beastie Boys 2:58 1997 Australia
44 Lithium Nirvana 4:17 1994 USA
45 Song 2 Blur 2:01 1991 USA
46 Lover, You Should've Come Over Jeff Buckley 6:43 1997 England
47 Sober Tool 5:07 1994 USA
48 A Day In The Life The Beatles 5:38 1993 USA
49 Leaving Home Jebediah 3:00 1967 England
50 Everybody Hurts R.E.M. 5:20 1997 Australia
51 Underground Ben Folds Five 4:11 1992 USA
52 Groove Is In The Heart Deee-Lite 3:31 1996 USA
53 Karma Police Radiohead 4:22 1990 USA
54 Come Out And Play (Keep 'Em Separated) The Offspring 3:18 1997 England
55 Rearviewmirror Pearl Jam 4:43 1994 USA
56 Forty Six & 2 Tool 6:04 1993 USA
57 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden 5:19 1996 USA
58 Tomorrow Silverchair 4:26 1994 USA
59 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 3:45 1994 Australia
60 Berlin Chair You Am I 2:35 1986 England
61 Come As You Are Nirvana 3:39 1993 Australia
62 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 8:39 1991 USA
63 I Will Survive Cake 5:11 1975 England
64 Hotel California Eagles 6:31 1996 USA
65 The Lovecats The Cure 3:40 1976 USA
66 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 3:31 1983 England
67 Holy Grail Hunters & Collectors 3:47 1976 England
68 Been Caught Stealing Jane's Addiction 3:34 1992 Australia
69 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 4:01 1990 USA
70 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins 4:26 1968 England
71 The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails 5:16 1995 USA
72 Losing My Religion R.E.M. 4:29 1997 USA
73 A Forest The Cure 5:55 1991 USA
74 Glory Box Portishead 5:06 1980 England
75 Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House 3:57 1994 England
76 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 5:56 1986 Australia
77 Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants 3:21 1987 USA
78 Video Killed The Radio Star The Buggles 3:25 1990 USA
79 Self Esteem The Offspring 4:18 1979 England
80 No Rain Blind Melon 3:37 1994 USA
81 Jerks Of Attention Jebediah 4:18 1992 USA
82 Abuse Me Silverchair 4:03 1996 Australia
83 Into My Arms Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4:15 1997 Australia
84 Just Like Heaven The Cure 3:33 1997 Australia
85 Buy Me A Pony Spiderbait 1:44 1987 England
86 Aneurysm Nirvana 4:36 1996 Australia
87 Just Ace Grinspoon 1:48 1991 USA
88 Close To Me The Cure 3:41 1997 Australia
89 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 6:22 1985 England
90 The Unforgiven Metallica 6:28 1979 England
91 Back Door Man Pauline Pantsdown 4:18 1991 USA
92 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 9:55 1997 Australia
93 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 4:37 1987 Ireland
94 Khe Sanh Cold Chisel 4:13 1978 Australia
95 Breathe The Prodigy 5:35 1996 England
96 Red Right Hand Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 6:11 1994 Australia
97 Loser Beck 3:56 1994 USA
98 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 2:35 1979 England
99 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 5:59 1997 England
100 Heroes David Bowie 6:10 1977 England

Facts for 1998

The 1998 Hottest 100 of All Time was the fourth Hottest 100 of All Time countdown, and the first one since the countdowns became focused on tracks released the previous year.

The Countdown

The countdown took place in August of 1998 and featured a mixture of 63 different artists.

As announcer Robbie Buck broadcast the final 10, he inadvertently played the wrong Led Zeppelin song at #6, which was supposed to be 'Stairway To Heaven.'

The most recent track to appear in the countdown was Grinspoon's 'Just Ace' at #88, which was released on September 16th, 1997. Along with Ben Folds Five's 'Brick', at #32, it is one of only two songs to feature in an All Time countdown before featuring in a yearly countdown.

Additionally, 'Just Ace' is the only song released by an Unearthed band to have made an All Time countdown.

Artists Featured

The Cure were again the best performing band, appearing 5 times with their best reaching #66. Nirvana and Pearl Jam reached 4 tracks each, while Jeff Buckley, Metallica, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, Tool and U2 achieved 3 tracks. 13 other artists appeared twice.

Artists With Multiple Entries

5 Tracks
  • The Cure (66, 74, 85, 89, 98)
4 Tracks
  • Nirvana (1, 45, 62, 87)
  • Pearl Jam (3, 10, 22, 56)
3 Tracks
  • Jeff Buckley (4, 29, 47)
  • Metallica (7, 9, 91)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (26, 84, 96)
  • Radiohead (5, 13, 54)
  • The Smashing Pumpkins (33, 40, 71)
  • Tool (24, 48, 57)
  • U2 (11, 23, 93)

  • Peter Hook (16, 30, 60)
    (Once with Joy Division and twice with New Order)
  • Stephen Morris (16, 30, 60)
    (Once with Joy Division and twice with New Order)
  • Bernard Sumner (16, 30, 60)
    (Once with Joy Division and twice with New Order)
2 Tracks
  • The Beastie Boys (38, 44)
  • Ben Folds Five (32, 52)
  • Faith No More (19, 35)
  • Hunters & Collectors (2, 68)
  • Jebediah (50, 82)
  • Led Zeppelin (6, 63)
  • New Order (30, 60)
  • Nine Inch Nails (14, 72)
  • The Offspring (55, 80)
  • Pink Floyd (41, 90)
  • R.E.M. (51, 73)
  • Silverchair (59, 83)
  • The Whitlams (36, 43)

Countries Featured


The 1991 Hottest 100 of All Time featured artists from 4 countries, including 50 from the USA, 29 from England and 18 from Australia.
The appearance of only 4 countries is the lowest amount of countries to appear in any countdown ever, All Time or otherwise. (Excluding, of course, the 2011 Australian Albums countdown)

A Couple Of Notes

It should be noted that The Jimi Hendrix Experience, who appear at #70 are listed as an English band. While many people would cite them as American band due to Hendrix's nationality, they are listed as English due to forming in London, and the fact that the other two-thirds of the band were English citizens.

It should also be noted that Crowded House, who appear at #76 are listed as an Australian band. While many people cite them as New Zealand band due to Neil Finn's nationality, they are listed as Australian due to forming in Melbourne, and the fact that the other two-thirds of the original band were Australian citizens.


Countries Represented in the 1998 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 18
England 29
Ireland 3
USA 50

Years Of Song Release

The 1998 Hottest 100 of All Time featured tracks from 1967 until 1998, with 1994 being the best represented year, at 15 tracks.

Entries By Year

1960s - 2 Tracks
  • 1967: (1 track)
  • 1968: (1 track)
  • 1969: -
1970s - 11 Tracks
  • 1970: -
  • 1971: (1 track)
  • 1972: -
  • 1973: -
  • 1974: -
  • 1975: (3 tracks)
  • 1976: (2 tracks)
  • 1977: (1 track)
  • 1978: (1 track)
  • 1979: (3 tracks)
1980s - 19 Tracks
  • 1980: (2 tracks)
  • 1981: (1 track)
  • 1982: -
  • 1983: (3 tracks)
  • 1984: -
  • 1985: (2 tracks)
  • 1986: (4 tracks)
  • 1987: (4 tracks)
  • 1988: (1 track)
  • 1989: (3 tracks)
1990s - 68 Tracks
  • 1990: (5 tracks)
  • 1991: (12 tracks)
  • 1992: (5 tracks)
  • 1993: (4 tracks)
  • 1994: (15 tracks)
  • 1995: (2 tracks)
  • 1996: (8 tracks)
  • 1997: (15 tracks)
  • 1998: (1 track)




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