1998 Hottest 100 Of All Time Release Dates

This list compiles the dates for when each track that appeared in the Hottest 100 was released, and the name of the accompanying album or other applicable media format it was released on. It should be noted that the release dates listed are the earliest date at which the track in question was first released. This may mean it differs from the official release date of its accompanying album. In many cases, a track can be released months, or even years prior to its accompanying album. This may be due to a song being released as a single first, or being picked up and popularised by a radio station prior to an official release. Regardless, every date listed here has been thoroughly researched and checked to ensure its accuracy.


Release Dates In Countdown Order

This list simply shows the original order of the Hottest 100 with its release date and album information added alongside.

Release Dates In Countdown Order
# Title Artist Date Album
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 10/09/1991 Nevermind
2 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
3 Alive Pearl Jam 27/08/1991 Ten
4 Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
5 Creep Radiohead 21/09/1992 Pablo Honey
6 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
7 One Metallica 25/08/1988 ...And Justice For All
8 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 31/10/1975 A Night At The Opera
9 Enter Sandman Metallica 29/07/1991 Metallica
10 Black Pearl Jam 27/08/1991 Ten
11 One U2 18/11/1991 Achtung Baby
12 The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson 8/10/1996 Antichrist Superstar
13 Paranoid Android Radiohead 21/05/1997 OK Computer
14 Closer Nine Inch Nails 8/03/1994 The Downward Spiral
15 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
16 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 18/04/1980 Single Only
17 Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine 10/11/1992 Rage Against The Machine
18 Prisoner Of Society The Living End 8/09/1997 Second Solution/Prisoner Of Society EP
19 Epic Faith No More 20/06/1989 The Real Thing
20 Dammit Blink-182 17/06/1997 Dude Ranch
21 Lightning Crashes Live 26/04/1994 Throwing Copper
22 Better Man Pearl Jam 22/11/1994 Vitalogy
23 With Or Without You U2 9/03/1987 The Joshua Tree
24 Stinkfist Tool 17/09/1996 Ænima
25 Tainted Love Soft Cell 7/07/1981 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
26 The Ship Song Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 12/03/1990 The Good Son
27 Cornflake Girl Tori Amos 10/01/1994 Under The Pink
28 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
29 Grace Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
30 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
31 Under The Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
32 Brick Ben Folds Five 18/03/1997 Whatever And Ever Amen
33 Bullet With Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins 23/10/1995 Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
34 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 11/02/1991 Blue Lines
35 Ashes To Ashes Faith No More 19/05/1997 Album Of The Year
36 No Aphrodisiac The Whitlams 18/03/1997 Eternal Nightcap
37 Love Shack The B-52's 27/06/1989 Cosmic Thing
38 (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) Beastie Boys 15/11/1986 Licensed To Ill
39 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 Single Only
40 Today The Smashing Pumpkins 27/07/1993 Siamese Dream
41 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
42 Tomorrow, Wendy Andy Prieboy 10/07/1990 ...Upon My Wicked Son
43 You Sound Like Louis Burdett The Whitlams 11/01/1997 Eternal Nightcap
44 Sabotage Beastie Boys 18/05/1994 Ill Communication
45 Lithium Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
46 Song 2 Blur 10/02/1997 Blur
47 Lover, You Should've Come Over Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
48 Sober Tool 6/04/1993 Undertow
49 A Day In The Life The Beatles 1/06/1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
50 Leaving Home Jebediah 27/06/1997 Slightly Odway
51 Everybody Hurts R.E.M. 2/10/1992 Automatic For The People
52 Underground Ben Folds Five 8/08/1995 Ben Folds Five
53 Groove Is In The Heart Deee-Lite 7/08/1990 World Clique
54 Karma Police Radiohead 21/05/1997 OK Computer
55 Come Out And Play (Keep 'Em Separated) The Offspring 8/04/1994 Smash
56 Rearviewmirror Pearl Jam 19/10/1993 Vs.
57 Forty Six & 2 Tool 17/09/1996 Ænima
58 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden 8/03/1994 Superunknown
59 Tomorrow Silverchair 16/09/1994 Frogstomp
60 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 29/09/1986 Brotherhood
61 Berlin Chair You Am I 25/10/1993 Sound As Ever
62 Come As You Are Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
63 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 24/02/1975 Physical Graffiti
64 I Will Survive Cake 17/09/1996 Fashion Nugget
65 Hotel California Eagles 8/12/1976 Hotel California
66 The Lovecats The Cure 30/09/1983 Japanese Whispers
67 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 26/11/1976 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
68 Holy Grail Hunters & Collectors 6/10/1992 Cut
69 Been Caught Stealing Jane's Addiction 21/08/1990 Ritual de lo Habitual
70 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 21/09/1968 Electric Ladyland
71 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins 24/10/1995 Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
72 The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails 18/02/1997 Lost Highway (Soundtrack)
73 Losing My Religion R.E.M. 19/02/1991 Out Of Time
74 A Forest The Cure 28/03/1980 Seventeen Seconds
75 Glory Box Portishead 22/08/1994 Dummy
76 Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House 1/06/1986 Crowded House
77 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 21/07/1987 Appetite For Destruction
78 Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants 5/01/1990 Flood
79 Video Killed The Radio Star The Buggles 7/09/1979 The Age Of Plastic
80 Self Esteem The Offspring 8/04/1994 Smash
81 No Rain Blind Melon 14/09/1992 Blind Melon
82 Jerks Of Attention Jebediah 12/08/1996 Single Only
83 Abuse Me Silverchair 3/02/1997 Freak Show
84 Into My Arms Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 27/01/1997 The Boatman's Call
85 Just Like Heaven The Cure 25/05/1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
86 Buy Me A Pony Spiderbait 14/10/1996 Ivy And The Big Apples
87 Aneurysm Nirvana 10/09/1991 Hormoaning EP
88 Just Ace Grinspoon 16/09/1997 Guide To Better Living
89 Close To Me The Cure 26/08/1985 The Head On The Door
90 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 30/11/1979 The Wall
91 The Unforgiven Metallica 12/08/1991 Metallica
92 Back Door Man Pauline Pantsdown 21/08/1997 Single Only
93 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 9/03/1987 The Joshua Tree
94 Khe Sanh Cold Chisel 24/04/1978 Cold Chisel
95 Breathe The Prodigy 18/03/1996 The Fat Of The Land
96 Red Right Hand Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 18/04/1994 Let Love In
97 Loser Beck 18/01/1994 Mellow Gold
98 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 15/06/1979 Single Only
99 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 16/06/1997 Urban Hymns
100 'Heroes' David Bowie 23/09/1977 "Heroes"

Notes

  • #2: 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' - Hunters & Collectors: Originally released as a live single in 1984, but re-recorded for their 1986 album 'Human Frailty'.
  • #18: 'Prisoner Of Society' - The Living End: Originally released as a 'double A-side' single along with 'Second Solution' in 1997, it was ater re-recorded for their self titled debut album in 1999.
  • #82: 'Jerks Of Attention' - Jebediah: Originally released as a single in 1996, but re-recorded for their debut album 'Slightly Odway' in 1997.
  • #87: 'Aneurysm' - Nirvana: Originally released as a B-side to 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' in 1991, and then re-released on their Australian tour EP 'Hormoaning' in early 1992. A more polished studio version was also released in 1992 on the compilation 'Incesticide'.


Release Dates By Date

This list sorts all the tracks that reached the Hottest 100 in order of their release dates.

1967

1967 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
49 A Day In The Life The Beatles 1/06/1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1968

1968 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
70 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 21/09/1968 Electric Ladyland
1971

1971 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
6 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
1975

1975 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
63 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 24/02/1975 Physical Graffiti
1975 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
41 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
1975 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
8 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 31/10/1975 A Night At The Opera
1976

1976 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
67 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 26/11/1976 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
1976 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
65 Hotel California Eagles 8/12/1976 Hotel California
1977

1977 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
100 'Heroes' David Bowie 23/09/1977 "Heroes"
1978

1978 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
94 Khe Sanh Cold Chisel 24/04/1978 Cold Chisel
1979

1979 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
98 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 15/06/1979 Single Only
1979 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
79 Video Killed The Radio Star The Buggles 7/09/1979 The Age Of Plastic
1979 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
90 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 30/11/1979 The Wall
1980

1980 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
74 A Forest The Cure 28/03/1980 Seventeen Seconds
1980 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
16 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 18/04/1980 Single Only
1981

1981 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
25 Tainted Love Soft Cell 7/07/1981 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
1983

1983 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
30 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
1983 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
15 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
1983 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
66 The Lovecats The Cure 30/09/1983 Japanese Whispers
1985

1985 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
28 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
1985 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
89 Close To Me The Cure 26/08/1985 The Head On The Door
1986

1986 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
2 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty

Notes

  • #2: 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' - Hunters & Collectors: Originally released as a live single in 1984, but re-recorded for their 1986 album 'Human Frailty'.
1986 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
76 Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House 1/06/1986 Crowded House
1986 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
60 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 29/09/1986 Brotherhood
1986 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
38 (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) Beastie Boys 15/11/1986 Licensed To Ill
1987

1987 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
23 With Or Without You U2 9/03/1987 The Joshua Tree
93 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 9/03/1987 The Joshua Tree
1987 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
85 Just Like Heaven The Cure 25/05/1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
1987 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
77 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 21/07/1987 Appetite For Destruction
1988

1988 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
7 One Metallica 25/08/1988 ...And Justice For All
1989

1989 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
39 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 Single Only
1989 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
19 Epic Faith No More 20/06/1989 The Real Thing
37 Love Shack The B-52's 27/06/1989 Cosmic Thing
1990

1990 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
78 Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants 5/01/1990 Flood
1990 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
26 The Ship Song Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 12/03/1990 The Good Son
1990 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
42 Tomorrow, Wendy Andy Prieboy 10/07/1990 ...Upon My Wicked Son
1990 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
53 Groove Is In The Heart Deee-Lite 7/08/1990 World Clique
69 Been Caught Stealing Jane's Addiction 21/08/1990 Ritual de lo Habitual
1991

1991 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
34 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 11/02/1991 Blue Lines
73 Losing My Religion R.E.M. 19/02/1991 Out Of Time
1991 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
9 Enter Sandman Metallica 29/07/1991 Metallica
1991 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
91 The Unforgiven Metallica 12/08/1991 Metallica
3 Alive Pearl Jam 27/08/1991 Ten
10 Black Pearl Jam 27/08/1991 Ten
1991 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 10/09/1991 Nevermind
87 Aneurysm Nirvana 10/09/1991 Hormoaning EP
31 Under The Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
45 Lithium Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
62 Come As You Are Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind

Notes

  • #87: 'Aneurysm' - Nirvana: Originally released as a B-side to 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' in 1991, and then re-released on their Australian tour EP 'Hormoaning' in early 1992. A more polished studio version was also released in 1992 on the compilation 'Incesticide'.
1991 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
11 One U2 18/11/1991 Achtung Baby
1992

1992 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
81 No Rain Blind Melon 14/09/1992 Blind Melon
5 Creep Radiohead 21/09/1992 Pablo Honey
1992 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
51 Everybody Hurts R.E.M. 2/10/1992 Automatic For The People
68 Holy Grail Hunters & Collectors 6/10/1992 Cut
1992 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
17 Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine 10/11/1992 Rage Against The Machine
1993

1993 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
48 Sober Tool 6/04/1993 Undertow
1993 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
40 Today The Smashing Pumpkins 27/07/1993 Siamese Dream
1993 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
56 Rearviewmirror Pearl Jam 19/10/1993 Vs.
61 Berlin Chair You Am I 25/10/1993 Sound As Ever
1994

1994 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
27 Cornflake Girl Tori Amos 10/01/1994 Under The Pink
97 Loser Beck 18/01/1994 Mellow Gold
1994 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
14 Closer Nine Inch Nails 8/03/1994 The Downward Spiral
58 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden 8/03/1994 Superunknown
1994 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
55 Come Out And Play (Keep 'Em Separated) The Offspring 8/04/1994 Smash
80 Self Esteem The Offspring 8/04/1994 Smash
96 Red Right Hand Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 18/04/1994 Let Love In
21 Lightning Crashes Live 26/04/1994 Throwing Copper
1994 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
44 Sabotage Beastie Boys 18/05/1994 Ill Communication
1994 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
75 Glory Box Portishead 22/08/1994 Dummy
4 Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
29 Grace Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
47 Lover, You Should've Come Over Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
1994 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
59 Tomorrow Silverchair 16/09/1994 Frogstomp
1994 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
22 Better Man Pearl Jam 22/11/1994 Vitalogy
1995

1995 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
52 Underground Ben Folds Five 8/08/1995 Ben Folds Five
1995 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
33 Bullet With Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins 23/10/1995 Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
71 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins 24/10/1995 Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
1996

1996 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
95 Breathe The Prodigy 18/03/1996 The Fat Of The Land
1996 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
82 Jerks Of Attention Jebediah 12/08/1996 Single Only

Notes

  • #82: 'Jerks Of Attention' - Jebediah: Originally released as a single in 1996, but re-recorded for their debut album 'Slightly Odway' in 1997.
1996 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
24 Stinkfist Tool 17/09/1996 Ænima
57 Forty Six & 2 Tool 17/09/1996 Ænima
64 I Will Survive Cake 17/09/1996 Fashion Nugget
1996 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
12 The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson 8/10/1996 Antichrist Superstar
86 Buy Me A Pony Spiderbait 14/10/1996 Ivy And The Big Apples
1997

1997 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
43 You Sound Like Louis Burdett The Whitlams 11/01/1997 Eternal Nightcap
84 Into My Arms Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 27/01/1997 The Boatman's Call
1997 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
83 Abuse Me Silverchair 3/02/1997 Freak Show
46 Song 2 Blur 10/02/1997 Blur
72 The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails 18/02/1997 Lost Highway (Soundtrack)
1997 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
32 Brick Ben Folds Five 18/03/1997 Whatever And Ever Amen
36 No Aphrodisiac The Whitlams 18/03/1997 Eternal Nightcap
1997 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
35 Ashes To Ashes Faith No More 19/05/1997 Album Of The Year
13 Paranoid Android Radiohead 21/05/1997 OK Computer
54 Karma Police Radiohead 21/05/1997 OK Computer
1997 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
99 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 16/06/1997 Urban Hymns
20 Dammit Blink-182 17/06/1997 Dude Ranch
50 Leaving Home Jebediah 27/06/1997 Slightly Odway
1997 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
92 Back Door Man Pauline Pantsdown 21/08/1997 Single Only
1997 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
18 Prisoner Of Society The Living End 8/09/1997 Second Solution/Prisoner Of Society EP
88 Just Ace Grinspoon 16/09/1997 Guide To Better Living

Notes

  • #18: 'Prisoner Of Society' - The Living End: Originally released as a 'double A-side' single along with 'Second Solution' in 1997, it was ater re-recorded for their self titled debut album in 1999.


Facts

  • 0 of the songs that charted in the Hottest 100 of All Time for 1998 were released within the year of the countdown. However, since it is an All Time countdown , this is not particularly unusual.
  • The most common month for a song to be released was September 1991, which had 5 songs enter the countdown.
  • The earlist track released was The Beatles' 'A Day In The Life', which was released on June 1st, 1967.
  • The most recent track to have made the countdown was Grinspoon's 'Just Ace', which was released on September 16th, 1997.





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