Top TRL Songs of 1998

On September 14th, 1998, Total Request Live (TRL) was born, and it quickly became the irresistible after school snack for an entire generation.

The very first episode of Total Request Live (TRL), hosted by Carson Daily, included a guest performance from Marilyn Manson and the most-requested music video going to the Backstreet Boys. From there, TRL exploded in popularity, and quickly became the best MTV show of the 90s. Every day seemed like a heavy-weight fight between boy bands and pop princesses for that prestigious #1 spot. Let’s take a look back at the top TRL songs from 1998, starting with number twenty.

(Rankings s are determined by duration of time on TRL, total days at #1, and debut position)

20. “Kenny’s Dead” – Master P
19. “Have You Ever” – Brandy
18. “Father Of Mine” – Everclear
17. “Thank U” – Alanis Morissette
16. “You Get What You Give” – New Radicals
15. “Baby When The Lights Go Out” – FIVE
14. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” – Aerosmith
13. “Celebrity Skin” – Hole
12. “Goodbye” – Spice Girls
11. “Are You That Somebody” – Aaliyah
10. “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” – Backstreet Boys
9. “Because Of You” – 98 Degrees
8. “Tearin’ Up My Heart” – ‘N Sync
7. “The Dope Show” – Marilyn Manson
6. “Faith” – Limp Bizkit
5. “Got The Life” – Korn
4. “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” – The Offspring
3. “Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears
2. “All I Have To Give” – Backstreet Boys
1. “God Must Have Spent” – ‘N Sync


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