The Best of 1998

Year in review: The best movies, music, sports teams, toys and more, all from 1998. Enjoy!


  • Best Actor (Academy Awards): Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets)
  • Best Actress (Academy Awards): Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets)
  • Best Picture (Academy Awards): Titanic
  • Highest Grossing: Armageddon ($553,709,788)
  • Best Disney Movie: Mulan


  • Best Music Video (MTV Music Awards): “Ray of Light” – Madonna
  • Best New Artist (Grammy Awards): Lauryn Hill
  • Record of the Year (Grammy Awards): “My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion
  • Total Request Live (TRL) was born on September 14th.


  • Top 5 Shows:
    1. ER
    2. Friends
    3. Frasier
    4. Monday Night Football
    5. Veronica’s Closet
  • Series Debuts
    • Celebrity Deathmatch
    • The Challenge
    • Charmed
    • Dawson’s Creek
    • Elmo’s World
    • Felicity
    • The Hughleys
    • The King of Queens
    • Sex and the City
    • That ’70s Show
    • Total Request Live
    • Whose Line Is It Anyway
    • Will & Grace


  • MLB
    • Champion: New York Yankees
    • Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chase and break the all-time home run record set by Roger Maris
    • Cal Ripken Jr. ends his consecutive game streak at 2,632
  • NBA Champion: Chicago Bulls
  • NFL Champion: Denver Broncos
  • NHL Champion: Detroit Red Rings
  • NCAA:
    • Football Champion: University of Tennessee Volunteers
    • Basketball Champion: University of Kentucky Wildcats
  • Tennis: 
    • Men’s Grand Slam Champions:
      • Australian Open – Petr Korda
      • French Open – Carlos Moyá
      • Wimbledon championships – Pete Sampras
      • US Open – Patrick Rafter
    • Women’s Grand Slam Champions:
      • Australian Open – Martina Hingis
      • French Open – Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
      • Wimbledon championships – Jana Novotná
      • US Open – Lindsay Davenport
  • Golf
    • Masters Champion: Mark O-Meara
  • Winter Olympics (Nagano): 
    • Germany wins ths most medals (29)
    • Notable Gold Medalists: Bjorn Daehlie (Cross-Country Skiing), Tara Lipinski (Figure Skating), Hermann Maier (Downhill)


  • Best Sneaker: Nike Zoom Flight “The Glove”
  • Fashion Trend: Sex and the City, Pop Princesses


  • Best Selling Christmas Gift: Furby


  • Best Selling: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
  • Best Console: Nintendo 64 (N64)


  • John Glen took  his last flight in space. Glen was the first person to orbit the earth.

What are your most memorable moments from 1998?