20 albums turning 20 in 2018

1998's finest are about to hit that special anniversary.

1998 seems like only yesterday, doesn't it – well, unless you weren't born then, of course. It is, however, a full two decades ago and that means that some of the biggest albums in pop are about to turn 20.

Just look at these '90s notables that will be blowing out a big set of candles in the coming year.

Robbie Williams – I've Been Expecting You

Robbie's second solo album provided him with his very first Number 1 all of his own – Millennium.

Boyzone – Where We Belong

The Irish band's third album featured their signature chart-topper No Matter What.

Madonna – Ray Of Light

Madonna returned after a few years away from pop as a new mum with a fresh techno sound thanks to UK producer William Orbit and lots of lovely long blond hair, thanks to nature and her hair stylist. We spoke to Orbit about the classic album here.

Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

Features the DJ's only Number 1, Praise You, and classic '90s tune – and the soundtrack to a zillion adverts – Right Here Right Now.

Titanic soundtrack

The year's biggest movie had a soundtrack to match, including Celine Dion's million-selling My Heart Will Go On.

Steps – Step One

This album artwork will never not be amazing.

Beautiful South – Quench

Features their body-inclusive Number 2 hit Perfect 10.


"What are you like?!" All the singles from this Irish quartet's self-titled debut went to Number 1.


The anarchic (well, for the '90s) boyband's eponymous debut was their only Number 1 and featured Slam Dunk Da Funk.

Charlotte Church – Voice of an Angel

It's been quite an eclectic career for our Char, but this is right where she started, singing some lovely hymns and classics.

Cher – Believe

The title track is the biggest selling single by a female artist ever in the UK.

Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

The follow-up to Alanis's smash hit debut proper Jagged Little Pill was led by the very good indeed Thank U.

Billie – Honey To The B

Billie was the youngest female artist to debut at Number 1 with Because We Want To. Follow-up single Girlfriend hit the top too.

Shania Twain – Come On Over

Led by Shania's classic ballad You're Still The One, this mega-seller spent 11 weeks at Number 1.

Brandy – Never Say Never

Contains possibly the best duet of all time – also 20 years old in 2018, obviously – The Boy Is Mine, with Monica.

The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

An album so marvellous that there's still no sign of a follow-up two decades on, this one actually missed the top spot, held off by Manic Street Preachers in its opening week.

Another Level

Remember them? Contains the Number 1 Freak Me and Jay-Z collaboration (!!!) Be Alone No More.

Whitney Houston – My Love is Your Love

A sparkling return to form for Whitney, featuring her triumphant anti-cheating anthem It's Not Right But It's Okay and the heartbreaking title track. "Sing Mommy." 😢

Air – Moon Safari

The hugely influential French duo's debut featured the massive Sexy Boy and has spent 110 weeks in the Top 100.

Destiny’s Child

Despite lead single No No No going Top 10, this self-titled debut stiffed at Number 45 on release, however… it was our first introduction to an iconic girlband and, of course Beyoncé. Pop would never be the same again.

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1: Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
2: Ray of Light
3: Hard Knock Life Vol.2




Cher - Believe

What a fantastic pop-dance album. <3




my favs:
anngun- snow on the sahara
mariah carey - #1s
ace of base-flowers
fastball-money can buy
gloria estefan-gloria
chris rea-blue cafe
cardigans-gran turismo


Lars Van Moer


I would add:
"This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours" by the Manic Street Preachers
"Into the Electric Castle", the great concept album by Ayreon




Ray of light.a masterpiece


Misha Riveros


1998 got these massive albums, 2008 got gems as Gaga's The Fame, Katy Perry's One of the Boys, Britney's Circus, Taylor's debut album, Duffy's Rockferry, Aloud's Out of Control.... will 2018 be as big as those years?


Ionut Bianconi


Taylor's Fearless is her 2nd album.




What a poor year 2008 was.


Misha Riveros


yes, and her selftitled "Taylor Swift" was her debut album and is from 2008


Mick Lynch


Jagged Little Pill is Alanis's 3rd album no matter what way you consider it?