1. Top of The Pops The Story of 1998 Air Date May 21, 2022:As the nation’s favourite weekly music show moves towards the end of the 90s, pop has a resurgence after Britpop’s peak, and girl groups are still taking centre stage. Step forward two quartets with sisters and friends at their hearts: All Saints, with their cool grooves and cargo pants, and Irish four-piece B*Witched, who in 1998 become the youngest girl group to have a No 1, with C’est La Vie. Robbie Williams continues his solo rise to fame, and the Euro factor takes a cool turn with French duo Air creating a new 90s sound with their chilled laidback electronica. It’s also a big year for sport, with a World Cup dominating the summer, a football anthem or two hitting the charts and a certain Vindaloo causing chaos in the Top of the Pops studio. Significant segments on all Saints, Led Zeppelin, Robbie Williams, AIR
EXCLUSIVE NEW INTERVIEWS WITH: Nicole & Natalie Appleton, Shaznay Lewis, Melanie Blatt of ALL SAINTS, Claire Richards and Lee Latchford–Evans of STEPS, Finley Quaye, Martin Nelson TV Plugger, Page and Plant, Guy Chambers Songwriter and Producer, Huey Morgan of Fun Lovin Criminals, Nicholas Godin & Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air, Justin Currie of Del Amitri, Keith Allen Actor & Musician and Edele Lynch and Lindsay Armaou of B*ewitched
2. Big Hits 1998 Air Date May 21, 2022: A look back at some of the biggest hits of 1998, courtesy of the extensive Top of the Pops back catalogue.Film soundtracks dominated the charts with Céline Dion’s My Heart Will Go On breaking records and hearts, and Aerosmith’s power ballad I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing gaining the band their first and only US No 1 single. Debut artists stunned the charts with Usher, Billie Piper, B*Witched, The Corrs, Cleopatra and Leann Rimes all earning their first performances on the Top of the Pops stages. Robbie Williams proved he would always entertain us, and Cher’s auto-tune iconic Believe became the best-selling single of all time by a female artist, performed live in Elstree. Add in a bittersweet ballad from Green Day, an unofficial football anthem from Fat Les and many more.
EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES from Top of The Pops: Robbie Williams “Let Me Entertain You”, Mousse T. VS Hot ‘n’ Juicy “Horny ’98”, Catatonia “Road Rage”, JAY-Z “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem), B*ewitched “C’est La Vie”, CHER “Believe”, Cornershop “Brimful of Asha”, Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”, STEPS “Tragedy”, FAT LES “Vindaloo”, Aerosmith “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing”, The Corrs “What Can I Do”, Cleopatra “Cleopatra’s Theme”, Savage Garden “Truly Madly Deeply”, Pras Michel Feat. ODB and MYA “Ghetto Superstar That Is What You Are”, Leann Rimes “How Do I Live”, Eagle-Eye Cherry “Save Tonight”, FIVE “Everybody Get Up”, The Mavericks “Dance The Night Away”, Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On”, Usher “You Make Me Wanna…” and The Cardigans “My Favourite Game”,
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