1998 was the year that Google became a thing, the first Harry Potter book came out, and most kids were glued to their Game Boys playing Pokemon. It was also a heavy hitting year for music: the TRL generation entered full swing with Britney Spears and 'N Sync gyrating their way to the forefront.
This week in 1998, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford revealed his homosexuality to the world in an MTV interview. Neutral Milk Hotel released their classic album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and Falco of "Rock Me Amadeus" fame died in a car accident.
The first half of 1998 saw a bunch of classic tracks released, with Celine Dion's Titanic hit "My Heart Will Go On" being trumped by Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
1998 also showed some early signs of EDM bubbling up in the US: the Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" was a major talking point throughout the year and Madonna's "Ray of Light" took home the VMA for Video of the Year and she looked like an alien when collecting it.
PS. This is the uncensored version so PREPARE YOUR EYES.
This day in 1998, Rick Astley turned 32, so consider yourself Rickrolled: