Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1998

This week 17 years ago, singer George Michael revealed he is gay during a CNN interview, the cast of "Seinfeld" filmed the series' final episodes (which aired in May), "City of Angels" topped the box office, and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)," Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz

Because of a heavy sample of the song "Black Cow," Steely Dan members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker get songwriting credits here. You may also recognize a sample of Jerry Rivera's "Amores Como El Nuestro," which was also used in "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira. 1998 — the year of excessive samples in rap.

9. "Romeo and Juliet," Sylk-E. Fyne featuring Chill

I'm pretty sure that everything outlined in this song is not, in fact, just like "Romeo and Juliet." Also, what's Sylk-E. Fyne up to now? The last we heard from her, she was releasing songs on MySpace.

8. "Gone Till November," Wyclef Jean

I would have loved to have been there when Bob Dylan was somehow convinced to appear in this video. P.S.: The orchestral arrangement was performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

7. "Nice & Slow," Usher

Usher was just 19 when this song, the second single off his breakthrough second album, "My Way," became his first No. 1.

6. "Truly Madly Deeply," Savage Garden

Switching gears a bit, the Australian duo's song stayed on the charts for a year — and was undoubtedly the theme of many proms in May 1998.

5. "My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion

A forgotten lost track from the '90s.

4. "Too Close," Next

Did you forget that in 1998 there was a top 5 song about arousal?

3. "Frozen," Madonna

AKA: Baltimore in 2015. "Frozen" was the lead single from Madonna's "Ray of Light" album which was heavy on electronica — and Kabbalah — influences.

2. "Let's Ride," Montell Jordan featuring Master P and Silkk the Shocker

Music in 1998 was not subtle.

1. "All My life," K-Ci and JoJo

"All My Life," which samples Paul Anka's "Hold Me 'Til the Mornin' Comes" (really), topped this chart for three consecutive weeks. The song was reportedly inspired by Joel "JoJo" Hailey's daughter. Aww.

Jordan Bartel

Jordan Bartel

Jordan Bartel is the editor of Wknd, The Sun’s Friday entertainment magazine, and b, the Baltimore Sun Media Group’s free weekly for young adults. A San Diego native, Jordan graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was a features writer at the Carroll County Times and had been an editor at b since its founding in 2008. He was won MDDC Press Association and AP awards for feature writing.