This Is What The World Was Like In 1998

    It was the epic year that gave us Auto-Tune, Titanic-mania, Britney, and the comeback of Apple.

    1. Saving Private Ryan, Armageddon, and There's Something About Mary were among the five biggest films of the year.

    2. Titanic not only became the first movie to gross over a billion dollars at the box office, it also spent the first 13 weeks of 1998 at No. 1.

    3. The Titanic soundtrack (of course, fueled by Céline Dion's "My Heart Will Go On") was the biggest-selling album of the year.

    4. Titanic also took home the Academy Award for Best Picture at that year's Oscars.

    5. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for their film Good Will Hunting.

    6. Harrison Ford was named People's Sexiest Man Alive.

    7. Brandy and Monica's iconic duet, "The Boy Is Mine," was the song of the summer and spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    8. Next's "Too Close," Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy wit It," and Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" all topped the charts in 1998.

    9. The Goo Goo Dolls had a big alternative rock crossover hit with "Iris."

    10. Lauryn Hill released her seminal debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

    11. Madonna released Ray of Light and the Beastie Boys released Hello Nasty.

    12. Britney Spears released her iconic debut single, "...Baby One More Time."

    13. Teen People published its very first issue with teen queen Jennifer Love Hewitt on the cover.

    14. Seinfeld aired its final episode.

    15. Sex and the City premiered on HBO...

    16. ...Dawson's Creek premiered on the then-WB network...

    17. ...and MTV premiered TRL.

    18. Disney released its 36th animated feature, Mulan.

    19. Pixar released its second full-length feature, A Bug's Life.

    20. The very first trailer for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was released in theaters.

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    And many Star Wars fans bought tickets to movies they didn't care about just to catch the trailer.

    21. Cher released her comeback single "Believe," which was the first big song to use Auto-Tune.

    22. Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls while they were in the middle of a world tour!

    23. NSYNC released their American debut single, "I Want You Back."

    24. Apple released its revolutionary and now iconic iMac.

    25. Abercrombie & Fitch started to become more controversial — even then-first lady Hillary Clinton weighed in.

    26. The Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard interrupted Shawn Colvin while she was receiving her Grammy for Song of the Year, to give his infamous "Wu-Tang is for the children" speech:

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    Dirty was mad that Wu-Tang had lost out to Puffy for Best Rap Album earlier in the show.

    27. Furby was the hottest toy on the market.

    28. Gillette released its three-blade razor, the Mach3 — which was a big game-changer at the time.

    29. The oh-so-delicious cereal Oreo O's hit supermarket shelves.

    30. Viagra was approved by the FDA.

    31. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published for the first time in the US, while The Chamber of Secrets was published in the UK.

    32. Brink! and Halloweentown both premiered on the Disney Channel.

    33. TGIF's most popular shows were Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Boy Meets World.

    34. Monica and Chandler hooked up in the season finale of Friends.

    35. The Barenaked Ladies released "One Week," which probably had the most confusing lyrics of any song that year.

    36. Jesse Camp won MTV's "Wanna Be a VJ" contest.

    37. Bill Clinton was embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

    38. And finally, Time magazine named Kenneth Starr and Bill Clinton its Men of the Year.