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1.
the year that popular rock music started going down hill.

now we are left with nothing but absolute garbage repeating itself day after day on commercial rock radio.

we now have no choice but to look at the indie scene because rock has become so cliche and formulaic. nobody writes classics anymore. and record company executives don't take risks in signing talented original bands.
popular rock music died in 1998.

1998 is the year that i shut my radio off for good.

thank dog for the internet, or else we would have to go 1998.
by CremeDeLaGherkin July 20, 2008
 
2.
The year autotune started.
Cher-Believe (1998) was the first song to use autotune.
Then came Eiffel 65-Blue, also 1998.
by sega31098 June 01, 2011