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Best of 1998 Listener Poll


Your favorites from the year 1998, from our annual end-of-the-year listener poll.

  1. Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
  2. Billy Bragg & Wilco, Mermaid Avenue
  3. Lyle Lovett, Step Inside This House
  4. The Mavericks, Trampoline
  5. Ani DiFranco, Little Plastic Castle
  6. Emmylou Harris, Spyboy
  7. Rufus Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright
  8. Cry Cry Cry, Cry Cry Cry
  9. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach, Painted from Memory
  10. Susan Tedeschi, Just Won't Burn
  11. Martin Sexton, The American
  12. Robbie Robertson, Contact from the Underworld of Redboy
  13. Jules Shear, Between Us
  14. Joni Mitchell, Taming the Tiger
  15. Dan Bern, Fifty Eggs
  16. Nanci Griffith, Other Voices, Too
  17. Bob Dylan, Live 1966
  18. Gillian Welch, Hell Among the Yearlings
  19. Patty Griffin, Flaming Red
  20. Various Artists, Largo
  21. Marc Cohn, Burning the Daze
  22. Natalie Merchant, Ophelia
  23. Willie Nelson, Teatro
  24. Elliot Smith, xo
  25. Golden Smog, Weird Tales
  26. REM, Up
  27. Bonnie Raitt, Fundamental
  28. Beck, Mutations
  29. Keb Mo, Slow Down
  30. Son Volt, Wide Swing Tremolo
  31. Dave Matthews Band, Before These Crowded Streets
  32. BB King, Blues on the Bayou
  33. Neil Finn, Try Whistling This
  34. John Gorka, After Yesterday
  35. Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions
  36. Garcia & Grisman, So What
  37. Brian Wilson, Imagination
  38. Cowboy Junkies, Miles from Home
  39. Taj Mahal, In Progress and Motion
  40. Van Morrison, The Philosopher's Stone
  41. Tori Amos, Songs from the Choirgirl Hotel
  42. Liz Phair, White Chocolate Space Egg
  43. The Band, Jubilation
  44. Belle and Sebastian, The Boy with the Arab Strap
  45. Kate Campbell, Visions of Plenty
  46. Laura Love, Shum Ticky
  47. Sinead Lohan, No Mermaid
  48. Kate & Anna McGarrigle, The McGarrigle Hour
  49. Olu Dara, In The World From Natchez to New York
  50. Angelique Kidjo, Oremi