Originally Posted by reprise85
By 1998 the biggest bands were like boy bands (actual bands like Hanson and singing groups like Backstreet Boys), "light" rap like Puff Daddy and Coolio and Tupac, etc.
Boy bands invasion didn't happen for about a year after Adore. Hanson's MMMBop's was out of the charts by summer 98. It was also not a lite year for rap, it was heavily dominating the top selling charts with Master P, DMX, Snoop Dogg and Lauryn Hill who was actually knocked off the charts briefly by Manson.
The top selling bands of 98 were Madonna's ray of light, Cher's believe and Korn's Follow the Leader.
The mainstream seems to have no longer been unified after the death of grunge music. The 00's was the first decade to really be compartmentalized by genre.