The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year

In 1998, boundaries blew open and new genres were invented each week. We look back at the best, brightest and weirdest from a pivotal year in pop

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28. Air, "Sexy Boy"

Nobody captured the sound of posh melancholy quite like the two sad-eyed Versailles gentlemen who called themselves Air. "Sexy Boy," from their debut Moon Safari, mixes up louche French techno, Sixties easy-listening fromage, Fender Rhodes solos, gurgling girlie vocals – "oooh, sexy booooy" is pretty much all the lyrics anyone could need – with a morose ache in the melody. Makeout music for vinyl collectors, and the 1998 song you were absolutely guaranteed to hear if you went shopping for shoes.

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