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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70. All Saints, "Never Ever"

If you like your Britpop girl groups utterly ridiculous – and how else would you want them? – All Saints managed to top even the Spice Girls with their smash hit "Never Ever," moping over boy problems in a bubble-gospel hymn based on "Amazing Grace." The opening minute has Nicole Appleton doing a spoken-word poetry recital, in her decidedly non-virtuoso voice: "Did I never treat you right? Did I always start the fight? Either way I'm going out of my mind. All the answers to my questions...I have to find!" (She later starred in one of Liam Gallagher's longer marriages.) Nicole, twin sister Natalia, Shaznay and Melanie ruled the U.K. tabloids for a minute. Sadly, All Saints broke up in 2001 in a fight at a photoshoot, when two of the girls wanted to wear the same jacket.

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