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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64. Backstreet Boys, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"

You know the Tom Petty song that goes "she was an American girl, raised on promises?" These were the promises the 1998-model girl was raised on: Brian, Nick, Howie, Kevin and A.J., but especially Nick. (Nobody thought N'Sync were in their league yet. Not even close.) "I'll Never Break Your Heart" was the promise these Boys have been breaking ever since, like all other Boys in history. But "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" was their coronation theme, with a list of questions: Are they original? Are they the only one? Are they sexual?

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