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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23. Beastie Boys, "Intergalactic"

Ad-Rock, Mike D and the late great Adam Yauch at their Hello Nasty peak, with a planet-rocking vocoder that hits like a pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock. The Beasties were on a roll with their label and zine Grand Royal, the Tibetan Freedom Festival and Hello Nasty, their biggest album since Licensed to Ill (and best since Paul's Boutique). After all those years growing up together, the Beasties had matured into three very different weirdos who still lit each other up. That's why they represented the Nineties' worthiest ideals – creative independence, musical curiosity, feminism, activism, checking your head, doing the wop. In "Intergalactic," they beam in from another dimension to commune with the spiritual party people, from Miami to Xenon to 14th Street.

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