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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57. Belle & Sebastian, "This Is Just a Modern Rock Song"

A victory lap for the Glasgow cardigan kids, a 12-inch single that served as a companion piece to their superb second album The Boy With the Arab Strap. These bookish Scots get grandiose enough to write themselves a seven-minute theme song: "This is just a modern rock song/This is just a sorry lament/We're four boys in our corduroys/We're not terrific but we're competent."

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