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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82. Black Box Recorder, "It's Only the End of the World"

A mega-creepy Britpop ballad for the imminent Y2K crisis that people were dreading in a half-ironic way – "pre-millennial tension," as Tricky called it. Sarah Nixey croons over a lush backdrop that could be a vintage James Bond theme, with the Auteurs' none-more-sarcastic Luke Haines behind her. Except she's kissing off her latest flame along with the planet: "The ground is still spinning, but it's slowing down/It's only the end of the world."

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