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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44. Boards of Canada, "An Eagle in Your Mind"

The Scottish electronic duo of Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin arrived out of the blue – two rural brothers graduating from homemade tapes to their hugely influential debut album Music Has the Right to Children, on the U.K.'s Warp label. It's a post-Aphex ambient swirl of distressed digital and analog sound-smudges – "dirty music," they called it. "An Eagle in Your Mind" unfolds over intricately textured percussion – Sandison's girlfriend's voice, mutated in the studio – and a voice-over from a documentary about the family life of otters.

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