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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54. Chocolate Genius, "My Mom"

Hard-hitting dandy's blues from the dapper Marc Antony Thompson, a long-time NYC soul auteur and film composer who has made a few albums as Chocolate Genius, singing gruff piano ballads with jazz luminaries backing him up. "My Mom" is truly devastating, as he sings about a damaged man paying a visit to his aging parents: "This house smells just the same/And my mom, she don't remember my name." His mother is too sick to get up, his dad tries to slip him a 10, and all Thompson can do is watch helplessly. By the end, you're reaching for the industrial-strength Kleenex. Not many songs face this topic; twenty years later, there still hasn't been a better one. His daughter is the actress Tessa Thompson, who stole Thor: Ragnarok as Valkyrie, also starring in Westworld and Janelle Monae's new "Pink" video.

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