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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72. Deborah Cox, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here"

People were just starting to say "empowerment" as the Nineties began and sick of it by Y2K, but the concept was pretty much defined by Nineties R&B radio. Case in point: Deborah Cox's "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," a rainy-day jam about a woman who's gotten burned too many times but dares to try again. ("How ... did ... you ... GET here?" Damn.) First it was a blockbuster ballad, then got remixed into a disco hit – both versions killed. When Angela Bassett directed her Lifetime biopic about Whitney Houston, she got Ms. Cox to sing Nippy's vocals – she was the highlight of the movie.

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