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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37. Divine, "Lately"

In a fantastic year for R&B slow jams, this girl-group heartbreak ballad really stood out. (The trio Divine was no relation to the one who starred in all those John Waters movies.) A staple of BET's Midnight Love, "Lately" breezed in out of nowhere, but muscled its way to Number One on the pop charts just because there was no denying these pleading voices, especially at the Toni Braxton–esque payoff line: "I drown myself with tears, sitting here, singing 'Another Sad Love Song.'" This song is inexplicably underrated these days, but that just means it's ripe for rediscovery. Divine's only other hit was a cover of George Michael's "One More Try."

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