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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26. Elliott Smith, "Bled White"

Smith never sounded so beautifully fragile as on "Bled White," overdubbing his breathy harmonies over the urgent acoustic guitar, turning himself into a full-blown rock & roll band. He sings about sinking deeper into addiction, yet you can hear him fighting to escape the downward pull, even if the closest he comes is "I'm not fucked/Not quite." "Bled White" seemed to promise that Smith was going to stick around and remain part of our lives for years to come – although thanks to songs like this, he always will.

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