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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75. Everclear, "I Will Buy You a New Life"

Art Alexakis was a guy who wouldn't have been a rock star in any other era, but in the wide-open late Nineties, he hit a nerve with his bullshit-free take on dysfunctional family life. (Deep cuts like "Sunflowers," the song of a bereaved parent losing a kid to addiction, remain all too timely.) In "I Will Buy You a New Life," he's a divorced dad who shows up on his ex's doorstep, eager not just to apologize but to make it all up to her until he erases all their horrible memories. And while he's here, maybe spend the night.

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