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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50. Fatboy Slim, "The Rockafeller Skank"

A true only-in-1998 hit, from the moment when electronica went populist, MTV's Amp brought avant-techno to the airwaves, and U.K. beat-bloke Fatboy Slim became the amiably goofy face of DJ culture. "The Rockafeller Skank" was the "Uptown Funk" of its day, banging out of weddings and bar mitzvahs everywhere with that sampled Lord Finesse party chant, "Right about now, the funk soul brother!" It summed up the genre briefly dubbed "big beat," one of the most useless names any genre has ever had. Fatboy Slim, a.k.a. Norman Cook, scored other memorable hits – "Praise You," "Weapon of Choice" (with its Spike Jonze–directed Christopher Walken dance video) – and co-wrote a musical with David Byrne. "The Rockafeller Skank" got immortalized in the teen flick She's All That, where Usher is the prom DJ who uses this song to incite a climactic dance-off.

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