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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24. Garbage, "Push It"

Shirley Manson, avenging glam-punk queen with mane of crimson and shiny boots of leather, gives the command: "Push it! Make the beats go harder!" The boys in the band oblige, with Butch Vig at the controls. "Push It" perfected the Garbage school of sleek screech, fusing guitars and electronics for pop kicks while everybody else was trying to make it sound like earnest work. Like the rest of Version 2.0, it's Shirley on fire with empathy for her fellow troubled girls – like she says, this is the noise that keeps her awake.

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