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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80. Hall & Oates, "Promise Ain't Enough"

Let's say, for the sake of argument, it is March 1998, and you are stranded in a strange city, not having slept in a few days, trying to eat some solid food because you've been slack on that, feeling pretty darn low, barely human at times. A ballad comes on the bagel-shop radio and you recognize the voice. "Seriously? Hall and Oates have a new song? Fine – tell me your story, Daryl. Wide open here. Give me your read." Four minutes later, you feel like you know Daryl Hall much better than you did, though not as well as he knows you, and realize the sound of Hall & Oates reassuring you that it's not too late, never too late, to make a tiny non-destructive emotional decision or two, is a beautiful sound indeed.

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