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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46. Imperial Teen, "Yoo Hoo"

Queer punk rebel pioneers from the Bay Area, at a time when mainstream rock was doing a laughably bad job of hiding its queer punk heart. Imperial Teen rode proud with cheeky guitars, boy-girl vocals and Will Schwartz's ear for heavy-breathing hooks like "Lipstick" and "Butch." "Yoo Hoo," from their flawless What Is Not to Love, wound up in Jawbreaker, one of the great teen soundtracks of the post-Clueless era; it's the riff playing when Rose McGowan snarls, "You are gonna walk into that school and strut your shit down the hallway like everything is peachy fucking keen. Get it?" Imperial Teen kept up the fight, sounding fly as ever on their 2012 Feel the Sound. Ever since the days when the average person's sex life was totally dependent on answering machines, there's been something chillingly relatable about the way Schwartz moans, "Come on, pick it up, I know you're there!"

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