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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74. Kahimi Karie, "Watashi No Jinsei, Jinsei No Natsu"

Oh, how the Nineties heads adored the whole pervy Sixties lounge-music aesthetic – there was even a special "La Decadanse" section in fabled NYC record shop Other Music, dedicated to the spawn of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. That's where you could find this lavishly sentimental Tokyo fantasy of mod ye-ye pop, written by Pizzicato Five and vocalized by Kahimi Karie, the whispery Elastic Girl.

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