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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90. Korea Girl, "Under the Sun"

The year's best Pavement song, even if Pavement didn't write it and probably never heard it. Every town in America had bands like this in those days – kids who heard a piece of their soul in the summer-dazed guitars of Pavement (or Velocity Girl or Bettie Serveert or the Spinanes or countless other semi-famous bands) and hollered back, not to get rich or popular or even heard, just to get their feelings down on aluminum for a few minutes. Korea Girl's Elizabeth Yi was reporting from San Jose, though nobody listening then would have known the details because the Internet barely existed – just fragile little discs and tapes that maybe somehow found their way to your ears and told you a story worth remembering.

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