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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8. Lauryn Hill, "Lost Ones"

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was one of those albums where the street date turned into a nationwide block party – the week it dropped, wherever you went, L-Boogie was all you heard. (The summer's other hit in this category: Hello Nasty.) The Fugees star began her solo career with a one-two punch: her fiercest hip-hop battle rhyme in "Lost Ones" and her most soulful balladry in "Ex-Factor." (Miseducation has to be one of the most front-loaded albums ever.) Part Al Capone, part Nina Simone, Ms. Hill seizes her solo voice, taunting her old bandmates: "You might win some but you just lost one."

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