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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27. Lucinda Williams, "Metal Firecracker"

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road was one of the decade's most acclaimed singer-songwriter statements, with Lucinda Williams stretching out for country-rock tales that brought out all the despondent twang in her Arkansas-traveler voice. "Metal Firecracker" is a farewell to a lover, remembering how they used to drive around and dream, with the chorus, "Don't tell anybody the secrets I told you." No other singer on earth could make the line "We'd put on ZZ Top and play 'em real loud" hurt so bad.

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