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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83. Mono, "Life in Mono"

A doomy torch song cascading on harpsichords and weepy strings, as Siobhan De Mare confesses her erotic despair, whispering, "I just don't know what to do, ingenue." "Life in Mono" was a very 1998 hit in that nobody could really figure out where to file it: Was this a pop tune? Trip-hop? Modern rock? Adult contemporary? But "Life in Mono" took off when it found the right home on the soundtrack of Alfonso Cuarón's Great Expectations, as Ethan Hawke made lovesick eyes at Gwyneth Paltrow. Mono gave a memorable performance of it on VH1's The RuPaul Show, because every era gets the RuPaul it deserves.

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