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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48. Neutral Milk Hotel, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"

Jeff Mangum's opus was divisive at the time – people loved to argue whether it was pure poetic folk beauty or a gratingly precious outburst of quavery goat-croak. (And that was before anybody suspected it was meant as a concept album about the Holocaust.) Yet its legend has just grown over the years, as it's become one of the Nineties' most-loved albums. Especially the title track, a waltz for two lovers in no hurry for the world to end: "But for now we are young, let us lie in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see."

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