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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88. Next, "Too Close"

Boners! They happen! "Too Close" is an R&B grind about a couple sharing a romantic slow dance, until a moment of indiscreet tumescence gets in the way. The boys sing, "Us dancing so close ain't a good idea." The girls sing, "Step back, you're dancing kinda close/I feel a little poke coming through on you." It all sounded so innocent on the surface that most listeners never noticed – "Too Close" became the year's biggest radio hit despite the boner content. The most explicit testicular realness on the radio until Lil Jon came along to rap about ball sweat in "Get Low."

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