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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38. Placebo, "Pure Morning"

Pansexual Britpop goth-glam pin-up boy Brian Molko shares his wish list for his social life: "A friend in need's a friend indeed/A friend with weed is better/A friend with breasts and all the rest/A friend who's dressed in leather." Molko chews through his rhyming dictionary over that mind-numbingly heavy one-chord guitar drone, evoking the kind of "Pure Morning" where two lovers rub their eyes after emerging from a week-long sex coma. He even tempted David Bowie to come out and play – he joined them onstage to sing T. Rex's "20th Century Boy" at the Brit Awards, recognizing Placebo as queen bitches after his own heart.

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