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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47. Pras Michel feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mya, "Ghetto Supastar"

The third-famous-est Fugee finally breaks out on his own with a freaking Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton tribute – Mya sings "Ghetto supastar, that is what you are" to the tune of "Islands in the Stream." Mya makes a damn fine Dolly ("And then we lie on each other, aah-haaaa"), before the track shuts down to make room for a deranged rant from the Big Baby Jesus of Cool himself, Osiris a.k.a. Ol' Dirty Bastard. Just a few months after his legendary stage invasion at the Grammys, ODB declares, "I'm hanging out, partying with girls that never die." The Bee Gees, who wrote "Islands in the Stream," showed they were good sports about the whole thing by doing a 2001 trip-hop remake where they sing "Ghetto Supastar" – it turned out to be their final recording session. Taylor Swift, a big Mya fan, covered it in 2011 as a tribute. R.I.P. ODB – now more than ever, Wu-Tang is for the children.

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