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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29. Prince and the New Power Generation, "Mad Sex"

Prince was in semi-retreat in the late 1990s, hiding behind the identity of his back-up band, the New Power Generation – yet still sounding unmistakably like himself. "Mad Sex" is a hidden jewel from the totally slept-on NPG album Newpower Soul; Prince vamps with jazz piano and trumpet while he chases a wet-lipped London party girl, as they dirty up another room. "Mad Sex" comes on like an updated "Lady Cab Driver" with the Purple One's take on Nineties fashion: "Do it till your tattoo's dizzy/And the stud in your mouth turns gold/Till the animal prints you flaunt so lovely/Is full of little bloody holes."

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