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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33. Pulp, "Help the Aged"

Brit sex god Jarvis Cocker turns 33, and no, he doesn't handle it well. Nor is it his style to suffer in dignified silence. "Help the Aged," the long-awaited comeback single from Pulp after they went supernova with Different Class, was the last thing fans expected – a sparkly little panic attack of a ballad. It's the badly disguised confession of a poseur who achieved his lifelong dream of stardom, but still lives in terror of facing up to adulthood. Jarvis sings every line in a voice dripping with erotically charged ennui. Despite his fears, maturity didn't destroy him; in fact, he turned out to be an impeccable model of how a rock star can age gracefully, which makes "Help the Aged" even more touching in retrospect, not to mention funnier. Stay handsome, Jarvis.

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