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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41. Robert Pollard, "Subspace Biographies"

The Guided by Voices jester remains maddeningly prolific – he recently released his hundredth album – but "Subspace Biographies" has to be one of his top tunes ever. It's the centerpiece of his solo album Waved Out: three boozy minutes of fractured classicist U.K. mod pop, via the bars and bowling alleys of Dayton, Ohio. It explodes into a frantic Ramones-worthy guitar rave with the chant, "I am quail and quasar/I pick you up on radar."

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