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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77. Sarah McLachlan, "Sweet Surrender"

The Canadian patchouli priestess sings the living shit out of a melody that soars like disco and whispers like folk, getting down on her knees to testify about a mighty love. McLachlan founded the Lilith Fair tour, yet these days she's probably best known for her ballad "Angel," even if everybody thinks it's called "In the Arms of the Angels" – Cardi B and Eve sang it to each other on the Grammys red carpet in January, a true index of fame. But believe it, "Sweet Surrender" is absolutely the one. Topic for further discussion: Is this the best Madonna song from the era between Like a Prayer and Ray of Light?

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