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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96. Semisonic, "Closing Time"

Because closing time isn't already depressing enough, Semisonic came up with a last-call ballad for the ages. Dan Wilson sings "You don't have to go home but you can't stay here" for tipsy twentysomething barflies overfeeling the concept of leaving alone. Drummer Jacob Slichter wrote a very funny memoir (So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star) about what it's like to be in one-hit band like Semisonic; in the first scene, he gets mobbed by fans asking if he's the drummer for Everclear. "Closing Time" took on a whole new life as a rom-com soundtrack staple – best of all in Friends With Benefits, where Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis argue in bed about whether it's by Third Eye Blind.

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