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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43. Sparklehorse, "Sunshine"

Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous hailed from the pastoral hills of Bremo Bluff, Virginia, where he had the elbow room to let his imagination ramble, writing and producing home-studio reveries full of ornate psychedelic-folk splendor. His voice and guitar were full of Appalachian coal-miner country, as you can hear all over gems like 1995's Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot and 1998's Good Morning Spider. In "Sunshine," his greatest song, there's a weird gentleness in his voice as he whispers, "When the moon explodes or floats away/I'll lose the souvenirs I've made." Songs like "Sunshine" were those souvenirs, marking a tragically brief life that nonetheless made the world a more beautiful place.

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