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

98. The Foo Fighters, "Walking After You"

A lost Dave Grohl classic – "Walking After You" should not be confused with "Walk," not to be confused with "Run," not to be confused with "Learn to Fly." After an early attempt on the second Foo Fighters album, Grohl revived this acoustic ballad with the full-band treatment it deserved, making it a hit on the soundtrack of the movie version of The X-Files. That guitar lick hung around the radio all summer long, paranoid enough to spook the Cigarette Smoking Man. "Walking After You" could be his tortured farewell to grunge, to Kurt, maybe to his carefree younger self. Grohl didn't exactly sound like a model of mental health – but that's part of why it feels like a proper place to begin this ride through one crazed year.