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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66. The Gerbils, "Crayon Box"

"Look what you've done! How could you go out and watch the show without me? You know that Portastatic is still my favorite band!" These kids from Athens G-A, loosely affiliated with Neutral Milk Hotel and the Elephant 6 collective, crunch out a tragically relatable late-Nineties indie romance, getting all the details right. But there's a happy ending in the last verse, when the girl finds the inner strength to go see the Sebadoh show without him.

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