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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68. Third Eye Blind, "Losing a Whole Year"

As modern rock radio recovered from its Her Placenta Falls to the Floor phase, Third Eye Blind's hits always stood out because of Stephan Jenkins' sore thumb of a voice – sharp, pushy, adenoidal, so bitchy you wondered if he was kidding, except he never was. Nobody else sounded like him – you can hear that in the bitter way he yells, "You and me used to spend the whole goddamn day in bed!" In "Losing a Whole Year," he bemoans his semi-charmed hard-knock life, and all the time he wasted on a rich girl who just uses him for his body (a frequent Stephan Jenkins dilemma, at least in his songs) and leaves him doing the dishes. "Convinced you found your place/With the pierced queer teens in cyberspace" – timely burn, bro!

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