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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89. Willie Nelson, "Darkness on the Face of the Earth"

A step ahead of the pack as always, Willie celebrated his 65th birthday by going somewhere new – Teatro was his collabo with Daniel Lanois, recorded in an old movie theater refurbished with booths from the Mexican cafe across the street for that border cantina feel. It's his answer to Dylan's Time Out of Mind. "Darkness on the Face of the Earth" is an apocalyptic lament he first recorded back in 1962 – Willie sings it here with an ancient outlaw's stoic calm, as Emmylou Harris chimes in over the doomy drums.

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