Top 100 Songs Pt. II (67-34)


The most wonderful time of the year continues! Check out part I here.

67. “Don’t Need To Be Them” by The Sun Days

A Swedish pop/rock track that absolutely glows–must have been written in the summer where the sun never sets.

66. “Madness” by Lucius

Lucius make grand pop songs on the level of Florence + the Machine, which coming from me is the highest of compliments.

65. “Do Whatever” by Martha

64. “Morning Sex” by Joey Purp

63. “Hungry” by White Lung

62. “Generation Why” by Weyes Blood

61. “Wolves” by Kanye West

60. “Soaked in Sleep” by Sioux Falls

59. “I Am Chemistry” by Yeasayer

Yeasayer makes avant-garde pop songs that split between inaccessible music experiments and catchy electronic-based pop. “I Am Chemistry” is a layered and textured track that slowly builds to an explosive kid’s choir which kills it.

58. “Don’t You Wait” by Solange

57. “Bamboo” by Hinds

56. “Wave Goodnight to Me” by Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock’s WORRY. covers the entire scope of counter-cultural rock songs; there’s pop-punk, hardcore, ska, and everything in between. It’s the perfect album for anyone who’s ever thought about ironing a patch to themselves. “Wave Goodnight To Me” is a great song to blast, shouting along with every single word.

55. “Silly Me” by Yeasayer

54. “First Time” by Carly Rae Jepsen

53. “On the Lips” by Frankie Cosmos

Probably the most low key song about longing for love ever, it’s like if a Disney princess chose to lie down on her bed with a guitar rather than summoning the birds to express the feelings she has for her prince.

52. “Waves” by Kacey Musgraves

Yes, country artist Kacey Musgraves’ cover of Miguel’s swooning “waves” was one of my favorite songs this year. Musgraves adds a subtle acoustic touch to it, that, while it subtracts the sensuality of the original, is probably better.

51. “DVP” by Pup

PUP packs every song they have with a compressed aggression, “DVP” unleashes a depressed rage across two and a half minutes.

50. “Wyclef Jean” by Young Thug

49. “Finish Line Drown” by Chance the Rapper

Chance’s most straight forward Gospel tribute, I’ll talk about the Gospel in hip-hop trend more when it comes time for my favorite song of the year.

48. “Why Did You Separate Me From the Earth?” by ANOHNI

ANOHNI’s Hopelessness is filled with sorrowful protest about the state of the world (and this was all pre-PEOTUS!), perhaps no song hits more at this existentialism that “Why Did You Separate Me…”. The song is both questioning of one’s personal existence and critical of the ways mankind has treated the earth, asking God “what did you have to gain?” in heartbreaking fashion.

47. “Dead or Alive” by Jazz Cartier

Jazz Cartier’s “Dead or Alive” deserves to be blasted from the speakers of every car window there is, it’s an epically produced song that’s ultimately quite paranoid, almost hauntingly so.

46. “War Ready” by Vince Staples

Andre 3000 played a surprising role in hip-hop this year. He showed up on A Tribe Called Quest’s album and will show up at least (in part) a couple more times on this list. Here we get a sample of 3000’s verse from “ATLiens” leading into Staples’ jam.

45. “Goodness, Pt. 2” by the Hotelier

I didn’t enjoy Goodness as much as The Hotelier’s previous album Home, Like No Place is There, there wasn’t as much fire to it this time around, the band goes softer here. Yet softness isn’t a negative and here we witness the strengths of it. Christian Hoffman exudes a weariness here as the drum lightly, but confidently leads way into the chorus before the guitar sweeps in with emotional resonance.

44. “Cash Machine” by D.R.A.M.

I wrote about the rise of sincerity in rap while talking about “Broccoli” on the pop hits list, D.R.A.M. represents this further here, even while bragging about how much money he has. He brilliantly sets the song to old time ragtime piano and adds the sound of a cash machine to reach the full cheese effect–which he can do, because he’s D.R.A.M. and the more cheesy he is, the more legit he becomes.

43. “Desperado” by Rihanna

42. “715 – Creeks” by Bon Iver

41. “4 Degrees” by ANOHNI

40. “Warts” by Hinds

39. “Love Somebody” by St. Lucia

38. “Work” by Rihanna (feat. Drake)

I talked about this in the Top 10 Pop Hits of the year list, check it out. 

37. “Do It, Try It” by M83

36. “Needed Me” by Rihanna

I talked about this in the Top 10 Pop Hits of the year list, check it out. 

35. “Broccoli” by D.R.A.M. (feat. Lil Yachty)

I talked about this in the Top 10 Pop Hits of the year list, check it out. 

34. “Panda” by Desiigner

I talked about this in the Top 10 Pop Hits of the year list, check it out. 

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