At last, the top 10 songs of the year!
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10. “Q.U.E.E.N.” by Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Contains what may be the line of the year in “they say ‘let them eat cake’ but we eat wings and throw them bones on the ground”. It defines the songs funky rebelliousness.
9. “Song For Zula” by Phosphorescent – Opening up with a riff on one of the great songs of all time in Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”, Phosphorescent’s “Song For Zula” is poetic, questioning, and beautiful.
8. “Nosetalgia” by Pusha T feat. Kendrick Lamar – The beat is epic, matching the song’s content which views drugs with two differing perspectives. Pusha T’s reminiscing about his time as a drug dealer is matched by Kendrick’s retrospective on his family’s drug use. It’s powerful.
7. “Play by Play” by Autre Ne Veut – It’s funky, it’s upbeat, it’s catchy, it’s electronic, somehow it fits in with the year in music, but sounds unlike everything else.
6. “Architect” by Manchester Orchestra feat. Frightened Rabbit – Released as a Record Store Day special, it makes it way into my top 10 both because of my Andy Hull fanboy-ism and because of its whispy sadness. This is everything I could have hoped this song to be. It features guest vocals from Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson, the perfect companion for Andy Hull’s acoustic ballad, more collaboration please!
5. “Latch” by Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – Disclosure is really good depending on who they get to do vocals for them and Sam Smith does it best. It’s both sweet and catchy, which are both necessary for me to really get into electronic music, this and the aforementioned “Play by Play” are getting me really excited about electronic music to come.
4. “Dance Apocalyptic” by Janelle Monae – Monae successfully combines so many genres together and this year’s dance dissent track is the kind of dance music I would wish to grow in every club and on every dance floor.
3. “The Mother We Share” by CHVRCHES – What a sweet song. What other song containing the F-bomb could you say that about? CHVRCHES is just that band. They’re so catchy and sweet sounding, but create electronic dance anthems. This infectious song stands above the rest because it is about a sibling relationship, isn’t that sweet!?!
2. “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake – JT’s love ode to Jessica Biel has the catchiest chorus of the year, even months of radio airplay couldn’t sour me to it.
1. “Everlasting Arms” by Vampire Weekend – Half of the album was a contender for this spot, but ultimately I found “Everlasting Arms” to be the most unique of the bunch to me personally. With its ode to the Christian hymn “Leanin’ On the Everlasting Arms”, Koenig has his most confessional struggle with belief in God, being torn between unbelief and a desire to grasp the Holy One. It touched me more than any other song, which is probably a personal thing, as I haven’t seen much love for it outside of my own opinions. I love it because it is simultaneously worshipful of God while doubting His very existence.