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100. Jill Scott “Closure”
For Jill Scott, closure means one last fling, but don’t let that fool you, she’ll go no further than that. With a humorous outro, Scott lists all the food her ex-lover will no longer be able to consume because she doesn’t care enough about him to give him breakfast.
99. Drake “10 Bands”
98. Pusha T “Untouchable”
Pusha kills it here, rapping about “Netflix Narcos” over a sick beat and Biggie sample.
97. Major Lazer, MO, DJ Snake “Lean On”
96. Speedy Ortiz “My Dead Girl”
95. Future “No Basic”
94. Lady Lamb “Milk Duds”
93. Beach House “Sparks”
92. Sia “Alive”
In the ranking of wannabe Adele songs, this one places 2nd (ahead of Adele’s “Hello” and behind a song to come). It’s an emotional ballad that was actually written for Adele, but Sia, being the queen of taking songs meant for other folks and making them her own came through with quite the emotionally packed song here.
91. Lady Lamb “Violet Clementine”
I didn’t think Lady Lamb’s (formerly Lady Lamb the Beekeeper) latest lived up to her debut album, but here we hear everything that makes her great: the passionate vocal delivery, the oddly poetic lyrics, and the long musical interludes.
90. Titus Andronicus “Dimed Out”
This is Titus Andronicus at their most punk, a 3-minute rager that both stands alone and fits into their 90-minute rock opera.
89. Vince Staples “Norf Norf”
88. Julien Baker “Good News”
87. Sufjan Stevens “Fourth of July”
86. Titus Andronicus “No Future Part IV: No Future Triumphant”
85. Kanye West w/Theophilus London “All Day”
84. Miguel “coffee”
Miguel fits perfectly into sensual R&B, which at times can near disgusting in his overtly explicit expressions. However with “coffee”, he becomes almost sweet in his declaration that he will make “coffee in the morning” for his amour. It’s the opposite of the aforementioned “Closure”.
83. Natalie Prass “It is You”
Prass straddles several unique lines with her music: modern folk artist, 50s darling, and Disney princess. It’s a strange combo, but is so unexpected that it totally works. As a fan of all three of those lines, Prass totally works for me. Here she sounds like something out of a musical and boy is it great.
82. Disclosure “Jaded”
81. Drake “Star67”
80. Florence + the Machine “Ship to Wreck”
79. Colleen Green “Deeper Than Love”
Green is interesting because she at times gives out a Best Coast minimalist folk/punk vibe, but then something like “Deeper Than Love” will come out which is a 6-minute lonesome and slightly creepy almost new wave-ish track showing just how talented and unique she can be. It’s a subtly gripping track that will eat at you for days.
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