So don't let me, don't let me, don't let me downToo late. For some time I thought this was a Rihanna single. Also, unrelated, this song is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance Recording category. What kind of a shitty club expects you to be able to dance to this song?
I think I'm losing my mind now
9: The 1975 "She's American"
A big townThe 1975 bring a mélange of 80s British pop music sounds to their album with a very long name. Here Johnny Hates the Wet Wet Curious Cat but also Bourgeois Tagg stopped by for a minute. Is the song a critique of America? Don't care. We probably deserve it if it is.
Synthetic apparitions of not being lonely
Look, he's having a breakdown
8: Shura "What's It Going To Be?"
I don't wanna give you upA bright, dreamy pop song can be therapeutic. I need about 1,200 songs just as good as this. Stat.
I don't wanna let you love somebody else but me
So what's it gonna be?
7: Anderson .Paak "Put Me Thru"
Fuck around with thisPaak marries sweet soul, complicated rhythms and lyrical urgency into a great song.
Strange and elusive, too afraid to lose it
I don't mind this pain
6: DNCE/Kent Jones "Blown"
Put down your phone, don't send that picIt's possible the audio equivalent of a retro filter is one of the overarching themes of this year's singles list. Make America(n Music) Great Again. (And by great we mean make it sound like older stuff that we're comfortable with not by challenging international music that we can't handle, cause we can't.)
They won't come back unless they're missin' it
5: Bastille "Good Grief"
Caught off guard by your favorite songWith Wild Wood, their second studio album, Bastille seem to want to be a combination of Coldplay and Mark Ronson while I apparently want them to be a combination of Level 42 and China Crisis. This is still a great fucking song.
I’ll be dancing at a funeral, dancing at a funeral
4: The Jayhawks "Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces"
In the end there's no way in redemptionLyrically this is kinda nihilistic. But it's a glorious nihilistic pop song. That it would sit next to "Ultralight Beam" on this list is just one of those
Hey now, catch me quick before I walk away
3: Kanye West/Chance The Rapper/Kirk Franklin/Kelly Price/The-Dream "Ultralight Beam"
I'm tryna keep my faithKanye brings genuine gospel gravitas (Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price), joyful music (Chance the Rapper), and great pop music (The-Dream) to bear on the opening track of The Life of Pablo, and the result has been challenging me ever since I first heard it. The song, just the latest in a long line of things that remind me of my all-consuming doubt (the opposite of faith is doubt), portends salvation... just not for me.
But I'm looking for more
Somewhere I can feel safe
And end my holy war
2: Beyoncé "Sorry"
Middle fingers up, put them hands highWhen you are trying to let someone who has cheated on you know that you aren't thinking about them, releasing a visual album about the whole thing might undermine that message. "Stop interrupting my grinding" is fine, that has a legitimate "bitch please" authenticity to it. I still find the reference to suicide a bit unsettling in the context of both this song and the album, but it's fleeting. Unless that's exactly the kind of cry for help people actual give. Mine haven't been very distinct (which is probably why they may have gone unnoticed—once again I am too subtle).
Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye
1: Beyoncé "Formation"
Okay, ladies, now let's get in formation, 'cause I slay (police officers in my war on cops)Years ago a former colleague used the term "poetic dual meaning" of a word that was part of a client's brand message. That idea came back to me years ago, naturally, with a Drake song. And it rears its head again here where the call for women to get in formation is also a call for women to get information. The song, which is obviously an anti-police anthem despite, you know, what the lyrics say, can also be seen as a rallying cry to women of color to love themselves, to work together, to get educated, (and to slay police officers). Beyoncé is responsible for the deaths of more than 900 police officers since this song's release, and for the on-going War On
Prove to me you got some coordination, 'cause I slay (police officers in my war on cops)
Slay trick, or you get eliminated
"Formation" made a lot of white people freak the fuck out. FOX News' reaction to the song and Beyonce's performance of it at the Super Bowl a year ago, pretty much guaranteed the song would rank near the top of my singles list. Using Red Lobster as a reward for good sex didn't hurt a bit.