25. TV on the Radio – “Happy Idiot”
Playing on the age old truism, “You can either be right or you can be happy”, TV on the Radio’s long awaited return was accompanied by a more pop, pacing sound reminiscent of the Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s or something, and it was amazing. “Happy Idiot” served as a pivotal point for TVOTR, a re-introduction of sorts following the death of bassist Gerard Smith and the uncertainty of the band’s existence as a whole. TV decided to come back strong, though, in a different direction, and we’re glad they did.
24. Future ft. Pusha T, Pharrell and Casino – “Move That Dope”
Mike Will… Future… ( and GOOD Future, not weird “what is he saying” Future, like, good Future.) Pusha T. RAPPING Pharrell. It’s literally a shopping list entitled “What else do you want from a banger?” The return of Skateboard P is enough to get me excited but cocaine-related punch lines from King Push (“Young enough to still nose-better/Get it nigga? I nose better”) and crazy-weird lines from Future (“Beating that china like Kunta Kinte/Whippin’ it, whippin’ that fish and Parkay”). Seriously though. What else do you want?
23. Beyonce ft. Jay-Z – “Drunk In Love”
Whenever Beyoncé and Jay-Z are seen together in public, it’s an event. So, when the two decide to drop massive singles together, you can only imagine the impact. “Drunk in Love” was the fan-chosen single from Beyoncé’s surprise release, self-titled album, and was the moment Bey decided to ditch the “cool mom” title and be shocking sexy and overtly sensual. Filled with innuendos and quotables, (SURFBOART) Beyoncé mastered the art of the sexy, cool, club-banging, radio-spinning single, all with a little help from her spouse.
22. Coldplay – “Magic”
Album: Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories was a weird Coldplay album. Following the break-up between frontrunner Chris Martin and his longtime spouse Gweneth Paltrow, this album was announced and was thought to be Chris’ 808s & Heartbreak. Instead, it was definitely still a break-up album, but ended up being a lot more hopeful and celebratory rather than cold and bitter. “Magic” was the magnum opus of this record and this emotion specifically, being one of the most raw, unfiltered songs Coldplay’s ever put out. It is a swan song that indulges itself in celebrating their abilities to love and to let go, something reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s classic Here, My Dear. It’s a chilling, captivating ballad solemnly celebrating the magic that once was.
21. Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy”
Chance the Rapper’s return was a humble one, as he passed the baton to his band member, being that the song is credited to Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment. Regardless, Chance and his crew of brassy, jazzy fellows crafted a joyful, gospel-ish record about his Grandmother’s house being the safe-haven for the chaos brewing in the streets outside. He sweetly raps “I am the thesis of her prayers/Only ones she love as much as me is Jesus Christ and Taylor”. Chance and his amazing band’s return was one that did not disappoint, and birthed a family-inspired anthem just in time for the holidays.