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25. “Ryderz” – Hudson Mohawke

Chipmunk soul’s success had more to do with Kanye West being a very good producer than chipmunk soul being a viable sound. Very few other than Mr. West have made it work, though Hudson Mohawke of TNGHT fame adds his own trap flavoring to keep the sound fresh.

24. “Know Yourself” – Drake (8)

“you know how that should go”

Drake’s “Hotling Bling” video broke a cardinal rule of the Internet: don’t premeditate your memes. It didn’t matter, of course, as the James Turrell-inspired carnival of minimalist white-dude dancing dusted its way through every corner of the web this Fall. Its fame is well-deserved, too, not only because Drake is the Internet’s second pop megastar, but also because his own organically created memes speak for themselves. Oh, and he also made some music this year.

23. “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” – Jaime xx, Young Thug, Popcaan

“I let her write me my suggestions”

Jaime xx has synesthesia, right?

22. “I Remember” – Bully

“And I remember the way your sheets smelt”

Nashville’s Bully isn’t going to wow with its straightforward indie rock buzz, as comforting as it sounds for anyone familiar. If there’s any hope of success, it’s in Alicia Bognano’s voice, which effortlessly switches between wailing and Sheryl Crow, all while relating an all-too-familiar tale of misplaced affection.

21. “Flex (Ooh Ooh Ooh)” – Rich Homie Quan

(honestly nothing of consequence)

One of these days Rich Homie Quan is going to record a song with a mouthful of cottage cheese, and it’s going to sound wonderful.

 

 

 

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