30-26

30. “Floridada” – Animal Collective (2)

“Dresses that glow on girls from Barcelona” 

Florida is pretty dada as it is. At least Animal Collective lends their own brand of harmonious absurdity in their sunny ode to the Sunshine State.

29. “Hello” – Erykah Badu, Andre 3000 (2)

“squirrel”

Feel free to speculate on the relationship status of the former most talented couple in the music industry. Feel free to speculate on Andre’s willingness to make music in the future. Just don’t speculate on Erykah Badu’s voice, a constant in all things soul and weird.

28. “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ed Sheeran

“You put the work in, don’t worry about the praise, my love”

“Growing Up” finds Macklemore comfortably straddling the line between pop star and rapper. It feels more natural than when he straddled the line between white guy and rapper, between activist and rapper, and more recently bringer of 80s nostalgia and rapper. I really hope this makes him a lot of money, too, because now he has to straddle the line between daddy and rapper, and that can’t be easy.

27. “Only One” – Kanye West (6), Paul McCartney

“You’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes”

It’s a testament to Kanye West’s quick work that “Only One” became obsolete only ten months after it was released. Question is, what will he do for an encore now that Saint West has entered the world?

26. “Peroration Six” – Floating Points

The live drumming on “Peroration Six” is spectacular yet unnecessary, especially since every other sound on the track feels so synthetic. Maybe more spectacular is how the drums spend five minutes building up to the climax that never comes.

 

 

 

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