12. “Cake by the Ocean” – DNCE
This song is so silly and irresistible in its sugary pop chants and shouts, it may as well be a musically version of cake. Except it’s actually about cunnilingus. Hilarious.
11. “I’m in Love with My Life” – PHASES
The album from which this is culled is an attempt at old-school Blondie except this song. A celebration of life, PHASES creates a joyous ode to just feeling good in the present.
10. “What Do You Mean?” – Justin Bieber
What can I say? It’s a great song. A more mature Bieber having an adult conversation in his own head set to a bouncy beat, pan-flute synths, and a catchy melody makes for the first time he’s caught my ear.
9. “Diamonds” – Giorgio Moroder ft. Charli XCX
Did we need another song about a girl’s best friend? Yes, it turns out. Fun, infectious cut from Giorgio’s disappointing return to the charts has Charli XCX cooing over the bright, shiny starlight her latest benefactor has gifted to her.
8. “Mister Sister” – Kate Pierson
The first single from her first solo album has the red-headed siren from B-52’s shows her support for the transgendered community focused through a character named Debbie Delicious. Lovely and positive, it’s great to hear Kate’s big voice again.
7. “The Hills” – The Weeknd
His performance on SNL completely won me over. This is one of songs like “Milkshake” that makes you wonder how in the hell it became a hit. Dark, brooding, and honest, “The Hills” is so visceral you wonder if it’s about someone he knows or if it’s autobiographic.
6. “Tilted” – Christina and the Queens
Wonderfully eclectic and so very French, Christina is also fun to see live. This song was written as validation to those who have quirky personalities, so there may be a chance I subconsciously relate. The video is quite frankly brilliant in its simplicity.
5. “Will You Dance?” – The Bird and the Bee
Seriously. How was this not a hit? Granted it’s more of 80-90’s pop song, but still! Plus the video is hilarious.
4. “Hey QT” – QT
Self-referrencing attempt to sell a made up soda which eventually was made to promote the song and K- & J-Pop influences. It’s so meta you’d think it would be a determent. …then the beat hits…
3. “Deja Vu” – Giorgio Moroder ft. Sia
Even if Giorgio’s album wasn’t as fun as I was hoping there are still three or four great songs on it. This I think the best. Boogie-inducing and melancholy at the same time, this hopeful song is pure heaven. And that chorus!
2. “Froot” – Marina & the Diamonds
Ok, drag queens, listen up. Marina has a plethora of material for your performance consideration. This one especially. So many plant puns and all broadcasting she ready for the sex. How could this not win over an audience?
1. “Pressure Off” – Duran Duran ft. Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers
If you aren’t on your feet by the time the most amazing chorus Duran Duran has recorded in two decades hits, please see your doctor. Duran Duran best attempt to break into the 10’s and it works. Cohesive, arena-sized, and hooks galore, “Pressure Off” is their pop masterpiece for the new millennium. It is indeed time to step out into the future.
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