My 100 Favorite Songs of the Lustrum (70-61)

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70. “Free” – Haley Reinhart

Sublime pop, spiked with an unusual maturity about breakups.

69. “Partition” – Beyoncé

All of your burning questions — like “What happens to a beat when Beyoncé sneezes on it?” — finally answered.

68. “I Want the World to Stop” – Belle & Sebastian

Maelstrom of indie pop, powered by evocative lyrics.

67. “Tell ‘Em” – Sleigh Bells

Blistering opening salvo from my favorite album of the last five years.

66. “Settle Down” – Kimbra

I, too, want to raise a child and call her Nebraska. I think that would be the coolest thing.

65. “Bangarang” – Skrillex featuring Sirah

The dubstep juggernaut with nostalgic affection for the movie Hook that I never could have guessed I needed.

64. “Berzerk” – Eminem

Shady back at the top of his game, with challenging rhythms and a sense of humor to leaven the egotism.

63. “She Looks So Perfect” – 5 Seconds of Summer

I missed the 1D train completely, and then this song came out of nowhere to put the boy band ethos back on my radar.

62. “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry

Achingly beautiful, modest country song, the best I’ve heard in quite a while.

61. “Barton Hollow” – The Civil Wars

John Paul White and Joy Williams’ vigorously harmonized folk fatalism.

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