My 100 Favorite Songs of the Lustrum (20-11)

2010-2014 920. “Rill Rill” – Sleigh Bells

Resting on the back of a Funkadelic sample, this song is made up of an oneiric set of chants and pounding percussion.

19. “Come & Get It” – Selena Gomez

International styles successfully mixed in the dance-pop blender, with a supremely confident performance from Ms. Gomez.

18. “Little Black Submarines” – The Black Keys

Quiet garage rock lament that blows the door off halfway through to become a stadium-filling cry for healing.

17. “Video Games” – Lana Del Rey

A slow-motion sneer. Somnambulistic pop dirge that uses the style of the past to condemn the present.

16. “Girls Chase Boys” – Ingrid Michaelson

Charming pop roundelay, a calm reminder not to take romance too seriously.

15. “Closer” – Tegan and Sara

Soaring, diving synthpop perfection, the kind that can knock you head over heels all over again.

14. “Comeback Kid” – Sleigh Bells

Has more of a sheen than anything on Sleigh Bells’ first record, but the guitar pyrotechnics and sardonic pep rally lyrics rock as hard as ever.

13. “Walk” – Foo Fighters

Aging rocker discovers fatherhood, pens song about new beginnings and screaming one’s immortality into the void.

12. “Treats” – Sleigh Bells

Sinister noise pop anthem — tremors in the earth and bombs in heaven.

11. “Young Blood” – The Naked and Famous

Indietronic ode to youthful setbacks and magic moments. Best “yeah yeah yeah” chorus of the last five years.

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