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Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2017

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Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2017

Brendan Walter

Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2017

Even the resilience of retroism was, this year, tinged with the irony of watching those not knowing the past being doomed to repeat it. But in a grasping-at-straws moment, grim reality checks, bubblicious-pop contraptions, stripped-down folk-soul, and, yes, Old Music 2.0 seemed to coexist on a playlist sending signals of life from the Upside Down, or at least one designed to help us feel some type of way. So even though, as our list of the year’s top singles reveals, we more often than not had to travel all the way to Japan and England to satisfy our memories of hip-thrusting better days that we may never see return, the pleasure of the perfect three- or four-minute escape will never be quashed. Though we’re at the point where even Katy Perry knows we’re all metaphorically in chains.

Review: “Cut to the Feeling” Is Carly Rae Jepsen’s Best Single Since “Call Me Maybe”

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Review: “Cut to the Feeling” Is Carly Rae Jepsen’s Best Single Since “Call Me Maybe”
Review: “Cut to the Feeling” Is Carly Rae Jepsen’s Best Single Since “Call Me Maybe”

Carly Rae Jepsen’s best single since “Call Me Maybe” was almost never released. Reportedly one of over 250 songs written for 2015’s Emotion, “Cut to the Feeling” was inexplicably left off that album—as well last year’s Emotion: Side B—because it was reportedly deemed too “theatrical.” Now the track is finally seeing the light of day via the soundtrack to the Canadian animated film Leap!, for which Jepsen voices the character Odette.

Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2015

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Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2015
Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2015

The singles we’re betting on for the long game tended to play with shorter fuses, blaze less gargantuan trails, flourish in the crawlspaces of our collective consciousness—and not, as per Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s ubiquitously catchy but elementally reductive fraternity rocker “Uptown Funk,” strut their retro bona fides around like Meryl Streep’s bass-ackwards crab walk in Death Becomes Her. That’s not to say the artists represented below didn’t find new, inventive means of correspondence between the past and the present; the best of them helped show that bridge as a conduit and a nourishing source of inspiration, while the worst of them set up a T-shirt stand at the midway point.

Grammy 2013 Winner Predictions: Song of the Year

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Grammy 2013 Winner Predictions: Song of the Year
Grammy 2013 Winner Predictions: Song of the Year

We’re not going to lie. Our compass on this category has seemed hopelessly misaligned ever since the recent win for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” broke every standing rule for Song of the Year requirements we presumed sacrosanct. It was fast, hooky, cybersexual, light years removed from “Dance with My Father.” “Single Ladies” as a SOTY winner suggests an (awesome) alternate universe where “Theme from Shaft,” “Rhythm Nation,” and “Percolator” also emerged victorious.