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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.

Katy Perry Gets Her Game on in Star-Studded “Swish Swish” Music Video

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Katy Perry Gets Her Game on in Star-Studded “Swish Swish” Music Video
Katy Perry Gets Her Game on in Star-Studded “Swish Swish” Music Video

Katy Perry has finally released the long-awaited music video for “Swish Swish,” a diss track rumored to be a response to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”—a song many believe was written about Perry for allegedly stealing Swift’s backup dancers. Heavy stuff, right? The basketball-themed video, directed by Dave Meyers, is decidedly less serious than all that—and, disappointingly, less queer than Perry’s drag-ball performance of the song on Saturday Night Live earlier this year. Katy plays “Kobe” Perry, the team captain of the Tigers, who go head-to-head with the Sheep, led by Game of Thrones’s Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson. The star-studded clip also features Molly Shannon as the Tigers’s inept coach, Stranger Things’s Gaten “Tragic Johnson” Matarazzo, the ladies from GLOW as cheerleaders, and, of course, Nicki Minaj, who headlines a fierce halftime show.

Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Music Video Is a Visual Feast with a Twist

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Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Music Video Is a Visual Feast with a Twist
Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Music Video Is a Visual Feast with a Twist

The second single from her upcoming album may have received a lukewarm reception, but the new music video for Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” delivers the goods. Directed by Paris and Montreal-based filmmaker collective Dent De Cuir, the clip is a visual feast that takes the single’s lyric “I’m on the menu” quite literally. The video begins with Perry vacuum-sealed in a freezer like a lump of pre-prepared dough. A team of male chefs—led by Roy Choi—knead, slap, stretch, and garnish the singer’s body, toss her in a deep fryer, and server her up to a room full of hungry, bougie partygoers.

Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Serves Up Food Porn for the Masses

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Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Serves Up Food Porn for the Masses

Rony Alwin

Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” Serves Up Food Porn for the Masses

Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” sounded like an early candidate for song of the summer, but the singer was ostensibly just warming up. Perhaps in part because “Chained to the Rhythm” burned slower than Perry’s past lead singles, “Bon Appétit,” the second release from her upcoming album, is a decided shift away from the “purposeful pop” of its predecessor, and she’s traded disco-ball scavenger hunts for pie recipe swapping. No soft political polemics here, just time-tested food-as-sex metaphors that hit like a meat tenderizer: “All that you can have, boy/Got me spread like a buffet…Appetite for seduction, fresh out the oven,” Perry sings over percolating synths.

Katy Perry Takes a Ride in the Eye-Popping “Chained to the Rhythm” Music Video

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Katy Perry Takes a Ride in the Eye-Popping “Chained to the Rhythm” Music Video

Rony Alwin

Katy Perry Takes a Ride in the Eye-Popping “Chained to the Rhythm” Music Video

If the political underpinnings of Katy Perry’s new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” were too subtle for some, she made sure to put a fine point on her message at last week’s Grammy Awards, concluding her impressively choreographed debut performance of the song with a projection of the preamble of the United States Constitution. The new music video for the track is notably less pointed, offered up with more than a spoonful of the sugary, colorful imagery we’ve come to expect from Perry.

Review: Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” Is the Song We Need Right Now

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Review: Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” Is the Song We Need Right Now

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Review: Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” Is the Song We Need Right Now

In case you weren’t among the lucky few who happened upon the 20 some-odd disco balls strategically placed around the world, from San Francisco to Paris, playing Katy Perry’s new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” the track made its official online premiere tonight. Rather than the stomping disco anthem the song’s title and inventive, albeit not always successful, pre-release promo might have suggested, “Chained to the Rhythm” is a midtempo—but no less beckoning—invitation to the dance floor.

Madonna Wrangles Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, & More for "Bitch I’m Madonna" Music Video

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Madonna Wrangles Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, & More for “Bitch I’m Madonna” Music Video
Madonna Wrangles Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, & More for “Bitch I’m Madonna” Music Video

After two singles highlighting the cardiovascular half of Madonna’s Rebel Heart project, the singer is unleashing her so-called rebellious side for the album’s third single, “Bitch I’m Madonna.” The first glimpse of the star-studded new music video for the track, inspired by a high-octane performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, came courtesy of the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, who posted a behind-the-scenes clip from the shoot last month on Instagram. Coyne wasn’t the only celeb on set though—but he’s certainly the weirdest. Despite the song’s title, the clip, which premiered exclusively on Tidal this morning, makes room for a litany of guests, including Chris Rock, Rita Ora, Diplo (who produced the track), fashion designer Alexander Wang, and the Queen of Pop’s two sons, Rocco and David. Other cameos—like a pose-striking Beyoncé, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Miley Cyrus—were beamed in via green-screen, giving the video a slapdash quality that’s rare for the music video pioneer. The apparent moral of the story? We are all Madonna. So grab your grillz and start humping the nearest wall.

Katy Perry Gets Her Artpop on in "This Is How We Do" Music Video

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Katy Perry Gets Her Artpop on in “This Is How We Do” Music Video
Katy Perry Gets Her Artpop on in “This Is How We Do” Music Video

The Ke-grade “This Is How We Do” is the weakest single from Katy Perry’s Prism album so far (we’re still waiting for “Walking on Air” to get a proper release), but the music video for the track, directed by Joel Kefali, offers up eye candy aplenty. Perry gets her artpop on in the new clip, inspired by the Dutch De Stijl art movement and mod fashion, including Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic color-blocked day dress from 1965, ’80s pastels, and nods to Michael Jordan, Aretha Franklin, and Mariah Carey, who appears in a pseudo-cameo via a not-so-flattering impersonator (Perry slyly shaded Mimi as a “throwback” in a recent interview). Elsewhere, Perry’s male dancers get their groove on donning Pee-wee Herman’s famous gray suit, outdone only by a twerking ice-cream cone. Watch the video below: