My 100 Favorite Songs of the Lustrum (90-81)

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90. “White Boots” – Jamie Grace featuring Morgan Harper-Nichols

Songs in praise of monogamy are de rigueur in CCM, but this one soars on a surprising blend of country and urban styles.

89. “Five Hundred Miles” – Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan & Stark Sands

From Inside Llewyn Davis. Here I must part ways with that film’s protagonist, because I find both the song and the performance lovely.

88. “Immigrant Song” – Karen O, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Blindingly brilliant Zeppelin cover.

87. “Best Day of My Life” – American Authors

Catchy enough to get inside my head on many a morning. It’s probably all the “woah-oh-oh”s.

86. “Wild Ones” – Flo Rida featuring Sia

Flo Rida’s party-rap boilerplate makes me tune out. The song belongs to Sia, and she really is that good.

85. “Monster” – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj

This goes without saying, but “First things first, I’ll eat your brains” >>>>> “First things first, I’m the realest.”

84. “Wonderland” – Natalia Kills

Pretty blunt with its analogies, but struts with the best of them.

83. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” – P!nk

Even blunter, filled with breakup spite.

82. “From This Valley” – The Civil Wars

A fervent folk song, for climbing out of life’s struggles.

81. “***Flawless” – Beyoncé featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If you’ve ever been mystified by Beyoncé’s ascension to semi-legendary Amazon/Valkyrie status, look no further.

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