My 100 Favorite Songs of the Lustrum (80-71)

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80. “What You Want” – Evanescence

The rest of the album wasn’t so good, but this song is a great example of the band’s melodious nu metal style.

79. “Paris (Ooh La La)” – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Bread-and-butter rock, with some beautiful howling.

78. “G.U.Y.” – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga in a nutshell: mythology mashed up with gender-bending kink and a left-field Twitter reference.

77. “Wicked Games” – The Weeknd

Alternative R&B with a serpentine malevolence.

76. “Hell of a Life” – Kanye West

Kanye’s dark vision of sex, love and salvation, to the tune of “Iron Man.”

75. “Oh Love” – Green Day

Simple and pure, a (relatively) mature return to form for the band.

74. “Brighter Than the Sun” – Colbie Caillat

Cheery Californian pop about the rapture of young love.

73. “Domino” – Jessie J

Typical love song gibberish, delivered with infectious energy.

72. “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell

Communes with the history of dance music over the last four decades. It’s a thing of beauty.

71. “Telephone” – Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé

Speaking of dancing — just leave these ladies alone already. They’re just trying to have a good time in the club.

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