My 100 Favorite Songs of the Lustrum (50-41)

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50. “Young and Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey’s sulky but lush pop had one of its finest moments here, the surprisingly perfect score to a Baz Luhrmann glitterification of Fitzgerald.

49. “Make Me Wanna Die” – The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen’s coming-out party as punk rock grrrl, a serrated pledge of apocalyptic love.

48. “All the Rowboats” – Regina Spektor

A museum trip becomes a twee horror story, complete with coughing violins and vocal percussion.

47. “Civilization” – Justice featuring Ali Love

Ambitious European EDM, mythmaking worthy of a 70s heavy metal epic.

46. “Starships” – Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj’s most mainstream moment, but the dance-pop gibberish is a small price to pay for the song’s explosive power.

45. “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” – Father John Misty

Ominous psychedelic folk. Like so many songs on the list, it’s about sex and death.

44. “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” – Against Me!

Primal howl for recognition for the erased, the misidentified, and the trapped.

43. “All of the Lights” – Kanye West, John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Rihanna & Elton John

Kanye’s recession-era street epic, packed with voices and instruments but unified in theme.

42. “Life” – Beckah Shae

Christian anthem for the start of a meaningful life. Pop music meets Scripture.

41. “Bonfire” – Knife Party

Step into the dubstep incinerator. This is the kind of noise to infuriate parents everywhere.

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