My 100 Favorite Songs of the Lustrum (30-21)

2010-2014 830. “Runaway” – Kanye West featuring Pusha T

Bare-bones masterpiece, at once grandiloquent and self-effacing.

29. “Dancing On My Own” – Robyn

The throbbing dance beat elevates a simple tale of loneliness and a woman scorned to high tragedy.

28. “24 Hours” – Sky Ferreira

Pop songs can both compress and expand the sensation of time. We have so little, yet it can be so full.

27. “Say Something” – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera

Melancholic pop song about the knife’s-edge of a breakup, elevated by Ms. Aguilera’s beautifully complementary vocals.

26. “I Will Never Let You Down” – Rita Ora

Irresistible invitation to love, sparkling with Calvin Harris’s dance-pop production.

25. “Stereo Hearts” – Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine

Powerhouse pop/rap crossover centered on an adorable metaphor.

24. “Problem” – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea

Pop songs are usually either about the beginning or the end of love. This one is somehow about both at once. And oh, that raunchy saxophone.

23. “Waiting for the End” – Linkin Park

Stretching toward maturity and realizing you’re not there yet. Rap and rock combined at their most (knowingly) bombastic.

22. “Black Skinhead” – Kanye West

For a mainstream artist, Yeezy spends a lot of time at the frontiers of radio-friendly sound. I love it. Political in the best way.

21. “Cheers (Drink to That)” – Rihanna

Rih Rih samples Avril — Barbados meets Canada. Quite a cocktail, that.

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