20. “Rill Rill” – Sleigh Bells
Resting on the back of a Funkadelic sample, this song is made up of an oneiric set of chants and pounding percussion.
19. “Come & Get It” – Selena Gomez
International styles successfully mixed in the dance-pop blender, with a supremely confident performance from Ms. Gomez.
18. “Little Black Submarines” – The Black Keys
Quiet garage rock lament that blows the door off halfway through to become a stadium-filling cry for healing.
17. “Video Games” – Lana Del Rey
A slow-motion sneer. Somnambulistic pop dirge that uses the style of the past to condemn the present.
16. “Girls Chase Boys” – Ingrid Michaelson
Charming pop roundelay, a calm reminder not to take romance too seriously.
15. “Closer” – Tegan and Sara
Soaring, diving synthpop perfection, the kind that can knock you head over heels all over again.
14. “Comeback Kid” – Sleigh Bells
Has more of a sheen than anything on Sleigh Bells’ first record, but the guitar pyrotechnics and sardonic pep rally lyrics rock as hard as ever.
13. “Walk” – Foo Fighters
Aging rocker discovers fatherhood, pens song about new beginnings and screaming one’s immortality into the void.
12. “Treats” – Sleigh Bells
Sinister noise pop anthem — tremors in the earth and bombs in heaven.
11. “Young Blood” – The Naked and Famous
Indietronic ode to youthful setbacks and magic moments. Best “yeah yeah yeah” chorus of the last five years.