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Shawn Mendes: “If I Can’t Have You”
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The Brooklyn rapper moves carefully between knotty verses and blunt lines to make some of the most immersive and exhilarating songs of his career. From David Bowie's swan song to Beyonce's call to arms, Anohni's war lament to Frank Ocean's return, was a year of big artists making big statements. These are our picks for the best songs of the year. December 12 December 5 Chosen by Pitchfork's editors, these albums didn't make our Top 50, but we thought they were among the most interesting of and deserved to be highlighted nonetheless. December 17 Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Top Stories.
The Shangri-Las perfected pop melodrama, and their best songs feel like a synthesis of Douglas Sirk, Beatlemania, Hells Angels, and a support group for middle-aged manic depressives. Yes, the group addressed the most lurid elements of s suburbia, from rape and death to skull-smashing bikers and abused dropouts. Surrounded by siren-like howls and orchestral plinks, the girls rue their own appeal and repent for sanitizing their bad-boy beaus. Where did this come from? Drugs, you say?
In , with one killer track, an artist could become a household name, sparking infinite conversations and even more memes. In addition to all the new names, established artists like Lana Del Rey and Vampire Weekend redefined themselves and reset the trajectories of their careers. At the end of one year, and looking ahead to the next decade, here are the tracks we believe will stand the test of time. Listen to selections from this list on our Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. Shawn Mendes seems beamed in from a pop era before face tattoos and pink hair and cursing: Last year, when the Canadian heartthrob revealed he liked to— gasp! On paper, Mendes is pining after the girl who got away with the obsessiveness of an Instagram stalker—and yet his effervescent delivery, and shameless cheesing in the video , make it clear that this winning rom-com of a song has a happy ending. The titular vocal sample, chopped into oblivion, is a suitable mantra: Nate returned to footwork while recovering from an injury that left him temporarily paralyzed from the waist down, a particularly cruel irony in a scene defined by movement.