61. A$AP Rocky – “LVL”
Yeah, we’re excited for “LVL” producer Clams Casino’s next instrumentals mixtape, too.
62. Father John Misty – “Nancy From Now On”
“Oh, pour me another drink and punch me in the face. You can call me Nancy,” FTW. But please, if you see us at the bar, don’t deck us or call us Nancy. Another drink will suffice.
63. Big Sean – “Guap”
Big Sean’s infuriating. First, you think you’ve figured out his whole “boi, boi, boi” gimmick, and then he transforms himself into this aggrandized G.O.O.D. Music hypeman on tracks like “Clique” and “Mercy.” Next, he teams up with KeY Wane, develops an unreal chemistry that catapulted his Detroit project and “Guap” single into our heads (both of which we still can’t get out) and commands that we take him seriously again. Damn you, SEEEAAAAAANNNNNN!
64. AlunaGeorge – “Just a Touch”
Another gem in a wave of hybrid-R&B talents emerging from the UK, singer-producer duo AlunaGeorge have a knack for churning out infectious singles, and this mix of mutating bass and youth submerged vocals was no different.
65. Elle Varner – “Not Tonight”
On her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect, R&B chanteuse Elle Varner finds herself juggling the various emotions, contradictions, and complications that are often wrapped up with young love. Laying her vulnerabilities bare, the soaring ballad “Not Tonight” is the apex of an endearing first release.
66. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ft. Schoolboy Q – “White Walls”
Certain MCs who prioritize worldliness like Macklemore tend to avoid most materialistic mainstream themes, backing themselves into a corner that can dry out their music. But, with this light-hearted track about fulfilling his dream of buying a Cadillac from his impressive debut The Heist, the Seattle rapper shows he’s not afraid to boast a bit and is indeed the complete package.
67. Big K.R.I.T. Ft. B.B. King – “Praying Man”
Rap’s history may be young, but it’s still rich. And now, thanks to K.R.I.T., we can now point to the support of one of music’s legends in B.B. King.
68. Mikkey Halsted Ft. Pusha T – “Momma in My Ear”
Taking his claim of being “the common denominator between Chief Keef and Common” to a winning conclusion, street-wise Chi-town MC Mikkey Halsted linked up with frequent Keef collaborator Young Chop for this anxious rumble of a track. Pusha T, who can only affect this type of seething ferocity on his G.O.O.D. Music tracks, delivers the real thing here.
69. Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
Understand a few quick things and accept them as proven facts. Katy Perry makes hits. Big, Billboard-topping pop hits. And Dr. Luke’s work – both production and writing-wise – are what propels KP (and many artists) to the peak of success.
70. Jessie Ware – “Sweet Talk”
Following a string of terrifically sultry singles from her finely tuned debut album, Devotion, Jessie Ware’s final single of 2012 found her letting her hair down, if only slightly. Like the character at the heart of the song, “Sweet Talk” sweeps you away with little chance of protestation.