20. “Millions” by Pusha T and Rick Ross
The former Clipse member’s first solo album, “My Name is My Name,” announced the artist as a force to be reckoned with — giving us a record that’s ambitious, accomplished and fucking awesome.
21. “Paradise” by Coldplay
Coldplay is becoming the Thomas Kinkcaid of music, but this Xylo Myloto sleeper hit puts the band’s sentimentality to its best possible use, with a gorgeous stadium anthem reminiscent of “Viva La Vida.”
22. “I Wanna Be Adored” by The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses released exactly one great album they could never top, and with this tune, it’s easy to see why, a song that’s just about as good as music gets.
23. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy
There’s a reason this song is now played at every sports game — because it fucking pumps you up, no matter how much you resist.
24. “Sugar Water” by Cibo Matto
This mid-90s trip-hop track was way ahead of its time, a song that remains as strange, hypnotic and wonderful today as when it made us scratch our heads two decades ago.
25. “Tom Ford” by Jay-Z
Most of Jay-Z’s new album is bullshit, but “Tom Ford” shows the rapper blazing new trails with this bouncy, trap-inspired track that doesn’t let its product placement get in the way of its success.
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