100 Best Songs of 2013

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Lorde, "White Teeth Teens"

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Lorde's songs feel like dispatches from the margins of suburban teen dystopia, hanging just on the verge between desire and disavowal. Here she rides a muted girl group shimmy and tells a boy to "impress the empress, take a shot now" down "at the underpass where we all sit, and do nothing and love it." She makes her nowhere feel like the center of everything.

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