School of Seven Bells, "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)"
The music world lost one of its most promising voices of the last two decades when Benjamin Curtis (who also founded Secret Machines) passed away from lymphoma last December at 35 years old. His musical farewell was this cover of Joey Ramone's song (released in June), which he recorded in the hospital while using FaceTime with his bandmate Alejandra Deheza. (Interestingly, Ramone also passed away due to complications from lymphoma.) While the back story of the track's creation is hair-raising, the duo's pulsing electro groove and Deheza's breathy, angelic vocals are downright life-affirming. It's a heartbreaking coda for one of indie-rock's most gifted songwriters.