8. Hurray for the Riff Raff, "The Body Electric"
Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff wrote one of the year's most condemning political statement with "The Body Electric," a stark polemic that provides a much-needed feminist perspective on country music's age-old penchant for the murder ballad. "Tell me what's a man with a rifle in his hand gonna do for a world that's just dying slow," she sings, sick to death of hearing songs about women being assaulted and killed in song, all in the name of folk tradition. "It's become about the culture of violence we live in, that accepts the deaths of people of color, queer people and women as commonplace," Segarra says of the song's evolving message. "We are not disposable — we are living our lives as targets, and we are tired of that."