50 Best Songs of 2017

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18. Beck, "Dear Life"

The lyrics are about inertia and ennui – two of Beck's favorite topics, dating back to "Loser" – but the song is a blissful rush, spiraling up into a spaced-out fantasia with shades of Brian Wilson and the Beatles. A decade or two ago, Beck might have delivered this song with a shrug and a smirk; now he's confident enough to let its pop beauty stand unruffled.

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