50 Best Songs of 2017

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35. Dirty Projectors, "Up in Hudson"

With its electro-warped doo-wop intro over abstracted New Orleans brass, this love song starts with a meet-cute at the Bowery Ballroom and winds up sad-sacking in upstate New York. "Now I'm listening to Kanye on the Taconic Parkway riding fast," reflects Dave Longstreth morosely, envisioning his ex "out in Echo Park blasting Tupac drinkin' a fifth for my ass." The singer caps his lamentation with a wicked drone-guitar and percussion jam, because when all else fails, music heals us.

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