3. Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn"
If you want to complain about how melodramatic this
tearjerker is: you're a little late, pal, we're already torn. And that's why
this song will always be lying naked on the floor of history. "Torn"
is a fluke collision of random pop flotsam: an Australian soap starlet, a
producer who used to be in the Cure (Phil Thornally played the famous bass line
on "The Love Cats"), back-up vocals from Katrina minus her Waves,
that utterly anonymous and therefore perfect four-note schlock guitar solo. Yet
somehow all these not-wildly-promising ingredients combine to create a mutant
mall-pop monster that will outlive us all, a break-up song where you believe
every sigh and whisper. You can even buy the idea of Natalie Imbruglia as a
lonely heart, even if IRL she's been linked with consorts from Lenny Kravitz to Harry Styles. (Her latest album,
2015's Male, has cover versions of dude songwriters like Neil Young, Tom
Petty and Death Cab for Cutie.) Dancing alone in your apartment in a baggy
hoodie and a new wave haircut to express your all-out-of-faith status – that's
what's going on.