Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2016

Beyoncé's ultimate kiss-off, Rae Sremmurd's sublime Beatles ode and other standout tracks from the year that was

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7. Anderson Paak, "The Bird"

"My sister used to sing to Whitney/My mama caught the gambling bug" – Anderson Paak sings about tough childhood memories, yet he's buoyed up by the Seventies R&B groove, right down to the soulful "mmmm!" he uses to punctuate the lines.

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