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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22. DNCE, "Cake by the Ocean"

My favorite scene in the Mike Love autobiography is when he goes deep on his creative process during the composition of "California Girls." "So I wrote, 'The East Coast girls are cool.' No. 'The East Coast girls are sharp.' Not quite. Then: 'Well, East Coast girls are hip.'" Eureka! I think DNCE put similar cerebral ministrations into this beach-blanket hit, where the Joest of Bros writes a song that's basically a Weird Al parody of itself.

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