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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3. Lvl Up, "Pain"

The year's most reliable "today sucked until I put this song on" song. The indie dudes in Lvl Up emote about how it burns to hate the people who've left scars on the ones you love, closing out with a heartfelt freak scene of a guitar solo. This song messes me up, but it always makes the rest of the day feel different, which is all you can ask a song to do.

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