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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4. Vince Staples feat. Kilo Kish, "Loco"

Staples grabs your attention right from the opening line: "I load the .44, then paint the Van Gogh." When he flips out on a death trip, his real-life childhood friend Kilo Kish clears her throat to say, "It's OK – hey, Vince, it's me," and talks him down. She's the angel voice of reason in his dangerous brain – like she tells him, "Keep breathing slowly, slowly."

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