3. Craig Finn, "God in Chicago"
A gorgeously heartbreaking tale of a small-time drug deal, reaching for the badlands vibe of Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town but ending up somewhere new. Every detail of "God In Chicago" stings, especially the tape deck in the Chevy wobbling as the couple drives out from the Twin Cities, singing along to 1999 and Led Zeppelin III. (Finn added the last-minute 1999 reference because he cut this song the day Prince died, back before any of us knew how purple the sky was going to get.) What a song.