Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2017

From "Bodak Yellow" to "Boys" and beyond

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4. Future, "Mask Off"

Since I know more about Molly Hatchet than Molly Percocet (R.I.P. Dave Hlubek, who played guitar on "Flirtin' With Disaster") I learn a lot from this song, as Future expounds on his prescriptions and calamari and Rick James chains over that weird "Scarborough Fair"–like jazz flute, sampled from the 1976 civil-rights musical Selma. There's nothing more Nineties than a flute loop, so I sing along in my custom Nineties version: "Morrisette, Alanis Morrisette/Isn't it/Ironic dontcha think?" 

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