Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2017

From "Bodak Yellow" to "Boys" and beyond

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17. Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee, "Despacito"

A few hurricanes ago, when Katrina wiped out New Orleans and the government wrote it off, the Meters were at the top of the pop charts – via the sample in Amerie's 2005 smash "1 Thing." It was eerie to hear Ziggy Modeliste bang the second line all over the radio while the rest of America was letting Louisiana wash down the drain. "Despacito" brought a similar kind of eerie, as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee spent the summer at Number One, representing Puerto Rico when the country was officially deciding to forget. 

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