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Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2017

From "Bodak Yellow" to "Boys" and beyond

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5. Selena Gomez, "Bad Liar"

Psycho Selena, qu'est-ce que c'est? "Bad Liar" is a pop song worth donating a kidney to, as she gooses that Talking Heads bass hook with her whispers about obsessive lust and real estate. Her hot take on the Battle of Troy is arguable. (According to Menelaus in The Odyssey, Helen walked around the wooden horse trying to tempt any hidden Greek soldiers into making noise by imitating their wives' voices, which is a subtle trick if you ask me.) But it's the finest Trojan War shout-out since R.E.M. sang the tune about Laocoon. After three feelings-on-fire minutes, Selena stops it cold. Hope the late great Jonathan Demme (who visualized "Psycho Killer" in Stop Making Sense) got to hear "Bad Liar" at least once before the credits rolled. 

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