Welcome to Pitchfork's best of , which kicks off with our favorite tracks of the year. As we did in years past, we've extended the candidate pool beyond the confines of singledom-- basically any song released or covered in , whether a single or not, was fair game for this list. Some songs that made a huge impact this year-- M. For individual lists from our staff, click here. And to hear the tracks, be sure to check out our Spotify playlist. Here we go Plus, hell, it already feels like I pulled rank with this low-key release from San Francisco's Girls: almost nobody outside of our office voted for it, i. Ideally that will change in the new year: With luck, Girls will get big enough for people to complain that female-centric band names see also: Women, the Girls, Vivian Girls are the new "crystal" or the new superfluous consonant see: Wavves, Nodzzz, Lovvers. So long as people are listening. Recorded with the members of Beirut during a series of faux field recordings in Quebec, "The Butcher" ripples with samples of bird calls and crickets.
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This is admittedly a subjective list based on judgments of quality instead of sales figures or radio airplay. A number of songs have expanded reviews, however. This list should be a great conversation starter and feel free to agree or disagree. Either way there is a lot of great pop music to be found here. Colbie Caillat followed her breakthrough hit single "Bubbly" with a more downbeat, reflective hit.
The situation just might be changing, however. Take Spanish, for example. At the least, Latin music impact is growing in this country.