18. Lorde, “The Louvre”
The one song from Lorde’s hugely anticipated album Melodrama that won me over the most wasn’t any of its singles. Rather, it was track four, “The Louvre”, that grabbed me. Featuring a very sparse arrangement it features a charming depiction of the joy of love (“But we’re the greatest / They’ll hang us in the Louvre / Down the back, but who cares—still the Louvre) but underneath it all is an undercurrent of foreboding, which slowly creeps to the foreground, like clouds interrupting a sunny afternoon. A storm is on the horizon, but the protagonist is oblivious to it all.