The Best Tracks of 2017, #5

5. Haim, “Want You Back”

It’s always a little refreshing to hear a love song that doesn’t fixate on the whole “wronged victim” trope that permeates pop music. Haim’s shimmering “Want You Back” turns things around, and actually expresses remorse. There’s no hope of resolution, just regret and longing, which is conveyed so well by the vocal interplay of the three sisters. Musically it plays haim’s Fleetwood Mac obsession to the hilt, and because they do not shy away from the obviousness of that influence, it becomes one of the best, most assured songs they’ve written and recorded to date.