The Best Tracks of 2018, #5


5. Christine & the Queens, “Girlfriend”

In one audacious three and a half-minute track Héloïse Letissier, as her alterego Chris, obliterates any and all gender norms on the stupendous “Girlfriend”. Atop an ebullient arrangement that’s equal parts New Jack, Michael Jackson, and Janet Jackson (lotsa jacks) Chris is the sexual aggressor, full of desire but hilariously baffled by the heteronormativity everywhere (“Boys are loading their arms, girls gasp with envy / For whom are they mimicking endlessly?”). Chris might not feel like a girlfriend, as the song’s silky smooth chorus goes, but she doesn’t have to: she’s going to have as much lusty fun as possible, regardless. This track is an audacious, life-affirming, and refreshingly non-binary stunner.