The Best Tracks of 2019, #14

14. Charli XCX w/ Christine & the Queens, “Gone” Charli XCX’s hotly anticipated album Charli was a mild disappointment, but “Gone”, her collaboration with Héloïse Letissier, was one of a handful of inspired moments. A sublime marriage of Charli’s futuristic take on pop music and Christine & the Queens’ much funkier sound, “Gone” sees both […]

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The Best Tracks of 2018, #16

16. Charli XCX, “Five in the Morning” I normally cannot stand trap music – one of those hip-hop offshoots that is best left to children – and I was hugely, hugely disappointed when Lykke Li, an artist I have loved for the last decade, co-opted the style as the basis for a failed attempt at […]

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The Best Tracks of 2018, #19

19. Charli XCX, “1999” Arguably the best pop songwriter of her generation, Charli XCX regained her stride in 2018 with a series of triumphant singles. Sure, “1999” makes folks like me feel super old; after all, we grew up hearing Prince anticipate 1999, and now a 20something artist is remembering her own childhood in 1999. […]

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The Best Singles of 2013, #18

Charli XCX, “You (Ha Ha Ha)” 21 year-old Charlotte Aitchison has quickly made a name for herself as one of her generation’s best pop songwriters – she was the mastermind behind Icona Pop’s brilliant 2012 single “I Love it”, which became a global hit 14 months after it came out – and she didn’t disappoint […]

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