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THE SINGLES FILE
Over the course of 25 years and 20-odd albums, Sonic Youth have probably written a gazillion enchanting guitar riffs. This song makes it a gazillion and one.
13. The Pack: "Vans"
These teen rappers have penned the coolest paean to footwear since Run DMC's "My Adidas."
14. Prince: "Black Sweat"
Just when we thought the little guy went soft, his royal purpleness unleashes a panting funk cut from darkest corners of his dirty mind.
15. Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell: "I Wanna Love U Girl"
If Paris Hilton gets to release a tolerably dopey pop song, it's only fair that the son of sitcom dad Alan Thicke gets to release a truly excellent one.
16. Scritti Politti: "The Boom Boom Bap"
Don't call it a comeback -- Green Gartside has been here for decades. The Scritti Politti crooner's recent pledge of allegiance to hip-hop is a dreamy, drippy delight.
17. Ricardo Villalobos: "Fizheuer Zieheuer"
Apparently the whole "German engineering" thing applies to techno music too. Villalobos's exquisitely nuanced drumscape shows exactly why this Berliner is the finest in his field.
18. T.I.: "What You Know"