The 10 best songs of 2015

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This week, Vulture will be publishing our critics' year-end lists. Yesterday we posted TV and film. Today, we talk music and books.

1. Jack Ü featuring Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now"
A career-resuscitating, graffiti-tagged slow jam with a drop that feels like 4 a.m. at an undersea rave. This is what it sounds like when dolphins cry.

2. Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Cooking crack never sounded so romantic before Fetty Wap hey-what's-up-hello'ed out of nowhere and gifted the world with this undeniable anthem.

3. Jamie xx, "Gosh"
A hypnotically simple song that encapsulates everything great (and sorta eerie) about the producer's debut album In Colour. It's ecstasy laced with existential dread.

4. Drake, "Hotline Bling"
A beat like heaven's hold music, a hook that summons your most geriatric dance moves — for once, the ends actually justify the memes.

5. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Run Away With Me"
Reader, he called her. Definitely. And then she went and made this soaring, sophisticated, saxophone-kissed ode to the post-crush feeling.

6. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
"Uptown Funk" will be played at every wedding reception you attend for the rest of your life, and its opening notes will fill you with neither embarrassment nor dread. By the most reliable rubric, then, "Uptown Funk" is a great pop song.

7. Florence + the Machine, "What Kind of Man"
The punk-rock song reimagined, brilliantly, as a spell, an invocation, a hex. Florence Welch's vocals are nothing short of sorcery.

8. The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
An infectious bassline that trembles like a rubber pencil propels an ex-underground R&B lothario's triumphant transformation from neo-Prince to neo-MJ.

9. Adele, "When We Were Young"
Pop's old soul goes full Bette Midler, with a welcome dash of "Piano Man's" dive-bar pathos thrown in for good measure. Suffice to say, the next round's on her.

10. Erykah Badu, "Cel U Lar Device"
Leave it to Miss Badu to flip the script on the year's most familiar pop curio and make it sound like a transmission from another, much more chill galaxy, where the cell phone reception is blessedly shoddy.

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1. Kermit and Miss Piggy broke up

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Kermit and Miss Piggy fall head over heels in love in Jim Henson's 'The Great Muppet Caper'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

'19 Kids and Counting' was pulled from the air after multiple scandals involving eldest Duggar son, Josh

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The Duggar family visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on March 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
James Duggar and Michelle Duggar appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, carries his newly-born daughter, his second child with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as they leave the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced. The newly-born Princess of Cambridge is fourth in line to the British throne. (Photo credit JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
In this undated handout photo provided by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge plays with a teddy as she is seen at Anmer Hall earlier this month taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Sandringham, England. (Photo by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)

Lamar Odom collapses after spending time at a Nevada brothel

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Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian Odom make a personal appearance to promote their 'Unbreakable Bond' fragrance at Perfumania on June 7, 2012 in Orange, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
An exterior view shows Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center where former NBA player Lamar Odom is being treated on October 16, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Odom has been hospitalized since Tuesday when he was found unconscious in a brothel in Crystal, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images)

Caitlyn Jenner announces her gender transition on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine

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Caitlyn Jenner poses backstage with her award at the 2015 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)

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