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Notes:

– Some of the year’s best writing we expended on behalf of what is to my ears a middling new Gaga single: distracted, dependent on brand name and loyalty, unfinished. If deluxe superstar pop is what you crave, the best track from the unnecessary The Life of Pablo will do, and if brand names don’t move you, check out the goth-steeped “River in Me,” which in the club night of my imagination will precede “Fade.”

– Meanwhile Jon Bon Jovi will bury us all.

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Kanye West ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Post Malone – Fade (7)
Trentemøller ft. Jehnny Beth – River in Me (7)
Mac Miller ft. Anderson .Paak – Dang! (7)
Aminé – Caroline (7)
Playa Gótica – Fuego (7)
Exo – Lotto (5)
Dragonette – Lonely Heart (5)
Lady Gaga – Perfect Illusion (5)
Ronnie Dunn ft. Kix Brooks – Damn Drunk (4)
Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha – In the Name of Love (4)
Bon Iver – 33 “GOD” (4)
New District – Ain’t Got Money (2)
Bon Jovi – This House is Not for Sale (2)