330. Vice by Miranda Lambert
There hasn't been this much self-loathing in a song since the Smiths. That it comes from a country-music ingénue is all the more remarkable.
331. Horsin' Around by Prefab Sprout
Speaking of self-loathing.... Prefab Sprout's cheater's monologue has a lot going on, including the lyrical dexterity one expects ("The thrill of it—can I can it that?—was cheap, and feeling cheap's the only thing you keep"). Shame about the ending, though; would that the band could've collaborated with the Style Council (see "Have You Ever Had It Blue" at #32).
332. A Watcher's Point of View by P.M. Dawn
Miss you, Prince Be.
333. What You Don't Do by Lianne La Havas
Irresistible, made for bathroom-mirror karaoke.
334. Lady, You Shot Me by Har Mar Superstar
Har Mar could always write a great pop hook, but it was usually robed in irony.
335. Work by Rihanna and Drake
I love how she's singing about how she's working so hard, but she can't even find the energy to form words. Even Drake's subpar contribution can't ruin the pleasure.
336. Work for Love by Ministry
Ministry started out as a New Romantic band à la Depeche Mode, but after its debut album (if I remember correctly), went somewhere harder. With Sympathy is full of great songs, though.
337. Beta Love by Ra Ra Riot
I feel like Ra Ra Riot knows With Sympathy well.
338. Budapest by George Ezra
Another song that I first heard in a car, pulling over so I could learn who it was. I think I was mostly amazed that a song called "Budapest" was being played on the radio, but it grew on me for many other reasons (chief among them his little "ooh" trill).
339. Belle by Al Green
Until I was in my 20s, the only Al Green song I knew was "Take Me to the River," and that was because of the Talking Heads. A friend turned me onto him, and I became obsessed. For at least a year, there were four Al Green albums that, along with Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis, were all I would listen to. Belle is the least obvious one, because it's about religion, but there's more than one way to hear the line, "It's you that I want, but it's him that I need."
339. Slow Hand by the Pointer Sisters
340. History Repeating by the Propellerheads
One of those songs that sounded from the start like it had to be a standard, helped in good part by Shirley Bassey, of course.
341. Debra by Beck
It's a joke (inspired by Prince, if you ask me) that succeeds on its own merits.