By Raisa Bruner
May 23, 2017

From viral rap hits to the return of pop queens like Lorde, the first half of 2017 was marked by an eclectic mix of sounds and stars. The best tracks came from artists pushing the boundaries of their genres to express messages both timeless and topical. These are the 10 songs we couldn’t get out of our heads.

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