#2. Tyler, The Creator "Yonkers"
Producer: Tyler, The Creator
Label: XL Recordings
Complex says: Anyone who wasn’t paying attention to Odd Future at the start of the year was certainly plugged in after their frontman released this banger. The synth-heavy, but otherwise hollow beat, left just enough room for Tyler’s deep voice to weave a chillingly-captivating anthem filled with pink Xannies, threesomes with a triceratops, and shots at your favorite (rappers turned) pop stars. In other words, it was exactly what today’s rebellious youth wanted to hear.
More than just the music, the video was a vital component to the song. The phenomenal visual—in which Tyler eats a cockroach and later hangs himself—was dubbed by Kanye West as the “Video of the Year.” The rapid ascension into stardom that followed the song’s release intrigued music fans everywhere and proved OF was capable of winning on their own terms and were fully aware of the moment.