8. Lana Del Rey "Ride"
Producer: Rick Rubin
Label: Polydor, Stranger, Interscope
Nostalgia, loneliness, and obsession weave through Lana Del Rey's "Ride" lyrics so perfectly over the heavy strings and piano melodies created by legendary producer, Rick Rubin. The pop ballad, which served as the first single from her Born to Die album's re-release, is filled with Del Rey's usual themes of daddy issues and addiction, but her ability to master her smoky vocals and heartbreaking lines like "I'm tired of feeling like I'm fucking crazy" brought a new level of vulnerability.
And somehow, it still feels like this record flew under the radar, but really, it ranks amongst the best work Lana's ever done. It's the song that proves her tremendous potential for longevity. "Ride" is so mature and progressive that it doesn't even feel like Lana was ever just a YouTube sensation. -LN
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