Album: The New Classic
Producer: The Invisible Men, The Arcade
Label: Island Records

It’s easy to hate on “Fancy.” It’s the song that turned Iggy Azalea into 2014’s biggest breakout pop star—much to the ire of hip-hop purists. Before “Fancy” came strutting along with its I Can’t Believe It’s Not DJ Mustard! beat and Clueless-inspired music video, Iggy Azalea was just another rapper with a minor fanbase and struggling to become a commercial force. Enter Charli XCX, the British singer-songwriter who previously helped write Icona Pop’s smash hit “I Love It.” Iggy’s robotic, studied rapping brings nothing to the table besides the supreme irony of an Australian who raps like they're straight out of Atlanta opening her verse saying, “First things first, I’m the realest.” Despite that, she doesn’t take anything off either. Put that aside and what are you left with? One of the catchiest hooks in recent memory, the kind that follows you from radio station to radio station until it finally burrows itself deep in your conscious and pops up whenever someone mentions “Tokyo.” —Insanul Ahmed