Song of the Day #3,480: ‘When We’re Human (feat. Terence Blanchard)’ – Randy Newman

You don’t hear songs from The Princess and the Frog in those Disney “greatest moments” medleys. The dominant musicals of the hand-drawn era are The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and Aladdin.

But for my money, Randy Newman’s songs and score for The Princess and the Frog are as sublime as any of those classics.

That’s because the film gave Newman the opportunity to fully mine his beloved New Orleans jazz, with enough crowd-pleasing Disney sheen to make it go down easy for all ages.

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Song of the Day #3,479: ‘Wild Thoughts’ – DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna

My final video in the week of women is technically by a man, but DJ Khaled’s role here is basically to deliver very brief opening and closing remarks, and bounce awkwardly in the background in between.

No, this video belongs entirely to Rihanna, and god bless her for it. Shot in the Little Haiti neighborhood in DJ Khaled’s hometown of Miami, this is a gorgeous, sensual clip, drenched in color and sweat. It is also one of the most GIF-able videos of 2017, and every one of those GIFs features Rihanna writhing erotically.

In other words, this is one of the finest uses of film since Citizen Kane.

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Song of the Day #3,478: ‘Want You Back’ – Haim

Haim’s ‘Want You Back’ is the simplest video of the ten I’m featuring but also one of the most compelling.

The clip features a single shot of the three sisters walking down a completely empty Ventura Boulevard in their hometown Los Angeles at dawn, occasionally pulling off some subtle dance moves but mostly just looking simultaneously goofy and cool.

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Song of the Day #3,477: ‘Bad Liar’ – Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez taps into the acting chops she honed during her years on Wizards of Waverly Place for her ‘Bad Liar’ video.

Gomez plays four roles here, including a high school student, the girl’s mother and father, and a female gym teacher. This thing has a plot worthy of a telenovela: the girl has a crush on the gym teacher, with whom her father is having an affair seemingly with her mother’s knowledge.

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Song of the Day #3,476: ‘Boys’ – Charli XCX

Charli XCX’s video for her summer single ‘Boys,’ which she directed, was perfectly timed for the year Women Struck Back.

The video flips the script, putting men in the eye candy role that women have filled in music videos for decades. Call it the female gaze. XCX recruited 60 men of various degrees of celebrity, mostly famous through music or YouTube, and asked them to do any number of cute/funny things.

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Song of the Day #3,475: ‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa

I always get about a month’s worth of year-end recap posts at this time of year, making it one of my favorite periods. Over the next two weeks I’ll blog about ten of the best music videos to hit screens in 2017, five by women and five by men.

Dua Lipa is a 22-year-old British pop singer who got her start posting covers on YouTube. She released her debut album this year and ‘New Rules,’ the album’s sixth single, reached the top of the UK charts.

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Song of the Day #3,474: ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ – Phillip Phillips

I don’t know anything about Phillip Phillips except that he won a season of American Idol and his parents must have had a hell of a sense of humor when naming him.

But I do own his 2012 debut album The World from the Side of the Moon and I can attest to the fact that its first three tracks, at least, are very good.

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