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This is why the two best pop songs of the summer are the two best:
- Rihanna, for finding a way out: “Needed Me” is itself pretty bleak, an anhedonic, disaffected shrug-off of dudes who’ll be just fine, really; it isn’t fun, but at least she’s doing something.
- Ariana Grande, for damning the consequences and rushing in, full feelings ahead. Album title and album bunny-ears campaign aside, the only danger in “Into You” is in the instrumental: atmosphere so palpable and seductive it masks the risks. Ariana doesn’t just walk this knife-edge but flies over it, full feelings ahead, damning the consequences. She didn’t save us from the sad dudes but the resigned girls; imagine Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion with the alt-pop saccharin swapped out for steel. So, basically, imagine it produced with Patrik Berger, Justin Raisen and Dimitri Tikovoi, rather than with Greg Kurstin, Rami Yacoub and Rostam Batmanglij.

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