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Pharrell Williams, “G I R L”
Best track: “Happy”
Why it makes the list: Because sometimes you just want to an album that makes you feel nothing but, dare we say it, happy. The terminally upbeat album highlights Williams’ strength: on tracks like “Come and Get It Bae,” “Marilyn Monroe,” and “Brand New,” he makes really crisp, sonically pleasing songs that reference his influences, such as Michael Jackson, and his colleagues, like Justin Timberlake. This is pop music that aims to lift your spirits in the moment, even if it evaporates into thin air shortly thereafter.