Day 30: Your favorite song at this time last year

Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope,” no contest. Monae is confident, ambitious, and in control, especially for such a young performer. She draws on classic R&B and funk without ever being a slavish imitator. She also shows a love for big concept albums that’s largely been missing from soul music since the 1970s. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s one hell of a dancer.

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