1. “Writer In the Dark”
One of the few ballads featured on her sophomore album, “Writer In the Dark” is where Lorde gets us in all the feels. This track definitely stands at the top because she reveals her vulnerability and identifies herself as a “writer.” “I still feel you, now and then // Slow like pseudo-ephedrine // When you see me, will you say I’ve changed? // I ride the subway, read the signs. // I let the seasons change my mind. // I love it here since I’ve stopped needing you.” She lets herself go, talking about how she’ll rise again without him. Her cool and collected voice is paired with both the piano and violin, creating intimacy.
So praise Lorde today and everyday. Her career’s an example of a lady killing the game.