Summary of “The 200 Best Songs of the 2010s”

“Cranes” is a soft-power anthem for frightening times, noncoercive yet still inspiring.
It’s the product of Solange working through the trauma, sadness, and disappointment of being a black woman in this society.
There’s so much space around Solange’s calm, and the song’s jazzy, soulful rhythms are carefully selected to evoke a whole history of black musicians, black culture, and black spirituality.
At a time when power is something loud and dangerous and brash, “Cranes in the Sky” is an atypical song of revolution.
It’s a New Yorker’s goodbye to New York, an overdue star’s coming-out party, and a warning to herself.
Celebrated French-Canadian producers Lunice and Jacques Greene make cameos in the unforgettable black-and-white video, but only cameos: “212” felt like pure Banks, the unfiltered arrival of a fiery new voice.
“If I listen closely. I can hear the sky falling, too.” What an unprecedented act of bravery in the history of black music, of queer music, of all music; he opened the door so that we could at once pour ourselves into his light.
It was the lens through which we listened to Channel Orange, and no song echoes the love, the glow, the tectonic impact of Frank Ocean more than “Thinkin Bout You.”.

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