"Midway," Bad Bad Hats
You could legitimately pick any of the insanely catchy tracks on Bad Bad Hats' glorious debut full-length, Psychic Reader, as the best single of the year. But the breezy, buoyant charm of "Midway" stands out as the jewel of the bunch, as Kerry Alexander's coy vocals and sprightly guitar riffs keep the song churning, entirely locked in with Chris Hoge's vibrant drum beat and Noah Boswell's bass line. There's a wistful love story recounted within the lyrics, as the candid narrative goes along seamlessly with the carefree, summery vibes of the song itself. "Midway" also fluidly blends the timeless allure of '50s radio hits with the dynamic pulse of the modern music scene, combining sonic elements from the past and present to give rise to an authentic, entirely of-the-moment sound that is undeniably fresh and utterly irresistible.