"Royals" is easily her breakaway hit off The Love Club EP and reads like her manifesto. Lorde isn't just youthful, she's Youth with a capital Y. Cyrus' more recent antics have fallen from kindred rebellion to gratuitously shocking, whereas Lorde takes an outsider's perspective. She's the girl looking in on the party Miley's throwing, "driving Cadillacs in [her] dreams" instead of actually, well, driving them. She's the toned-down, controversy-free answer to the Cyrus-moment pop music is having. And really, what more can you ask for than a solid track that you actually want stuck in your head?
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