5. "Redbone" by Childish Gambino from Get Out
When comedian and nerd heartthrob Donald Glover presented himself as rapper Childish Gambino, it took a beat to figure out if he was serious. He was/is. His career is a perfect rhyme with Get Out, a film from half of sketch comedy team Key & Peele that sounds, at first pitch, like it could have be a viral video. It wasn't/isn't.
Get Out doesn't just exude craft, blending suspense, drama and, yes, comedy; it has a rich message that, while rooted in fantasy, is easily understood as metaphor for elements in our society that feel they are "above" things like racial discord. Hearing the "stay woke" refrain of "Redbone" as lead actor Daniel Kaluuya preps for his weekend visit of doom takes on new meaning the second time you watch it.