One song. Every day. Alphabetical order.
Call Me Baby (from Exodus / Love Me Right – 2015)
Enlisting new jack swing legend Teddy Riley as songwriter, Call Me Baby felt like the next evolution in EXO’s sound upon its 2015 release. The song has only grown more impressive with age, acting as the kind of megawatt Pop Star single we rarely hear these days. Its instrumental resounds with commanding bass, insistent rhythm guitar and crackling energy. The melody line is built around this production to brilliant effect, harnessing the song’s momentum to forge an unrelenting stream of hooks. Its real centerpiece isn’t even unveiled until a minute in, preceded by a catchy repetition of the song’s titular refrain. Once Call Me Baby explodes into its blissed-out, layered chorus, you assume you’ve heard the best the track has to offer. But, you haven’t even made it to Baby’s dizzying breakdown, which makes iconic use of EXO’s moniker before letting its groove do the talking.