Lil Nas X on 'MONTERO,' NPR Music's song of the year : All Songs Considered A conversation with the singer, rapper, social-media sensation, and fashion icon about his groundbreaking pop banger "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)."

Lil Nas X on 'MONTERO,' NPR Music's song of the year

Lil Nas X on 'MONTERO,' NPR Music's song of the year

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Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" is NPR Music's best song of 2021. Charlotte Rutherford/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" is NPR Music's best song of 2021.

Charlotte Rutherford/Courtesy of the artist

In honor of Lil Nas X's latest milestone — his track "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" tops NPR Music's list of 2021's best songs — we got the singer, rapper, social-media sensation and fashion icon on the phone for a lively interview.

Lil Nas X has had a remarkable 2021. Two years removed from the record-setting success of his debut single "Old Town Road," he didn't just beat the sophomore slump: He obliterated it.

This past September, he released a new album called Montero — that's Lil Nas X's real first name. Montero just got nominated for album of the year at the Grammys, but its first single is why we're here today.

At just 2 minutes and 17 seconds long, "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" covers a lot of ground, both stylistically and sonically: It's a sleek, chart-topping pop banger about coming out as queer, and it's got a striking video in which Lil Nas X rides a stripper pole to hell and gives Satan a lap dance.

So, as you might expect, we have much to discuss.

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