1. Cage the Elephant, "2024"

    December 03, 2010 4:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Kentucky rock band Cage the Elephant is hoping that forthcoming sophomore album "Thank You, Happy Birthday" enjoys the same steady success as its 2009 self-titled debut, which earlier this year spawned two chart-toppers on Billboard's ...

  2. Jeremih featuring 50 cent, "Down on Me"

    December 03, 2010 4:21 PM EST 0 0 0 Although Jeremih can work in many styles, the R&B singer/ songwriter's affinity for women has been a constant presence in his singles. Following the breakout success of bedroom track "Birthday Sex," uptempo club banger "Down ...

  3. Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"

    December 03, 2010 4:19 PM EST 0 0 0 With debut album "19," Adele displayed an understanding of the importance of a sweeping chorus: Well-written ballads like "Chasing Pavements" and "Hometown Glory" became outstanding when their powerful hooks unfolded. & ...

  4. The Decemberists, "Down by the Water"

    December 03, 2010 4:14 PM EST 0 0 0 While the last two albums by Portland, Ore., indie rockers the Decemberists have been operatic song cycles with historical undertones, forthcoming sixth disc "The King Is Dead" is a love letter to country-inspired folk music and '80s ...

  5. Ricky Martin Featuring Natalia Jimenez, "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tu"

    December 03, 2010 4:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Ricky Martin 's last No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart was the sumptuous "Tu Recuerdo," a duet with Chambao frontwoman La Mari from his 2006 "Unplugged" album. For his new single, the Latin superstar offers ano ...

  6. Sylvia Tosun, "Above All"

    December 03, 2010 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 There aren't many Juilliard-trained sopranos releasing dance records, and Sylvia Tosun 's "Above All" is all the more listenable because of that uniqueness. The songwriter and former Trans-Siberian Orchestra vocalist specializes ...

  7. Chris Brown, "Yeah 3x"

    November 30, 2010 12:54 PM EST 0 0 0 Chris Brown perfected his brand of R&B-flavored pop music with singles like "Forever" and "I Can Transform Ya," although his most recent hit, "Deuces," presented a more thoughtful pose. "Yeah 3x," his late ...

  8. John Mellencamp, "Save Some Time to Dream"

    November 30, 2010 12:50 PM EST 0 0 0 For all of his studied recalcitrance-he did dub himself the Little Bastard, after all- John Mellencamp is at heart an optimist whose songwriting yearns for a better world. That hopeful sentiment kicks off his 25th album, "No Better Than This,&q ...

  9. Gwyneth Paltrow, "Country Strong"

    November 30, 2010 12:42 PM EST 0 0 0 At the recent Country Music Assn. Awards, Gwyneth Paltrow was given the chance to prove she could hold her own sharing the stage with the genre's elite. "Country Strong," the song Paltrow performed from the forthcoming film of the sam ...

  10. James Blunt, "Stay the Night"

    November 30, 2010 12:38 PM EST 0 0 0 James Blunt is done singing about heartbreak for now: The Englishman who held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006 with his tender single "You're Beautiful" is simply ready to have some fun on "Stay the Night." Writ ...

  11. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, "Heart in Your Heartbreak"

    November 30, 2010 12:32 PM EST 0 0 0 Initially written off as another bunch of Britpop-biting New York hipsters, the members of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart prove they can ably ape even more genres with "Heart in Your Heartbreak." On the first single from forthcoming soph ...

  12. T.I. Featuring Chris Brown, "Get Back Up"

    November 30, 2010 12:26 PM EST 0 0 0 As his ongoing legal troubles have forced him to release his next album from prison, T.I. offers a plea for public forgiveness on "Get Back Up," the first single from forthcoming set "No Mercy." The rapper adopts a disarmingly ea ...

  13. Michael Jackson (Duet with Akon), "Hold My Hand"

    November 19, 2010 5:17 PM EST 0 0 0 With its faux-news-report intro and defensive lyrics, "Breaking News," the first taste of Michael Jackson 's forthcoming posthumous album "Michael," directly addressed the media circus surrounding most of the pop star's ...

  14. Rihanna feat. Drake, "What's My Name"

    November 19, 2010 5:13 PM EST 0 0 0 Rihanna topped the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year when she teamed with Eminem for "Love the Way You Lie," and the pop singer has done it again with her latest collaboration, the Drake -assisted "What's My Name." With th ...

  15. Tim McGraw, "Felt Good on My Lips"

    November 19, 2010 5:09 PM EST 0 0 0 After releasing winning records for nearly two decades, Tim McGraw has pulled out another engaging single for his "Number One Hits" compilation. Working with longtime producer Byron Gallimore, the country superstar lets "Felt Good on ...

  16. Pitbull, "Bon Bon"

    November 19, 2010 5:07 PM EST 0 0 0 Pitbull doesn't call himself Mr. Worldwide for nothing, as he proves by tackling a bevy of global influences on new single "Bon, Bon." The rapper uses Bollywood as the primary inspiration on the track from new album "Armando,&quo ...

  17. Chris Willis, "Louder"

    November 19, 2010 5:02 PM EST 0 0 0 Following the decision to depart from gospel music to explore electro-pop, Chris Willis broke out as a vocalist alongside Fergie and LMFAO on David Guetta 's energetic single "Gettin' Over You" earlier this year. "Louder (Pu ...

  18. Linkin Park, "Waiting for the End"

    November 19, 2010 4:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Continuing Linkin Park 's tradition of wrestling with heavy concepts in radio-ready singles, "Waiting for the End" has recently climbed Billboard's Rock Songs chart while offering fans a chilling take on reality. Fusing rock, hip ...

  19. Greyson Chance, "Waiting Outside the Lines"

    November 15, 2010 1:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Greyson Chance's "Waiting Outside the Lines" could easily be mistaken for an "American Idol" coronation song, but alas, "Idol" hasn't delivered a winner as preternaturally talented as Chance in years. This plu ...

  20. Robyn, "Indestructible

    November 15, 2010 1:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Like previous single "Hang With Me," which was previewed with a stripped-down version earlier this year, Robyn 's latest electro-pop opus "Indestructible" arrives after an "acoustic" take on the song was issued on ...

  21. Alter Bridge, "Isolation"

    November 15, 2010 1:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Once modern rock royalty Creed returned with a new album and tour in 2009, the future of Alter Bridge - which features three-fourths of Creed as well as singer Myles Kennedy - remained a bit hazy. Yet the members of the Orlando-based outfit have bee ...

  22. Jazmine Sullivan, "10 Seconds"

    November 15, 2010 1:28 PM EST 0 0 0 Affecting soul music often feeds off emotional pain, as Jazmine Sullivan demonstrates when she turns her hurt into a source of relief throughout her latest single. On "10 Seconds," the singer is fed up with a former lover: her tone is mise ...

  23. Ke$ha, "We R Who We R"

    November 15, 2010 1:25 PM EST 0 0 0 At this early point in her career, Ke$ha has become a master at juxtaposing semi-rapped verses with glittery choruses that percolate on modern pop radio. Instead of straying from the "TiK ToK" formula, "We R Who We R," the first ...

  24. Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"

    November 15, 2010 1:23 PM EST 0 0 0 It's only been five years since Jason Aldean debuted on the country scene with the single "Hicktown," but the singer has already become one of the format's most consistent hitmakers. On "My Kinda Party," the title track ...

  25. Plain White T's, "Rhythm of Love"

    November 05, 2010 5:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Plain White T's have been active for more than a decade, although the group is still most recognized for penning the saccharine smash "Hey There Delilah" in 2007. The Illinois five-piece tries to score another hit with a new lead voca ...

  26. Cake, "Sick of You"

    November 05, 2010 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Cake built its name on a brand of slightly skewed, idiosyncratic pop, and "Sick of You," the band's first new material since 2004's "Pressure Chief," continues to rely on its tried-and-true formula. Favoring a stripped- ...

  27. N*E*R*D, "Help Me"

    November 05, 2010 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 After previewing new album "Nothing" with the bass-heavy party track "Hot-N-Fun," N*E*R*D offers a dramatic change in style on album cut "Help Me." The track features the trio taking aim at government corruption while w ...

  28. Duck Sauce, "Barbra Streisand"

    November 05, 2010 4:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the strength of a hummable tune, star-studded music video and titular shout-out to a singing legend, Duck Sauce has stumbled upon a buzzworthy dance track with "Barbra Streisand." The most surprising thing about this collaboration betwe ...

  29. Diamond, "Lotta Money"

    November 05, 2010 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brittany Nicole Carpenter, aka Diamond, first appeared on the rap scene with Crime Mob on Lil Jon 's Crunk Records label before striking out on her own in 2007. On her latest single, the rapper puts her own spin on the familiar warning that gir ...

  30. Saving Abel, "The Sex is Good"

    October 28, 2010 4:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mississippi rock group Saving Abel defies the Biblical reference in their band name with "The Sex is Good," the latest single off sophomore disc "Miss America" that has been climbing the Rock Songs chart. The song hinges on acous ...

  31. Mike Posner, "Please Don’t Go"

    October 28, 2010 4:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer-songwriter Mike Posner 's debut single, "Cooler Than Me," reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 by successfully pairing the singer-songwriter's slick vocals with lush electronic textures. Follow-up "Please Don't Go" ...

  32. R. Kelly, "When a Woman Loves"

    October 28, 2010 4:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 With some of his best-known songs existing in the pop and hip-hop realms, it's easy to forget how commanding R. Kelly 's voice can become on a no-frills soul track. "When a Woman Loves" echoes the slow-paced beauty of The Penguin ...

  33. Toby Keith, "Bullets in the Gun"

    October 28, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The tale of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, the title track to Toby Keith 's latest album finds the country star utilizing his sharpest storytelling skills. Working with co-writer Rivers Rutherford ( Brooks & Dunn ), "Bullets in the Gun ...

  34. Lee DeWyze, "Sweet Serendipity"

    October 28, 2010 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With "Sweet Serendipity," "American Idol" season 9 champ Lee DeWyze delivers a debut that suits both his musical influences and vocal style. The 24-year-old Illinois native's husky yet soulful voice fits nicely into Top 40 p ...

  35. The Black Eyed Peas, "The Time (The Dirty Bit)"

    October 28, 2010 3:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Dirty Dancing" meets Auto-Tune on the Black Eyed Peas ' first offering from "The Beginning," the follow-up to the group's massive 2009 set, "The E.N.D." The latter's lead single, the positively bizarre a ...

  36. P!nk, "Raise Your Glass"

    October 22, 2010 12:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Long before Lady Gaga birthed her little monsters, P!nk represented for pop-obsessed outcasts by setting anti-establishment lyrics to productions packed with commercial appeal. On "Raise Your Glass," the introduction to her November-slated ...

  37. Die Antwoord, "Evil Boy"

    October 22, 2010 12:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Die Antwoord is not known for subtlety: The South African rave-rap trio's style of pairing pummeling beats with filthy rhymes has exploded overnight on the Internet. It carries on its M.O. with a phallus-filled video for "Evil Boy," y ...

  38. Yolanda Be Cool featuring DCUP, "We No Speak Americano"

    October 22, 2010 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 While most novelty songs are often quickly erased from memory, the international hit "We No Speak Americano" by Australian DJs Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP has managed to find new listeners and make its way stateside. The global appeal of th ...

  39. Ingrid Michaelson, "Parachute"

    October 22, 2010 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ingrid Michaelson follows her fourth album, 2009's "Everybody," with pop single "Parachute." However, instead of serving as a quick stopgap for Michaelson, the track offers a far different sound than the whimsical, slow-temp ...

  40. Kid Rock, "Born Free"

    October 22, 2010 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Rock's forthcoming eighth album, "Born Free," features guest spots by Sheryl Crow , Bob Seger and T.I. , but the title track finds the singer returning to his Southern rock roots without relying on a featured artist. With producer ...

  41. Marsha Ambrosius, "I hope she cheats on you with a basketball player"

    October 22, 2010 11:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 Former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius opens her latest single with the line "I hope she cheats on you with a basketball player." The lyric is an immediate attention-grabber, and the song never loses that momentum. Ambrosius depicts her re ...

  42. Akon, "Angel"

    October 15, 2010 4:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Akon 's collaboration with David Guetta on last year's "Sexy Bitch" was a success for both the singer and DJ/producer, so it's no surprise that the two have teamed up to create another anthem. "Angel," the rhythmic ...

  43. Fantasia, "I'm Doin' Me"

    October 15, 2010 4:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I'm Doin' Me" takes on new meaning following Fantasia 's well-publicized romantic travails during the summer, but the singer's heartfelt delivery on the second single from third album "Back to Me" resonates r ...

  44. Randy Houser, "A Man Like Me"

    October 15, 2010 4:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Randy Houser 's latest single from "They Call Me Cadillac" demonstrates why the singer draws praise from hardcore country fans and critics but often struggles at radio. The guitar-laden "A Man Like Me" abides by a classic st ...

  45. Kanye West, "Runaway"

    October 15, 2010 3:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West 's infamous commandeering of Taylor Swift 's spotlight at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards led him into a self-imposed exile, but the hip-hop star has returned with an onslaught of new material, including the softhearted single & ...

  46. Jesse McCartney, "Shake"

    October 15, 2010 3:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The singles from Jesse McCartney 's 2008 disc "Departure," including "Leavin' " and "How Do You Sleep?," showcased the pop singer's natural understanding of uncluttered beats and charismatic vocal hooks. ...

  47. My Chemical Romance, "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)"

    October 08, 2010 6:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although My Chemical Romance reportedly scrapped a set of Stooges -inspired punk rock earlier this year, the band sounds recharged on the lead single from the forthcoming "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys." Basing " ...

  48. JRandall, "Spirit of the Radio"

    October 08, 2010 6:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 For his debut single, triple-threat artist JRandall has released a track that establishes him as an up-and-coming club presence. "Spirit of the Radio," which appeared on the soundtrack to "Step Up 3D," fits in with the uptempo di ...

  49. Soulja Boy, "Blowing Me Kisses"

    October 08, 2010 6:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Soulja Boy boasted about his success with the ladies on the brash "Pretty Boy Swag" single, but on his latest track, the rapper reveals a more vulnerable side while crooning for one special girl. "She like me, I like her, who knew I w ...

  50. Chrisette Michele, "I'm A Star"

    October 08, 2010 6:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Working in the affectionate style of R&B songstresses like Toni Braxton and Mary J. Blige , Chrisette Michele 's jazz-trained vocals shine on "I'm a Star," the empowering first single from her forthcoming third album, "L ...

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