1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 & ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. 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 " ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Susan Boyle, "Perfect Day"

    October 08, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 On his often-recontextualized 1972 gem "Perfect Day," singer/songwriter Lou Reed undercut a story of escapism with a bittersweet piano melody and wistful strings. In Susan Boyle 's hands, the song becomes an epic paean to a higher pow ...

  11. Josh Groban, "Hidden Away"

    October 01, 2010 6:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Hidden Away" finds operatic singer Josh Groban flirting with his usual grandiose style but choosing not to seal the deal. With basic piano chords and a contemplative opening verse, the lead single from the singer's Rick Rubin -produc ...

  12. Mumford & Sons, "Little Lion Man"

    October 01, 2010 6:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 British indie-folk quartet Mumford & Sons released debut album "Sigh No More" in the United States in February, but single "Little Lion Man" has been quietly climbing the Billboard Hot 100 during the past month. With an aura ...

  13. Willow Smith, "Whip My Hair"

    October 01, 2010 6:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singles-especially those performed by preteens-rarely appeal to all demographics while teaching a lesson about self-love, but 9-year-old Willow Smith has accomplished all this on her first try. The daughter of actor/ musicians Will Smith and Jada Pi ...

  14. Selena Gomez & The Scene, "A Year Without Rain"

    October 01, 2010 6:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Disney princess Selena Gomez and backing band the Scene have released catchy single "A Year Without Rain" as a dedication to their fans. Gomez's followers will undoubtedly enjoy the track's mix of the teen singer's measured ...

  15. Waka Flocka Flame Featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale, "No Hands"

    October 01, 2010 6:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Like his mentor Gucci Mane , Georgia MC Waka Flocka Flame releases his rhymes in a viscous Southern drawl and works with pummeling beats. Yet while Mane has yet to release a crossover hit, Flame may have struck gold with "No Hands," the pl ...

  16. Craig Campbell, "Family Man"

    October 01, 2010 6:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although he's still a newcomer, Craig Campbell has become an impressive songwriter while honing his skills with veteran country producer Keith Stegall ( Alan Jackson , George Strait ). On his debut single, "Family Man," the Georgia na ...

  17. Jason Reeves, "Helium Hearts"

    September 24, 2010 5:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jason Reeves has co-written songs with some notable pop personalities, from Colbie Caillat to Demi Lovato , but the Iowa native has been relatively quiet thus far as a solo artist. After debuting in 2007 with "The Magnificent Adventures of Hear ...

  18. Will.I.Am & Nicki Minaj, "Check It Out"

    September 24, 2010 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The next single from Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" is as much a showcase for the female MC's stylistic flair and fast improvement as it is for Will.i.am 's dominance. The Black Eyed Peas frontman muscles through a sample of t ...

  19. Michael Bublé, "Hollywood"

    September 24, 2010 5:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 The bulk of Michael Bublé's catalog is made up of covers, with his voice and style evoking big band and Great American Songbook classics. However, most of the singer's chart success has come from his original music, and "Hollywood,&qu ...

  20. 30 Seconds to Mars, "Closer to the Edge"

    September 24, 2010 5:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fresh off an MTV Video Music Award victory for best rock video ("Kings and Queens"), 30 Seconds to Mars offers another gorgeous slab of space rock that works for both sold-out arenas and prime-time TV dramas. Like previous singles "Ki ...

  21. Reba McEntire, "Turn on the Radio"

    September 24, 2010 4:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 Reba McEntire has pumped up her sound with rhythmic single "Turn On the Radio," her first offering from upcoming record "All the Women I Am." The country vet's vocals radiate as she describes cutting off her adulterous lover ...

  22. Rihanna, "Only Girl (In the World)"

    September 17, 2010 7:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 While Rihanna presented a provocative inner glimpse with "Russian Roulette," the first single off last year's "Rated R," the pop star has taken a more crowd-pleasing approach for the first offering from forthcoming album &qu ...

  23. Kings of Leon, "Radioactive"

    September 17, 2010 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kings of Leon were U.K. darlings long before singles like "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody" helped them find success in the American modern rock realm. However, the Tennessee band's Southern roots are front and center on &quo ...

  24. Shakira, "Loca"

    September 17, 2010 6:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 On last year's enigmatic but underselling "She Wolf," Shakira created some of the most eccentric dance- and hip-hop-influenced pop of the moment, and with her World Cup song "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," the Colombian ...

  25. 2AM Club, "Worry About You"

    September 17, 2010 6:51 PM EDT AM Club's debut album, "What Did You Think Was Going to Happen?," blurs the lines among pop, rock, funk and R&B, all of which are on display in lead single "Worry About You." A head-bobbing organ and danceable rhythm co ...

  26. Ke$ha, "Take it Off"

    September 17, 2010 6:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 For better or worse, no one else sounds quite like Ke$ha : The singer's electro-brat delivery, unabashed hedonism and hot-pink dance-rock production are all her own. On "Take It Off," the fourth single off debut album "Animal&quo ...

  27. Wiz Khalifa, "Black & Yellow"

    September 17, 2010 6:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Wiz Khalifa has found greater success working outside the major-label system than within it. "Say Yeah," his Warner Bros.-backed 2007 debut single, was something of a commercial and artistic bust, but mixtapes like 2009's "Flight ...

  28. Cali Swag District ,"Where You Are"

    September 10, 2010 5:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 The guys who brought the Dougie dance to the masses are now putting a hip-hop spin on Michael Jackson . Cali Swag District navigated the proper licensing channels to sample the singer's Jackson 5 -era, 1972 hit "Where You Are" and bri ...

  29. Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"

    September 10, 2010 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Collaborations between rising and established artists are common, but when best new artist Grammy Award winner Zac Brown Band taps Alan Jackson for a single, the pairing should be considered momentous. "As She's Walking Away" captures ...

  30. The Weepies, " Be My Thrill"

    September 10, 2010 5:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Weepies -the husband-and-wife duo of Steve Tannen and Deb Talan -refrained from touring following 2008's "Hideaway" to take care of their newborn son. Raising a child is no easy task, but the time at home gave the couple a chance ...

  31. La Roux, "In for the Kill"

    September 10, 2010 4:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 La Roux's defiant singalong "Bulletproof," the first single from the synth-pop duo's self-titled 2009 debut, sold more than 1.7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and peaked at a surprising No. 8 on the Billboard Hot ...

  32. Far East Movement Featuring the Cataracs & Dev, "Like a G6"

    September 03, 2010 5:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Los Angeles-based Korean-American foursome Far East Movement lands on the Billboard Hot 100 in a big way with its fast-moving single, "Like a G6." The song doesn't refer to any automotive model, but rather to the indulgent lifestyle o ...

  33. The Ting Tings , "Hands"

    September 03, 2010 5:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Brit two-piece's 2008 debut, "We Started Nothing," yielded gleefully snotty hits "That's Not My Name" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go," each hooky, fun and sufficiently speak-sung (by spark plug blonde Katie Wh ...

  34. Keri Hilson, "Breaking Point" song review, Melanie Fiona,

    September 03, 2010 5:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 On new single "Breaking Point," from her upcoming sophomore album, "No Boys Allowed," Keri Hilson sings of being mistreated and unappreciated by men, offering a release for female fans who are in similar situations but can't ...

  35. Jimmy Eat World, "My Best Theory"

    September 03, 2010 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although Jimmy Eat World is widely recognized as one of the modern emo scene's trailblazers, the Arizona quartet has more recently ascribed to a modern-rock doctrine, one that's bigger on hearty riffs and memorable choruses than delicate, ...

  36. Lil Wayne, "Right Above It"

    September 03, 2010 5:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne doesn't plan to let legal troubles stop him from releasing a digital EP titled "I Am Not a Human Being" this year. The first single lacks the impact of the rap star's previous hits, but it's still a reliable Young ...

  37. Cee Lo Green ,"Fuck You"

    September 03, 2010 5:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 After nearly five years of trying, Cee Lo Green has finally stumbled upon the perfect follow-up to Gnarls Barkley 's pop smash, "Crazy"-and it's impossible to play on the radio. "Fuck You," the first taste from Green� ...

  38. Soundgarden, "Black Rain"

    August 27, 2010 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 After treating fans to a raucous, career-spanning set at Lollapalooza, the recently reunited Soundgarden is back with its first single in 13 years-only "Black Rain" isn't a new song. The lone unreleased cut on the band's recent g ...

  39. Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"

    August 27, 2010 3:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 This first single from Kenny Chesney 's new album, "Hemingway's Whiskey," is rocketing up the charts like a touchdown pass thrown by Brett Favre. Penned by Casey Beathard and Dave Turnbull, the well-crafted ballad is a tribute to ...

  40. BC Jean, "Just a Guy"

    August 27, 2010 3:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Clive Davis signed pop upstart BC Jean to J Records after the Los Angeles singer/songwriter sparked label interest for co-penning Beyoncé 's "If I Were a Boy." For her debut single, "Just a Guy," Jean has lined up a dream te ...

  41. B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo, "Magic"

    August 27, 2010 2:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 B.o.B continues his reign as the rap/rock prince of the year, inching toward his third consecutive top 10 with "Magic" after hitting the mark with "Nothin' on You" and "Airplanes." The song's strongest force i ...

  42. Lloyd, "Lay It Down"

    August 27, 2010 2:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lloyd has never been bashful about his self-proclaimed sexual prowess (his most recent album is titled "Lessons in Love"), and his latest single, "Lay It Down," is no different. "Tonight girl Imma show you how much I love yo ...

  43. Brad Paisley, "Anything Like Me"

    August 20, 2010 6:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Included on Brad Paisley 's "American Saturday Night" album and his first greatest-hits collection, "Hits Alive" (due Nov. 2), "Anything Like Me" celebrates the tender bond between parent and child in a clever and ...

  44. Trey Songz, "Can’t Be Friends"

    August 20, 2010 6:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Trey Songz is best-known for his sexual antics. But on his latest single, the ladies man reveals a vulnerable side as he sings about heartbreak and despair. Above static finger snaps, a solemn piano and dizzying violins, Songz croons about his girlf ...

  45. Miguel Featuring J. Cole, "All I Want Is You"

    August 20, 2010 6:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B newcomer Miguel is poised for a major breakthrough with his debut single, "All I Want Is You." The 23-year-old's raw, believable voice swells over a midtempo backdrop of funk and hip-hop, and vocally, he could prove to be a vi ...

  46. Guster, "Do You Love Me"

    August 20, 2010 6:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Guster 's first new material in more than three years begins unassumingly enough, with a simple, acoustic-driven intro peppered by hand claps and frontman Ryan Miller 's vocal. As the song progresses, diffident drumming, clanging chimes an ...

  47. Jay Sean Featuring Nicki Minaj, "2012 (It Ain’t the End)"

    August 20, 2010 5:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 If the world ends in two years, Jay Sean will make sure we all go out dancing. The U.K. artist parties like it's 2012 on the lead single from his upcoming album, "Freeze Time." Sean reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with last yea ...

  48. Taylor Swift, "Mine"

    August 13, 2010 5:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 If the rest of Taylor Swift 's highly anticipated new album is as strong as its finely crafted lead single, then it's a sure bet that her career juggernaut will continue. Produced by Swift and Nathan Chapman, "Mine" possesses a v ...

  49. Linkin Park, "Catalyst"

    August 13, 2010 5:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the lead single to upcoming fourth album "A Thousand Suns," Linkin Park offers a nearly six-minute anthem of aggression with two distinct parts. "The Catalyst" lets the band dip its toe into electronica in its first half, wit ...

  50. Matthew West, "My Own Little World"

    August 13, 2010 5:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 M atthew West is a gifted songwriter whose work has been recorded by a who's who of country and Christian music acts- Rascal Flatts , Jo Dee Messina , Mark Schultz and Point of Grace -in addition to penning his own hits. "My Own Little Wor ...

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