1. Buckcherry, "All Night Long"

    June 04, 2010 12:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Buckcherry 's woefully underrated single "Too Drunk..." should've been the summer rock party anthem of 2008. Its lyrics were so funny, you knew that the band had lived every intoxicated line. Two years later, new single "All ...

  2. Against Me!, "I Was a Teenage Anarchist"

    June 04, 2010 12:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" takes the modern-rock sound that Against Me! and producer Butch Vig developed on 2007 album "New Wave" and broadens it even further, adding a layer of gloss. Frontman Tom Gabel recalls anti-authority c ...

  3. Carrie Underwood, "Undo It"

    June 04, 2010 11:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood follows the poignant ballad "Temporary Home" with a song that changes direction by 180 degrees, but is every bit as musically satisfying. Her last single was a thoughtful ballad with an uplifting spiritual message, but on ...

  4. Lee DeWyze, "Beautiful Day"

    June 04, 2010 11:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 After defeating Crystal Bowersox for the "American Idol" season-nine crown, Lee DeWyze has offered a soaring take on U2 's "Beautiful Day" as his debut single. As the first "Idol" winner to use a cover song as his ...

  5. Alpha Rev, "New Morning"

    May 28, 2010 10:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alpha Rev serves up a generous side of heart and soul with its rock'n'roll on "New Morning." The title track from the Texas band's major-label debut channels tender feelings over lush guitars, strings and pitter-patter drums ...

  6. Muse, "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)"

    May 28, 2010 10:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 The "Twilight" films are marketed to teen vampire lovers, but their soundtracks are an alt-rock fan's dream. Muse holds the distinction of being the only group to appear on all three, this time providing the lead single of the "E ...

  7. Ciara featuring Ludacris, "Ride"

    May 28, 2010 10:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lead single "Ride," from Ciara 's upcoming "Basic Instinct" album, finds the singer returning to her R&B roots with a smooth, yet confident vocal. The downright sexy tune stands out thanks to the downtempo production bac ...

  8. Katy Perry, "California Gurls"

    May 28, 2010 10:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 With their tongue-in-cheek lyrics and forceful vocals, "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot N Cold" established Katy Perry as a distinctive pop starlet upon their successful chart runs in 2008. While "California Gurls," the lead ...

  9. Drake, "Find Your Love"

    May 28, 2010 10:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 Part of the reason for Drake 's mass appeal is his ability to strike a balance between flossy lyrics (found in abundance on "Over," the first single from his upcoming "Thank Me Later") and vulnerable ones. Those of second si ...

  10. Charice featuring Iyaz, "Pyramid"

    May 14, 2010 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Charice has long counted Oprah Winfrey as one of her biggest fans, but the 18-year-old captured a global audience in 2009 with her easy-listening ballad "Note to God." On "Pyramid," Charice-with help from Iyaz-delivers a radio-fr ...

  11. Eminem, "Not Afraid"

    May 14, 2010 2:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 No Kim Kardashian barbs here. With "Not Afraid," Eminem seems to have finally recognized that his fans don't need a middling, starlet-bashing lead single from their favorite rapper. The "Recovery" campaign instead begins wit ...

  12. JLS, "Everybody In Love"

    May 14, 2010 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 JLS rose to U.K. fame when it competed on the 2008 season of "The X Factor," then followed its runner-up finish by dominating the singles and albums charts. Now, the group is bringing its harmonies stateside with the infectiously rhythmic ...

  13. Ozzy Osbourne, "Let Me Hear You Scream"

    May 14, 2010 2:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ozzy Osbourne 's first single in three years debuted on "CSI: New York"-the show's dark and grisly tone made "Let Me Hear You Scream" a fitting choice. Atop a buzz-saw guitar riff (for the first time since 1986, not pro ...

  14. Dave Barnes, "God Gave Me You"

    May 14, 2010 2:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dave Barnes has long been one of Nashville's best-kept secrets. A talented pop singer/songwriter with a penchant for writing memorable lyrics, he has an impressive gallery of fans that includes Amy Grant , Bonnie Raitt , Marc Cohn and the membe ...

  15. Blur, "Fool's Day"

    April 30, 2010 3:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 Blur 's first single in seven years was released in conjunction with Record Store Day, and the 7-inch single-limited to 1,000 copies in the United Kingdom sold out almost instantaneously. The U.K. rock veterans have returned with a breezy minim ...

  16. The Dead Weather, "Die by the Drop"

    April 30, 2010 3:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Alt-rock supergroup the Dead Weather made waves last summer with its debut album, "Horehound." The band's sophomore effort, "Sea of Cowards," hits stores in May, and if lead single "Die by the Drop" is any indicato ...

  17. Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"

    April 30, 2010 3:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Though she's well-known for incendiary tunes like "Kerosene" and "Gunpowder & Lead," Miranda Lambert demonstrates how beautifully effective she can be with a tender ballad in "The House That Built Me." The song ...

  18. B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore, "Airplanes"

    April 30, 2010 3:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Atlanta rapper/singer B.o.B follows up "Nothin' on You," his No. 1 hit with Bruno Mars, with a more unexpected collaboration, enlisting Paramore 's Hayley Williams for the inspired "Airplanes." The rock frontwoman deliv ...

  19. Ke$ha, "Your Love Is My Drug"

    April 30, 2010 3:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 The third single off Ke$ha 's debut album, "Animal"-also known as every bad girl's sleepover soundtrack-"Your Love Is My Drug" is unforgiving in its mission to equate lustful romance with substance abuse. "I'm ...

  20. The Dirty Heads featuring Rome, "Lay Me Down"

    April 23, 2010 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 As temperatures rise, those searching for the song of the summer will find a solid contender in "Lay Me Down." The track is a collaboration between rising Orange County, Calif., reggae rockers the Dirty Heads and Rome Ramirez . Not coincid ...

  21. Usher featuring Will.i.am, "OMG"

    April 23, 2010 1:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Usher has Will.i.am to thank for his fastest top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 in 12 years. "OMG" resonates with a broader audience than the R&B star's recent singles because it's attuned to the current club culture, much ...

  22. Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars, "Billionaire"

    April 23, 2010 1:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Travie McCoy is taking a cue from B.o.B , enlisting singer Bruno Mars (featured on B.o.B's "Nothin' on You") for his solo debut single, "Billionaire." Formerly known as Travis, the Gym Class Heroes frontman fantasizes a ...

  23. Rick Ross featuring Ne-Yo, "Super High"

    April 23, 2010 1:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 On "Super High," the champagne- and caviar-flavored lead single from Rick Ross ' upcoming "Teflon Don," the Florida rapper congratulates himself on his success by counting his jewelry, cars, and penthouses over a lush ' ...

  24. Matisse, "Better Than Her"

    April 23, 2010 1:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Twin pop duo Brit and Alex parted ways last year, and while her sister has since moved on to graduate school, Brit Smith now goes by Matisse and is shaking up the clubs with solo debut single "Better Than Her." The song finds the 23-year-o ...

  25. Big Boi featuring Cutty, "Shutterbugg"

    April 16, 2010 2:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Shutterbugg"- Big Boi 's new single from his (finally) soon-to-be-released "Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty"-satisfies both his core audience and mainstream hip-hop fans. Over a '70s electro-funk beat wi ...

  26. The Gaslight Anthem, "American Slang"

    April 16, 2010 2:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's probably fair to describe the Gaslight Anthem as Generation Y's closest thing to Bruce Springsteen . The Americana-inspired, fellow New Jersey band's lyrics are brimming with a Boss-like mentality, as they're wrought with re ...

  27. Adelitas Way, "Last Stand"

    April 16, 2010 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Las Vegas band Adelitas Way has all the makings of a great pop/rock song in "Last Stand." It's led by singer Rick DeJesus, whose ambitious, roaring vocals could rival that of Chris Daughtry . They weave in and out of reflective verses ...

  28. Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett, "Massive Attack"

    April 16, 2010 2:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 With her quirky sexual presentation and penchant for making odd faces, Nicki Minaj is one of the most visually distinctive rappers to come along in years. It figures, then, that discussion of her debut single, "Massive Attack," would take ...

  29. Lady Gaga, "Alejandro"

    April 16, 2010 2:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lady Gaga gives her former lovers the send-off on "Alejandro"--and what a send-off it is. The 24-year-old pop star's third single from "The Fame Monster" opens with a weeping violin, as a distressed Gaga sings: "I know ...

  30. Plies, "She Got It Made"

    April 09, 2010 1:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 On his latest single, Florida rapper Plies continues to display his insatiable appetite and keen appreciation for women (think "Bust It Baby Pt. 2"), this time looking for a female he can turn into "a spoiled brat." "I can g ...

  31. Christina Aguilera, "Not Myself Tonight"

    April 09, 2010 1:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the four years since Christina Aguilera released her last studio album, "Back to Basics," pop ingénues like Katy Perry , Lady Gaga and Ke$ha have built their careers on bold theatrics, neo-feminist personas and throbbing club beats. Agu ...

  32. Neon Indian, "Sleep Paralysist"

    April 09, 2010 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Neon Indian makes good on the "neon" part of its name on "Sleep Paralysist," as frontman Alan Palomo crafts a track so '80s-infused, it's the next best thing to taking a ride in the "Back to the Future" DeLore ...

  33. The National, "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

    April 09, 2010 1:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees," Matt Berninger sings on "Bloodbuzz Ohio," the National 's lead single from its first studio album in three years, "High Violet." The insects may have drawn Berninger and ...

  34. Jason Aldean, "Crazy Town"

    April 09, 2010 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jason Aldean spent five weeks atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in 2009 with two consecutive No. 1s from his "Wide Open" album-"She's Country" and "Big Green Tractor"-and another two this February with ...

  35. Stone Temple Pilots, "Between the Lines"

    April 02, 2010 3:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Stone Temple Pilots ' first single since 2003's "All in the Suit That You Wear" feels strangely familiar. All of the recently reunited band's signature elements are still intact, from the thick slabs of Dean DeLeo's dis ...

  36. Macy Gray, "Beauty in the World"

    April 02, 2010 3:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's been a decade since Macy Gray burst onto the scene with her hit ballad "I Try," and the time in between can be characterized by a series of disappointing attempts to match that success. But with new single "Beauty in the Wor ...

  37. Trey Songz, "Neighbors Know My Name"

    April 02, 2010 2:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Girl, your body's a problem/ They call me the problem solver," Trey Songz boasts on "Neighbors Know My Name," the sixth single off his impressively deep third album, "Ready." Clearly inspired by his stylistic ante ...

  38. The Black Keys, "Tighten Up"

    April 02, 2010 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Garage-blues duo the Black Keys tackle their newest single with trademark minimalism, and the result is hard-hitting, retro-rock gold. "Tighten Up" reunites the band with Danger Mouse , who produced its 2008 album "Attack & Releas ...

  39. Brad Paisley, "Water"

    March 26, 2010 1:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 The long winter is over, and leave it to Brad Paisley to be the first to remind country devotees that summer's just around the corner. He co-wrote this delightful ode to warm-weather fun with frequent collaborators Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuB ...

  40. T.I., "I'm Back"

    March 26, 2010 1:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 The number of rap songs titled either "I'm Back" or "Guess Who's Back" must number in the hundreds, or even thousands. Few hip-hop tropes are more tired than the triumphant return, whether it's from record-label li ...

  41. Jae-P featuring Manny Ruiz, "Ella No Sabe"

    March 26, 2010 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 A few years ago, rapper Jae-P became one of the few West Coast MCs to perform almost exclusively in Spanish and also have his music distributed by a major label. Now, he's back on his own, and the commercial opportunities for Spanish-language r ...

  42. Estelle featuring Kardinal Offishall, "Freak"

    March 26, 2010 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Estelle 's latest single, "Freak," is an homage to the '90s. "I can be a freak, every day of every week," the U.K. artist shouts repeatedly over a pumping, vintage house beat, before borrowing the hook from Soul II Soul ...

  43. Gyptian, "Hold Yuh"

    March 26, 2010 1:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Not since Wayne Wonder 's "No Letting Go," which hit No. 14 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2003, has an underground reggae artist garnered as much attention in the United States as Jamaica's own Gyptian . ...

  44. Drake, "Over"

    March 19, 2010 4:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Living up to expectations can be a tricky thing, but with the release of his debut single, "Over," Drake continues to prove he's worthy of the hype. "Making sure the Young Money ship is never sinking/'Bout to set it off in t ...

  45. MGMT, "Flash Delirium"

    March 19, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fans searching for another party jam by MGMT may not find it in "Flash Delirium," the group's new single and a song best enjoyed by the light of the lava lamp. A dizzying sonic odyssey, the track blazes through no less than seven dist ...

  46. Javelin, "Oh! Centra"

    March 19, 2010 4:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 If vintage Nintendo 64 characters Yoshi and Donkey Kong convened in a Brooklyn junk shop and concocted a bouncy summer anthem from found parts, the result might sound something like "Oh! Centra." Javelin's debut single wastes no time ...

  47. Bucky Covington, "A Father's Love (The Only Way He Knew How)"

    March 19, 2010 3:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bucky Covington leveraged his stint on the fifth season of "American Idol" as a springboard to a country career. His 2007 Lyric Street debut bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country albums chart and spawned top 10 singles "A Dif ...

  48. Janelle Monáe featuring Big Boi, "Tightrope"

    March 19, 2010 3:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 To say that Janelle Monáe merges R&B, funk and rock'n'roll isn't enough-she's simply ahead of her time. Monáe's new single, "Tightrope," is a genre-blasting, cinematic fantasy that finds the Atlanta artist sees ...

  49. Julieta Venegas, "Bien o Mal"

    March 12, 2010 3:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Julieta Venegas is unique among Latin alternative artists in her mainstream pop appeal. Chalk it up to her ability to produce smart music that doesn't sound laboriously stylized or overwrought-a skill she demonstrates once again on her latest s ...

  50. The-Dream, "Love King"

    March 12, 2010 2:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Terius " the-Dream " Nash might have recently married and fathered a child with Christina Milian , but that hasn't stopped the singer/songwriter from inviting other women to partake in his royal love fest. On "Love King" -th ...

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