1. Easton Corbin, "A Little More Country Than That"

    March 12, 2010 2:56 PM EST 0 0 0 "A Little More Country Than That" could be read as a sly poke at the current state of country music, but Easton Corbin is no staunch traditionalist. The Florida native delivers original songwriting in a classic baritone drawl from the song ...

  2. Darryl Worley, "Best of Both Worlds"

    March 12, 2010 2:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Boasting some tasty guitar work and an infectious melody, Darryl Worley delivers an engaging single in "Best of Both Worlds." Culled from his Stroudavarious debut album, "Sounds Like Life," he co-wrote this number with Jim " ...

  3. Timbaland featuring Drake, "Say Something"

    March 12, 2010 2:49 PM EST 0 0 0 For his latest "Shock Value II" single, Timbaland summons Drake for the same charisma that the Toronto singer/rapper brought to "Best I Ever Had." The veteran producer plainly states the song's theme of lost love with the li ...

  4. Jaheim, "Ain't Leaving Without You"

    March 05, 2010 3:21 PM EST 0 0 0 Jaheim showcased his ability to ride an uptempo party groove on his recent hit, "Ain't Leaving Without You," but the suave crooner's bread and butter has been slow serenades. Right on cue, "Finding My Way Back" is quint ...

  5. Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce, "Telephone"

    March 05, 2010 3:13 PM EST 0 0 0 "Telephone" starts off unassumingly, with a solemn Gaga singing over an alluring harpsichord melody (a signature Rodney Jerkins flourish that dates all the way back to Brandy and Monica 's "The Boy Is Mine"). In no time, tho ...

  6. Omarion, "Speedin'"

    March 05, 2010 3:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Omarion may have been booted from Lil Wayne 's Young Money crew, but with his second single the R&B crooner proves his relevancy on his own merit. Contrary to the boastful first single, "I Get It In," this maudlin ballad finds Oma ...

  7. Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris, "Break Your Heart"

    March 05, 2010 2:47 PM EST 0 0 0 London-based singer Taio Cruz' s first single, "Break Your Heart," debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart without any gimmicks. His stateside version turns up the heat with a feature by Ludacris , who gives an upfront warning to w ...

  8. Breaking Benjamin, "Give Me a Sign (Forever and Ever)"

    March 05, 2010 2:44 PM EST 0 0 0 Breaking Benjamin follows the thrashing urgency of "I Will Not Bow" with a potent scourge of a rock ballad in "Give Me a Sign (Forever and Ever)." The Pennsylvania band's longtime producer, David Bendeth, creates a thick, mu ...

  9. Ke$ha featuring 3OH!3, "Blah Blah Blah"

    February 26, 2010 3:13 PM EST 0 0 0 "I don't really care where you live at/Just turn around, boy, let me hit that!" That line pretty much sums up the message of "Blah Blah Blah," the follow-up to Ke$ha 's record-breaking hit "TiK ToK." "Bla ...

  10. Rihanna, "Rude Boy"

    February 26, 2010 2:58 PM EST 0 0 0 With "Rude Boy," Rihanna delivers her most provocative lyrics and perhaps most authentic-sounding single to date. The singer makes good use of the song's title -- an old Jamaican slang term for lawless males -- and relishes her role a ...

  11. Reba McEntire, "I Keep on Lovin' You"

    February 19, 2010 3:04 PM EST 0 0 0 It's been 26 years since Reba McEntire first topped the charts with "Can't Even Get the Blues," and her last single, "Consider Me Gone," is her most successful ever. It topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart fo ...

  12. Alicia Keys, "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)"

    February 19, 2010 2:56 PM EST 0 0 0 In 2003, a gutsy Alicia Keys asked her love interest for a date on "You Don't Know My Name." On "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)"-the standout song from her latest album, "The Element of Freedom"-the singer/pianist g ...

  13. She & Him, "In the Sun"

    February 19, 2010 2:50 PM EST 0 0 0 The appeal of She & Him 's first album mostly derived from M. Ward 's musicianship, but on "In the Sun"--the duo's first single from its forthcoming "Volume Two"--Zooey Deschanel matches her partner's song ...

  14. B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars, "Nothin' On You"

    February 19, 2010 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 The debut single from rising Atlanta rapper B.o.B . (aka Bobby Ray Simmons), "Nothin' on You," finds its protagonist renouncing the days when he would "chase skirts, live in the summer sun" and deciding that his new love int ...

  15. Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne, Birdman and Jay Sean, "I Made It"

    February 19, 2010 2:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Kevin Rudolf and guests gloat about their rise to the top on the producer/singer's new single, "I Made It." "I look up to the sky/ And now the world is mine/ I've known it all my life/I made it, I made it," Rudolf belts ...

  16. Usher featuring Plies, "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)"

    February 12, 2010 4:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Usher 's last album failed to meet critics' expectations, and plenty counted him out because of it. But his latest single, "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)," is a clear indication that the R&B crooner is bringing sexy back. &qu ...

  17. John Mayer, "Heartbreak Warfare"

    February 12, 2010 4:08 PM EST 0 0 0 John Mayer is back, and as broken-hearted as ever. The second single from his new album, "Battle Studies" (and the follow-up to the meandering, blues-inspired "Who Says"), "Heartbreak Warfare" is also a throwback to May ...

  18. Danny Gokey, "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me"

    February 12, 2010 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Danny Gokey placed third on the 2009 season of "American Idol" and inked a deal in Nashville to pursue a country music career. He's off to a great start with this buoyant single that showcases his strong, soulful voice and upbeat pers ...

  19. Pearl Jam, "Just Breathe"

    February 12, 2010 4:01 PM EST 0 0 0 "Just Breathe," the second single from Pearl Jam 's "Backspacer," finds Eddie Vedder at a crossroads between weathered rock stalwart and lovelorn troubadour. The song strays from the well-worn guitar riffs and wild growls of ...

  20. Jay-Z featuring Swizz Beatz, "On to the Next One"

    February 12, 2010 3:48 PM EST 0 0 0 More than any of its predecessors, "On to the Next One" best accomplishes what Jay-Z set out to do with "The Blueprint 3": stay the course of trendsetter. The veteran rapper explains why all should continue to follow his lead wit ...

  21. Taylor Swift, "Today Was a Fairytale"

    February 05, 2010 2:44 PM EST 0 0 0 On the heels of winning an album of the year Grammy for "Fearless," Taylor Swift has scored another hit in "Today Was a Fairytale," a new song written for the film "Valentine's Day." The lyrics are driven more by s ...

  22. Gil Scott-Heron, "Me and the Devil"

    February 05, 2010 2:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Gil Scott-Heron comes to grips with a decade of incarceration and tribulation on this captivating number, a variation of blues giant Robert Johnson 's "Me and the Devil Blues." The lead single from the legendary spoken-word laureate&# ...

  23. Green River Ordinance, "Come On"

    February 05, 2010 2:30 PM EST 0 0 0 With the steadily growing appeal of its single "Come On," Green River Ordinance establishes itself as a pop-rock act to keep an eye on in 2010. Singer Josh Jenkins' yearning, honest vocal tone bears a resemblance to that of Counting C ...

  24. The Black Eyed Peas, "Imma Be"

    February 05, 2010 2:25 PM EST 0 0 0 With three hits from "The E.N.D." already under their belts, the Black Eyed Peas are ready to pack dancefloors again with the album's fourth single. The group sounds as unabashedly confident as ever here, and yet it manages to keep it ...

  25. Alan Jackson, "It's Just That Way"

    February 05, 2010 2:19 PM EST 0 0 0 The first single from this country veteran's forthcoming "Freight Train" sounds like classic Alan Jackson -a beautiful, understated love song with a gentle melody and heartfelt lyric. Though he wrote every track on his previous album, ...

  26. Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, "Baby"

    January 29, 2010 3:51 PM EST 0 0 0 Unlike Justin Bieber 's first few singles, "Baby" recognizes that young relationships can result in unhappy endings. "We're just friends? What are you saying?," the 15-year-old heartthrob asks of his young love interest ...

  27. Lifehouse, "Halfway Gone"

    January 29, 2010 3:47 PM EST 0 0 0 A decade into its career, Lifehouse is on the verge of releasing its fifth studio album, "Smoke & Mirrors"-the follow-up to 2007's "Who We Are," which had three top 40 hits. "Halfway Gone," the set's lead ...

  28. Jay Electronica, "Exhibit C"

    January 29, 2010 3:38 PM EST 0 0 0 Jay Electronica has been a sensation in Internet hip-hop circles for years, but the triumphant-sounding "Exhibit C" is the mysterious rapper's first flirtation with broader recognition, landing him on stations like WQHT (Hot 97) New Y ...

  29. Lady Antebellum, "American Honey"

    January 22, 2010 4:29 PM EST 0 0 0 Lady Antebellum found its groove working with Paul Worley, who produced the trio's Country Music Assn. single of the year, "I Run to You," and its most successful hit to date, "Need You Now." The group's follow-up singl ...

  30. Melissa Etheridge, "Fearless Love"

    January 22, 2010 4:26 PM EST 0 0 0 Melissa Etheridge 's career spans more than 20 years, and her latest emotionally charged release shows that the 48-year-old songwriter, mother and breast cancer survivor still has something to say. "Fearless Love," the lead single/tit ...

  31. Broken Bells, "The High Road"

    January 22, 2010 4:20 PM EST 0 0 0 When the formation of Broken Bells-a collaboration between super-producer Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer-was announced, there was rampant speculation over the hybrid sound these two disparate modern pop figures would create. As it turn ...

  32. Jason Derulo, "In My Head"

    January 22, 2010 4:13 PM EST 0 0 0 Following his No. 1 debut single, "Whatcha Say," which featured a catchy sampled vocal from Imogen Heap 's "Hide and Seek," Jason Derulo goes it alone on his next offering, "In My Head." The song features a rocking ...

  33. Snoop Dogg, "I Wanna Rock"

    January 22, 2010 4:07 PM EST 0 0 0 The third single from Snoop Dogg 's "Malice 'N Wonderland" serves as a reintroduction to the veteran West Coaster's hazy hip-hop style. "I Wanna Rock" gets its title and bass-heavy groove from Rob Base & DJ EZ ...

  34. Carrie Underwood, "Temporary Home"

    January 19, 2010 2:38 PM EST 0 0 0 The second single from Carrie Underwood 's chart-topping new album, "Play On," finds the gifted artist switching gears from her feisty previous single to this poignant, finely crafted ballad. Underwood co-wrote the song with Luke Lair ...

  35. Spoon, "Written In Reverse"

    January 19, 2010 2:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Shortly following the announcement that Spoon 's "Transference" album would arrive a week ahead of its original street date, the Texas art-pop group presents the album's first official single. "Written in Reverse" conta ...

  36. Ke$ha, "Animal"

    January 05, 2010 11:02 AM EST 0 0 0 K e$ha scored a No. 1 hit with her frothy first single "TiK ToK," but the 22-year-old protégé of hitmaker Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald ( Kelly Clarkson , Katy Perry ) still has plenty to prove on her debut album. Luckily for her, & ...

  37. Rihanna, "Hard"

    December 09, 2009 6:31 PM EST 0 0 0 The notion of Rihanna as impervious-both emotionally and career-wise-is central to her new album "Rated R," and her second single, "Hard," puts forth that message loud and clear. "They can say whatever/I'ma do whatever/ ...

  38. Brad Paisley, "American Saturday Night"

    December 04, 2009 6:33 PM EST 0 0 0 Brad Paisley has a gift for wrapping astute observations on American life and culture in tasty musical packages. The country artist does it again with this engaging third single and title track from his chart-topping "American Saturday Night&qu ...

  39. Iyaz, "Replay"

    December 04, 2009 6:27 PM EST 0 0 0 With his charismatic vocals and Caribbean roots, Iyaz -the first artist signed to Sean Kingston 's Time Is Money Entertainment-bears a close resemblance to his mentor. It's no surprise, then, that the newcomer's first single, "Re ...

  40. Four Tet, "Love Cry"

    December 04, 2009 5:58 PM EST 0 0 0 Almost five years after his last full-length release, English avant-hip-hop trailblazer Kieran Hebden is set to return in 2010 with "There Is Love in You." Those looking for more of the caustic angularity on 2005's "Everything Ec ...

  41. Travis McCoy, "One at a Time"

    December 04, 2009 5:51 PM EST 0 0 0 Travis McCoy's gig as the ambassador to MTV's Staying Alive foundation recently gave the Gym Class Heroes frontman another reason to make music. On Dec. 1, McCoy and the nonprofit released "One at a Time," a charity single that c ...

  42. Boys Like Girls featuring Taylor Swift, "Two Is Better Than One"

    December 02, 2009 4:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Boys Like Girls roared into the top 40 this summer with the hyperactive single "Love Drunk," but for its follow-up, the band slows things down and displays a softer side. The group pairs up with Taylor Swift for "Two Is Better Than On ...

  43. Leighton Meester featuring Robin Thicke, "Somebody to Love"

    December 01, 2009 4:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Working '80s influences into a current pop hit is nothing new these days, but Leighton Meester 's "Somebody to Love" is extra faithful to its source material. The "Gossip Girl" star's debut single is a carefully co ...

  44. Shakira featuring Lil Wayne, "Give It Up To Me"

    December 01, 2009 4:33 PM EST 0 0 0 The second single from Shakira 's upcoming "She Wolf" finds the Latin star favoring hip-hop beats over her signature brand of international pop. On "Give It Up to Me," the ever-present Lil Wayne knocks out another witty gues ...

  45. Usher, "Papers"

    December 01, 2009 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 With its layered harmonies, mellow production and lyrics of heartache, Usher 's "Papers" closely resembles his 2004 No. 1 hit "Burn," and that's a very good thing. It's the first time in a while that the singer sou ...

  46. Vampire Weekend, "Cousins"

    December 01, 2009 1:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Two years after taking the indie-rock world by storm with its much blogged-about self-titled debut, Vampire Weekend returns with "Cousins," the first single from its forthcoming second album, "Contra." Recorded in Mexico City, th ...

  47. Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul & Lil Jon, "Do You Remember"

    November 25, 2009 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 The saying goes: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. That seems to be the strategy Jay Sean and his team employed by releasing "Do You Remember" as the second single off his "All or Nothing" album. Much like his recent Bi ...

  48. Thalía, "Equivocada"

    November 20, 2009 3:28 PM EST 0 0 0 For the first single from her Nov. 17 live album "Thalía en Primera Fila" (Thalía in the Front Row), Mexican pop star Thalía delivers a moving ballad about a once-serious relationship that turned out to be a mistake. "I was always wro ...

  49. Latin Bitman featuring Francisca Valenzuela, "Help Me"

    November 20, 2009 3:23 PM EST 0 0 0 For the lead single from his new album "Colour," Latin Bitman finds a talented co-writer and guest vocalist in fellow Chilean artist Francisca Valenzuela, who moans bleak lyrics that tint the song with an appealing despondency. "I ...

  50. Orianthi, "According to You"

    November 20, 2009 3:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Pop music has seen its share of vocalists attempt to play guitar, but few do so as successfully as Orianthi , who shreds and sings with equal aplomb. The 24-year-old Australian was set to play alongside Michael Jackson on his "This Is It" ...

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