1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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" ...

  11. Robin Thicke, "Sex Therapy"

    November 20, 2009 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Robin Thicke delivers his signature smooth talk on "Sex Therapy," the first single from his as-yet-untitled fourth album. Producers Polow Da Don and Hot Sauce set up a languorous backbeat with understated synths and soft drum kicks, while ...

  12. Daddy Yankee, "Grito Mundial"

    November 18, 2009 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 With the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa around the corner, Daddy Yankee aims to score the kind of goal Ricky Martin did with his 1998 hit, "The Cup of Life." Yankee's "Grito Mundial" -in Spanish, the title can mean &quo ...

  13. Chris Young, "The Man I Want to Be"

    November 13, 2009 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Chris Young 's previous single, the sultry "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)," earned the Murfreesboro, Tenn., native his first No. 1 country hit, and his follow-up also has the potential to reach the summit. Penned by Bre ...

  14. Pink, "Funhouse"

    November 13, 2009 4:16 PM EST 0 0 0 On Pink 's biggest pop hits, art has almost always imitated life. It's no different on the title track and fourth single from her "Funhouse" album, which readdresses the singer's rocky relationship with husband Corey Hart-an ...

  15. Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"

    November 13, 2009 4:13 PM EST 0 0 0 "I want your ugly, I want your disease/I want your everything as long as it's free," a mischievous Lady Gaga croons on the opening lines of "Bad Romance." "I want your psycho, your vertigo stick/Want you in my rear wind ...

  16. Snoop Dogg featuring The Dream, "Gangsta Luv"

    November 13, 2009 4:07 PM EST 0 0 0 At first listen, Snoop Dogg 's "Gangsta Luv" appears to have all the necessary elements for a hit. Co-writer/co-producer the-Dream delivers a likable chorus, singing, "Everytime I come around, shawty love me down/Run off on me li ...

  17. The Script, "Breakeven"

    November 10, 2009 1:18 PM EST 0 0 0 The Script 's last single, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," failed to ignite U.S. airwaves despite its success in Europe. The group's follow-up, however, should rectify that situation. "Breakeven" is an insightful bre ...

  18. Rascal Flatts, "Why"

    November 10, 2009 12:54 PM EST 0 0 0 Rascal Flatts ' third single from the album "Unstoppable" tackles what might be the group's darkest subject yet: the loss of a friend to suicide. A delicate piano melody anchors the song's beginning and end, providing the so ...

  19. Gucci Mane featuring Usher, "Spotlight"

    November 10, 2009 12:33 PM EST 0 0 0 You know you're approaching hip-hop greatness when your single's hook marks the return of a superstar. "It feels so good to be back," Usher bellows at the top of Gucci Mane 's "Spotlight," about a girl the Atlanta ...

  20. Ryan Star, "Breathe"

    November 10, 2009 12:29 PM EST 0 0 0 On his heartfelt, slow-burning single "Breathe," Ryan Star extends a hand to everyone in need. "Take the world off your shoulders and put it on me," he sings, his voice clenching with veracity. Star catches his own breath during ...

  21. Janet Jackson, "Make Me"

    November 09, 2009 1:23 PM EST 0 0 0 Janet Jackson gave her late brother, Michael , two gifts in September. First, the singer paid tribute by performing their "Scream" duet at the MTV Video Music Awards; then she premiered the "Off the Wall"-inspired dance track &qu ...

  22. Rihanna, "Russian Roulette"

    November 04, 2009 3:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Rihanna has yet to publicly discuss the February altercation with her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown . But on "Russian Roulette"-her first single since the incident occurred-she seems to touch upon the agony it caused her. "Say a prayer to ...

  23. LCD Soundsystem, "Bye Bye Bayou"

    October 30, 2009 3:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 In honor of Vinyl Saturday (Nov. 7), the dance-punk outfit LCD Soundsystem is targeting discerning music collectors with an exclusive 12-inch single: a cover of Alan Vega 's "Bye Bye Bayou." The very different-sounding original song i ...

  24. Adam Lambert, "Time for Miracles"

    October 30, 2009 3:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 His debut album and single are just weeks away, but Adam Lambert is giving fans an early taste of his post-"American Idol" material by lending his voice to the "2012" film soundtrack. Recording rock anthems for Hollywood is a mov ...

  25. Them Crooked Vultures, "New Fang"

    October 30, 2009 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ever since Them Crooked Vultures cranked up their own hype machine with a 14-second YouTube clip and a brief club tour for which no one could seem to score tickets, people have been clamoring to hear the band's recorded material. "New Fang ...

  26. The Bellamy Brothers Feat. The Bacon Brothers, "Guilty of the Crime"

    October 30, 2009 2:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Two pairs of veteran country siblings come together with impressive results on this tune. "Guilty of the Crime" was featured on the Eagles ' 2007 album "Long Road Out of Eden" and is revived for an intriguing collaboration b ...

  27. Timbaland featuring SoShy, "Morning After Dark"

    October 30, 2009 2:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 Timbaland is nearing the release of the second installment in his "Shock Value" series, and from the sounds of the first single, "Morning After Dark," the producer is back in stride. Much like the material on his first set, the s ...

  28. Owl City, "Fireflies"

    October 29, 2009 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Amidst the bevy of irony-laced synths and AutoTuned hooks currently saturating the pop landscape, Owl City's No. 1 hit "Fireflies" is a welcome refreshment. The phantasmagoric, electro-pop song is the brainchild of producer and singer ...

  29. Angel Taylor, "Like You Do"

    October 29, 2009 2:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Up-and-comer Angel Taylor 's new single sounds like Colbie Caillat for a reason. The song was produced by Mikal Blue and co-written by Blue and Jason Reeves , who first patented breezy, sentimental pop with their work on Caillat's breakthr ...

  30. Norah Jones, "Chasing Pirates"

    October 29, 2009 12:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Due Nov. 17, Norah Jones ' fourth studio album, "The Fall," will incorporate more rhythm and guitar, but it won't be a 180-degree transformation. In fact, both of these elements are introduced with subtlety and care on the album& ...

  31. 30 Seconds To Mars, "Kings and Queens"

    October 27, 2009 10:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 With its new single "Kings and Queens," 30 Seconds to Mars veers from the post-hardcore direction of its previous two albums toward a more accessible sound. Fans might be surprised to hear riffs that recall U2 more than Incubus, but the so ...

  32. Michael Jackson, "This Is It"

    October 21, 2009 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The controversy over its origins aside, "This Is It"-released Oct. 12 on Michael Jackson 's official Web site-is yet another testament to the fact that the King of Pop was very much full of life when he died. "I never heard a sin ...

  33. The Black Eyed Peas, "Meet Me Halfway"

    October 21, 2009 4:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 The third Black Eyed Peas single from "The E.N.D." is somewhat of a departure from previous hits "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling," which collectively spent a record-breaking 26 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Whi ...

  34. Juvenile, "Gotta Get It"

    October 21, 2009 4:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Juvenile is a pioneer in his own right. The New Orleans rapper enjoyed a slew of Southern bounce hits years before Lil Wayne sold his first millions. Unfortunately, his first official track in three years shows he hasn't evolved as much as one ...

  35. The Bravery, "Slow Poison"

    October 21, 2009 3:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Bravery rode a wave of synthesizers and droning vocals to success in 2005, and the band's lead single from its upcoming third album, "Stir the Blood," is true to that blueprint. Harmonious guitar strums and a static drumbeat kick ...

  36. Justin Bieber, "One Less Lonely Girl"

    October 16, 2009 3:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Justin Bieber continues to croon his way into the hearts of tween girls everywhere with his sugary second single, "One Less Lonely Girl." Much as he did on his debut single, "One Time," Bieber makes a strong case for why he' ...

  37. Foo Fighters, "Wheels"

    October 09, 2009 4:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dave Grohl quietly rails against all things monotonous on "Wheels," one of two previously unreleased tracks that appears on Foo Fighters ' upcoming "Greatest Hits" album. The song has a Weezer -meets-the- Fray vibe, and it f ...

  38. Britney Spears, "3"

    October 09, 2009 4:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 At this point, the formula for a Britney Spears hit has been nailed a dozen times over. The proof will be in large supply on November's "Britney Spears Singles Collection," and "3" -- the lone new song on this greatest-hits ...

  39. Shinedown, "If You Only Knew"

    October 09, 2009 4:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shinedown follows up its biggest hit to date ("Second Chance") with another modern rock gem. "If You Only Knew" is the first love ballad that singer Brent Smith wrote for the band-the song was inspired by the day Smith found out ...

  40. Jimmy Wayne, "Sara Smile"

    October 09, 2009 4:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Anyone who has followed Jimmy Wayne 's career knows the North Carolina native has a history with "Sara Smile." His resurrected version of this '70s Hall & Oates classic helped him land his first record deal and has been a fav ...

  41. Chris Brown Featuring Lil Wayne And Swizz Beatz, "I Can Transform Ya"

    October 09, 2009 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 On his first officially released track since his February altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna , Chris Brown takes a break from performing community service to brag about his riches. "Need a ride? I can Range you up/Money, I can change you up ...

  42. Alejandro Sanz Featuring Alicia Keys, "Looking for Paradise"

    October 06, 2009 4:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 The raspy urgency of Alejandro Sanz 's voice has acted as a lovely complement to female belters in the past. The Spanish singer lent heft to Shakira 's 2005 hit, "La Tortura," and this time around, his duet partner is Alicia Keys ...

  43. Jason Castro, "Let's Just Fall In Love"

    October 06, 2009 4:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 With this year's top "American Idol" finalists nearing the release of their solo debuts, it might be easy to forget that season seven's Jason Castro is also putting out his own on Nov. 17. Luckily, his first single is strong enou ...

  44. Ke$ha, "TiK ToK"

    October 06, 2009 4:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 After lending her vocals to Flo Rida 's "Right Round," Ke$ha offers her own fun and frivolous ode to a wild night out. "TiK ToK" finds the 22-year-old singing teasingly about excess pleasures, from drinking ("Ain't ...

  45. Julian Casablancas, "11th Dimension"

    October 06, 2009 4:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Unabashedly retro, Casio-style keyboards kick off the first single from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas ' anticipated solo debut album, "Phrazes for the Young." Although those first notes sound like they should be playing during t ...

  46. John Mayer, "Who Says"

    October 05, 2009 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Mayer's debut single off his forthcoming "Battle Studies" album finds the singer/songwriter asking a rather daring question: "Who says I can't get stoned?" This is clearly a departure for the artist, from both his ...

  47. Alicia Keys, "Doesn't Mean a Thing"

    September 25, 2009 3:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 A truly confident woman lets herself be vulnerable at the right time. This is the message that Alicia Keys ' latest single exudes, as she lets her guard down and admits that she's incomplete without the man she loves. "From afar, it s ...

  48. Kris Allen, "Live Like We're Dying"

    September 25, 2009 3:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" winner Kris Allen has wisely chosen to scrap his Kara DioGuardi -penned coronation song, "No Boundaries," in favor of this impressive new single about seizing the day. "We only got 864 hundred seconds in a da ...

  49. Queensrÿche, "Home Again"

    September 25, 2009 3:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Home Again," the new single from Queensrÿche 's powerful "American Soldier" album, could recapture the mainstream glory that the band achieved with its 1991 dream ballad, "Silent Lucidity." The lyrics-an exchange ...

  50. Honor Society, "Over You"

    September 25, 2009 2:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Honor Society wraps post-breakup angst into a cathartic, three-minute package on "Over You," the opening track from the group's just-released debut album, "Fashionably Late." The song is delivered with fierce precision by ba ...

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