From Gwen Stefani to Sleater-Kinney, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

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Gwen Stefani
"Baby Don't Lie"
Mad Love/Interscope

After rumors swirled that Stefani was recording for a solo album and new No Doubt LP, "Baby Don't Lie" is the first taste from the former. Produced by Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, the pop cut embraces her less experimental side with middling results -- she's present, but missing her signature bite.--Steven J. Horowitz

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"Bury Our Friends"
Sub Pop

"We're sick with worry these nervous days/We live on dread in our own gilded age," sing Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein on Sleater-Kinney's thunderous reunion single. It has been a decade since these indie-rock pioneers called it quits, but they've re-emerged with ebullience, flipping a triumphant bird at the doomsday clock.--Ryan Reed

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Smashing Pumpkins
"Being Beige"
Martha's Music

Billy Corgan orbits his band's mint 1990s sound on "Being Biege," the alt-rock icon's first single off its new album Monuments to an Elegy, due Dec. 9. Pwer guitars chug alongside a gleaming piano melody that recalls the sweeping aesthetic of "Tonight, Tonight," only less resolute. If "Beige" is any indication, Corgan might be on to something.--S.J.H.

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Hanni El Khatib
Innovative Leisure

After producing Khatib's second album, Head in the Dirt, in 2013, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach has left his motorcycle-oil-stained fingerprints all over the garage rocker's new single. From the ominously staccato guitar groove to the heavy reverb, "Moonlight" is a fine facsimile of the Keys circa 2005.--Harley Brown

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Dillon Francis & Martin Garrix
"Set Me Free"

While "Set Me Free" doesn't detonate as violently as Francis and Garrix's respective solo hits, this debut paring works up enough of a sweat to deliver some genuine chills. It won't be this fall's "Turn Down For What," but it does its own admirable job connecting throbbing synths and building snares.--Jason Lipshutz

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Oh Land
"Head Up High"
Tusk or Tooth/Kobalt Label Services

Four-on-the-floor Euro-pop isn't hard to find, but with her addictive new single, Danish-American Nanna Oland Fabricius (aka Oh Land) breathes fresh air into a well-worn formula. "Head Up High," a pep talk for a downtrodden friend, weaves operatic hooks and harmonies over kaleidoscopic electronics.--Ryan Reed

This article first appeared in the Nov. 1 issue of Billboard.


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