“Heard ‘Em Say”
West’s signature flare mixes with the vocals of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine to create hip-hop harmony.
“Marching Bands of Manhattan”
Death Cab for Cutie
The tender melodies and unique sound of Death Cab’s Transalanticism continues with the first track on their new album Plans.
30 Seconds to Mars
Former TV heartthrob Jared Leto actually cranks out some decent screamo tunes on this track.
Boasting poignant lyrics and the vocal snarl of Ms. Apple, “Extraordinary Machine” makes for a pleasurable listen.
Shakira follows up the surprise success of “La Tortura” with this slow, Spanish burner guaranteed to raise more than the temperature.
“The Hardest Part”
The crowning work of X&Y, “The Hardest Part” marks a definite evolution in Coldplay’s ability to craft pitch-perfect pop.
“Bubble Pop Electric”
“Bubble Pop Electric” is a song bursting at the seams with energy and is the most rewarding track off Love.Angel.Music.Baby.
-Compiled by Lori Bartlett and Pablo Saldana