Chuck Arnold, IVORY JEFF, Jessica Herndon, and Marisa Laudadio
July 25, 2011 12:00 PM

>RECENT RAVES!

BRAD PAISLEY

“Be the Lake”

On this summer-ready standout of This Is Country Music, a hottie-watching Paisley imagines himself as “that two-piece fittin’ you so right it’s wrong.” You sly devil.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

“You Are a Tourist”

This highlight of Codes and Keys provides a dreamy escape as you ride along its Cure-esque bass line.

ARCTIC MONKEYS

“Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”

Creepy and cheeky, this Suck It and See psych-rocker lives up to its terrific title.

BON IVER

“Calgary”

Just one of the many lushly atmospheric places you’ll visit on Bon Iver’s self-titled set.

BIG SEAN

“My Last”

Featuring Chris Brown, this Finally Famous jam is the first of many hits to come for this new rapper.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ

“Just Don’t”

Saadiq channels Smokey Robinson on this retro-soul charmer from his gem Stone Rollin’.

LEDISI

“Coffee”

Making like a modern-day Chaka, Ledisi serves up some fiery funk on this nugget from Pieces of Me.

JILL SCOTT

“Hear My Call”

This heartbreaking ballad from The Light of the Sun—which debuted at No. 1—makes you feel as if you’re listening in on a prayer.

LADY GAGA

“The Edge of Glory”

With Clarence Clemons on sax, this Born This Way anthem should have us all pumping our fists in honor of the late E Streeter. Take a bow, Big Man.

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