Chuck Arnold and Johnny Dodd
October 22, 2012 12:00 PM

>1 PINK

“Try”

After five previous studio efforts, Pink finally scored her first No. 1 album with The Truth About Love, proving, as this ballad affectingly does, the power of perseverance.

2 CHRISTINA AGUILERA

“Your Body”

Yes, the lyrics (and the video) are a bit trashy, but this electro-disco jam still oozes sexiness—with a hint of sinisterness. Hey, nobody does “Dirrty” better than Xtina.

3 GREEN DAY

“Let Yourself Go”

Billie Joe Armstrong lets the f-bomb fly during this ripping hell-raiser from ¡Uno! But this is a lot more fun than his onstage tirade last month.

4 THE KILLERS

“Flesh and Bone”

For anthemic grandeur, you can always count on these dudes to deliver. On the opening salvo of Battle Born, they sound damn near ready to take on U2 for fist-pumping glory.

5 MUSE

“Madness”

Rock bands toying with electronica can be an iffy proposition, but they pull it off with this hypnotic highlight from The 2nd Law. Unusually understated, it’s one of the coolest things they’ve done.

6 MIGUEL

“Do You …”

The sexiest album out right now? Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream. On this Prince-meets-Bruno-Mars standout, this neo-soul man wants to “do you like drugs.” Intoxicating.

7 MUMFORD & SONS

“Lover of the Light”

Sorry, Biebs, but these British folk-rockers now have claimed the biggest album debut of 2012. Just like this Babel cut, they keep building and building.

8 JAY-Z

“Empire State of Mind”

In the first show of his eight-night stand to open the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the native son (minus Alicia Keys) had me—and the arena—rocking to his New York anthem.

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