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There are echoes of the xx on this electronica- laced beauty previewing Ghost Stories (due May 19), but it also recalls the Radiohead-esque dreaminess of their Parachutes debut.
“What Is Love”
After Despicable Me 2’s “Happy,” animated films continue to up their music game with this groovefest of tropical rhythms from the Rio 2 soundtrack.
“I Luh Ya Papi”
Yes, I rolled my eyes when I first saw the title, but with its hypnotic hip-hop bounce—and French Montana—this retro-J.Lo jam spikes spring fever. Extra points for the papilicious video.
She’s been busy writing for pop starlets like Beyoncé and Katy Perry, and another Sia client—Rihanna—seems to have inspired the cool reggae vibes here.
Zooey Deschanel doesn’t do for this what Sheena Easton did for “U Got the Look.” Still, this party pumper is one of Prince’s best singles in 4ever.
The blissed-out breeziness of this folkie ditty (produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach) could turn the biggest hater into a starry-eyed romantic.
The 2012 American Idol shows no signs of losing relevance, keeping the flames of his Mumfordness burning for his upcoming second album.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Edition |
At the peak of his powers in 1973, Elton John could follow his yellow brick road anywhere he wanted on this eclectic epic—a double disc that was his second LP of that year and went on to become the biggest studio album of his career. Newly reissued—including a tricked-out box set!—GYBR still amazes 40 years later. That opening sequence of the 11-minute whopper “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets” and the title tune is one for the ages. Best bonus: cool covers by acts like Ed Sheeran and Miguel paying their respects.