October 17, 2011 12:00 PM

>WHAT I’M ROCKING NOW!

NIRVANA

“Smells Like Teen Spirit”

The raw energy of this grunge anthem lives on in the 20th-anniversary deluxe reissue of Nevermind. You can just imagine Kurt Cobain, forever 27, thrashing around in the great beyond.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

“The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”

A No. 1 rock hit from I’m with You, this one had me at hello—or at least from the moment Flea’s funky bass line kicks in. Extra points for making a cowbell sound cool.

R.E.M.

“Everybody Hurts”

It still pains me to imagine no more R.E.M., but sweet comfort is found in this Automatic for the People embrace.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM

“Stars Are Crazy”

The Fleetwood Macster makes you feel as if you’re tripping across a constellation on this Seeds We Sow highlight.

LAURA MARLING

“Night After Night”

This lovely, lilting standout from A Creature I Don’t Know casts a silvery moonlight on this English indie-folk singer.

ADELE

“Someone Like You”

As if she hadn’t already broken your heart with this, the emotional climax of 21, she might slay you all over again with the new video.

KATY B

“Power on Me”

Like Adele, this newcomer is an alumna of London’s starmaking BRIT School. This hypnotic, sinister groove is just one of many club-ready jams from On a Mission.

Beyoncé Knowles

“Love on Top”

B truly sounds as if she’s basking in the glow of love—and pregnancy—on this vocal showcase off 4. She just keeps reaching higher and higher, nailing every note.

DIANA ROSS

“The Boss”

Back when Miss Ross was the Beyoncé of her day, she did an entire album, 1979’s The Boss, written and produced by Valerie Simpson and husband Nick Ashford, who passed away in August. I’ve been pumping the soul-disco title track in his memory. Farewell, Nick.

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