>1 MARIAH CAREY
“Make It Happen” With an inspirational message and Mimi’s take-it-to-church delivery, this 1992 hit has been my personal theme song recently. It’s just one of many gems rediscovered on The Essential Mariah Carey.
“Where Have You Been” Currently onscreen in Battleship, Ri-Ri launches a dance-floor assault on Talk That Talk’s latest hit.
“The Keepers” Amid all the crazy beats on Master of My Make-Believe, Santigold delivers a melody worth hooking onto.
4 ADAM LAMBERT
“Trespassing” Somewhere Freddie Mercury is breaking out the spandex and working it to the stomping, Queen-like title tune from Lambert’s latest.
5 RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
“Out of the Game” Wainwright sounds like he’s having a ball on the breezy, Bacharach-esque title cut from his latest.
6 JACK WHITE
“Love Interruption” A rootsy beauty from Blunderbuss, the rocker’s at-long-last solo debut.
7 SILVERSUN PICKUPS
“Busy Bees” Dreamy atmospherics and intricate rhythms take this Neck of the Woods track into Radiohead territory.
8 WILLIE NELSON
“The Scientist” Making like an outlaw Chris Martin, the country legend brings a grizzled grace to this Coldplay cover on Heroes.
“Doing It Wrong” In smooth crooner mode, Drake—now on tour—lets a lover down ever so gently on this Take Care slow jam.
10 DONNA SUMMER
“Last Dance” One final turn with the late Queen of Disco. Hopefully she’s twirling under the big mirror ball in the sky.