LMFAO, ”Party Rock Anthem”
The official jam of summer 2011, and the sonic equivalent of shotgunning eight Red Bulls.
The Freshmen, ”Hello There”
Sunny beer-pong party music set to slightly safer levels of palpitation.
Cat Power, ”The Greatest”
Sadness made sublime with strings, piano, and Chan Marshall’s ravishing voice.
Lana Del Rey, ”Video Games”
Less woebegone, more languid, swaying femme fatale — but just as gorgeously habit-forming.
The Black Keys, ”Howlin’ for You”
Serious Robert-Plant-is-my-daddy strut from Akron, Ohio’s finest duo.
Rival Sons, ”Pressure and Time”
L.A. outfit also gets the Led out, unleashing a wallop of handlebar-mustache blooze-rock.
The Lonely Island, ”I’m on a Boat”
Andy Samberg & Co. are on a boat with T-Pain and 10 vocoders, and you are not.
Awesomely doltish ode to Saturday-night oblivion, with a speaker-blowing bass beat.
Arcade Fire, ”Wake Up”
Canadian art-pomp gone symphonically epic — unabashed and irony-free.
Typhoon, ”The Honest Truth”
A similarly joyful cacophony of noise (hey there, woodwinds!) and earnest-majestic songcraft.