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Melissa Maerz ranks Fiona Apple’s return, Frank Ocean’s monumental moment, fun.’s breakout, and more; go deeper in Entertainment Weekly mag, on sale Dec. 21
Posted on December 11, 2012 at 5:00am EST
1 of 10
If Freddie Mercury were alive today, these would be his favorite karaoke jams.
2 of 10
Goofy college rap with so many great indie samples, you'll want to Shazam every one.
3 of 10
Dr. Dre's protégé puts Compton back on the map.
4 of 10
In which Django Django prove that psychedelic art-rock is still awesome awesome.
5 of 10
Dirty South hero rails against Reaganomics and convinces the world that agit-rap isn't dead.
6 of 10
Campfire folk-pop with harmonies so lovely, the hipster coyotes will howl along.
7 of 10
Only the smoothest slow-jam king can admit that he wants to ''do you like drugs'' and make it sound romantic.
8 of 10
Dive-bar punk that makes you pound your fist just as hard as you pound your beer.
9 of 10
Deeply personal piano ballads that you'll love as long as it takes to read the album title (i.e. forever).
10 of 10
He's one of L.A.'s best pulp-fiction storytellers, and the most original voice in avant-R&B.