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Drake feat. Nicki Minaj, “Up All Night”

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One of the year's great driving songs, with Minaj "doing doughnuts in a six-speed."

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Drake feat. Nicki Minaj, “Up All Night”

One of the year's great driving songs, with Minaj "doing doughnuts in a six-speed."

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Wavves, “Post Acid”

The San Diego trio turn in a sweetly psychedelic punk nugget: part Buzzcocks, part acid-damaged beach rock.

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Gil Scott-Heron, “I’m New Here”

The long-lost Seventies rap pioneer rasps his way through an acoustic version of a Smog ballad. He turns indie-rock melancholy into the darkest, deepest country blues.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “The Trip to Pirate’s Cove”

A classic Petty road story, outfitted with black-ice organ and sneering guitar.

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Band of Horses, “Laredo”

A country-rock ballad about needing to get away, built around shimmering guitars that go on for miles.

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Robyn, “Dancing on My Own”

The Swedish diva spots her beloved with another girl — then turns her sadness into sparkling pop, perfect for solo freakouts.