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Our Favorite Songs and Videos Right Now: Beyonce, Kanye West and More

Hear Kanye convey his “God dream,” Courtney Barnett sing about ramen and more

Beyoncé; Weezer; Beck; Kanye West; Courtney Barnett

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The year is still relatively young, but we've already seen a slew of great new music, from Bowie's swan song to new dispatches from pop visionaries Kanye and Beyoncé. Here's a taste of the sonic treats we're currently feasting on.

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Beyoncé, “Formation”

Great news for Beyoncé fans: She's been on a roll since 2013, and she's not slowing down. Her latest world-class club banger doubles as a powerful statement of black Southern resilience. In the era of #BlackLivesMatter, "Formation" felt downright necessary. Her Super Bowl performance, with nods to Michael Jackson and the Black Panthers, was pretty awe-inspiring too. Now, where's that new album?

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Kanye West, “Ultralight Beam”

Opening the tangled-up drama of The Life of Pablo with this sincere moment of prayer is a classic Kanye move. It works, too — thanks in part to Chance the Rapper's exuberant, show-stopping guest verse.

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Weezer, “L.A. Girlz”

On their latest single, Rivers Cuomo and Co. bring the power-pop crunch and the lonely-guy vibes like the Blue Album was only yesterday. It hits all the right sweet spots.

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Wild Nothing, “A Woman’s Wisdom”

Dreamy L.A. synth-pop dude Jake Tatum nails the Hall and Oates feel 
on this blissed-out tribute to a loyal partner: "I don't believe in heaven, but maybe you can be my church."

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Beck, “The Man Who Sold the World”

Beck joined Nirvana's surviving members for a spellbinding live take on the Bowie classic they covered on MTV Unplugged. It's a must-see on YouTube.

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Courtney Barnett, “Three Packs a Day”

Yes, she lost at the Grammys. But this absurdly catchy garage-pop nugget about ramen noodles (really!) should cheer up anyone who was rooting for our favorite Aussie singer-songwriter.

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2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, “Rolls Royce Weather Everyday”

Ever wish your life was more like 2 Chainz's? Us too, especially after hearing his and Weezy's delightful ode to living large.

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