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Our Favorite Songs and Videos Right Now: Bono, Bond, ‘Blackstar’ and More

A playlist of the cuts that are rocking our world

Santigold; Radiohead

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It's been a wild few weeks in the music world, filled with news both thrilling and unspeakably tragic. Here are seven tracks and clips that are helping us make sense of it all.

Radiohead

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Radiohead, “Spectre”

The band says this lush, spooky ballad was meant for the latest James Bond movie. It got beaten by a Sam Smith song — tough break! But it's a real beaut, with echoes of 2001's "Pyramid Song."

Santigold

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Santigold, “Who Be Lovin’ Me”

A sweet, hazy summer jam featuring Atlanta's ILoveMakonnen on bliss-zonked guest vocals. Lovin' it!

David Bowie

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David Bowie, “Girl Loves Me”

This tensely coiled groove is our favorite moment on Bowie's wild new Blackstar album — it's dark, trippy and sexy in ways only the late, great icon could pull off.

Bono

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Bono, “Every Breaking Wave”

"Every Breaking Wave" sounded great on U2's tour last year, but it's even more powerful in this simple acoustic performance with Glen Hansard, Hozier and others at a Dublin busking event for charity.

Weaves

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Weaves, “Drag Me Down”

This Toronto psych-rock crew was one of the best bands we saw at the 2015 CMJ music festival, and its new One Direction cover is delightfully strange.

The 1975

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The 1975, “Ugh!”

These Manchester blokes are the easiest, breeziest British band since Duran Duran. Check out the hooks on this refreshing pop-rock blast to see what we mean.

Alabama Shakes

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Alabama Shakes, “Gimme All Your Love”

Brittany Howard kicks the jams all the way out in this killer Austin City Limits rendition of a highlight from last year's Sound & Color album.