"Dreams"
BECK
(Capitol/Fonograf)

Bad-ass guitar funk on slick disco beats make up this unusual Greg Kurstin-produced psychedelic party jam. A shame it never made it to the Billboard Hot 100, rising to only six on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles' chart.

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"What Do You Mean?"
JUSTIN BIEBER
(Def Jam)

Bieber's best dance track to date, “What Do You Mean?” sounds like grown-up Usher crooning set across a glorious rainbow of tropical synths, subtle clock ticks, cute flute add-ins and, most importantly, sing-a-long zest.

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"Adventure of a Lifetime"
COLDPLAY
(Parlophone UK)

Walking on the tightropes of curvy Jamiroquai acid disco, Coldplay gives us something so reminiscent of a dance jam two years ago: Daft Punk's “Get Lucky.” The perfect follow-up, even if it's suspiciously coming from an alt-rock band.

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"Coffee"
MIGUEL
(RCA/Sony)

Continuing the design work of Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel explores the depths of sexual implosion and wild psychedelic soul on this synth-bleary atmospheric slow jam, one that will leave you “fucking in the morning.”

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"Feel Right"
MARK RONSON feat. MYSTIKAL
(Columbia)

With pop prince Bruno Mars and ‘90's Durty South rap king Mystikal in the front and a sexy brass section to the side, “Feel Right” sounds like it was executed from one of James Brown's J.B.'s early-70's funk parties. Good gawd!

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"Love Myself"
HAILEE STEINFIELD
(Republic)

Breezy electropop dashes through the winds of this jubilant debut single by Cali musical newcomer Hailee Steinfield. She's best known for her acting, for which she nabbed an Oscar nod for her role in True Grit, but with singles like this, she won't be acting like a pop novice for long.

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"Good for You"
SELENA GOMEZ feat. A$AP ROCKY
(Interscope/Polydor)

Minimalist production set to finger snaps, “Good for You” walks into a cloud of euphoric afterglow. “Gonna wear that dress you like skin tight/Do my hair up real, real nice,” Gomez sings while cooing her way up the sexy pop starlet ladder.

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"Ship to Wreck"
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
(Island)

Riding on the gusto of Annie Lennox, “Ship to Wreck” is the uptempo rock-pop gem UK songstress Florence Welch needed the most. Having a rollicking backing band strutting every perfect step doesn't hurt either.

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"WTF (Where They From)"
MISSY ELLIOT feat. PHARRELL
(Atlantic)

Still gleaming from the overtures of her bombastic appearance at the Super Bowl, Missy jumps back into the studio for one of 2015's biggest comebacks. She commits no misdemeanor here on this triumphant return to form. With Pharrell's underground beats and Missy's saucy rap skill attached to her silly lyricism, this brand of entertainment feels like a breath of fresh air. Unexpected indeed, Elliot jumps out of her misdemeanor hiatus with a swaggerlicious beats and a sexy dose of egomaniac lyrics (“Pop that, cock and reload/This another hit, I got an ace in the hole”).

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"FourFiveSeconds"
RIHANNA feat.
KANYE WEST and PAUL McCARTNEY
(Roc Nation)

With minimalist production etched only with Sir Paul's guitar and a brief gospel organ, this song brings Rihanna and Kanye West together for a melodic piece of acoustic pop that's details one's verge of getting trashed, going to jail and “wildin.” “I'm just tryna make it back home by Monday mornin',” the pair sing alongside a summoned gospel choir.

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