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Our Grammy nominee mixtape

Forget ''Rehab'' and ''Stronger,'' we pick other tracks from Amy Winehouse and Kanye West that you should put on your playlist

Our Grammy nominee mixtape

Last week, the Recording Academy doled out its Grammy nods, full of surprise additions and omissions. (Welcome to the Best New Artist party, obscure soul chanteuse Ledisi! Daughtry, not so much!) In anticipation of the official 2008 Grammy Nominees disc, a grab bag of singles from the contenders expected next month, we’ve devised our own mixtape: For every likely compilation selection (”The Single,” below), we’re offering an equally worthy, but unsung, song from choice honorees.

AMY WINEHOUSE
The Single ”Rehab”
Our Pick ”Back to Black”
Old-soul heartache twists the knife on this devastating Spector-tinged lament.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
The Single ”Radio Nowhere”
Our Pick ”Girls in Their Summer Clothes”
The Boss recalls that old E Street Band magic with a bittersweet slice of sunset nostalgia.

VINCE GILL
The Single ”The Reason Why”
Our Pick ”Sweet Thing”
Gill’s honky-tonkin’ stomper captures the beer-stained glory of a roadhouse jukebox.

KANYE WEST
The Single ”Stronger”
Our Pick ”Good Morning”
Hip-hop’s favorite peacock forsakes his bluster on this stripped-down, surprisingly thoughtful cut.

FEIST
The Single ”1234”
Our Pick ”My Moon, My Man”
The songstress’ dulcet vocals float like smoke over punchy percussion and a galloping piano.

T.I.
The Single ”Big Things Poppin’ (Do It)”
Our Pick ”Tell ‘Em I Said That”
A harpsichord melody brings the rapper’s silver-tongued menace to a haunting crescendo.

WHITE STRIPES
The Single ”Icky Thump”
Our Pick ”Rag and Bone”
Jack and Meg banter like Johnny and June on this bluesy, bare-bones good time.

FOO FIGHTERS
The Single ”The Pretender”
Our Pick ”Long Road to Ruin”
An epic rocker with a sweeping chorus, it’s a worthy sequel to their ‘99 classic ”Learn to Fly.”

RIHANNA
The Single ”Umbrella”
Our Pick ”Breakin’ Dishes”
A wayward lover gets the baby diva pissed — and inspires a killer woman-scorned hook.

FERGIE
The Single ”Big Girls Don’t Cry”
Our Pick ”Mary Jane Shoes”
The pop Dutchess’ riff on Bob Marley’s ”No Woman, No Cry” becomes an intoxicating anthem.