EW Staff
September 26, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

KANYE WEST
”LOVE LOCKDOWN”
Mr. West, Cher wants her ”Believe” vocoder machine back. We kid! In fact, the rapper’s latest is a welcome departure from his usual boasts and beats, with its spare, hypnotic melody and haunting vocals (”I’m in love with you/But the vibe is wrong/and that haunted me, all the way home”). A-Leah Greenblatt

DAVID COOK
”LIGHT ON”
Break out the lighters for this mammoth arena anthem courtesy of your American Idol (and co-writer Chris Cornell). ”Light On” contains all the requisite parts — massive chorus, wall of guitars, obligatory bridge breakdown — that went into the rock hits of artists like Nickelback and Daughtry. Predictable? Sadly so, but still undeniably catchy. B-Shirley Halperin

GAVIN ROSSDALE
”LOVE REMAINS THE SAME”
He may live in the shadow of megastar wife Gwen Stefani, but the former Bush rocker has actually gotten a boost from two other, unlikely boldfaced names: Richard Gere and Diane Lane. His stirring, Peter Gabrielesque ballad is featured prominently in the ad for their romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe. B+LG

TAYLOR SWIFT
”LOVE STORY”
The 19-year-old country wunderkind previews her upcoming sophomore album with a winsome, headily romantic ballad that spins the tale of Romeo and Juliet into a modern-day, well, love story. Modest twang and all, the song will still probably find its way onto the pop charts. A-LG

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