EW Staff
November 18, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

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Mumford & Sons, ”Little Lion Man”
The Brit-folk anthem so beloved, it even gets a pass for dropping multiple F-bombs.
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Milo Greene, ”1957”
Think Mumford with less angry banjo and more floaty, Fleet Fox-y harmonies.

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Taylor Swift, ”Sparks Fly’
The reigning queen of country-pop story portraiture paints a perfect meet-cute.
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Attwater, ”Daydreaming”
Sacramento newcomers conjure their own sweetly twangy tale of new romance.

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Nicki Minaj, ”Did It on ‘Em”
Nicki at her scatological naughtiest, riding a speaker-blowing beat straight to Bonkersville.
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Azealia Banks, ”212”
She’s no Minaj Xerox, but she’s got that same wild-card charisma — and major NSFW-ness.

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Spoon, ”The Underdog”
Cerebral indie rock got what it always needed on the Austin stalwarts’ 2007 jam — full brass!
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Non-Commissioned Officers, ”Ahead of the Wave”
Spoon meets ELO meets awesome at the roller rink; and yep, they brought their horns.

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Jennifer Hudson, ”Spotlight”
A gentleman doesn’t let his lady languish — as if any guy could put J. Hud in the corner.
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Crystal Nicole, ”Pinch Me”
This R&B proto-diva just wants love too. But you’d be a fool to cross her fierceness.

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