EW Staff
July 06, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Love This? Rihanna feat. Jeezy, ”Hard”
Commander RiRi brings tough talk, pony metaphors to the pop battlefield.
Try This! Eva Simons, ”Renegade”

Dutch import Eva supplies more flinty I Am Woman resolve, with synth shudders.

Love This? Gorillaz feat. De La Soul, ”Feel Good Inc.”
Cartoon cool kids’ woozy jam made 3-D humans go bananaz back in 2005.
Try This! Rizzie Kicks, ”Down With the Trumpets”

U.K. duo’s rubber-band funk is wound even tighter, for maximum dance-floor bounce.

Love This? Fleet Foxes, ”Helplessness Blues”
Seattle warblers weave sonic swirly-twirl of folksiness and beard hair.
Try This! Husky, ”History’s Door”

The Foxes’ Sub Pop labelmates also favor strummy harmonies, say no to razors.

Love This? Justin Bieber, ”Boyfriend”
Canada’s top exporter of swag and fondue promises swoony monogamy.
Try This! Conor Maynard, ”Can’t Say No”

For similarly Timberlake-y Brit, romance is an all-you-can-date buffet.

Love This? She & Him, ”Thieves”
Zooey D. trades adorkable for devastated, soothes broken heart with pretty jangle.
Try This! Kat Edmonson, ”I Don’t Know”

Texas songbird’s bittersweet ballad delivers more Etsy-retro charm.

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