Love This? Psy, ”Gangnam Style”
South Korean sociopolitical satire rides the whomp-whomp pony to U.S. viral victory.
Love This? Fiona Apple, ”Never Is a Promise”
Young Fi, then just 18(!), at her most piercing and precociously poetic.
Love This? Tupac Shakur, ”I Get Around
The late king of Cali rap had so many ladies to get to, so little time.
Love This? Miranda Lambert, ”The House That Built Me”
Country star proves that going home again brings super-pensive memories, Grammys.
Love This? My Morning Jacket, ”Circuital”
Kentucky jammers unleash trademark long-player swirl ‘n’ strum.
Try This! G-Dragon, ”Crayon”
More manic cross-cultural kookiness from fellow K-pop superstar/human cockatiel.
Try This! Dark Dark Dark, ”Patsy Cline”
Similarly swoony piano melancholy, via female-fronted Minneapolis fivesome.
Try This! Freddie Gibba, ”Tell a Friend”
Shirt-hating MC has Shakur-style swagger, but less room for romance.
Try This! Kacey Musgraves, ”Merry Go ‘Round”
Nashville upstart digs even deeper into Southern gothic, with melodic banjo pluck.
Try This! Lord Huron, ”Time to Run”
More open-vista indie rock, with extra wind chimes and Fleet Fox-y harmonies.