Henry Goldblatt, Adam Markovitz, and Ray Rahman
July 26, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Avril Lavigne, ”Rock N Roll”
Ignore the awful title (seriously, was ”Song” already taken?) and the fact that Avril is still talking about waving her Canadian middle finger approximately half a century after ”Sk8R Boi.” Instead, turn ”Rock” up to 10 and surrender to producer Max Martin’s pop swells and a chorus that’s as infectious as a summer flu — and a million times more fun. A-Henry Goldblatt

One Direction, ”Best Song Ever”
To answer the obvious question: No, it is not. But this not-terribly-original first single from the Brit pack’s upcoming third album has plenty of good cheer and cute gimmicks — like a ”Baba O’Riley”-inspired intro and a chorus of ohs and yeahs — that make it far from the worst. BAdam Markovitz

Kings of Leon, ”Supersoaker”
Sure, absence makes the heart grow fonder, but a legitimately good single doesn’t hurt either. The Followill boys return with this earthy rocker, a promising callback to their younger, longer-haired days. It might be the best new rock song of the season — just add a six-pack and a Slip ‘n Slide. A-Ray Rahman

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