Adam Markovitz and Kyle Anderson
February 21, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

Mariah Carey, ”You’re Mine (Eternal)”
Nowadays, Mariah’s recipe for a song has about as much wiggle room as the instructions on a microwave dinner: Mix sultry vocals and teen-diary lyrics (“Autumn days and stormy nights/When you crushed me with your charms”), reheat a slow-jam beat, and top with a piercing high note. Like pizza bagels, this somehow felt much fresher in the ’90s. CAdam Markovitz

Nicki Minaj, ”Lookin Ass N—a”
Minaj’s first official offering since 2012’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is a tough-as-nails rhyme, as if she’s trying to send the Idol-judging, “Starships”-pop-shilling side of herself back to the Technicolor beach resort from whence it came. She ends up overcorrecting — you can still have a chorus in your hardcore, Nicki — but the return of her authoritative fire is welcome. BKyle Anderson

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