Editor's Note:

Editor's Note: Song of Joy

Our editors reveal some of their current musical obsessions

See that headline? It was the name of my first album, and therefore I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Captain & Tennille. Sadly, that singular '70s duo did not make the list of today's 30 Greatest Artists in this issue. To be clear: This is not a list of the greatest living artists; it's the singers and bands doing the most exciting work in music right now. The list was generated by EW's music department, which has no shortage of passionate opinions, after a lot of debate and a certain amount of name-calling. Fortunately, most are still speaking to each other. So I asked these writers and editors to single out some of their personal favorites:

Jason Adams
Assistant managing editor
Artist who dominates my iPod LCD Soundsystem
Song I'm loving most right now ''Myth'' by Beach House

Leah Greenblatt
Senior editor
Artists who dominate my iPod The Notorious B.I.G. and the White Stripes
Songs I'm loving most right now ''I Am Not a Game'' by Ty Segall and White Fence and ''Next to Me'' by Emeli Sandé

Melissa Maerz
Music critic
Artist who dominates my iPod LCD Soundsystem
Song I'm loving most right now ''The House That Heaven Built'' by Japandroids

Clark Collis
Senior writer
Artist who dominates my iPod Wilco
Song I'm loving most right now ''You & I Belong'' by Simone Felice

Kyle Anderson
Staff writer
Artist who dominates my iPod Beck
Songs I'm loving most right now ''Boomshakalaka'' by Chip tha Ripper and ''Two Way Street'' by Kimbra

Ray Rahman
Editorial assistant
Artist who dominates my iPod Pavement
Song I'm loving most right now ''Comeback Kid'' by Sleigh Bells

Grady Smith
Editorial assistant
Artist who dominates my iPod The Avett Brothers
Songs I'm loving most right now ''Everybody Talks'' by Neon Trees, and anything by One Direction (seriously!)

In our special music issue, these staffers give you a terrific overview of what's happening in music. While the record industry searches for more singers like Adele who can touch all age groups and break free of rigid radio formats, boy bands are making a comeback, and Coachella is coming, so we give you a preview of the hottest stuff there. Meanwhile, I'm still trying to convince the music staff that Sugarland belong on the 30 Greatest Artists list. Maybe next year.

Originally posted Apr 06, 2012 Published in issue #1202 Apr 13, 2012 Order article reprints
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