1. “All Night” by Icona Pop
An infectiously catchy song that deserves to be just as big as their ubiquitous lead single.
2. “January” by Disclosure
Your hipster friend’s new favorite band, Disclosure has an incredible range and this is their best, a electronic dance anthem harkening back to Earth, Wind and Fire.
3. “The ‘59 Sound” by The Gaslight Anthem
The Gaslight Anthem has yet to top this, their signature track about heartache, longing and nostalgia that does The Replacements and Bruce Springsteen proud.
4. “Roar” by Katy Perry
This song, while trite, is designed to pump you up — and dammit if it doesn’t work like gangbusters.
5. “Black Skinhead” by Kanye West
West’s lead single off “Yeezus” is the best of the year, a song that’s off-putting, mesmerizing and genuinely blood-pumping, a track that makes you feel like a total badass.