Coldplay: “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”
The band’s new single follows a familiar pattern: Pianos and melancholy and galloping U2-ishness tweaked just enough to sound novel — and, ultimately, hard to resist.
Young Knives: “Love My Name”
If the Vaccines and Death Cab formed a heavily accented, hook-loving supergroup, it might sound something like the U.K.-based Young Knives, whose career-long bid for stateside success may reach fruition with this effortlessly catchy new track.
This song is both a “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” soundtrack contribution and Paramore’s first single since the bitter departure of two members, which explains why it sounds like the meanest robot breakup song ever.
Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars: “Lighters”
A mellowed-out Eminem raps over a “Nothin’ on You”-reminiscent beat. Shamelessly good, nakedly commercial, this is Bad Meets Evil’s “Love the Way You Lie.”
Ghost: “Here Comes the Sun” (Beatles cover)
Swedish psych/death metal band Ghost is not known for subtlety: The frontman performs in a Catholic cardinal’s outfit and a skeleton mask, Ghost likes to sing about Satan and the band is just pretty creepy in general. But the new, bonus track Beatles cover is surprisingly, nicely subdued.