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Top 10 New Pop Songs March 1, 2011


This week's list ranges from the hip hop rock fusion of The Knux to a new song from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Paul Simon. It is also a good week for Swedish pop with great new songs from Lykki Li and Those Dancing Days. These are songs serious pop fans should not miss. Purchase and download them now.

1. The Knux - "She's So Up"

The Knux - "She's So Up"
Courtesy Interscope

Don't miss this single. The Knux blend classic guitar based pop-rock with hip hop in a style that will make you want to get up and move. Take a big dose of surf rock, an edge of indie pop, and a bit of hip hop sensibility and you might have an inkling of the exciting sound of The Knux.


2. Lykke Li - "Youth Knows No Pain"

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Courtesy Atlantic

"Youth Knows No Pain" is the lead track from Wounded Rhymes, the second album from Swedish singer Lykke Li. Classic 60s pop informs the huge, infectious, jangly sound of this song.


3. Marsha Ambrosius - "Sour Times"

Marsha Ambrosius - Late Nights & Early Mornings
Courtesy J Recordings

Former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius takes a classic song by British electronic group Portishead and stretches it further with her gorgeous, heartfelt vocals. This is a track off her debut solo album Late Nights and Early Mornings.


4. Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"

Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"
Courtesy Columbia

This is the title song and lead single from the upcoming third album by indie rock band Manchester Orchestra. It amounts to something like a gorgeous indie power ballad.


5. Willow Smith - "21st Century Girl"

Willow Smith - "21st Century Girl"
Courtesy Roc Nation

Following her debut R&B hit "Whip My Hair," 10 year old Willow Smith heads in a decidedly pop direction. It's an anthem for little girls, but many adult pop fans will be pleased too.


6. Those Dancing Days - "Keep Me In Your Pocket"

Those Dancing Days - Daydreams & Nightmares
Courtesy Wichita Recordings

The five Swedish women that make up Those Dancing Days create stellar, ultra-catchy pop. Classic 60s soul and girl groups provide the foundation, but the group restlessly travels down its own path as well. This is a track off the group's new album Daydreams and Nightmares.


7. Big Sean - "My Last" featuring Chris Brown

Big Sean featuring Chris Brown - "My Last"
Courtesy Def Jam

This is the lead single from the upcoming debut album by rapper Big Sean. He is a protege of Kanye West and shows strong influences from Drake as well. The Chris Brown chorus is honey sweet.


8. Joss Stone - "Back In Style"

Joss Stone - "Back In Style"
Courtesy Stone'd Records

At the age of 23, Joss Stone has had more record label problems than most top performers in a lifetime. She is finally on her Stone'd label, and this single does present her big, soulful vocals at their best.


9. Paul Simon - "The Afterlife"

Paul Simon - "The Afterlife"
Courtesy Hear Music

Pop rock legend Paul Simon will release his first studio album in five years on April 12, 2011. This new single will be familiar musically to any of Paul Simon's fans, and the lyrics are filled with tongue in cheek humor.


10. Juanes - "Regalito"

Juanes - "Regalito"
Courtesy Universal Latin

Juanes continues his engaging Latin pop rock here. This is the third single from his fifth studio album P.A.R.C.E.


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