Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 22:03
Olly Murs, "Army of Two"
Olly Murs is quite possibly the biggest name in pop music you haven’t heard yet. His versatile vocal range, capped off with velvety falsetto, renders Murs the British Adam Levine. “Army of Two” captures much of what’s best about Murs’ music—it’s a sturdy pop anthem begging for radio airtime.
Bruno Mars, "When I Was Your Man"
It appears Taylor Swift is out of a job. Bruno Mars has proven himself far more capable in the department of breakup than the queen of gloom herself with “When I Was Your Man.” Moreover, people actually empathize with Mars, in contrast with Swift, who they revel in loathing for being unsatisfied with everything.
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Timberlake proves his mastery of the pop epic with “Mirrors.” The eight-minute love anthem marks a magnificent musical moment spent at the crossroads of R&B and stadium rock. The resurrection of Timberlake from the musical catacombs is pop music’s greatest chance of salvation from the sinful works of Carly Rae Jepsen and the like.