The 25 Best Songs We Heard Last Month

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Iza Lach feat. Snoop Dogg, "No Ordinary Affair"
One of my favorite things about the Internet is those moments that seem absolutely unavoidable, as if the universe conspires with the stars and your fingers to give you what you were looking for and didn't even know it with one or two clicks. With a voice that's sweet yet piercing, sensual and inviting, Polish singer-songwriter Iza Lach has been taken under the wing of none other than The Doggfather himself. I can listen to this track on repeat for hours. MARCO TORRES


John Legend, "All of Me" (Tiësto Remix)
The original version of this song is damn near perfect, reminiscent of early John Legend hits such as "Ordinary People" and his contribution to Slum Village's "Selfish." Usually the dance version of a popular R&B track is good for one, maybe two listens, but Tiësto gets it just right. It gets the blood pumping, remixing the track without butchering the song to death. An instant favorite. MARCO TORRES


Lorde, "Bravado"
Pure Heroine is not a perfect debut album; it's a damn good one, but would have been better if "Bravado" were on the original version. It's easily one of the strongest songs that Lorde has released, featuring one of her more impressive vocal performances. It's not really fair that at her age her B-sides are stronger than a lot of people's A-sides, but here we are. CORY GARCIA


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Major Lazer, "Original Don"
This 2011 track is currently being featured on commercials for Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan Hotel. While watching it I wish I could say this glittery hotel wasn't full of goofy families and old couples when I went, but what I get is that "bomboclatt" sound stuck in my head and start thinking about going somewhere else. ALEXA CRENSHAW


Manchester Orchestra, "Top Notch"
If Manchester Orchestra's first single off new LP Cope is meant to set the tone for the album, fans are in for a real treat. "Top Notch" is unrelenting and heavy-handed, a far cry from previous album Simple Math. Vocalist Any Hull says Cope will be "brutal and pounding you over the head on every track." I just can't get "Top Notch" out of my head, and don't really want to. MATTHEW KEEVER


Idina Menzel, "Let It Go"
Sung by Idina Menzel and written by the husband-and-wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 2014 Oscars. Its parent film Frozen is now stuck in the DVD player at my sister's house, where my two nieces sing along to "Let It Go" over and over and over. OK, I do too, but purely in the attempt to be a nice uncle. But I must admit I'm a sucker for animated movies. MARCO TORRES


Angel Olsen, "Hi-Five"
Songs about being lonely get maudlin so easily that some humor is very appreciated. Olsen's voice and songwriting are both great, and "Hi-Five" is catchy as hell. JOHN SEABORN GRAY


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'bonus folk inflections'...is that the new code for Mumford-like banjos?

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