Labels and artists are prepping for summer releases with singles, tours, and hype campaigns, and that means tons of new music. This week’s countdown teases some of the most anticipated upcoming albums, and the quality is in abundance. It took some deliberation to whittle this list down to 10 songs, because it seems that no matter what the style — from industrial metal to R&B to folk rock — there’s an artist out there pushing their genre forward or creating something new altogether. It’s truly an exciting time to be a music fan.
10. Courtney Love – “Wedding Day”
“Do you think you can understand what it takes to be a man?” Courtney Love taunts on “Wedding Day”, already knowing that the schmuck in question definitely cannot. Everything here, from her growl to the spidery guitar runs, sounds engineered to hit like a George Foreman haymaker circa 1973. We’re now 20 years removed from Hole’s Live Through This, and suddenly, following the also impressive “You Know My Name”, Love sounds as relevant as any number of her young admirers. –Michael Madden