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Five great songs released this year that mr john should hear

Published 27/10/2010 | 05:00

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All I Want

A six-and-a-half-minute pocket symphony with shades of Bowie's 'Heroes', it's a song that packs a devastating emotional punch.

New Yorker James Murphy has been delivering such potent dance-rock over the course of three fine albums.

Arcade Fire

The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

A synth-pop delight from the Canadian collective, it's one of the standout songs on their latest album, The Suburbs.

Two Door Cinema Club

Something Good Can Work

The Northern Irish trio are fronted by a 21-year-old, but there's nothing immature about Alex Trimble's slick, dancefloor-friendly song with its irresistible hooks and insidiously catchy chorus.

Jonsi

Boy Lilikoi

The frontman of influential Icelandic band Sigur Ros sounds quite unlike anyone in the history of music.

The fact that his keening vocals are sometimes singing in his own made-up language probably helps. This, like much of his output, is mysterious and magnificent.

Katy Perry (pictured)

Teenage Dream

Dismiss the new Mrs Russell Brand at your peril. The former purveyor of Christian ballads has been moulded into a striking pop machine.

The music may fall into the guilty pleasures box, but if this slice of Californian pop appears on the radio, you'll turn it up loud.

Irish Independent

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