1. Rihanna, "Disturbia"
On this brand-new track, Rihanna says, "I've gotta get out, or figure this shit out," which sounds just about right for a Friday afternoon. [Sheena Beaston]
2. Wale feat. Bun B, Pusha T and Tre from UCB, "The Heavy Feature Song"
Wale released the musical equivalent of Seinfeld, The Mixtape About Nothing, and this track is the great episode during sweeps that's loaded with guest stars. [Culture Bully]
3. The Bloody Beetroots, "Speed Racer Theme '08"
The Beetroots give a taste of their upcoming release, and it just happens to be an update of the theme to a Japanese animated-television program called Speed Racer. This is a genius idea and sure to make so much money! [FYOF]
4. One Republic, "Mercy" (Duffy cover)
One Republic turns their anthem-rock sound on for this cover of neo-soulstress Duffy to create a track with so much retro even Brian Setzer couldn't get it all straight. [Brugo]
5. Parenthetical Girls, "Joan of Arc" (Maid of Orleans cover)
The Parenthetical Girls cover a (lost) classic OMD song that's the best (waltz) song you'll ever hear (today). [Pitchfork]