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30 Songs You Should Be Listening To...But Aren't

Radio stations have been replaced by endless MP3 listening devices and internet streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora. It makes discovering NEW and EXCITING songs that much harder...so below I present 30 songs you need to know...

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1. PHIL KAHAN "SHE'S FREAKY"

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Maybe I'm partial because I seriously am in love with his voice, but Phil follows up "Be Cool" with this ditty.

2. ASHLEY ALLEN "BODY SAY NO, HEART SAY YES"

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This New York native really is coming into her own. Ryan Seacrest thought so and has really gotten behind her.

3. KARMIN "I WANT IT ALL"

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Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan return, but now people are saying "When did Nick get all hot??". Not sure why you aren't getting into this song..it's so catchy....dah dah dah dah dah....

4. KING CHARLES "LOV MADIBA"

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Yes, this song is about Nelson Mandela and South Africa. This kind of sounds like it should have come out in 1968, but it's pretty new.

5. DISCLOSURE "LATCH"

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Okay..this is starting to break..which is great! The UK based DJ group has had a few hits in the UK and now has brought their music stateside. Warning...this is addicting...I'm latching on to this song...

6. OPEN AIR STEREO "DAMNED"

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Chase Johnson (yes...from MTV's "Laguna Beach"!!!) returns with his band to give us this potential hit song!

7. VILLEBILLIES "LOVE IS KIND OF CRAZY"

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Kentucky...Hillbilly meets Louisville (get the name???)..Believe it or not this band has been around since 2005...and the hip hop/country/rock revolution commences...especially when you add in a sample from the 1968 Classic IV song "Spooky"..

8. CELESTE BUCKINGHAM "RUN RUN RUN"

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Slovik singer Celeste Buckingham (no relation to Lindsey, sorry) was born the year I graduates high school. If this song wasn't so amazing, I would be pissed...but when you hear this you will understand why I think she is one of the best singers I've heard in a long time.

9. R5 "(I CAN'T) FORGET ABOUT YOU"

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The Lynch brothers (plus Ellington Lee Ratliff) release their first non-Disney single out and it's smashing. You may know Ross Lynch from Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally" and you may know Riker Lynch from FOX's "Glee", but the group as a whole is pretty solid.

10. THE BLEACHERS "I WANNA GET BETTER"

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Jack Antonoff from the group Fun has a side band and if you listen to Alt Radio, you will know this song for sure! It's been everywhere. Now it's time for HAC and Pop to catch up.

11. OH HONEY "BE OKAY"

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This duo will be touring with American Authors & James Blunt later this year...so you should know who they are. You'll probably be watching this video a few times..

12. JIM BUTTON "THE BIG BREAKTHROUGH"

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German artist Jim Button (yes...a woman!!) is getting some attention with this song. Trust me you will be hypnotized. Ingenious lyrics and a great drum line, matched with a very funny video and you'll be sucked into her magic...look at you..you're never gonna make your big breakthrough :)

13. LEANN RIMES, ROB THOMAS, AND JEFF BECK "GASOLINE AND MATCHES"

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What?? Yes, it is country/rock...but my decades long man-crush on Rob Thomas only continues with their weirdly awesome trio on a very fun country subject...a volatile relationship.

14. MORGAN PAGE & THE OUTFEILD "YOUR LOVE"

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It isn't uncommon to get an 80s song redone by an EDC DJ and have the original vocals or vocalists in the mix (check out Cedric Graves & Howard Jones). The most recent of these combination brings on the still-scandalous "Your Love" and brings it to a new group of listeners.

15. PLUG IN STEREO & MEGAN & LIZ "TO BE WANTED"

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Take Plug In Stereo and smash him together with duo Megan & Liz to create an insanely memorable song. Plug In Stereo has been going around with Dancing With The Stars' Cody Simpson on his tour.

16. RACHELE ROYALE "SHUSH"

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Let's put it this way..this is the opening lyrics "You say - Give it to me right - Give it to me good..I'll give it to you just like your boyfriend should"...yeah...it's pretty hot!

17. MARIE MILLER "6'2"

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A few people have commented Marie is like the Lisa Loeb of the 2010s. Cute, talented, and an amazing song that isn't trying to push sex, drugs, or rock n roll. Just a little ditty about finding love.

18. LUCKY MENG "LUCKY MENG"

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It's time for the Latino community to get it's own "Gangham Style"....ladies and gentlemen I give you Lucky Meng. But what's even odder is that it seems the man behind the mask is potentially a huge superstar that didn't want to show their face. It's the biggest music mystery of the year...second to only the mystery of "Did Jason & Selfie Girl ever hook up??"

19. CARA QUICI "FIGHT"

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You might recognize Cara from "Real Housewives of New York City" where she performed a few of her songs. Now she's out with her update of the classic Beasite Boys' "Fight For Your Right To Party"

20. PARMALEE "CAROLINA"

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Country band Parmalee went all the way to #10 on the country charts with this song recently! Josh McSwain will make you kinda swoon..not gonna lie..

21. MATT NATHANSON "KINKS SHIRT"

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I want Matt's hair. Like why I wasn't I born with that hair?? Like seriously...and yes it's not "the girl in the pink shirt"...it's "the girl in the Kinks shirt"...

22. PHANTOGRAM "FALL IN LOVE"

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Sarah Barthel & Josh Carter brings their fun New York vibes to this song. Big Boi from Outkast loves them (so we should too). Oh, and you may have heard their song "Don't Move" in the movie "Pitch Perfect".

23. TRITONAL & PHEOBE RYAN "NOW OR NEVER"

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This eerie EDC song is haunting, gorgeous, and mischievous all rolled up into one great song.

24. SEVEN LIONS "STRANGERS"

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Another EDC song that is trying to breakout...and it has a chance. It's pretty awesome and the lyrics are great. The DJing is pretty sick especially before the drops too..

25. PHILLIP PHILLIPS "RAGING FIRE"

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Now that you got "Gone, Gone, Gone" out of your head, Phillip comes out with this. This song kinda makes me want to turn my soul into a raging fire too..

26. IGGY AZALEA & ICONA POP "FANCY"

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Oh my! NSFW people...NSFW! But this female rapper is going to give Nicki Minaj a run for her money....this is pretty SIIIIICK!!!!! And add in Icona Pop's chorus...this is HOT!

27. CLEAN BANDIT & JESS GLYNNE "RATHER BE"

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This is a UK group trying to hit it out of the park right now. Take classical music, mix in a dance beat, a great vocal, and add in a confusing video...and BAM...you got 22 million views already on YouTube!!!

28. TONI BRAXTON & BABYFACE "HURT YOU"

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Wow...Babyface discovered Toni back in 1992 (21 years ago!!). This is their first duet ever! She still sounds amazing. This is the first single from Toni's new album "Love, Marriage, & Divorce"

29. CARLA CAPPA "MY HEART IS BEATING AGAIN"

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Hailing from outside Philly, this singer/songwriter is starting to get some traction with this fantastic pop/dance song. It kinda gets you moving...don't lie...

30. GLENN MORRISON & ISLOVE "GOODBYE"

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You may ask "Where did they find a model who can sing?" Actually that is Islove...and yeah...he's good looking. SO who's Glenn Morrison?? Well he's the Canadian DJ that lays down the track. And when you get to the very repetitive chorus you can't get "in the streets of Mexico" out of your head. At one point last week, I think I played this song like 12 times in a row. Just as you get into it, it ends..so you play it again.

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