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The 10 Best Pop Songs We Heard This Month

We get it: There's so much music out there, it's impossible to listen to it all. The Fuse staff compiled the best pop tracks released in November

1 / 10

Gwen Stefani, "Spark the Fire"

The "Hollaback Girl" returns! Gwen Stefani linked back up with Pharrell for a song that feels like a modern-day take on their iconic No. 1 single. It's said to be the second single from her upcoming solo album. It's a smart choice—you'll get that catchy chant stuck in your head in no time.

2 / 10

Azealia Banks, "Nude Beach a Go-Go"

Azealia Banks' release of Broke With Expensive Taste was shocking not only for its unexpected arrival, but also for the wide array of genres packed inside. There's trap, dance, a little salsa, but also this undeniably feel-good surf-pop jam. Who would have thought we'd hear the controversial Banks singing such a carefree tune?

3 / 10

One Direction, "No Control"

One Direction's fourth album has been gaining traction since it's early November release, fans flocking to singles like "Steal My Girl" and "Night Changes." The real gems on FOUR are the non-singles like "No Control." The '80s-inspired power anthem is driven by Louis Tomlinson's simultaneously sexy and sweet high-register chorus. We're not complaining! 

4 / 10

Major Lazer & Ariana Grande, "All My Love"

The Hunger Games arena gets transformed into a dancefloor with this cut off the Lorde-curated Mockingjay, Pt. 1 soundtrack. Ariana Grande coos and belts melancholy lyrics of fighting for love before Major Lazer swoops in a tribal-dance breakdown. It's like the sonic representations of Katniss, Peeta and Gale's Hunger Games love triangle.

5 / 10

Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato, "Avalanche"

Pals since their Disney days, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato joined up for a new collaboration that sounds like their most mature yet. The duo's combined belts on the chorus are as haunting as they are beautiful.

6 / 10

Fifth Harmony, "Sledgehammer"

While Fifth Harmony's last single "BO$$" was a snappy, hip-hop/pop mashup, the girl group has gone full-throttle pop with their latest offering—to irresistible results. This Meghan Trainor-penned gem might be their most addictive joint yet.

7 / 10

Nick Jonas, "Teacher"

Nick Jonas has his own Lionel Richie moment on this sleek pop tune. It's got a feel-good '80s-funk kick to it with an irresistible trumpet-laced, synthy breakdown that we could imagine the Commodores blasting out up in their heyday. 

8 / 10

AOA, "Like a Cat"

The girl group crafts an addictive, sultry track that's one of the boldest pop songs to come out of Korea. Funky keys, trumpet blasts and saxophone riffs back the septet's coos, harmonies and declarative hook, "I'm good, I'm hot, I'm fresh, I'm fly!" Meanwhile, its accompanying video is getting notice for the girls' sexy spy looks and elaborate storyline, which MTV says recalls the TRL days.

9 / 10

One Direction, "Stockholm Syndrome"

We've been digging FOUR so much this month, we couldn't pick just one song. "Stockholm Syndrome" is one of the more surprising tracks on the record, existing somewhere between Tears For Fears synth pop paradise and Haim's classic rock harmonies. The boys are getting complicated!

10 / 10

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

Discussion has already begun about whether "Uptown Funk" is the best song of the year, and we can't imagine that the excitement for the funky pop track will die down anytime soon.


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