Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves!

updated 04/18/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/18/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CHUCK'S PLAYLIST

BRITNEY SPEARS

"Till the World Ends"

The Femme Fatale opener, co-written by Ke$ha, provides dance-floor euphoria in the midst of troubled times.

CHRIS BROWN

"Beautiful People"

The latest club anthem from F.A.M.E. may be even better than "Yeah 3X."

THE STROKES

"Under Cover of Darkness"

On the first single off Angles, these indie rockers get their bounce back.

R.E.M.

"Mine Smell Like Honey"

This Collapse into Now cut, with both jangle and crunch, smells like classic R.E.M.

RADIOHEAD

"Feral"

A wild Afro-beat boogie from The King of Limbs.

JAMES BLAKE

"The Wilhelm Scream"

Haunting and hypnotic, this track from his self-titled debut is more likely to leave you speechless as it transports you into the otherworld of dubstep.

MARSHA AMBROSIUS

"Far Away"

A heartbreaking highlight from the Floetry singer's Late Nights & Early Mornings.

JENNIFER HUDSON

"Why Is It So Hard"

Cowritten and coproduced by Ne-Yo, this old-school slow jam is a memorable moment on I Remember Me.

ADELE

"Someone Like You"

From 21-the year's best and biggest album-a killer ballad. And I mean: crushing.

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