You need music, because it makes you happy. That’s all there is to it. And although the glory days of hanging round in town on a Saturday trying to get your pal to give you free Big Macs, failing to be funny in front of girls and buying an expensive CD single has dwindled, the need to download all the music in the world has risen. Here’s where it’s at this week:

1/ The biggie: Cascada – Evacuate The Dancefloor

This will probably be number two on Sunday, second only to Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror. How do you reckon attractive-female-fronted German pop people Cascada feel about that? About being beaten by a dead guy? About being beaten by a gent who, had he snuffed it just one week later, would have had no say in crumpling their dreams of a debut UK number one? It probably hasn’t even crossed their minds.

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2/ The reliving of the ‘90s dream: Röyksopp feat Robyn - The Girl & The Robot

Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp have teamed up with Swedish pop star Robyn to become a Scandinavian electro-pop trio for one song, and one song only. Fancy that! And it’s decent. But no more. It’s quite fuzzy and luxurious, and the chorus is big, but neither Royksopp nor Robyn have ever driven anyone crazy with love, and they probably never will.

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3/ The fashion victims: Yeah Yeah YeahsHeads Will Roll

Gone are the scratchy guitars and slightly awkward time signatures. Instead, we have DISCO. And who doesn’t like disco? Literally no one. If she wasn’t in a band, people would point at lead singer Karen O and say “look! Look at her bloody ridiculous clothes!” But she is in a band, so they don’t, and instead she gets rightly lauded as some kind of 21st Century Debbie Harry.

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4/ The wide boy: Jamie T - Sticks 'N' Stones

He’s a fag smoking, gun toting, Stella drinking, boyfriend fighting, polo short wearing, baseball cap sporting cockney wide boy geezer. Actually, gun toting is unlikely. But still, he does all the rest and he swears loads and there’s an admirable fury to the way he spits out his local Landahn lad rhymes and he’s dramatically and entertainingly BACK.

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5/ The future indie darlings: The Big Pink - Stop The World

When The Big Pink claimed they were going to combine Oasis, My Bloody Valentine, Kasabian, TV On The Radio and the Jesus And Mary Chain into one tight and tiny package, people said “no, no they won’t”. But they have, and it sounds great. It sounds better than great: it sounds joyous, confident and like a hit. And there’s not a damn thing you can do or say to change our minds.

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