1. Future Islands, 'Seasons (Waiting on You)' (4AD)

When Future Islands performed 'Seasons (Waiting on You),' the lead single and profile-raiser from their new album "Singles," on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on March 3, lead singer Sam Herring did his chest-thumping gorilla dance and sang sadly "I've been waiting on you" over Gerrit Welmers' synth and William Cashion's bass and the band went viral. Video of the performance was a YouTube sensation, resulting in many, many GIFs, and the song ended up at #37 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. Not bad. But even without the arresting performance, the song had a humming hook, thumping beat, and the aching desire of a timeless pop hit. (Geoffrey Himes)

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