The past few years, Top 40 radio has been a bastion for self-esteem anthems. (Is this a trend because Millenials are in need of encouragement?) In the kingdom of supreme pick-yourself-up music occupied by artists like Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles can claim her own wonderful territory with "Brave." She has a knack for melodies and clean productions, which allows her solid song-craft to rise to the surface. As such, Bareilles keeps this hooky track moving forward with a thudding drum machine and big chorus. It's a sold slice of pure pop, and one of the brightest gems this year.