The 10 Best Songs Of The Week: Lady Gaga, Sia, Mac Miler And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 09/09/2016

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A Sia and a Lady Gaga single in one week. The pop world's done something to please the pop Gods this week.

10. Post Malone
Deja Vu (Feat. Justin Bieber)

Once you get over the fact that the beat of this sounds almost identical to Hotline Bling this is quite enjoyable isn't it? It's taken from Malone's long overdue record and he's pulled in his buddy Justin Bieber to lay down some smooth vocals. Bieber always sounds good in RnB mode and Malone does as well actually which is convenient given it's his song.

https://play.spotify.com/track/0jSBrbcmdYrpFxVDPmixyo

9. Tove Lo
Influence (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)

Fun fact: Tove Lo has featured on every single pop song this year. BUT she's prepping her forthcoming second album Lady Wood and it's sounding bloody good. Cool Girl was slick and, well, cool and this one Influence is another fine slice of pop. There's a Wiz Khalifa verse which it could've done without but nothing says "cracking the US" like an unnecessary rap feature.

8. Pional
The Way That You Like (Feat. Empress Of)

Empress Of is delivering some bloody good features this year. Her spot on Blood Orange's record on Best Of Me is a highlight of the year and now she's put her voice to Pional's The Way That You Like off his forthcoming When Love Hurts EP. It's a dark cut that sounds like a stripped-back version of some of Me's more haunting moments.

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7. Felix Snow & Young Thug
Turn Up

Felix Snow is fast becoming one of the most sought after producers in the world. He’s riding high in the US with Kiiara’s Gold which he produced and now he’s managed to get Young Thug on a track.

Turn Up takes Snow’s woozy, late night beats and adds an even wonkier vibe courtesy of Young Thug’s weird but wonderful flow.

It comes just over a week after Thug dropped his mixtape My Name Is Jeffrey, one of his most mature projects yet. This cut further proves that he’s got the potential to have a number one hit.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/felixsnow/turn-up-young-thug[/soundcloud]

6. LANKS
Holla

What a year this guy is having. Two months ago Melbourne musician/producer LANKS gave us the exceptionally smooth Bitter Leaf, featuring some incredibly fine vocal layering. You’d be kidding yourself if you weren’t already on this bandwagon, with LANKS today once again showcasing just why his name is on the rise through the release of his brand new single titled Holla. It could very well be LANKS’ best work yet, which once again features some smooth and crisp vocal work. - Harrison Kefford

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/lanksmusic/holla[/soundcloud]

5. Mac Miller
My Favourite Part (Feat. Ariana Grande)

Mac Miller is tapping into his sensitive side on his forthcoming new record The Divine Feminine and this song's feature, Ariana Grande, may just be the reason for it. This is the most soulful we've ever heard Mac as he goes head to head with one of the greatest vocalists in music right now. Grande sound sweet, flirtatious and Mariah-esque over one of her least forced beats ever. MacGrande 4 ever <3

4. ELOHIM
Hallucinating

LA artist ELOHIM is making dark, wonky pop music and she's yet to not hit the nail on the head with all her releases. Hallucinating might be her most accessible drop yet - a colourful, personable pop song that explodes with charisma. She manoeuvres her way around a cool, laid-back beat with a woozy vocal that's probably what BANKS could deliver if she lightened up for three minutes.

Also BIG shouts for the first mariachi pop song this year.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/elohimelohim/elohim-hallucinating[/soundcloud]

3. Yogi
Blow You Up (Feat. AlunaGeorge & Less Is More)

OWSLA producer Yogi is back after a brief period of silence with a huge new single with the most featured artist in history (maybe) AlunaGeorge and newbie Less Is More. Taking the velvety vocals of Aluna, Yogi’s crafted a club anthem with jittering vocal samples and DJ Snake-esque drops. He’s prepping for the release of his debut album this year and if this is any indication, it’s going to be full of club stormers.

2. Sia
The Greatest (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Sia is back with a new single less than a year after the release of her album This Is Acting and it's a shimmering, banger keeping up a standard that Sia has set for herself with hit after hit. There's a Kendrick verse in here which is good but it's Sia's perfectly constructed chorus that steals the show. She probably sat down and thought, "I'm gonna write a number one record in 30 seconds," and she's bloody done it.

1. Lady Gaga
Perfect Illusion

Lady Gaga is finally back with the first single off her forthcoming fifth album. Perfect Illusion is, as expected, a bit of a rock turn for Gaga teaming up with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Mark Ronson and Bloodpop. It's about four million time better than Applause and infinite times better than Cheek To Cheek. Expect the next few months to be huge for Gaga. This is an anthem in every sense of the word.