Judged by how much they sound like a Spice Girls song.
12. Maisie Peters – April Showers
Maisie Peters broke through with folk tunes but she’s pivoting further towards pop with April Showers. It’s a Two Inch Punch-production and true to his form, it slips and slides through experimental beats and glorious moments of melody.
11. Majid Jordan – Superstar
Majid Jordan rarely switch up the formula but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Superstar is an effortless groove that washes right over you in the best way.
10. George Maple – Superhuman
George Maple and What So Not have had plenty of golden collaborations in the past so it’s no surprise that Superhuman is great. It’s one of the most upbeat, light-footed cuts that Maple has ever delivered and it’s so refreshing.
9. Lontalius – Nothing Makes Me Stronger
Lontalius’ new album All I Have is out and it features this beautiful centrepiece. Nothing Makes Me Feel Stronger is melancholic at times but it’s driven by this uplifting spirit that shimmers through the chorus.
8. Summer Walker – Come Thru (Feat. Usher)
Summer Walker is about to have a huge end of 2019 with Over It and this song could nab her some real chart success. Her voice sounds gorgeous over this mid-tempo beat and the Usher feature is a nice homage to the era of R&B she channels.
7. Jessica Mauboy – Jealous
Jessica Mauboy keeps levelling up, delivering an absolute serve with Jealous. She rarely uses her voice like this. It’s soft and personable and it absolutely shines in that slinky chorus.
6. Doja Cat – Bottom Bitch
Doja Cat goes punk. She’s clearly been spending some time around Rico Nasty because this one brings out the inner-emo. It’s emotional but it’s also a butt-shaking butt which is not an easy cross-section.
5. Travis Scott – Highest In The Room
Most Scott fans have been listening to live versions of this for the past few months but he’s finally delivered the studio version. It’s a woozy, uncentered track that’s even more twisted than anything that appeared on Astroworld.
4. Camila Cabello – Cry For Me
Camila Cabello has dropped another new song, getting gritty on new song Cry For Me. It captures an irrational fury. Far from the breezy ease of Liar or Havana, this new cut is closer to a rock track, ending in a haze of guitars and distorted vocals.
3. Ngaiire – Shiver
Ngaiire has returned with her first single in three years Shiver and it’s a stunning return to form. Shiver is a soulful, slow-burner that slowly flourishes into a rich, decadent track full of harmonies and thundering percussion.
2. Angel Olsen – What It Is
Angel Olsen has given one of the best albums of the year in All Mirrors. You need to sit with it for a while but What It Is stands out immediately. It’s a decadent, rich song that stomps by with elegance and power.
1. King Princess – Hit The Back
King Princess has unleashed another cut from her forthcoming album Cheap Queen this time letting loose Hit The Back. She’s described the song as, “the anthem for bottom everywhere,” and there’s no world in which this will not become a queer anthem.
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