It’s Valentine’s Day so we’ve included one love song as a treat.
12. Justin Bieber – Forever (Feat. Post Malone & Clever)
Justin Bieber’s Changes record is one long marathon of same-sounding songs but Forever stands out. It’s got the strongest hook of the bunch and Malone’s contribution lifts it.
11. Joesef – Think That I Don’t Need Your Love
Glaswegian artist Joesef is drawing the attention of plenty of tastemakers with his soulful, intimate pop and the latest Think That I Don’t Need Your Love is another confident play. Complete with blaring horns, the track proves Joesef to be a compelling artist.
10. WENS – Beauty Queen
LA-based artist WENS is accruing a confident set of pop songs and Beauty Queen is the latest. It’s a dark, damning tune buoyed by a killer bridge and some slick vocals.
9. Robinson – I Tried
Kiwi pop artist Robinson has amassed a huge audience in a short amount of time. She’s just knocked out a new EP and it begins with this bop which features a great, quick-fire chorus.
8. Arlo Parks – Eugene
At just 19 years-old Arlo Parks is proving herself to be one of the most honest, vivid songwriters around. On Eugene she tells an earnest story of friendship and forbidden romance.
7. Banoffee – Contagious
Banoffee has snuck another track Contagious out ahead of the release of her new album Look At Us Dad next Friday. While its predecessors Tennis Fan and Count On You were upbeat pockets of pop, this one slows it down a bit and gets emotional.
6. Bad Bunny & Sech – Ignorantes
Bad Bunny can’t do any wrong in our books. With a Super Bowl appearance behind him, he’s teamed up with Panamanian singer Sech. Ignorantes is a heartfelt breakup anthem that could also drag you to the dancefloor.
5. King Princess – Ohio
King Princess has been tearing around the world on her Cheap Queen tour, closing her sets with an unreleased track Ohio.
Well, that track is unreleased no more as she’s dropped it for those who haven’t had the privilege of seeing her live recently.
The recorded version embodies the energy she possesses live, giving us an intimate, sultry intro followed by anarchic switch-up. It’s chaotic and primal but it feels instantly timeless. So much so that we had to check the writing credits to make sure it wasn’t a cover.
4. Billie Eilish – No Time To Die
Billie Eilish quietly snuck out her Bond theme song this week and it’s all we could’ve hoped for. She sticks to the Bond blueprint, delivering a haunting ballad but she sprinkles it with her own touches. She allures with that careful, hushed voice before sending out some of her strongest notes to date.
3. Sam Smith – To Die For
We’d gotten used to dancing with Sam Smith but they’ve slowed it down for the title track of forthcoming album To Die For. Where points of The Thrill Of It All felt overcooked, this is a genuinely affecting ballad that doesn’t try to do too much.
2. Grimes – Delete Forever
Speaking of sentimental moments, Grimes released a surprisingly touching new track this week. Delete Forever holds the vulnerability of Art Angels and is the most straight-forward song she’s released from Miss Anthropocene.
1. Tame Impala – One More Year
We never thought we’d hear Kevin Parker proclaiming, “52 weeks! 7 days each! 4 seasons! 1 reason! 1 way! 1 year,” over an acid house beat but we’re absolutely obsessed.
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