As music listening habits become more specialized, it's easier than ever to miss a new song. Unless it gets put in constant rotation on the radio, earns a coveted spot on your favorite playlist , or pops up on the soundtrack to that hot new TV show, most tracks -- even from big artists -- fly under the radar for the casual music fan. Thankfully, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find five new songs of the moment that are worth taking time out of your busy day for. It doesn't matter what genre the song comes from or how popular the artist is. If it's good, we want you to hear it -- and then listen again. Lil Baby is not backing down.
29. Franz Ferdinand – ‘Do You Want To?’
Summer is a season unlike any that have come before it, but even in uncertain times as the coronavirus pandemic continues on, some things haven't changed. Folks are still flocking to beaches or staying put in their backyard inflatable pools , road tripping , and trying to live some normal approximation of the warm weather months. While so much looks and feels different right now, this turbulent year has gifted us with some first-rate summer songs from artists around the world that will be a welcome addition to any playlist. Genres like K-pop , Afrobeat, and reggaeton have found eager audiences in the United States, while homegrown hip-hop continues to dominate charts.
"The Bigger Picture," Lil Baby
The fact that The Highwomen even exists is impressive. They make that statement over an unabashedly pretty melody, going in and out of duets and harmonies with seamless, generous sweetness. Carly Rae Jepsen has built a cult following on the power of her brand of pure, heart-on-your-sleeve pop. Her widely-praised third album was even nakedly called Emotion. Bandana , the widely acclaimed album from rapper Freddie Gibbs and producer Madlib, was forged in trying circumstances: Gibbs says he wrote most of the record in an Austrian jail while awaiting his eventual acquittal from sexual assault charges. And that something is a propulsive, infectious disco sensibility. With a retro-sounding melody that resonates across generational tastes, the song has already become a dancefloor mainstay. The combination is potent and haunting, hinting at the diversity of Latin music and the creative future it is inevitably heading toward. Whether people went online to criticize it, dance to it or remix it, everyone interacted with it some way, continuously pouring fuel as it set record after record.
Talking about love is hard, and singing about it is even harder. In his otherwise melancholy album "Awaken My Love," this song from Childish Gambino stands out as an uplifting, yet groovy love song. Not only are John Legend's songs undeniably romantic, but they seem to have worked for him—he and Chrissy Teigen have one of the most-loved marriages on the internet. This cover of a Dire Straits song has managed to eclipse the original in pop culture, and doubles as a karaoke favorite. The power and emotion behind her voice will have you falling in love with Adele by the end of this song. It didn't take long for Ed Sheeran to win the hearts of romantics, in no small part due to this number. Frank Ocean is beloved for exactly this kind of song, which mixes of-the-moment beats with some irresistible, classic crooning. A surprisingly uplifting romantic ballad from the oft-melancholic Florence and the Machine, "You've Got the Love" is the kind of song you turn all the way up when you hear it on the radio.