5 Seconds of Summer Cranks Up the Amps With 'She's Kinda Hot,' Plus More of the Week's Best and Worst New Singles
5 Seconds of Summer
"She's Kinda Hot"
5SOS has been routinely branded as a "boy band," but that's a misnomer. The Aussie quartet cranks up the amps on "She's Kinda Hot," shirking bratty punk-pop for relatively rugged arena rock. The result is an average late-era My Chemical Romance tribute, but one guaranteed to crush radio. -- Steven J. Horowitz
The Scottish synth-pop trio follows its breakout debut with an ebullient affirmation of its electro blueprint, animated by a strong vocal from frontwoman Lauren Mayberry. The new single boasts the glistening electronichooks of a surefire alt hit, while also hinting at the once unlikely notion of Chvrches making noise in the mainstream. -- Chris Payne
As the Stones tour behind past victories, Keith Richards preps his first solo album in 23 years, Crosseyed Heart (Sept. 18). Despite the lead single's raucous title, "Trouble" is comforting rock recalling Stevie Ray Vaughan's blues-for-the-masses, but it's a notch above most rock vets' late-career solo work. -- Joe Lynch
Listen to all this week's singles and more music from this issue in the Spotify playlist below:
This story originally appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of Billboard.