20 Awesome Pop Songs You Need For Your Fall Playlist
These must-hear tracks from Dua Lipa, Galantis, Jordan Fisher and Jane Zhang will keep you smiling through the end of 2016.
Undoubtedly, your fall playlist already has such certified smashes as The Weeknd’s “Starboy,” Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and Ariana Grande’s “Side To Side” squarely in place. But what about these under-the-radar tracks from some of pop’s most promising newcomers? Discover some of the coolest songs currently coming alive in the fall time, from Zara Larsson, BTS, Tove Lo and more:
Dua Lipa, “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”
The U.K. darling’s debut album isn’t out until February, but this cheeky, Hot 100-charting single impressively showcases her attitude and nuanced voice in less than three minutes.
Jordan Fisher, “Lookin' Like That”
The former Disney Channel star’/current Hollywood Records artist's self-titled debut EP is highlighted by this stylish throwback cut, which hints at what Fisher could become when his dynamic voice has more space to unfurl.
Cilia, “Hardcore Heartbreak”
Lush, affecting pop from Sweden, with a hook that lingers well after one listen. What more do you need?
Pussy Riot, “Make America Great Again”
Did Pussy Riot really wrap some of their boldest political statements in a shimmying pop song constructed around gentle acoustic strums? It’s true -- no matter what your party affiliation, “Make America Great Again” is jaw-droppingly likable.
Zara Larsson, "Ain’t My Fault” (R3hab Remix)
The Swedish star’s follow-up to her U.S. breakthrough “Never Forget You” fastens itself to you in its original version, but the recent R3hab remix gives the post-chorus breakdown an extra injection of flavor.
Tove Lo, “Keep it Simple”
Only Tove Lo can pack a line like “Lie awake and read your sext, I can’t sleep” with such unbridled emotion; Lady Wood has plenty of high points, but “Keep It Simple” chronicles Tove’s love lows most spectacularly.
Empire of the Sun, “To Her Door"
For Empire of the Sun listeners only familiar with hits like “Walking on a Dream” and “Alive,” their patient, poignant “To Her Door” represents a new shimmering layer to their otherworldly electro-pop.
Galantis feat. Hook N Sling, “Love on Me”
Sweden and Australia combine on one of the year’s best house cuts, as Stockholm production duo Galantis and Sydney DJ Hook n Sling serve up euphoria ripe for a wedding reception.
Rico Nasty feat. Lil Yachty, “Hey Arnold” (Remix)
Rising rapper Rico Nasty follows up her single “iCarly” with another Nickelodeon nod, and Lil Yachty’s singsong contribution is just as potent as his verse on D.R.A.M.’s Top 10 smash “Broccoli."
BTS, “Blood Sweat & Tears”
How did BTS score one of the biggest U.S. bows by a K-pop group ever? By appealing to casual listeners with gems like “Blood Sweat & Tears,” which blends R&B, dancehall and multilingual hip-hop.
Emeli Sande, “Breathing Underwater”
The U.K. star returns with new album Long Live the Angels later this month, and the soaring “Breathing Underwater” demonstrates why Sande’s soulful pop has been so sorely missed.
Spencer Ludwig, “Diggy”
If you have watched television in the past month, you have most likely heard the onomatopoeic hook to Spencer Ludwig’s “Diggy” soundtracking a popular Target commercial; the rest of the single is worth diggy-diggy-digging into (sorry).
Little Mix, “You Gotta Not”
British girl group Little Mix typically serves up audacious bubblegum during this time of the year, and after last year’s triumphant Get Weird, the sax-tinged “You Gotta Not” bodes well for new album Glory Days, out later this month.
Tigertown, “What You Do”
Australian synth-poppers Tigertown just dropped a new four-song EP, Papernote, that’s worth listening to in full, but “What You Do” plays out like the gooiest arena anthem Chvrches left on the cutting room floor.
Jane Zhang feat. Timbaland, “Dust My Shoulders Off"
Chinese pop star Jane Zhang’s U.S. debut boasts a proven hitmaker as its architect, and “Dust My Shoulders Off” scores with intricate production and a winning vocal performance that never tries to overreach.
Terror Jr, “Come First”
Terror Jr got blog-famous when rumors swirled that Kylie Jenner was actually the mysterious trio’s singer; those rumors were incorrect, but “Come First” lays the enigmatic group’s dark pop appeal bare.
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, “Rockabye”
How do you live up to a dance-pop single as pristine as “Rather Be”? By recruiting Sean Paul, of course. Thus goes the logic of this uplifting pile-up, which pairs the “Cheap Thrills” special guest with British singer-songwriter Anne-Marie and nursery rhyme double-entendres.
FRENSHIP, “Run Wild"
Maybe you’ve already heard FRENSHIP’s Spotify playlist staple “Capsize” featuring Emily Warren, and while “Run Wild” is a grittier offering from the L.A. duo, its overactive chorus will delight fans of Disclosure and Gorgon City.
Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør, “Never Ever”
Best known for their collaborations with Robyn, Röyksopp maximized their time with Norwegian dynamo Susanne Sundfør and dropped one of the year’s most dizzying love songs. Speaking of which: Sundfør novices need to check out her sparkling Ten Love Songs album from last year.
Mozart’s Sister, “Eternally Girl” (Kane West Remix)
Delightfully off-kilter and insistently whistle-driven, the Kane West remix of Mozart’s Sister’s “Eternally Girl” has so many production tics bouncing off of each other, you’ll need about five listens to catch (and appreciate) them all.