One of the hottest names on the scene can be found in your local grocer’s snack-time aisle. Marshmello is the dude stuck on everyone’s lips, and he doesn’t need no stinkin’ hot chocolate or graham crackers to make his music worth your while.
The masked dance-pop producer gained fame after a solid remix of Jack U and a strong co-sign from Skrillex. It didn’t hurt when Tiesto pretended to be him at EDC Las Vegas 2016. His album Joytime is a big hit, but his ebullient, trap-inspired sound continues to gain strength and identity with each new release. Today (July 3, 2019), he’s on Joytime III, and he’s worked with some of the biggest and brightest names in the game, from Selena Gomez and Chvrches to Khalid and Bastille. His sound carries over into almost any genre, and his anonymous smile is popular in every language.
In case you’re coming in hot from his Fortnite takeover or heard one of his mega-hits and need to learn more, these are the 10 best Marshmello songs out now.
This breakthrough remix was the first taste of Marshmello’s chewy sweetness. An official remix from Skrillex and Diplo all but guarantees success, but Marshmello earned his stripes with an addictive take on the Justin Bieber-assisted smash. It plays back like a proof of concept, and Marsh has since gone on to more distilled sounds, but that hook rework is still fire.
#9: Marshmello – “Keep It Mello” feat. Omar LinX
This single from Joytime is one of the ultimate go to Marshmello songs. It’s the perfect blend of rainbow pop and late-night, corner-hugging grime. It’s also one of the first music videos to feature the glowing Marshmello character. Watch as he roams the streets, simultaneously treating and terrorizing the neighborhood.
#8: Marshmello – “Project Dreams” Feat. Roddy Ricch
Marshmello has worked with many rappers, from feel-good guy Logic to trap favorites Migos and Juicy J, but this tune with up-and-comer Roddy Ricch is the best translation of those cross-genre skills. The Compton MC sings his quick syllables in a dreamy lilt, and it floats perfectly over Marshmello’s introverted trap production. The video sees the collaborators hanging out on rooftops and mean streets. It’s a whole vibe.
#7: Marshmello – “Wolves” Feat. Selena Gomez
Here, we find a softer, deeper, more emotional side to our sugary-sweet hero. The song opens with almost meloncholic acoustic guitar, a backbone for Selena Gomez’ raw vocal work. The bridge picks up the pace and takes an uplifting turn, readying the hook for Marshmello’s signature synth style. It’s a huge look for Marshy to nab Gomez on the track. Definitely a cool turning point in his crossover career.
#6: Marshmello – “Check This Out”
From 2018’s Joytime II, this classic Marshmello steez will have you bouncing off the walls. A pitched-up vocal vample and a sugary-sweet melodic hook is all we need to be addicted. The video reminds us to look up from our phones every once in a while – but only after we watch the cute clip.
#5: Marshmello – “Here With Me” Feat. Chvrches
Marshmello’s infectious fresh love ballad features Scotland’s favorite indie-pop trio and some easy sing-along hooks. “Here With Me” shot up the Hot 100 to No. 31. The video also raises money for the First Responder Support Network, so donate and make a difference in the life of a brave fire fighter or paramedic today.
#4: Marshmello – “Alone”
This is the ultimate classic Marshmello tune, his official anthem and calling card. The video surpassed a billion views in 2018. It depicts the mysterious young bedroom producer in his high scool years. He’s not very popular, but he learns that if keep on pushing and stay true to yourself, you’ll find others come around. Especially when you put out infectious dance hooks like this one. A high-pitched vocal and some matching, jocular synths bring this one home as one of the best Marshmello songs.
#3: Marshmello – “Silence” Feat. Khalid
Marshmello’s career was taken to new heights with “Silence”, his crossover collaboration with rising R&B star Khalid. Their combined talents and momentum have taken the record to mainstream radio and nearly 200 million Spotify streams in approximately two months. Not too shabby.
#2: Marshmello – “Friends” Feat. Anne-Marie
The official friend zone anthem sounds a lot better coming from Anne-Marie and Marshmello. The acoustic guitar and honey-drip vocal hook make staying f-r-i-e-n-d-s a better option than the usual heartbreak it implies. Got to love the west coast rap synth play at the end.
#1: Marshmello – “Happier” feat. Bastille
Not only is “Happier” Bastille’s biggest hit, it’s Marshmello’s top spot, too. The breakup song reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 and stayed on the chart for 45 weeks, and it’s remained at No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for 41 weeks and counting. If you’ve ever had to walk away from someone for their own good, this is the song to sing loud and proud. It hurts, but it’s worth it to see someone smile once more. And wow, this will music video make you cry.