Looking for some Monday motivation to help power you through the start of another week? We’re right there with you, and with some stellar new pop tunes, we’ve got you covered.
These 10 tracks from artists like Mickey Guyton, Poppy, Ashley Tisdale and Grouplove will get you energized to take on the week. Pop any of these gems into your personal playlists — or scroll to the end of the post for a custom playlist of all 10.
While BENEE’s “Supalonely” becomes a top 40 hit in the U.S., fellow New Zealand native Navvy should be infiltrating the States just as rapidly with songs like “Pieces.” Following standout tracks like “100 Thousand” and “Scared To Be Happy,” her latest plinks down into your brain and forces you to add onto your favorite 2020 playlist.
Poppy, “All The Things She Said”
By covering t.A.T.u.’s tremendous 2002 hit “All The Things She Said” for Pride month, Poppy has bestowed us with what amounts to the perfect pop surprise. Once those drums crash in before the opening chorus, you’ll feel like you’re going 200 km/h in the wrong lane.
Mickey Guyton, “Black Like Me”
Country singer Mickey Guyton’s new single focuses on her first memory confront racism before pulling out and ruminating on the pervasive problems that still exist; it’s a incisive, inspiring observation, and all the more resonant residing in a genre that remains predominantly white.
It’s been a minute since British pop band Lawson was actively releasing new music, but following the electronics-tinged single “Lovers” from earlier this year, the group has concocted a charming ‘80s pastiche, with extra cheese on the heart-on-sleeve chorus: “Giving it up! Is just impossible / This kind of love! It feels unstoppable.”
No Rome feat. Beabadoobee & Jay Som, “Hurry Home”
London-based artist No Rome has been flirting with a stateside breakthrough with every new single, and the lilting mini-song suite “Hurry Home,” featuring Beabadoobee and Jay Som, will make you sway along with every new voice that gets introduced to the track.
Ashley Tisdale, “Lemons”
Ashley Tisdale’s latest is as refreshing as an icy glass of lemonade on a hot June day. Over acoustic guitar and sparse, twinkling production, the former Disney star sings about being kind to herself when mental health issues prevail — even on the days she “can’t get outta bed.”
Alex Lahey, “Wes Anderson – Bathroom Version”
Alex Lahey’s new EP, Between The Kitchen And The Living Room, sees the Australian rocker reimagining some of her biggest tunes. Like the rest of the tracks, “Wes Anderson – Bathroom Version” was produced within a week in her mom’s house Down Under, where Lahey has been quarantining. “Wes Anderson” — Lahey’s witty guide to falling in love as a 20-something — is sweet in any setting, and this version is especially calming.
Grouplove, “Shout Shout Shout (Demo)”
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Grouplove released this wonderfully raw, never-before-heard demo as part of the most recent Bandcamp Friday, when the music company waived its revenue share on all purchases. The alt-rock band is also donating all proceeds from “Shout Shout Shout” to Campaign Zero.
We Are Scientists, “I Cut My Own Hair”
Have you (or a loved one) cut your own hair during quarantine yet? If not, grab that razor, head to the bathroom and let this catchy anthem from NYC stalwarts We Are Scientists be your soundtrack. The lockdown-themed visual features the duo giving themselves, what else, DIY haircuts.
Langston Francis, “Waste My Time”
Summer has arrived, and rising Toronto pop singer Langston Francis has just the thing for those long, lazy days. While the 19-year-old wrote this one about the “exciting and terrifying” period after high school graduation, it’s perfectly all right to waste some time — perhaps floating around a pool, or reading a book in the sun — as an adult, too.