Amazingly, the summer of 2015 is already winding down (Labor Day is a mere 26 days away!), and there have been a lot of fantastic pop singles that did not get the mainstream attention as “Bad Blood,” “Can’t Feel My Face” or “Cheerleader.” Want to add some great tracks to your favorite summer pop playlist? Discover some of the best summer songs released over the past few weeks and months, from Zara Larsson, Beirut, Santigold and more.
LIZ, “When I Rule The World”
Mad Decent’s breakout pop singer has returned with the manic, candy-coated brat-pop jingle that Madonna’s “Bitch I’m Madonna” should have been.
Grace Potter, “Delirious”
The Nocturnals leader opted to go solo and go pop on her new album Midnight, and “Delirious” is the glittery Stevie Nicks track that Potter has been waiting to try out in her latest incarnation — and for those wondering, she absolutely nails it.
2015 will always be the year Beck somehow won the album of the year Grammy over Beyonce, but he’s made it up to the BeyHive (and impartial fans too, of course) with this stylish callback to his Guero days.
Kaya Stewart, “In Love With a Boy”
Dave Stewart’s teenage daughter deserves a big hit with this one: “In Love With a Boy” is maddeningly catchy and gets even more likable when the gospel choir unexpectedly busts in.
Beirut, “No No No”
It’s been four long years since Zach Condon’s Balkan pop project has released an album, and Beirut’s next full-length (due out in September) boasts a lead single that sounds as freeing and effortlessly pretty as a ribbon drifting in the wind.
Zara Larsson, “Lush Life”
It’s only a matter of time before Stockholm’s Zara Larsson becomes the object of U.S. pop obsessives’ affection; why not start with this whistle-boosted stroll through the 17-year-old’s confident side?
Marina and the Diamonds, “Blue”
A bunch of Froot tracks could have made this playlist, but new single “Blue” represents Marina Diamandis’ juiciest and most affecting pop track of 2015.
Who Is Fancy, “Goodbye”
The artist Who Is Fancy’s identity was kept secret up until a few months ago, but Jake Hagood’s first single is catchy enough to shout proudly from rooftops.
Fletcher, “War Paint”
Whoa, is that a banjo?! The debut single from this New York-based singer-songwriter contains playful instrumentation and some whip-smart lyrical passages.
VV Brown’s haunted opus Samson + Delilah stands as one of 2013’s essential full-lengths, and she’s back with a (slightly) shorter stage name and a dark, reliably dramatic club banger.
The noise-rock band’s first album in six years, DEATH MAGIC, is an absolute wallop, and the washed-out psych-pop of “STONEFIST” lends a much-needed jolt to this playlist.
Sorcha Richardson, “Petrol Station”
Richardson, a Dublin native based in Brooklyn, crafts the rarest of pleasures on the moody “Petrol Station”: a five-and-a-half minute pop song that never bores or becomes redundant.
Luca feat. Tei Shi, “Best On”
Producer Luca Buccellati of Yellerkin teams up with Tei Shi for a wobbly meditation that sounds like it should be used over the end credits of a prestigious HBO series’ episode.
Santi’s contribution to the Paper Towns soundtrack hints at the future direction of her eclectic sound: still far-reaching and universal, but with hooks more focused on, ahem, radio play.
Daya, “Hide Away”
The title of this gorgeous debut comes from the lyrical question, “Where do the good boys go to hide away?” On “Hide Away,” Daya, a 16-year-old newcomer from Pittsburgh, asks age-old dating questions in a humble, emotionally honest way.