Some weeks not all the songs in this list are good but this week they all are. Promise.
12. Lykke Li – Neon
Lykke Li dropped a cheeky extension of last year’s So Sad So Sexy and included this absolute gem. It’s a haunting pop track that once again proves Li can create the perfect hook with just one word.
11. Liz – Diamond In The Dark (Feat. Slayyyter)
We were always going to get a hit of dopamine with Liz and Slayyyter coming together and that’s exactly what we got. Diamond In The Dark is a perfect slice of nostalgic dance/pop.
10. Dinah Jane – SZNS (Feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
Dinah Jane is taking us back to early ’00s Faith Evans on this throwback R&B track. SZNS does away with rap collaborations for the sake of it and sees Boogie and Dinah Jane truly swap feelings. We weren’t expecting to stan another Fifth Harmony member but here we are.
9. Thomston – Deal
Thomston goes modern trap/R&B for the first time on his new cut Deal. His verses roll from one word to the other effortlessly and we’re introduced to a new soulful pocket of his voice.
8. Taylor Swift – The Archer
It’s rare these days but once in a while Swift drops the act and delivers straight from the art. Like Reputation‘s Delicate and Call It What You Want, The Archer is a gentle, heartfelt moment that carries some of her best songwriting.
7. Burna Boy – Destiny
Burna Boy and DJDS have become one of our favourite pairings and they deliver once again on this African Giant. It’s euphoric and melancholic at the same time with Burna serving peak melody.
6. Mabel – Bad Behaviour
Mabel is having an extraordinary year, transferring herself from a bubbling under name to a fully-fledged popstar. Her latest comes a week ahead of her debut album High Expectations and it’s called Bad Beahviour. Nabbing a dancehall beat courtesy of Dre Skull, she’s crafted another party tune that deserves to flood radio for the rest of the year.
5. G Flip – Stupid
G Flip has already gathered an impressive discography with just five releases but she’s added to it again with Sorry. It’s her most straight-up pop single to date, nabbing a Justin Tranter co-write which means there are plenty of people championing the Aussie young gun right now.
4. Caroline Polacheck – Ocean Of Tears
Ocean Of Tears is a dark, heavy pop song that’s pulled from the depths by her lofty voice. The bass hits heavy, rattling the ribcage more than any Polachek song before.
3. Clairo – Sofia
Clairo is building a phenomenal piece of work with just three songs off Immunity. The latest Sofia effortlessly blends lo-fi rock and crisp electronica to paint a vivid picture of budding romance.
2. YBN Cordae – RNP (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
It’s been a while since a rap track has come dripping with this much charisma. The Way Cordae and .Paak swap bars in that second verse is electric. A perfect track with some excellent production courtesy of J.Cole.
1. Rico Nasty – Time Flies
Rico Nasty is having an excellent year and she’s added to that with Time Flies. Time Flies is her first drop since Anger Management, 2019’s best rap record, and it’s a triumphant banger overcoming a sadder past.
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