The girls did not come to play this week.
15. Miley Cyrus – Slide Away
Miley just quietly popped out this break-up anthem and while it’s no Wrecking Ball, it’s a gritty, emotional ballad that closes the chapter. And that’s that on that.
14. Sabina Ddumba – Conversation (feat. Kojo Funds)
You may not now the name Sabina Ddumba but the Swedish artist has been making waves in her home country. Now she’s surely going to be making waves globally with songs like these. Conversation is an elongated, emotional cut that subtly wins you over.
13. Shura – Side Effects
Shura’s beautiful sophomore album forevher just arrived and it’s kicked off by this dimly-lit jam. It’s an effortless declaration of liberation.
12. Pop Smoke – Welcome To The Party (Remix Feat. Nicki Minaj)
Nicki is delivering some fire features right now and she’s come at it again with a menacing spot on Pop Smoke’s Welcome To The Party.
11. Anna Of The North – Playing Games
Anna Of The North is taking us to the dancefloor with Playing Games. Over pulsating bass she’s crafted an expert sad banger.
10. Muna – Stayaway
Muna continue to churn out A-grade pop songs, this time turning the aftermath of a relationship into a woozy banger. The songwriting in the verses here is something to marvel at.
9. Taylor Swift – Lover
While we still have a bad taste in our mouth from the colourful vomit that was ME! the past two drops from Lover have been great. The title track, written and produced with Jack Antonoff, is a sincere, surprisingly unpolished love song.
8. Young Thug – Just How It Is
Thugger dropped his So Much Fun record this week and while most of it is exactly what the title suggests, the opener Just How It Is is a downbeat, emotional cut.
7. Keelan Mak – Sleep Talker
Keelan Mak has dropped a new track Sleep Talker and announced his debut EP Test The Shallows. It’s another bullseye for Mak in a run that has barely seen him put a foot wrong. This may be his most confident output yet though, running full speed into the pop realm with a slapper of a chorus.
6. Swae Lee – Won’t Be Late (Feat. Drake)
Swae Lee is coming for solo superstardom and he’s likely to get there with Won’t Be Late. Produced by afrobeat producer Tekno, Swae is at his melodic best. Drake comes in and does Drake, taking us back to One Dance territory.
5. Tkay Maidza – Awake (Feat. JPEGMAFIA)
Tkay is on a steep glow-up right now and Awake is another step forward. It’s one of her biggest gut-punches yet recruiting rap’s resident oddball Peggy.
4. Jorja Smith – Be Honest (Feat. Burna Boy)
Jorja Smith has come out with an absolute heater to see out the European summer. Man-of-the-moment Burna Boy joins in on the fun and the pair sizzle over this breezy afrobeat instrumental.
3. Rosalía & Ozuna – Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi
Rosalía is having a landmark year and she’s not stopping her run anytime soon. This time around she’s teamed up with Ozuna on a spicy love song that’s elevated by their sheer charisma.
2. Charli XCX – Cross You Out (Feat. Sky Ferreira)
Charli XCX and Sky Ferreira have finally collaborated on Cross You Out, the latest drop from Charli. It’s produced by A.G. Cook but it’s a departure from Charli’s dancefloor-ready work, giving us an ’80s power ballad moment.
1. Normani – Motivation
We don’t wanna say we told you so but we told you so. ICON. SUPERSTAR. SINGER. DANCER. BASKETBALL PLAYER. NOSTALGIC QUEEN.
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