Fucking great pop songs you should listen to: Round 2

 

It’s time for me to show you guys some fantastic pop songs that I have been obsessed with lately. This list has everything from techno to political charged music. Get fucking ready, ’cause here we go! xx

 

Velcro – Clairity

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The first time I heard Clairity’s music was when I saw the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer. I thought she had an interesting voice, so I decided to look her up in Spotify and WOW. Her music is a superb synthpop sound. Velcro, my favorite song from her EP Alienation, sounds like an ‘80s masterpiece.

It is a bit techno too. I feel like I should be in a club surrounded by tetris shaped art while listening to Velcro. Weird, but that’s how I feel. This song is fun, Clairity sings about she owns the moment and her confidence shines through on it. The buzzing beat compliments her voice SO well. Hats off, to Clairity, she repeatedly says she looks good in velcro, and I kind of think velcro is hard to pull off.

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Cannonball (feat. X Ambassadors) – Skylar Grey

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Cannonball is all about willpower and the underdog triumphing. The song starts with whistles, acoustic guitar and clapping to create a somewhat eerie tone. Grey’s soft but strong voice comes in and you’re immediately drawn in. Cannonball has a more folk sound than Grey’s previous work, and it is a welcomed change. There is still a bit of Grey’s signature sound though. The pounding drums are definitely the work of Alex Da Kid, a frequent collaborator of Grey’s.

“Sam (Harris of X Ambassadors) and I wrote Cannonball about the power of will and how it can be an underdog’s greatest advantage.” Grey said in a press release. “It’s one of my most energetic songs off the new album, but I’m definitely weaving my folky roots into everything these days.”

Cannonball has a tone that says “Hell is coming my way, and I don’t care because I’m ready for it.” A cannonball blasts through everything it’s aimed at. You’re the cannonball and it’s time for you to conquer the world.

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Go Slow – Tei Shi

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I saw Tei Shi perform in September last year, she opened for Years & Years. I had never heard her music before but I was blown away by her performance. It was the perfect mix of energetic and moodiness. The best thing about it was that the room was quiet and captivated by her whisper-y, slow pop.

Go Slow is an essential track for anyone looking to check out Tei Shi. I love this song because you have to listen to it carefully to appreciate everything. The lyrics are a bit hard to understand at first but they’re stellar.

“I wanna fill the space between.” Tei Shi sings over the shivery production. “If you’re giving what you’re giving to me, feeling like a new machine.”

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Things – Maggie Lindemann

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Maggie Lindemann might just be the female Troye Sivan or Shawn Mendes. She has quite the following online, but don’t just call her a Youtuber. Maggie Lindemann’s music has a special spell binding quality to it. After dropping the buzz tracks Couple of Kids and Knocking on my Heart, Lindemann has released Things. The first single from her upcoming debut EP.

Things sounds like it good be a track on Selena Gomez’s Revival with its smooth electro-R&B tone. Lindemann enchants you with her breathy voice. She sings about how the little things someone does hypnotize her. It’s a mature track for someone as young as Lindemann. I’m impressed, and let’s hope we hear more from this singer soon.

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Dancing on Glass – St. Lucia

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Jean-Philip Grobler, known by his stage name St. Lucia, has a track called Dancing on Glass that is 100 percent fire. The song is climbing the charts, and it is a synthpop wonder. His deep voice blends perfectly with the ’80s inspired production. I cannot get enough of this song. Every time I hear the lyrics “How long ’til we learn dancing is dangerous? How long ’til we find the devil inside of us?” I have to sing along it is an immediate reaction, I can’t help myself.

I love it when you find a new artist and have the opportunity to explore their discography. This was something I had with St. Lucia and I would DEFINITELY recommend checking out his new album, Matter. Any pop music fan will enjoy it.

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Olivia – One Direction

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Okay, you guys are probably thinking “Really Marc? Another One Direction song you’re talking about?” Yes, this is another track of theirs I want to talk about because I’m currently obsessed with it.

Olivia, a track from 1D’s new album Made in the A.M., is catchy and just down right happy. It showcases all of the boys’ voices wonderfully. You can also hear them laughing and talking at the beginning and the end of the track. It is a personal track and one fans will enjoy.

When I hear Harry say that the summertime and butterflies all belong to my creation, I know he is singing DIRECTLY TO ME AND THAT IS A LOT FOR ME TO PROCESS. Harry is also vague af when describing the meaning of the song and that makes me love it more.


Amazing – Foxes

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I have talked about Foxes a lot on this blog, and I will CONTINUE TO UNTIL HER MUSIC GETS THE APPRECIATION IT DESERVES. The UK songstress just released her sophomore album, All I Need, and it’s even better than her first album. Foxes seems to have more confidence in her voice and found her sound.

The third single, Amazing, is well– amazing. It has a booming piano riff that soars as high as Foxes’ vocal range. The video perfectly captures the energy of the song. It starts with Foxes waking up and the first she does is cut off about eight inches of hair. A new start is great! She then journeys through the country with her friends. The adventurous carefree nature of Amazing makes me so happy. I truly believe Foxes will be one of the most popular pop artists in a few months. Her lyrical skills are up there with Adele. Do yourself a favor and check out her new album, All I Need. As of now the tracks I can’t stop listening to are Scar and Cruel

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Grown – Little Mix

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Little Mix’s new album is fun and colorful. It’s still has a bit of a teenpop sound, but it has its mature and serious moments that show how much Jade, Leigh-Anne, Jesy and Perrie have grown. Speaking of– the track Grown is a personal favorite of mine. It has a killer saxobeat sound. The claps and hums at the beginning instantly draw you in. The best part of the song: “Can’t get with me, now I’m grown..” IMMEDIATE SAXOBEAT then Little Mix sings “Grown now, grown now, don’t ya know that I’m grown now.” Ugh, excuse me while I fangirl.

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Weird People – Little Mix

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I couldn’t pick one Little Mix song to put on this list, so I chose two. Weird People, the somewhat title track from their new album, Get Weird. Is a straight up ‘80s throwback. The song sounds like it could be an old Whitney classic. Leigh-Anne is up first and she sings about how she bumped her head on a garden wall, and now she can’t dance the same anymore. Her voice is powerful and confident.

Weird People is all about adding a little weirdness to your night. We all need a little weirdness in our lives. When I hear this song come on, I immediately need to start dancing. The morale of the song is to not care what people think about you, and that is something we all need.

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Borders – M.I.A.

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There is no such thing as a bad M.I.A. song. She has been described as a female Kanye West, and her of each albums has been released to critical acclaim. Borders, the second single from her upcoming album Matahdatah is a skittering gem. The chorus is insanely catchy. M.I.A. asks “What’s up with that?” from everything to Love Wins to your freedom.

M.I.A. tackles the refugee crisis in the Borders music video. The politically charged lyrics juxtaposed with the controversial imagery makes for one hell of an experience. The most shocking scene is when the rapper is floating on a raft made a refugees. M.I.A. explained the track on Twitter:

In an interview with Rolling Stone, M.I.A. had this to say about Matahdatah: “The concept for this LP is ‘broader then a border’ and Matahdatah is the journal of Matangi. Sometimes I move vertical and sometimes I move horizontal.”

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Sitcom – Coleman Hell

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Maybe it’s just my personality but I love anything to do with self-deprecating humor. Canadian musician, Coleman Hell has this down, and his song Sitcom is one I cannot get enough of. For example, one lyric is “Whoa-oh, they’re laughing at me again.
I heard God’s a standup comedian. He’s got a special on HBO.”

For anyone who ever feels like life is getting them down and kind of targeting them, listen to this song. It’ll bring a smile to your face. When Hell sings the “Oooh-oooh-oooh,” in the chorus it is irresistible. Coleman Hell’s sound is a special mix of indie pop and electronica and I am HERE FOR IT.

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