Looking for some motivation to get you through the start of another work week? We feel you, and with stellar new pop tracks, we’ve got you covered.
These 10 tracks from artists like Anitta, Bazzi, Daya and more will give you energy to face the week. Add any of these gems to your personal playlists – or scroll to the end of the post for a personalized playlist of all 10.
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Sophie and the Giants, “The Night Belongs to Us”
Summer nights are fading – Labor Day is only two weeks away! — so the sound of Sophie Scott shouting “Keep dancing, keep dancing, like we own the night” is especially timely as we try to soak up every morsel of shared joy we can. Sophie and the Giants made giant synth-pop ravers before this one, but “We Own the Night” marks a particularly euphoric entry into a growing discography. – Jason Lipshütz
Nearly half a decade after “Mine” racked up millions of streams and impacted pop radio, Bazzi is back with perhaps his best single since his breakthrough: “Heaven,” which samples “(Feels Like) Heaven” by Fiction Factory scores with both effective production details – the bob-and-weave of the percussion, the way the guitar tingles at times – as well as a chorus that Bazzi makes both sumptuous and cathartic. – J. Lipshutz
PONY mastermind Sam Bielanski trades deliciously crunchy pop-rock with a sneaky heavy hit of emotion; if you’re a diehard PONY or unfamiliar with the project, “Peach,” a delightfully likable track about vulnerability in a damaging relationship, is a wonderful place to start or continue. After the promising first album Baby Televisionthe Toronto singer-songwriter is in full swing with tracks like “Peach” and should be ready for an exciting run ahead. – J. Lipshutz
Annie DiRusso, “Call It All Off”
A guitar hums in the background of “Call It All Off” as Annie DiRusso, fresh out of a relationship that didn’t work out, realizes, “I don’t know anything anymore.” Over the course of his new single, however, the Nashville singer-songwriter regains his footing, and misplaced post-breakup details become powerful statements — a rather ambitious songwriting transition, but one that DiRusso pulls off masterfully here. – J. Lipshutz
Sabrina Tietelbaum’s first two singles as Blondshell, “Olympus” and “Kiss City”, hinted at raw storytelling tools that could be supported on the larger screen; “Sepsis,” his third track, serves as a grander showcase, a soft-to-loud scorcher with sharp lyrics and a bittersweet guitar jangle between admissions like “And I think I believe in being saved/Not by the validation of Jesus / In some niggas look.” Third time is the charm here, as Blondshell has released their best song yet. – J. Lipshutz
Skinner, “Dog Daze”
Skinner, a self-proclaimed do-it-yourself rocker, lets the sounds of post-punk and the lack of waves guide him on his new track, “Dog Daze.” The Dublin-based artist initially catches his listeners off guard, leading with ominous bass notes juxtaposed with erratic saxophone elements for the intro, which blends into a more cohesive groove as the first verse of the song rotates. The lyrics — directly inspired by dog afternoon – sees the 24-year-old struggle with the feeling of being stuck between the endless rock and the anvil. –Starr Bowenbank
New York-based Triathalon are back with their new album, twirl. The ambitious 13-track LP sees the trio continue to dabble in the hip-hop and lo-fi R&B-tinged alternative they do best, a “Die” adds an element of languidly picking acoustic guitar across the track under a bed of thick synthesizers and existential lyrics (“Time, well, it takes its toll / Life don’t want me to know / When the He’ll die”) – a fitting choice, matter given the current state of the world. – SB
Snake at the feet, “I’m in a hurry”
Summer is coming to an end, but the house resurgence continues to grow, as serpentwithfeet dips its toe into the genre and balances hushed vocal delivery with impossibly tight vocal riffs. The singer’s romance may have failed – another hallmark of the season’s ending – but he offers his former lover a chance at reconciliation, and if not, an uplifting friend. – SB
Pennsylvania-born singer-songwriter Daya, continuing her reinvention after “Hide Away” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” harnesses bright, bouncy ’80s synth-pop on the first half of “Her” before to slow it down with a New Order-esque percussive beat; think of it as a synthetic musical exorcism of an ex she just can’t get out of her head. –Joe Lynch
Anitta and Missy Elliott, “Hall”
“It’s that new Anitta, suckas!” Missy Elliott jubilantly declares at the top of their disco-funkified collab “Lobby.” The trilingual Brazilian pop star’s sonic reach is global like her appeal, and on “Lobby,” she slips into pop-funk earworm territory, an area Doja Cat has dominated for the past two years. – J. Lynch
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