1. “Girls Like You” – The Naked and Famous
This song’s so damn catchy, it’s been in my head for weeks. One of these days I’ll get sick of it (or maybe not–it’s that good), but not this week! I first heard it several years ago, when The Naked and Famous released Passive Me, Aggressive You, but I was too preoccupied with “Punching in a Dream” and “Young Blood” to even notice it. Over the summer, I watched a movie featuring “Girls Like You” and fell in love with the band all over again. Their newest album, In Rolling Waves, was just released a little over a week ago, and it’s every bit as good as its predecessor.
2. “Tempest” – Lucius
Speaking of catchy, good luck getting this song out of your head once you’ve heard it; the band, led by two female singers with stunningly lovely voices, is set to release their debut album, Wildewoman, in mid-October. I can’t remember where I first heard this song, but I fell in love immediately–everything about it is gorgeous and so close to perfect–and I can’t possibly do it justice writing about it, so just listen.
3. “Pumpin Blood” – NONONO
Go ahead, try not to be happy when you listen to this song. I first heard “Pumpin Blood” when it played over a promotional commercial for Netflix’s shows (all of which, funnily enough, do not in any way match the upbeat mood of this song). If this song weren’t so good, it’s unbelievable cheeriness would be grating–but, fortunately, this band avoids irritation and expertly hits fresh and optimistic instead.
4. “The Wire” – Haim
I haven’t been able to get enough of Haim lately, especially this song. And the music video’s hilariously perfect, as the girls (sisters, I believe) ditch their lackluster lovers, all of whom weepingly converge and mourn their respective dead relationships. Haim’s been compared to 90s-era Shania Twain, which is either a good or bad thing, depending on your opinion of the singer–though the trio’s music is charming and peppy enough to allow the girls to make a name for themselves that’s uniquely theirs.
5. “Skinny Little Girl” – Hanni El Khatib
First heard in the promo for the new season of The CW’s Arrow (an extremely fitting choice, by the way), I immediately searched this song down on the internet and proceeded to play it on repeat. Lines like “I think I’m gonna pray for you,” the overall bluesy-rock sound, and the singer’s gruffly sexy voice make for one hell of a good song, made even better by its connection to a morally ambiguous small screen superhero who spends half of his life dolling out vengeance in the middle of the night.
6. “Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now” – Lavender Diamond
Sorry to end on such a sad note (no, I’m not), but this song–recommended via Emma Watson’s Twitter–is so heartbreakingly gorgeous I had to share. Though it didn’t make me cry (I don’t know how), it certainly has the potential to wrench sadness out of you–I keep picturing it playing over a sad, sappy scene on any one of the multitude of dramas I binge on–but the song’s lovely enough that you’ll want to listen to it anyway, sadness be damned.