This is Music Mondays, a weekly music column.
Author’s Note: Music Mondays will be going on hiatus for the next month and a half. I need time to catch up on music I’ve missed over the last few months, and with a new semester, job, and apartment approaching my life very quickly, a brief hiatus is for the best. Music Mondays will return on Monday (as always), September 18 with a review of Fall Out Boy’s “Mania”. I hope it isn’t bad, but you’ll have to wait until then to find out!
Summer is a great time for a new playlist. Whether you are at the beach, on a boat, or throwing a party with a few friends, music is practically essential. With July almost over, I’m sure many “summer 2k17” playlists have grown repetitive and stale. There are only so many times you can hear “Shape of You” before you wish Ed Sheeran was never “in love with” a body again.
With that being said, if you’re looking for a few new songs with catchy hooks and bright, fun instrumentation, here are five recommendations to help start a new summer playlist.
(If you’re new to Music Mondays, I’ve compiled songs from previous articles at the bottom of this list that are also worth a listen.)
Panic! at the Disco, “New Perspective”
I’ve never seen “Jennifer’s Body”. It’s a horror-comedy about vampires starring Megan Fox, and with those few words that don’t belong together in a sentence, I’m sure you know why I’ve never seen it. But as discussed in a recent episode of Kids in College, I’m glad this movie exists because I got a fun Panic! at the Disco single from it. With a catchy “woo-hoo” hook, “New Perspective” is less angsty than most early P!ATD songs. The opening lyrics, “I feel the salty waves come in. I feel them crash against my skin,” are characteristic of a summer hit. While I could do without some of the overtly sexual lyrics, “New Perspective” is an extremely catchy song about trying to change the course of your life, and I still find myself going back to this single eight years after its release.
Coin, “Talk Too Much”
“Talk Too Much” should have put Coin on the map.
Coin is an indie pop band that has released two solid, but not stellar albums, but regardless of these larger products, “Talk Too Much” is an amazing single. Extremely reminiscent of early Neon Trees and Walk the Moon in the best way possible, “Talk Too Much” has clean production, great guitar hooks in the beginning and bridge, and playful lyrics that are sure to make you smile. As if the original single isn’t good enough, its remix, produced by Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump, is worth recommending too.
Sigrid, “Don’t Kill My Vibe”
Featured as the first artist on Rolling Stone’s 10 Artists You Need to Know in March 2017, Sigrid is a 20-year-old Scandinavian indie pop singer that is sure to make it big in the States. “Don’t Kill My Vibe” is the big single from her first EP. Its piano intro, upbeat chorus, and increasing energy are great, and her empowering, confident lyrics make the song even better. Some writers have likened Sigrid to Lorde, and the comparison is apt. If you like the song, I recommend checking out the superior version, the Gryffin remix. It still has Sigrid’s fiery lyrics, but the EDM beats are more fun and catchy in this remix.
Chance the Rapper feat. Jeremih & R. Kelly, “Somewhere in Paradise”
Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” was one of the biggest albums of last year for good reason. The record’s A-list features, heartfelt lyrics, and joyous energy were contagious. All of these qualities could be said for “Somewhere in Paradise”, a single released in the months before “Coloring Book”. Curiously, the song was excluded from the full release (while the other single “Angels” was included). Regardless, this song is often overlooked, which is a true shame. While the song is a slower burn, “Somewhere in Paradise” is wholly deserving of a spot on a summer playlist. It has tropical, spacious instrumentation and relaxed vocals that are uncommon in hip-hop. As noted earlier, the song takes some time to gain momentum, but its triumphant ending is totally worth the short wait. This song is another Chance the Rapper celebration of God and life, and it makes for another great song from the artist.
Fitz & The Tantrums, “Roll Up”
Fitz & The Tantrums’ 2016 self-titled album was a disappointment. It lost much of the qualities that made the band special, specifically their vintage sound and confident harmonies. While too many of the songs on this record sounded bland and uninspired, “Roll Up” stood out as one of its best. This song had actual energy, finding lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick excitedly singing about finally scoring a dance with a girl. Some of its production choices can be annoying, but “Roll Up” has a catchy beat and is sure to be a hit on any summer playlist.
Other summer playlist recommendations from previous Music Mondays
- 311, “Too Much to Think” – article link
- White Reaper, “Eagle Beach” – article link
- Paramore, “Hard Times”, “Rose-Colored Boy”, and “Caught in the Middle” – article link
- AJR, “Sober Up” – article link
- Phoenix, “J-Boy” – article link
- OneRepublic, “No Vacancy” – article link
- Frenship & Emily Warren, “Capsize (Stink Remix)” – article link