Ah, summer! It’s the perfect time to kick back and soak up as much music as possible. Lucky for us, there’s always a plethora of releases in the months of June, July and August, and this week was no exception. Considering all the horrifying stuff that’s been going on in the world, good music is just what the doctor ordered.
We ranked a smattering of awesome new songs that came out this week from our least favorite to favorite. But, as with anything, music is totally subjective — so don’t be afraid to let us know what some of your favorite new releases were this week!
12. Fergie, “M.I.L.F. $”
OK, so admittedly I’m not the hugest fan of the song itself, but the girl-power positivity is undeniable. Plus, that video is fierce.
11. Clams Casino, “Ghost in a Kiss”
This song may have been released in the summer, but it totally should have come out in October because it’s straight-up scary.
10. Good Charlotte, “Life Can’t Get Much Better”
They’re back! And as if seeing Good Charlotte’s name pop up in our news feeds wasn’t nostalgic enough, their latest song is totally reminiscent of ’90s Blink 182 — in the best way possible.
9. Various artists, “Hands”
In the grand tradition of “We Are the World,” Interscope Records rallied an all-star line-up of 24 artists — including Mary J. Blige, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Lopez, Jussie Smollett and Britney Spears — to record a song to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting last month.
From each sale of the song on iTunes, $0.43 will be donated to Equality Florida, $0.43 will be donated to GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and $0.43 will be donated to GLAAD.
You can purchase it here.
8. Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Love Make the World Go Round”
JLo was working double time for the Orlando victims. In addition to “Hands,” she also recorded this track with Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame.
Their song can be purchased on iTunes here, and all proceeds go directly to Hispanic Federation for the Somos Orlando Fund.
7. Rizzle Kicks, “Everyone’s Dead”
Don’t be fooled by the name of the song; it’s got a funky beat and a good message.
The single is available for purchase on iTunes here.
6. The Avalanches, “Subways”
Kind of makes you feel like putting on some roller skates and hitting up the closest rink, right?
5. John Newman, “Olé”
— John Newman (@JohnNewmanMusic) July 8, 2016
I dare you to listen to this one and not crave a piña colada. Double dare you.
Newman’s latest single is available for download here.
4. Bob Sinclar, “Somone Who Needs Me”
OK, I think I’ve found my latest cardio/pool party remix.
You can download Sinclar’s funky new beats here.
3. Florida Georgia Line, “Smooth”
It ain’t summer without a li’l country. Throw on some cut-offs and your boots and do a little jig to this fun warm-weather ditty.
Florida Georgia Line’s new album Dig Your Roots doesn’t come out until August, but if you pre-order now, you automatically get “Smooth.” You can purchase here.
2. Steve Aoki & Autoerotique, “ILYSM”
Besides the fact that this song obviously makes you want to hit the nearest dance floor, we’re also in love with the fact the vocals are remastered from Brandy’s ’90s smash “I Wanna Be Down.” Amazing.
“ILYSM” is available for download here.
1. Francis and the Lights with Bon Iver and Kanye West, “Friends”
It’s hard to endorse anything that has Kanye attached to it, but goddamn this song is good. It’s the definition of ethereal, and you totally want to listen to it sitting on the beach on a cool summer morning. And the video — albeit super awkward — is adorable.