As music listening habits become more specialized, it's easier than ever to miss a new song. Unless it gets put in constant rotation on the radio, earns a coveted spot on your favorite playlist, or pops up on the soundtrack to that hot new TV show, most tracks -- even from big artists -- fly under the radar for the casual music fan. Thankfully, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find five new songs of the moment that are worth taking time out of your busy day for. It doesn't matter what genre the song comes from or how popular the artist is. If it's good, we want you to hear it -- and then listen again.
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"Me & You Together Song," The 1975
You know those songs that immediately make your mind "cut to" a sequence of memories or even a daydream of what-could-bes that play like a film reel? Well, if there ever was a song to accompany a treacly compilation of clips of a couple being in love at a carnival, running through city streets, and laying in parks, it would be British alt rock band The 1975's latest from the upcoming Notes on a Conditional Form (out April 24), "Me & You Together Song." It takes you there in its '90s pop rock guitars and the looped vocals of frontman Matty Healy singing, "I've been in love with her for ages." The song sounds like a fantasy -- because it is, chronicling a relationship of unrequited love with a friend -- but Healy's mindless lulling and the sparkling production lets you live there. This band cannot write a bad song, and they understand the powerful optimism their tracks have. -- Sadie Bell
"Black Swan" - BTS
BTS is a frontrunner for the title of "biggest band in the entire world right now," so of course the Korean boy band's new record would be a big deal. (A month out from the Feb. 21 release date for Map of the Soul: 7, the upcoming album already had nearly 3.5 million pre-sales). Appropriately, the boys do the first single big. On top of being a sparse introspective K-pop banger, "Black Swan" came with an "art film" video accompaniment where a Slovenian dance group glides over a warehouse floor to restless strings. For not even using instruments outside of a string quartet, "Black Swan" emotionally resonates as a reckoning with the group's relationship to music itself, and how gutting it feels to fall out of love with it when music is both your livelihood and artistic passion. "If this can no longer resonate / No longer make my heart vibrate / Then like this may be how I die my first death," RM sings, welcoming you into the group's vulnerable headspace. -- Leanne Butkovic
"B.I.T.C.H.," Megan Thee Stallion
In the same way that she's brazen and unfiltered about just about everything else, Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion puts misogyny in its place on her new song "B.I.T.C.H.," reclaiming the loaded word as her title. The song is the lead single from her upcoming debut album Suga, and it's blazing and sassy with a Tupac-sampled track that slowly sizzles as she delivers bars like, "I'd rather be a B-I-T-C-H / 'Cause that's what you gon' call me when I'm trippin' anyway." The recording artist blew up in 2019 with hit songs off her project Fever and creating the internet phenom "Hot Girl Summer," and with her killer bars that relay her standards for a relationship, she proves she's carrying that energy into 2020. As Meg would say, this is "real hot girl shit," as per usual. -- SB
"Do U Wanna," Porches
NYC-based indie synth-pop artist Porches (AKA Aaron Maine) makes music that feels like it lives in the feeling of leeting out a heavy sigh and laughing to yourself after a long cry. Maine's production is liquidized and danceable, but he's constantly singing about navigating melancholy. He recently dropped "Do U Wanna," the first single off this year's Ricky Music (out March 13), which follows the internal struggle of who you are when you're surrounded by others and who you become when once everybody else goes home and you're left alone. The minimal, slow-jam-like production zones in on the song's intrapersonal lyrics ("I'm so happy I could cry") and makes you feel like the only one still on the dance floor. It lives in this moment, fading out before concluding what to do with these feelings. This is peak Porches. -- SB
"Cop Car," Mitski
Mitski, the crooner of this generation, hasn't put out a new song since her 2018 breakout album Be the Cowboy that propelled her from underground indie songstress to mainstream rock/pop star. Where Be the Cowboy took a turn toward more heavily produced and electronic-based groovy bops, the native New Yorker's new song "Cop Car," recorded for the soundtrack of horror film The Turning, based on Henry James' novella The Turning of the Screw, is a creepy, grunge-inspired little guitar ditty. (Makes sense, since she's next to '90s icons like Courtney Love and Kim Gordon on the album.) You can feel the impinging anxiety and building tension as her whispering voice wavers over lines like "I get mean when I'm nervous like a bad dog" and "I've preemptively blocked all the exits / So I will burn in this movie theater." Perfect horror movie fodder, and a great return for Mitski. -- LB
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