1. Shura, “2Shy”
The Deal: 23-year-old pop singer and songwriter from the UK with several killer singles already under her belt. A full album is expected this year and let’s hope so because everything she’s done so far has been sparkling and perfect.
Recommended if You Like: John Hughes movies, Sky Ferreira, Cyndi Lauper, firework sparklers
2. Tori Kelly, “Nobody Love”
The Deal: The mega talented 22-year-old singer-songwriter got some help from superproducer Max Martin on “Nobody Love,” which is always a good sign. She’s got an unstoppable voice, a huge following on YouTube and Vine, and will beeverywhere soon.
Recommended if You Like: Those horn stabs on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” songs that go loud-quiet-loud, vocal acrobatics, dancing the backseats of cars
3. Maya Vik, “Y.M.D. (Young Michael Douglas)”
The Deal: Once voted “most beautiful woman in Norway,” Vik also plays bass and bass synthesizer, has a great Instagram, and even greater hair. “Y.M.D.” has production from untouchable electro-disco producer Lindstrom. Everyone wins.
Recommended if You Like: Synths that sound like neon lights, Robyn, Zima, Michael Douglas… when he was young
4. Phoebe Ryan, “Mine”
The Deal: Brand new on the scene (she has two songs and an R. Kelly/Miguel medley cover), Ryan says her “dream is to bring more indie-pop vibes to top 40 pop vibes.”
Recommended if You Like: Chrvches, green cotton candy, breathy vocals
5. Christine and the Queens, “iT”
Recommended if You Like: Lykke Li, being cautiously optimistic, women wearing tailored suits
6. LION BABE, “Jump Hi (feat. Childish Gambino)”
The Deal: A pop/R&B duo featuring Lucas Goodman and Jillian Hervey (Vanessa Williams’ daughter). They just have the one EP, but a full album is expected this year.
Recommended if You Like: The idea of Pharrell producing Erykah Badu, jump rope, fire hydrants as sprinklers
7. Iris, “I’ll Wait for You”
Recommended if You Like: Haim, believing in true love, minimal little synthpop jams
8. Grimes, “Realiti”
The Deal: The indie/pop/electronic queen released “Realiti” as a demo in the build up to the imminent release of a new album after a three year wait (!) since the star-making turn of Visions.
Recommended if You Like: Seapunk, Ellie Goulding if she made all her music in a cramped bedroom, pillowy-sounding synths
9. Wet, “Deadwater”
The Deal: Highly feted Brooklyn trio who make moody electro-pop that manages to sound both sad and redemptive. Beautiful and irresistible.
Recommended if You Like: Slow motion scenes in rom-coms, feeling wistful, Portishead, the electronic side of R&B
10. Tove Styrke, “Ego”
The Deal: Yep, another talented pop singer named Tove. Toves are so hot rn. This Tove finished third on Swedish Idol in 2009. “Ego” manages to sound both playful and anthemic. Neat trick, great song.
Recommended if You Like: Falsetto, bubbly-sounding synths, if Robyn was stoned
11. Sofi de la Torre, “What People Do”
The Deal: Spanish singer who clearly likes a slow-burning sophisticated pop gem (also check last year’s overlooked “Vermillion”).
Recommended if You Like: Walking around a city at night just looking at stuff, The Weeknd
12. Major Lazer & DJ Snake, “Lean On (feat. MØ)”
The Deal: Electro-dancehall party starters Major Lazer take some downers and come up with a blissed-out poolside jam.
Recommended if You Like: Drinks with tiny umbrellas, EDM if it was for weed instead of E, when synths sound like they’re underwater
13. Monogem, “Wait and See”
The Deal: The LA-based duo say they make “California-pool-party tunes” and I’m not here to argue. Slow and sultry electro-pop.
Recommended if You Like: Ballads that aren’t cheesy, string lights in backyards, “Only You” by Yaz
14. The Drums, “Kiss Me Again (RAC Mix)”
The Deal: RAC is André Allen Anjos. Even though the RAC album (Strangers) is a great and super underrated pop record, Anjos is primarily known for his remixes (over 200!). Here he refashions a track from Brooklyn indiepop dudes The Drums into a crisp synthpop jam.
Recommended if You Like: Early Depeche Mode, that indie dance night at the bar near your house, having your friend paint your nails black
15. Allie X, “Catch”
The Deal: Canadian that’s Katy Perry-approved. “Catch” is a maximalist, crammed-full-of-production-details stunner.
Recommended if You Like: T Swift’s “All You Had to Do Was Stay,” watching fireworks
16. Harrison, “How Can It Be (feat. Maddee)”
The Deal: Harrison is a 19-year-old kid from Toronto who’s already making sneakily brilliant electronic pop music.
Recommended if You Like: Ryan Hemsworth, skittering percussion, lush-but-cute video game soundtracks
17. TOURIST, “Holding On (feat. Josef Salvat & Niia)”
The Deal: Tourist co-wrote Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” and some of that aching fragility is on display here, although “Holding On” is far more propulsive and playful.
Recommended if You Like: Disclosure, Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” swelling and anthemic electro-pop
18. Becky G, “Lovin’ So Hard”
The Deal: The precocious “Shower” diva returns with a cute as fuck bop.
Recommended if You Like: Carly Rae Jepsen if she was funkier, bopping
19. Selah Sue, “Alone”
The Deal: MTV called the Belgian Sue “part Adele and part Erykah Badu,” which is somethin’ else all right. You can hear some of the throaty soulfulness of those two in Sue’s voice for sure. “Alone” is more of a beach party jam than you’re likely to hear from Adele or Badu, though.
Recommended if You Like: The idea of Pharrell producing Adele, sad songs that sound happy
20. The Knocks, “Classic (feat. Powers)”
The Deal: “It was the summer time / that summer high / oh what a masterpiece.” That just about sums up the vibe here. Unabashedly funky and sun-drenched.
Recommended if You Like: Strutting down the sidewalk like you own the damn thing, LEN’s “Steal My Sunshine,” when popsicles melt on your hand but you’re too blissed-out to care
21. Bianca, “Hi-5”
The Deal: Former UK girl group member goes solo and makes a glittering, amped-up, arms-in-the-air pop anthem.
Recommended if You Like: Early Madonna, disco balls, snogging
22. Nero, “The Thrill”
The Deal: Stomping synth anthem from UK trio also seen on the Great Gatsbysoundtrack.
Recommended if You Like: Chvrches if everything sounded even bigger, a film noir if it starred only robots
23. Frankie, “New Obsession”
The Deal: Almost obscenely summery pop from a true California child. Her EP is called Dreamstate named after… well, you know.
Recommended if You Like: Driving in Malibu, Britney Spears at her most playful, getting sand in your car and not caring at all
24. Brandon Flowers, “Lonely Town”
The Deal: Killers frontman goes solo and splits the difference between his Springsteen and ’80s new wave tendencies.
Recommended if You Like: Springsteen if he was new wave, the ’80s, gospel backup singers
25. KStewart, “Keeping You Up”
The Deal: A classic belter. So new she has literally yet to play her first show. “Keeping You Up” is a impossibly peppy and infectious and slinky synth-pop thing.
Recommended if You Like: ’90s diva house, Ariana Grande if she was London club kid, dancing with all your friends in sparkly tops