BuzzFeed’s 39 Songs You Need In Your Life This January

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1. Folk-pop singer Birdy goes pop on the grand, glittery “Keeping Your Head Up.”

2. Dreezy’s syrupy self-esteem boost, “Serena (ft. DeJ Loaf)

3. The New Year’s resolution-ready optimism of Ra Ra Riot’s “Absolutely.”

4. Panic! At The Disco’s “Rock Lobster”-sampling party anthem, “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time.”

5. Kanye West’s “Jumpman” remix/Nike diss track, “Facts

6. Cam’s warm hug of a country song, “Village.”

7. Harlem-based rapper Skizzy Mars’ shoe-gazing not-quite-love song, “Crash (ft. Pell).”

8. Japanese pop duo FEMM’s super-saturated “PoW!.”


9. Coldplay’s wispy “Birds.”

10. Travi$ Scott goes full T-Pain on the pitch-shifted “Wonderful (ft. The Weeknd).”

11. Electro duo GRRL PAL’s sugary “Submarine.”

12. U.K.-based pop singer Foxes’ synth-pop celebration, “Amazing.”

13. Sia’s party-ready Rihanna reject, “Cheap Thrills.”

14. R&B starlet Kenzie May’s gorgeous, gooey “Honey.”

15. Radiohead’s moody, rejected Bond theme, “Spectre.”

16. The practiced cool of The 1975’s glammy “UGH!.”

39 Songs You Need In Your Life This January


17. Comeback kid JoJo’s soaring, house-inflected “Right On Time.”

18. Kehlani’s murky kiss-off, “Did I.”

19. Kid Ink and Fetty Wap get romantic on the bouncy “Promise.”

20. Toronto-based rapper Ramriddlz’s woozy “Bodmon.”

21. jj’s calm, cool, collected “Paranoid.”

22. Monica and Timbaland’s brassy, he said-she said breakup song, “All Men Lie.”

23. Passenger’s delicate, folksy “Everything

24. The lo-fi cheerleader appeal of Hinds’ “San Diego.”


25. 5 Seconds Of Summer’s punchy “Jet Black Heart.”

26. Plane Jaymes’ swampy “Water Wet.”

27. D.R.A.M.’s triumphant, reflective “1 Year.”

28. “Sit Still, Look Pretty,” Daya’s sass-filled follow-up to her viral hit “Hide Away.”

29. Hudson Mohawke’s electric reimagining of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York theme, “Escape.”

30. Mabel’s velvety “My Boy My Town.”

31. The no-frills appeal of Rachel Platten’s piano ballad “Better Place.”

32. Drake protégé Majid Jordan’s silky, synth-heavy “Something About You.”

39 Songs You Need In Your Life This January


33. Jack and Jack’s chill AF “How We Livin.”

34. Martin Garrix’s tense, satisfying “Bouncybob (ft. Justin Mylo & Mesto).”

35. Country newcomer Maren Morris’ husky, over-it anthem “Drunk Girls Don’t Cry.”

36. Elliphant’s reggae-inspired “Step Down.”

37. Brooke Eden’s ode to working class living, “Daddy’s Money.”

38. Cole Swindle’s sad country song, “You Should Be Here.”

39. Producer swell. repurposes a Vine sample on the hypnotizing “I’m sorry (ft. shiloh).”

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BuzzFeed’s 57 Songs You Need In Your Life This Month

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1. Janet Jackson is calm, cool, and collected on comeback single “No Sleeep.”

2. “We Try But We Don’t Fit In,” a dreamy, lo-fi anthem for kids on the sidelines from Jackson Phillips (aka Day Wave).

3. American Idol alum Adam Lambert chases “The Original High” on this clubby, house-inflected track.

4. Beck ditches folk for funk on “Dreams.”

5. Real-life couple Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill get romantic on “All Eyes On You (ft. Chris Brown).”

6. Raury transitions from folk singer to MC and back again on the rousing “Devil’s Whisper.”

7. Selena Gomez gets sexy with A$AP Rocky on “Good For You,” her first post-Disney single.



8. Brooklyn rapper Junglepussy gets boastful on “You Don’t Know.”

9. Newcomer Ivy Levan gets a boost from Sting on “Killing You,” a sinister, bass-driven ode to toxic relationships.

10. Soul-funk singer-songwriter Seven Davis Jr. gets political on “Fighters.”

11. Darwin Deez picks up where he left off two years ago with the irresistibly disagreeable “Kill Your Attitude.”

12. The murky, genre-bending “Hero” from up-and-coming rap collective BROCKHAMPTON.

13. Demi Lovato’s banger of a comeback single, “Cool For The Summer.”

14. Synth-pop trio Years & Years mourn the end of a relationship on the ghostly “Foundation.”


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15. DeJ Loaf’s bawdy, affectionate “Shawty (ft. Young Thug).”

16. “Outta My Mind,” a sinister bit of blues-rock from The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach’s side project, The Arcs.

17. Carly Rae Jepsen’s crisp kiss-off, “Emotion.”

18. Alt-R&B lothario The Weeknd goes full Michael Jackson on the Max Martin-assisted “Can’t Feel My Face.”

19. Samantha Urbani’s soaring, reggae-tinged “U Know I Know.”

20. Owl City’s cheerful ’90s kid anthem “Unbelievable (ft. Hanson).”

21. Soul goddess Lianne La Havas’ airy, amorous “What You Don’t Do.”


Lianne La Havas

22. Ashley Monroe’s sinister murder ballad of a break-up song,”I Buried Your Love Alive.”

23. Tori Kelly revisits the themes of JLO’s “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” on the bold and brassy “Expensive (ft. Daye Jack).”

24. Kiiara bids her lover a glitchy good-bye on “Gold.”

25. Phoebe Ryan just wants to be friends with benefits (nothing more, nothing less) on the shimmery “Homie.”

26. “Dance On Me,” a slinky, dancefloor-friendly cut from D.C.-born “future bounce” rapper GoldLink.

27. Teen star Austin Mahone is all grown-up on the synth-y, suggestive “Dirty Work.”

28. Puff Daddy and Pharrell’s darkly hypnotic party jam, “Finna Get Loose.”



29. “Them Changes,” a funky Flying Lotus collaboration from Los Angeles-based musician Thundercat.

30. Brooklyn rockers Highly Suspect’s sneering, seething “Mom.”

31. The Game and Drake vow to keep it 8 more than 92 on “100.”

32. JJ’s sweet, shimmery shoegazer, “Truce.”

33. “Empty Bottle,” a grunge-pop throwback from ’90s rockers Veruca Salt.

34. Favored Nations’ loose, disco-inspired love song, “Always.”

35. Swedish pop upstart Tove Lo celebrates doomed relationships on the euphoric “Timebomb.”



36. LEISURE’s sticky, languid “Hot Love.”

37. The Chainsmokers’ “Roses (ft. Rozes),” a surprisingly delicate EDM anthem.

38. San Diego native Andra Day proves her diva bonafides on the stripped-down “Rise Up.”

39. Danish pop star SHERPA’s sad, soaring “In Your Blood.”

40. Lera Lynn’s menacing True Detective track, “The Only Thing Worth Fighting For.”

41. The boys of MKTO make their type clear on the infectious “Bad Girls.”

42. Mysterious Chicago rapper(s) Goodbye Tomorrow’s hard-hitting “Pray 2 God.”

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43. Kate Boy’s relentlessly upbeat “Midnight Sun.”

44. Motown-inspired soul singer Leon Bridges’ “Smooth Sailin’” is just that.

45. Beach Baby’s hazy, dream-like “U R.”

46. The lush sensitivity of demo taped’s “Not Enough.”

47. Los Angeles-based rapper A.Chal’s woozy “ROUND WHIPPIN.”

48. “Hold Me Down,” a defiant, synth-heavy fight song from ascendant pop force Ashley Frangipane (aka Halsey).

49. Foxes’ advocates for dancing through the tears on “Body Talk.”



50. Melanie Martinez continues to perfect her creepy-cute pop sound on the Leslie Gore-sampling “Pity Party.”

51. “Golden,” a breezily confident track from London-based neo-soul singer Nao.

52. Instagram sensation Niykee Heaton’s genuinely seductive “Say Yeah.”

53. Indie pop star Wrabel has a case of the dancefloor sads on “I Want You.”

54. After short stints on the Disney Channel and ABC Family, Katelyn Tarver is back with “Nobody Like You,” an appealingly laid-back bit of bubblegum.

55. Bay Area rapper Bobby Brackins’ parties hard with Iamsu! and Jonn Harton “Mob With the Squad.”

56. “Money Trees Deuce,” Jay Rock’s introspective sequel to his 2012 Kendrick Lamar collaboration, “Money Trees.”

57. Former Das Racist member Heems’ wobbly, heartbroken “Damn Girl.”



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41 Pop-Punk Albums All 2000s Kids Loved

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1. Blink-182 – Enema of the State (1999)

Blink-182 – Enema of the State (1999)


Though released a year before the 00s got officially underway, this album had arguably the biggest impact on pop-punk for the decade to come. It inspired a generations of poop joke-obsessed middle schoolers to buy their first guitar, learn how to play “All the Small Things,” and invent their own versions of guitarist’s Tom DeLonge’s trademark warble.

Choice Track: “What’s My Age Again”

2. Fenix TX – Fenix TX (1999)

Fenix TX – Fenix TX (1999)


Fenix TX got their break into the mainstream by getting their single “All My Fault” prominently featured on the soundtrack for the MTV movie Jailbreak. It probably helped that their biggest fan, Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, went so far as to appear in the music video for the single to ensure the band got every ounce of his ringing endorsement. (Hoppus even managed them for a short time.)

Choice Track: “All My Fault”

3. Saves the Day – Through Being Cool (1999)

Saves the Day – Through Being Cool (1999)

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Heavily influenced by fellow New Jersey band Lifetime, Saves the Day released an instant pop-punk classic at the end of 1999. 16 years later, Through Being Coolstands the test of time.

Choice Track: “Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots”

4. New Found Glory – New Found Glory (2000)

New Found Glory – New Found Glory (2000)


Self-proclaimed “easy-core” band New Found glory burst onto the pop-punk scene in a big way with their self-titled second full-length. The huge success of this album combined with Fenix TX’s momentum propelled the bands’ label, Drive-Thru Records, to the top of the pop-punk ladder for the better part of the 2000s. It also won NFG an opening spot on Blink-182’s massive 2001 tour supporting Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.

Choice Track: “Hit or Miss.”

5. MxPx – The Ever Passing Moment (2000)

MxPx – The Ever Passing Moment (2000)


The biggest commercial breakthrough for Washington-based pop-punk trio MxPx,The Ever Passing Moment showcased the band’s most radio-friendly songs to date. The album also featured production from Jerry Finn, who had previously produced or mixed albums from Blink-182, Green Day, and a host of other huge pop-punk bands.

Choice Track: “Responsibility”

6. SR-71 – Now You See Inside (2000)

SR-71 – Now You See Inside (2000)


Seemingly coming out of nowhere, SR-71 blew up when this album’s lead single “Right Now” was featured in the Dude, Where’s My Car? trailer. It’s weird to that that both that movie and this song are 15 years old.

Choice Track: “Right Now”

7. Sum 41 – All Killer, No Filler (2001)

Sum 41 – All Killer, No Filler (2001)


It was a little metal, a little hip-hop, but undeniably held together by trademark pop-punk snottiness. All Killer, No Filler launched Canadian band Sum 41 into heavy rotation on MTV, and the suddenly every knew the rap part to “Fat Lip” by heart.

Choice Track: “In Too Deep”

8. Rufio – Perhaps, I Suppose… (2001)

Rufio – Perhaps, I Suppose... (2001)

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Naming themselves after the hands-down best character in Hook, Rufio had a lot to live up to. On their 2001 debut, they did more than that, introducing a generation of pop-punk fans to Rufio’s trademark brand of what became known as “speed emo.”

Choice Track: “Still”

9. Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary (2001)

Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary (2001)


From Here to Infirmary was Alkaline Trio’s most poppy, mainstream album released at this point in their career. While it rubbed some longtime fans the wrong way, it introduced a generation of new fans to Alkaline Trio and singer-songwriter Matt Skiba’s knack for writing big, memorable hooks.

Choice Track: “Armageddon”

10. American Hi-Fi – American Hi-Fi (2001)

American Hi-Fi – American Hi-Fi (2001)


American Hi-Fi showed up during a period of time when every teen sex comedy required its soundtrack to be comprised of 70% pop-punk. It’s for this reason that almost every song from this album sounds strangely familiar.

Choice Track: “Flavor of the Weak”

11. Sugarcult – “Start Static” (2001)

Sugarcult – "Start Static" (2001)

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Despite the fact that it’s like single “Bouncing Off the Walls” was basically just about doing a ton of cocaine, Start Static got a ton of radio play. Four of the songs on the album also appeared in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, because of course they did.

Choice Track: “Stuck in America”

12. Mest – Destination Unknown (2001)

Mest – Destination Unknown (2001)


First off, what is up with this band’s hair? Second, though the hip-hop styling of “Cadillac” seem pretty out of place, remember that Young MC helped produce this album. Super weird, right?

Choice Track: “Drawing Board”

13. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon (2001)

Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon (2001)

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Before integrating emo, prog, metal, and alt-rock into their later releases, Brand New was just a pop-punk band from Long Island. And even though they stopped doing it after Your Favorite Weapon, their full-length debut, the dudes could write a mean pop-punk song.

Choice Track: “Logan to Government Center”

14. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)

Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)


Emo stalwarts Jimmy Eat World took a leap into the mainstream with this 2001 release. With tracks like “The Middle,” it’s no surprise that the mainstream pop-punk world welcomed them with open arms.

Choice Track: “Sweetness”

15. Simple Plan – No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls(2001)

Simple Plan – No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls (2001)


Simple Plan’s blend of catchy hooks and potty humor shot them near the top of the pop-punk game with their debut album, which included the word “balls” in it. They were yet another band who got the all-important Blink-182 seal of approval when Mark Hoppus sang two lines in their first single, “I’d Do Anything.”

Choice Track: “Addicted”

16. Good Charlotte – The Young and the Hopeless(2002)

Good Charlotte – The Young and the Hopeless (2002)


Kids these days would probably not believe you if you told them that for a few years, Good Charlotte was one of the biggest bands in the world somehow. They would definitely not believe you if you told them that high school kids used to write “SELF MADE” on their knuckles in tribute to this band. What a weird time it was.

Choice Track: “The Anthem”

17. Millencolin – Home From Home (2002)

Millencolin – Home From Home (2002)


I didn’t want to put a bunch of Epitaph bands on this list, because it causes a long and boring debate over where the divide is between pop-punk and straight punk. No one wants that conversation. In any case, Millencolin’s Home From Home has some great pop-punk songs on it.

Choice Track: “Fingers Crossed”

18. The Starting Line – Say It Like You Mean It (2002)

The Starting Line – Say It Like You Mean It (2002)


So pop it barely even qualifies as pop-punk, The Starting Line’s debut LP was chock-full of breakup anthems and songs about unrequited love. It was totally appropriate then that the music video for “Best of Me” paid homage to the Peter Gabriel part from Say Anything.

Choice Track: “Leaving”

19. Allister – Last Stop Suburbia (2002)

Allister – Last Stop Suburbia (2002)


Another all-star on Drive-Thru Records’ once peerless lineup, Allister accurately captured the joy and frustrations of being a teenager on their second album. Last Stop Suburbia could be simultaneously world-weary (“Overrated”) and nostalgic (“Somewhere On Fullerton”) at the same time.

Choice Track: “Stuck”

20. Motion City Soundtrack – I Am the Movie (2002)

Motion City Soundtrack – I Am the Movie (2002)


Motion City taught a generation that a Moog synthesizer, when played just so, could be the perfect pop-punk instrument. MCS would later achieve even bigger success with their 2005 follow-up Commit This to Memory.

Choice Track: “My Favorite Accident”

21. Midtown – Living Well is the Best Revenge (2002)

Midtown – Living Well is the Best Revenge (2002)


Before singer Gabe Saporta became much better known for his project Cobra Starship, he fronted a pretty great pop-punk band. Living Well is the Best Revengewas Midtown’s peak, before a really intense falling out with Drive-Thru made the internet all like :-O.

Choice Track: “A Faulty Foundation”

22. Home Grown – Kings of Pop (2002)

Home Grown – Kings of Pop (2002)


It seemed like Drive-Thru couldn’t miss in 2002. Even Home Grown, a band that had been around since 1994 with middling success, got a relatively huge fan response to their third album, Kings of Pop. Those were the days…

Choice Track: “Give it Up”

23. The All-American Rejects – The All-American Rejects (2002)

The All-American Rejects – The All-American Rejects (2002)


Propelled by debut single “Swing, Swing,” The All-American Rejects quickly found themselves on MTV, playing Warped Tour and getting their songs prominently featured on The O.C.. They call that the Pop-Punk Trifecta.

Choice Song: Swing, Swing

24. Something Corporate – Leaving Through the Window (2002)

Something Corporate – Leaving Through the Window (2002)


2002 was one hell of a year for Drive-Thru. Something Corporate’s debut album was an instant classic, launching the band into the Warped Tour stratosphere and beyond. It also featured the beloved anti-bully anthem “If You C Jordan,” which solidified their high school fan base.

Choice Track: “Hurricane”

25. Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue (2003)

Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue (2003)


Is there anything more pop-punk than adding an electric violin to your band? Ocean Avenue spawned some massive hits for Yellowcard including the ballad “Only One,” which invaded school dances around the country for a while.

Choice Track: “Ocean Avenue”

26. The Ataris – “So Long, Astoria” (2003)

The Ataris – "So Long, Astoria" (2003)


Though they had been around since the mid-90s, The Ataris didn’t have their breakthrough into the mainstream until their 2003 major label release. Even more weird: The album’s biggest single was a cover of Don Henley’s 1984 single “Boys of Summer.”

Choice Track: “In This Diary”

27. Coheed and Cambria: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003)

Coheed and Cambria: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003)

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Coheed’s third LP was also the third installment of The Armory Wars, a nerdy, complicated science-fiction story that the band’s music is apparently about. But you didn’t need to know anything about that to know that “A Favor House Atlantic” and “Blood Red Summer” were near-perfect pop jams.

Choice Track: “A Favor House Atlantic”

28. AFI – Sing the Sorrow (2003)

AFI – Sing the Sorrow (2003)


After spending more than a decade as a straight-up punk band, AFI released a pop album for their first major label debut. As you might expect, this pissed a bunch of longtime fans off, that’s the price you pay for frequent MTV exposure and a ton of new fans.

Choice Track: “The Leaving Song Pt. II”

29. Less Than Jake – Anthem (2003)

Less Than Jake – Anthem (2003)


Ska punks Less Than Jake released a ridiculous catchy and sweet pop-punk album in 2003 with Anthem. On top of featuring a music video starring Alexis Bledel for “She’s Going to Break Soon,” the band reworked their older track “Look What Happened” to make it shorter and more explosive.

Choice Track “Look What Happened”

30. The Movielife – Forty Hour Train Back to Penn(2003)

The Movielife – Forty Hour Train Back to Penn (2003)


Before this album, The Movielife stylistically fit the pop-punk moniker easily. For this release, they added a tinge of hardcore to create a one of the angrier sounding records of this era.

Choice Track: “Face or Kneecaps”

31. Say Anything – …is a Real Boy (2004)

Say Anything – a Real Boy (2004)


No band had lyrics catchier, more instantly memorable, or more anthemic than Say Anything did on this album. Who else could make a song about escaping the Holocaust sound so sexy?

Choice Track: “Alive With the Glory of Love”

32. Head Automatica – Decadence (2004)

Head Automatica – Decadence (2004)

Warner Bros.

It was a legitimate shock when Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo launched Head Automatic, a dance-punk band that sounded nothing like his old project. While hardcore purists never forgave him, Head Automatica stood on its own, launching Palumbo into pop stardom for a short period.

Choice Track: “Beating Heart Baby”

33. Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

Green Day – American Idiot (2004)


After Green Day’s lackluster (*cough* boring *cough*) 2000 album Warning, it seemed as though the once proud kings of pop-punk were doomed to slowly fade into obscurity. Then American Idiot came out of nowhere and vaulted them back on top of the game.

Choice Track: “Holiday”

34. My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004)

My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004)


Along with AFI, My Chemical Romance is credited with bringing a goth, Hot Topic-tinged aesthetic into the pop-punk realm of the mid-2000s. Unforgivable.

Choice Track: “Helena”

35. Fall Out Boy – From Under The Cork Tree (2005)

Fall Out Boy – From Under The Cork Tree (2005)


The follow-up to their respected and fairly popular 2003 debut Take This to Your Grave, From Under The Cork Tree unexpectedly pushed Fall Out Boy to the forefront of pop-punk and, surprisingly, pop-rock as a whole. 10 years later, they’re one of the only bands on this list still able to dominate the charts.

Choice Track: “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down”

36. Panic! at the Disco – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)

Panic! at the Disco – A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005)

Fueled by Ramen

As Blink-182 did before them, Fall Out Boy began strongly endorsing likeminded bands once they began their reign atop the pop-punk throne. Panic! at the Disco was the first, and in the wake of the decline of Drive-Thru Records, label Fueled By Ramen became THE place for pop-punk bands during the second half of the 2000s.

Choice Track: “Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off”

37. The Academy Is… – Almost Here (2005)

The Academy Is... – Almost Here (2005)

Fueled By Ramen

Another FBR band, Almost Here helped usher in a new era of pop-punk less focused on whiny, nasally vocals and more concerned with traditional musical chops. Frontman William Beckett could sing with the best of them.

Choice Track: “Slow Down”

38. Cartel – Chroma (2005)

Cartel – Chroma (2005)

The Militia Group

You know what’s weird? Cartel just went on a 10 year anniversary tour for this record. If that doesn’t remind you of your looming mortality, what will?

Choice Track: “Honestly”

39. Hellogoodbye – Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! (2006)

Hellogoodbye – Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! (2006)


One of Drive-Thru’s last releases, Hellogoodbye’s debut LP cracked the top 15 on the Billboard album charts and catapulted the band into major headlining tours.

Choice Track: “All of Your Love”

40. Hit the Lights – This is a Stick Up… Don’t Make it a Murder (2006)

Hit the Lights – This is a Stick Up... Don't Make it a Murder (2006)

Triple Crown

Basically every song on this album could have been its lead single. Every track on Hit the Lights’ first full-length is a lesson in how to make polished, shiny pop.

Choice Track: “The Call Out (You Are the Dishes)”

41. Paramore – Riot! (2007)

Paramore – Riot! (2007)

Fueled by Ramen

One of the last bands spawned from the 2000s pop-punk bubble, Paramore’s Riot!made them and singer Hayley Williams household names. Obviously, Paramore is one of the few bands on this list still going very strong (if not stronger) today.

Choice Track: “Misery Business”

Enjoy joy this pop-punk playlist while the cold hands of nostalgia choke you unmercifully.

28 Underrated Musical Artists You Should Be Listening To Right Now

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Recently, we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share who their favorite underrated musical artists are, for your listening pleasure. Here are the results:

1. Banks


Who she is: Singer-songwriter from SoCal.

Why you should listen: Banks’ sexy vocals were featured in a 2013 holiday commercial for Victoria’s Secret; she’s also toured with The Weeknd. “Begging for Thread” and “Waiting Game” are the sort of brooding, sultry tracks that fans of Lana Del Rey have grown to love; if you love the “Summertime Sadness” songstress, you’ll probably be down with Banks.

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2. Flume


Who he is: Australian DJ/producer; he’s also kinda cute!

Why you should listen: Flume (real name: Harley Streten) is a frequent collaborator with Chet Faker, a later entry on this list, and a rising Australian star. This is pregame music at its finest: easy to listen to, and effortlessly trendy. It’s trippy, funky electronic that is just dripping with cool, begging to be jammed to with a drink in hand. Flume’s debut self-titled album dropped in 2013, and he won four ARIAs (the Australian equivalent of the Grammys) for the effort; we NEED the follow-up.

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3. Kimbra


Who she is: Singer from New Zealand; you probably know her from Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” for which she won two Grammys.

Why you should listen: All right, so she’s already won TWO Grammys, but somehow the talented Kiwi still flies under the radar. Girl has got RANGE, whether it’s on “Warrior” (the party anthem with A-Trak and Mark Foster from Foster the People that should have been but never was) or the trippy, funky “90s Music” with her slinky vocals that sound very Prince-esque. Give 2014’s The Golden Echo and 2011’s The Vow both a spin; Kimbra has more than earned it.

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4. Ryn Weaver

Ryn Weaver

Who she is: California vocalist.

Why you should listen: Weaver’s viral hit “OctaHate” gained attention all over the internet when it was released last year, and with good reason: It’s really, REALLY hard to get out of your head. If you like fun, easy-to-digest pop music (and really, who doesn’t?), you NEED to add Weaver to your Spotify playlist. Also, she’s working on a “top secret” project with Charli XCX…

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5. Børns


Who he is: Nope, not from Scandinavia! He’s a singer-songwriter from Michigan; he’s also touring with Charli XCX and Jack Antonoff this summer!

Why you should listen: Børns has already caught Taylor Swift’s attention — she called “Electric Love” an “instant classic” on Instagram — and now he deserves yours. Think MGMT’s sound with Mika’s vocals, and you should have a pretty good idea for what you’re in for — a REALLY good time.

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6. Kygo


Who he is: Norwegian DJ/producer.

Why you should listen: We’re big Kygo fans here at BuzzFeed, and with good reason. The Norwegian DJ has mastered both the art of the remix — his takes on Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and The Weeknd’s “Often” are so, so luscious — and producing his own tracks, with “Firestone” being hailed as a potential “song of the summer.” Unlike most DJs, Kygo slows things down rather than speeding them up, resulting in a easy, breezy tropical house sound.

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7. Chet Faker

Chet Faker

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Who he is: Aussie electronica musician.

Why you should listen: He’s a frequent collaborator with Flume, but it’s worth listening to his own stuff too — his voice is so earnest. His cover of “No Diggity” was featured in Beck’s 2013 Super Bowl commercial and “Talk Is Cheap” nailed the top spot in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2014 (an Australian radio station’s ranking of popular songs of the year; Faker also had two other tracks on the list). Also, check out that scruff!

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8. Bad Suns

Bad Suns

Who they are: American alt-rock band.

Why you should listen: Here’s the sell: Indie rock band formed in sunny SoCal, withinfluences ranging from Elvis Costello to the Cure. Their debut album, Language & Perspective, dropped last year. “Cardiac Arrest,” the band’s most-streamed song on Spotify, is the perfect riding-in-your-convertible-in-the-summer anthem.

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9. Stromae


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Who he is: Belgian singer-rapper-songwriter. Also, aficionado of cool outfits.

Why you should listen: Now, here is the French-speaking house/hip-hop artist you didn’t know you needed in your life. Stromae is a fairly big name internationally; his smash hit “Alors On Danse” went to the top of the charts across Europe when it was released in 2009, and Kanye West even released his own remix of the song. And Lorde called Stromae’s services into play for the Mockingjay: Part I soundtrack. He has Europe’s attention; now he deserves yours!

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10. Hozier


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Who he is: Irish musician-singer-songwriter; you’ve definitely heard his smash hit “Take Me to Church” on the radio.

Why you should listen: Let’s get this out of the way: It’s hard to be considered under-the-radar when you’ve already been nominated for a Grammy and Spotify names your smash hit the most-viral track of the year. But can you name another song by Hozier? Because you should. That soulful, haunting voice that pushed “Take Me to Church” to the stratosphere is really, really worth your time. Like, an album’s worth of your time…as in his self-titled debut album.

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What it is: A musical project by Brit Aaron Jerome. Jerome performs in tribal masks to support the anonymous nature of the project.

Why you should listen: We’ve all seen the masked DJ performance before (Daft Punk, anyone?), but SBTRKT still feels like a breath of fresh air. All the right collaborations are there — Jessie Ware, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, even Drake — and SBTRKT has a present sound that builds on you. It’s not in-your-face like a lot of electronic music out there, but that’s a good thing!

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12. Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha

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Who she is: American singer-songwriter; you might know her from her vocals on Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home” and her uncredited vocals on David Guetta and Nicki Minaj’s “Hey Mama.”

Why you should listen: Rexha’s biggest impact on the music world might be Eminem and Rihanna’s smash hit “The Monster,” which she co-wrote, but that very well could (and should) change soon. She worked with Pete Wentz on his side band Black Cards and her first EP, I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, was JUST released. The title track is gut-wrenching and will have you feeling all the feels. Keep an eye on Bebe!

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13. London Grammar

London Grammar

Who they are: British indie pop trio.

Why you should listen: If your dreams had a soundtrack, it would probably sound something like London Grammar — mellow, ethereal, and pleasant. Lead singer Hannah Reid’s sweeping vocals have been compared to Florence Welch’s and Lana Del Rey’s; she says she takes inspiration from Michael Jackson. Their hit “Hey Now” was even featured in a Dior commercial starring A-lister Charlize Theron.

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14. MisterWives


Who they are: New York–based indie pop band. Also, the above photo was taken in BuzzFeed’s offices!!!

Why you should listen: MTV granted them the title of “golden children of pop”; that’s a pretty bold statement to be making, but you better believe the hype. If you love Walk the Moon’s recent smash “Shut Up and Dance,” you’ll LOVE MisterWives. They’ve got an infectious, earwormy sound that will have you shaking your booty in your seat. They 100% deserve your attention.

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15. FKA twigs

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Who she is: British singer-songwriter-dancer; she’s also Robert Pattinson’s better half; fashion icon (check out her penis dress from this year’s Met Gala).

Why you should listen: Unfortunately, FKA twigs is probably best known for herengagement to the Twilight star Pattinson, which is a damn shame since she is so talented. Start listening with her most popular track, “Two Weeks”; it highlights her caressing, sultry vocals. Also, her music videos are pretty damn cool and not to be missed.

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16. Grimes

Who she is: Canadian singer-songwriter-musician; she’s on tour with Lana Del Reythis summer.

Why you should listen: Grimes — Claire Boucher, in real life — once described her music as “post-internet” and says she “goes through phases a lot.” And it makes sense! Her sound is sort of all over the place, in an eclectic way that commands your attention. Her jam “Go” — a total bop — was originally written for Rihanna, but the pop star rejected it. Definitely catch her on tour with Lana this summer.

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17. Hoodie Allen

Hoodie Allen

Who he is: Indie hip-hop artist from Long Island, New York.

Why you should listen: Hoodie (real name: Steven Adam Markowitz) comes from a strong pedigree of Ivy League rappers (he’s a UPenn graduate). All kidding aside, Allen has an infectious hipster-hop sound (think Sammy Adams or Shwayze) and has even worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran. He’s also opening for Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy this summer (now THERE’S a motley trio). He’s fun. You should listen.

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18. twenty one pilots

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Who they are: Performing duo from Columbus, Ohio.

Why you should listen: Want to get a good idea for twenty one pilots’ vibes? They’re signed by pop rock record label Fueled by Ramen (they can count Paramore, Young the Giant, and Nate Ruess as labelmates). But they’re not just talented by association; twenty one pilots can seriously rock. They make the angsty music your middle school self would have totally rocked out to, except with a little more indie cred. Their latest effort Blurryface is due to be released later this month.

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19. Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne

Who she is: British singer-songwriter; you definitely heard her vocals on Clean Bandits’ sleeper smash from last summer, “Rather Be.”

Why you should listen: Jess has one of those voices that has a British accent even when she sings (think Adele, but with a poppier sensibility); her debut album I Cry When I Laugh drops in August. Her second solo single not only went to the top of the U.K. charts, it ALSO has serious “song of the summer” potential.

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20. Shamir


Who he is: Singer-songwriter from Las Vegas.

Why you should listen: Shamir can’t even legally buy a drink in the States, but he’s a must-add to your Spotify playlist. He’s got a sort of androgynous ’80s preschool style, and his single “On the Regular” is a funky, fresh bop. Check out his debut LPRatchet; it’s due to be released May 19.

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21. Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Who they are: Australian psychedelic band.

Why you should listen: Have you noticed a trend on this list of insanely talented Aussies? Tame Impala is frequently compared to ’60s and ’70s psychedelic rock bands (lead singer Kevin Parker’s vocals have even been called “Lennon-esque”), and you might even be familiar with the hit “Elephant,” which was featured on aBlackBerry commercial. Their third album, Currents, comes out later this summer.

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22. Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko

Who she is: Singer-songwriter from sun-soaked Los Angeles.

Why you should listen: Unlike most of the other performers on this list, it’s hard to call Aiko an up-and-comer; she’s been on the music scene for more than a decade but only released her debut solo studio album, Souled Out, last year. Nevertheless, Aiko’s got pop star vocals but lends them to slinky, sultry R&B jams. If you like The Weeknd, you’ll probably be down with Jhené, too.

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Who they are: Alt/electronic rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts. It’s pronounced like the city in France, FYI.

Why you should listen: Lead singer Lyndsey Gunnulfsen’s vocals can best be described as kick-ass; they’re like Paramore’s cool indie little sister (they were a supporting act on last year’s Warped Tour, FWIW). Their single “St. Patrick” is the type of song that you shout along the lyrics with your friends at the bar as someone accidentally spills cheap beer on you. Yeah, you need to be listening to PVRIS.

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24. James Bay

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Who he is: British singer-songwriter, and he also plays the guitar!

Why you should listen: He opened for Hozier last year, which is proof enough this boy’s got the skill set to hit it big. His debut album, Chaos and the Calm, was released earlier this spring, and Bay has a radio-friendly sound with the talent to actually back it up (he’s got the sort of voice that could sub in for any lead singer of your fave alt-rock band if they came down with the flu). Bonus points for alreadywinning a Brit Award!

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25. Years & Years

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Who they are: London-based electronic trio.

Why you should listen: They’ve got Disclosure-y vibes (think a throwback electronic sound). It’s electronic music with a heart — “Beatsy. Bassy. Soulful,” according to frontman/keyboardist Olly Alexander — the type of music that instantly adds a spring to your step and turns a bad day into a good one. Listen to them. Now.

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26. Odesza


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Who they are: American electronic duo hailing from Seattle.

Why you should listen: As far as indie-electronic goes, these guys are the real deal; they opened for Pretty Lights’ 2013 tour and a remix of theirs appeared on theDivergent soundtrack. If you’re a fan of easy, upbeat vibes (this is more driving-in-your-car-with-the-windows-down electronic than dance-your-ass-off electronic), then Odesza is for you!

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27. GRiZ


Who he is: American DJ/producer from Michigan. He plays the saxophone, too!

Why you should listen: Aside from being insanely talented (did we mention he incorporates the saxophone into his act?), he brings a funkier, soulful sound to electronic music (he’s from Detroit, after all!). Also, he’s on tour this summer, and if you want his music, you can pay what you want on his website!

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28. Marina and The Diamonds

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Who she is: Welsh singer-songwriter.

Why you should listen: TBH, I was surprised that Marina and The Diamonds not only was recommended as an under-the-radar artist, but was ALSO the top suggested artist by BuzzFeed Community users. She’s the indie pop artist who can craft the type of song that will be stuck in your head for days, and her latest album, Froot,dropped earlier this year. If you haven’t given her a listen…you need to fix that ASAP.

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And here’s a playlist featuring all 28 artists, for your enjoyment! Now jam out!

How Hip-Hop Conquered Streaming

Though it’s second fiddle in digital and physical sales to rock and pop, hip-hop has long been the most popular genre on music streaming services. BuzzFeed News spoke to music industry experts to find out why.

Earlier this year, on Valentine’s Day, much of the internet was enamored of Drake. The Toronto rapper’s commercial mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which had been released with little warning two nights before, was played more than 6.8 million times on Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, more than doubling the previous single-day streaming record. Like a capricious lover, however, that same record would soon move on to another. Almost exactly one month after Drake’s mixtape, and a week ahead of schedule, Kendrick Lamar crashed streaming servers with a surprise release of his own — his second major-label album, To Pimp a Butterfly, which demolished the record set by If You’re Reading This by racking up an unheard of 9.6 million streams on its first full day of release.

These twin high-water marks, set by two of hip-hop’s most dynamic figures (andoccasional rivals), say a lot about the state of the genre, which is flourishing after a relatively fallow 2014. But they also say a lot about the state of streaming, which is not only distinguished from other music platforms in that it’s growing rapidly, but in that the type of music that is driving its growth is rap and R&B.

According to Nielsen Music, a plurality — 29% — of all on-demand streaming in 2014 was of hip-hop and R&B. This includes activity on services like Spotify, YouTube, Rdio, and Rhapsody, but not Pandora or SoundCloud. Hip-hop and R&B’s share of streaming put the genre ahead of rock (25%), pop (21%), EDM (7%), and country (6%). And data provided by Nielsen to BuzzFeed News shows that the trend held for the first quarter of 2015, with hip-hop claiming a 25% share of streaming, compared to 23% for rock and 20% for pop.

Over the past six months, four of the top five most streamed albums on Spotify globally belonged to hip-hop (Drake, Lamar, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise), with only One Direction’s Fourpreventing a sweep. And last month, the Spotify record for most streamed song in a single week went to the rapper Wiz Khalifa, whose hit “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth received 21.9 million plays from April 6–12.

Hip-hop’s lead in streaming is remarkable, considering that the genre has historically lagged behind rock and pop in other metrics used by the music industry as barometers of success. When it comes to album sales, for instance, hip-hop and R&B was still a distant second to rock in 2014, accounting for 14% of sales compared to rock’s 33%, according to Nielsen Music. In song downloads, hip-hop and R&B came in third place behind both rock and pop.

As the music industry has shifted to a more streaming-focused model, with both physical and digital music sales continuing to decline, there are signs that hip-hop artists are reaping the benefit. More than a third of the 14 albums to top the Billboard 200 this year, which last November began to include streams as a factor, came from the hip-hop category, including the aforementioned albums by Drake, Lamar, and Big Sean, plus theEmpire soundtrack and Wale’s The Album About Nothing.

“These artists are doing phenomenally well,” Dave Bakula, SVP of industry insights at Nielsen, told BuzzFeed News. “And it’s something we’ve seen for as long as we’ve been tracking [streaming] — R&B/hip-hop really sets itself apart.”

Of course, the million-dollar question is: Why? It’s not easy to say, conclusively. Unlike, say, vinyl, which is today marketed toward older consumers and leans heavily on the classics (4 out of 10 of the top-selling vinyl albums last year were released before 1985), streaming services have long been billed as genre-agnostic musical utopias: all of the music, all of the time. To explain how hip-hop and R&B came to rule such a platform, we talked to industry experts and came away with three theories.

The Youths

The first and most obvious answer has to do with age. Streaming is the youngest of the platforms and, as with most nascent technologies, its user base is similarly young. According to a study by GMI Market Research provided to BuzzFeed News, the average age of users of major music platforms is as follows: Spotify, 28; Pandora, 32; iTunes, 34; SiriusXM, 42; terrestrial radio, 43.

“If you’re 18 years old, you probably don’t have any memory of purchasing music via download or physical product,” said Ken Parks, chief content officer at Spotify. “But you probably do spend a lot of time listening to music on platforms like ours or YouTube.”

From Will Smith to Rae Sremmurd, hip-hop has always been fueled and supported by young people, so it makes sense that a platform with a young user base would see a lot of activity in that genre. “Many 18- to 24-year-olds, which is really our core audience, eat, sleep, and breathe hip-hop,” said Parks. So who’s streaming all of that Wiz Khalifa? Probably not your mom.

Mixtape Culture

Hip-hop, more than any other genre, has a strong tradition of free music. Years before the rise of ad-supported, on-demand streaming in America, rappers big and small were keeping mixtape sites like Datpiff and LiveMixtapes flush with quality content at no cost. When Spotify arrived in 2011 with the promise of making all music available for free, it’s easy to imagine hip-hop fans among its earliest and most avid supporters. “People our age come from an era where you can just go to a mixtape website and download everything for free, so that’s just what we’re used to,” said Tyler, the Creator, whose April album, Cherry Bomb, was the most streamed album on Spotify the week of its release. “Hip-hop fans want the shit right then and there or they’ll download it somewhere else for free. They’re like, ‘What the fuck do I look like buyin’ it?’”

It’s worth remembering that Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late mixtape broke on-demand streaming records only after being pulled from traditional mixtape destinations like SoundCloud and LiveMixtapes.

Social Media Behavior

The portability of links to songs on YouTube or Spotify means it’s much easier to share music than ever before, and activity on streaming services often follows social media conversations. According to an unpublished “Music 360” study by Nielsen provided to BuzzFeed News, hip-hop and EDM fans are the most likely to talk about music with friends, including on social media. In a survey of over 2,500 music listeners, 27% of hip-hop fans strongly agreed with the statement “I often discuss music with my friends,” compared to 28% of EDM fans, 21% of rock fans, and 17% of pop/top 40 fans. “I think the social nature of the fan base is a factor here,” said Bakula.

Nielsen’s study of hip-hop fans jibes with earlier research about African-Americans and social media use. A 2014 study by the Pew Research Center found that fully 96% of black Americans between 18 and 29 use social networking sites, compared with 90% of white Americans in the same age group. Smartphone ownership among 18- to 29-year-olds showed a similar gap: 85% of black respondents said they owned a smartphone compared to 79% of white ones.

Among the many ways that the rise of streaming is disrupting the business and culture of music, one of the most significant may be upending paradigms of access and visibility. Originally conceived as the defiant music of outsiders, hip-hop, now more than ever, is poised to become the default. If streaming is the future, than, for now at least, the Drakes and the Kendricks, and the J. Coles of the world are its heirs.

BuzzFeed’s 99 Of 2015’s Best New Songs (So Far)

We recap our favorite pop, electronic, country, rap, and rock for the first quarter of the year. In no particular order.

1. The unabashed swagger of Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD’s spicy, funky “Raygun” featuring DOOM.

2. The sexy, sultry tease anthem by The Weeknd, “Earned It

3. Charli XCX & Rita Ora doing it and doing it and “Doing It” well.

4. The subtle and devastating, subtly devastating “Leaf Off/The Cave” by Swedish smooth crooner José González.

5. The gliding, smooth, danceable “Planes” by Jeremih featuring J. Cole.

6. The punchy, eviscerating “Ego” by Tove Stryke.

7. The melancholic, haunted “Air” by Waxahatchee.

8. The “thank goodness the long wait for their new album is over“-ness of Modest Mouse’s “Coyotes

9. Black Coast’s atmospheric examination of love, “Enough ” featuring M. Maggie.

10. The dizzying “Pendulum” by FKA Twigs.

FKA twigs

FKA twigs

FKA twigs

11. The heart-starting, foot-shuffling bounce of MisterWives’ “Our Own House

12. The studied “NO CAPS” cool of Purity Ring’s “begin again.”

13. Ty Dolla $ign’s “Drop That Kitty (ft. Charli XCX and Tinashe)” is either so bad it’s good or so good it’s bad, but either way we can’t stop listening.

14. Speaking of London, London Richards’ “In Love With Fireis fire.

15. U need to listen to Mikky Ekko’s “U.”

16. Toro Y Moi’s funkadelic “Buffalo.”

17. T. Kid’s “Like This/Do Voodoo” is a giant plume of weed smoke and hip-hop through a Middle Eastern filter.

18. The slow-burn of Alabama Shakes’ bluesy, desperate “Gimme All Your Love.”

19. The slinky, sultry lilt of Jarryd James’ “Do You Remember

20. “King” by dance-happy London-based popsters Years & Years.



21. The plodding and plotting “Black and White” by Staves.

22. Chester Watson’s “” is, sadly, not a stab at a Nü Metal renaissance but worth listening to nevertheless.

23. “Closure (ft. Szjerdene)” by Lapalux reminds us “there’s no rainbow without the rain.”

24. The Earth-rattling funk that is The Suffers’ “Make Some Room.”

25. Soko’s “Who Wears The Pants ??” is delightfully pissy and sick of it all.

26. Missy Elliott proves she’s still got it on her remix of Jack Ü’s “Take Ü There? (ft. Kiesza).”

27. The sexy, -featuring “Lean On” from Major Lazer.

28. Genevieve’s “Colors” is appropriately colorful, a bright blast of pop pick-me-up. “It’s all in your heaaaaaddd!”

29. Ibeyi’s appropriately haunted “Ghosts

30. The brilliantly boastful “Blessings” by Big Sean featuring Drake and Kanye West.




31. HAIM do their best Stevie Nicks impression on Calvin Harris’ “Pray to God.”

32. The sun-damaged pop of “What D’You Say?” by The Go! Team.

33. St. Vincent’s glammy “Bad Believer.”

34. The hazy, lo-fi charm and canned, robotic drums of Laura Groves’ “Dream Story

35. Marika Hackman’s light touch on the intoxicating “Animal Fear.”

36. “Be Lazy” by Skizzy Mars is the musical equivalent of a chill Saturday at home.

37. Allie X’s “Catch” is a breakup anthem for the hopeful.

38. New Jersey rapper Nick Catchdubs’ goofy stoner jam “Wuts That (ft. B.I.C.).”

39. The positively entrancing booty shaker “Dare” by GRRL PAL.

40. “M.O.B.” by Tkay Maidza is the sunny, self-confidence anthem you need right now.

Tkay Maidza

Tkay Maidza

41. Shy Girls’ sultry post-party comedown “Xhampagne (ft. Antwon).”

42. The pop star proof of concept that is “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes.

43. Anushka’s “Kisses” is whimsically upbeat.

44. “I’m A Ruin” is a great disco ballad by Marina And The Diamonds about how ripping someone’s heart out can hurt you too.

45. Britpop soul singer Selah Sue’s “Alone.”

46. Queens rapper Action Bronson’s kooky “Actin Crazy.”

47. Natalie Prass’ clear-eyed throwback “Bird of Prey.”

48. Tala and How To Dress Well’s better-together collaboration “The One.”

49. Tropical house DJ Kygo’s show-stopping “Stole The Show.”

50. The peppy, poppy feet-moving blissfully wistful Florrie, “Too Young To Remember




51. Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s crunchy “Pedestrian At Best.”

52. Tobias Jesso Jr.’s plaintive piano ballad “How Could You Babe.”

53. The slam dunk that is Travi$ Scott’s “Nothing But Net (ft. Young Thug and Partynextdoor).”

54. This is not a joke, though it is pretty funny: Madonna feat. Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson on “Iconic.” (It features Madonna’s “iconic” half-rapping.)

55. Pictureplane’s trance-y “Hyper Real.”

56. “First Light,” Django Django’s ominously sweet comeback single.

57. The straight-up sex appeal of Lion Babe’s “Treat Me Like Fire.”

58. Angel Haze gets romantic on “CANDLXS.”

59. Say Lou Lou’s airy “Nothing But A Heartbeat.”

60. Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons embrace synths on the soaring “Shots.”



61. Alt-country duo Striking Matches’ guitar-driven “Missing You Tonight.”

62. The tropical self-empowerment of Scooter Island’s “#NOTYOURS (ft. JUNGLEPUSSY).”

63. Reptar’s brassy “Ice Black Sand.”

64. The too-cute for words (as in, there are none) “Sunny Day” by Coyote Kisses.

65. “After Below,” a pulsing instrumental from Trackfinger.

66. Julio Bashmore’s dreamy “Kong (ft. Bixby).”

67. English folk queen Laura Marling’s plugged-in “False Hope.”

68. The twangy advice of Kacey Musgraves’ “Biscuits.”

69. Grimes gets a radio-ready makeover from Bleachers on “Entropy.”

70. Bobby Brackins’ kinda meta party track “My Jam (ft. Zendaya and Jeremih).”




71. Urban Cone uphold Sweden’s power-pop reputation with the impossibly catchy “Come Back To Me (ft. Tove Lo).”

72. The soaring “Hold Me Up” from Australian singer Conrad Sewell.

73. “On To Something Good,” a hopeful country cut from the Pistol Annies’ Ashley Monroe.

74. MNEK’s kitsch-pop remake of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles.”

75. The muted “Home” by Heems.

76. The rattling garage rock of The Sonics’ “Bad Betty.”

77. Tori Kelly got an assist from uber-hitmaker Max Martin on the sultry “Nobody Love.”

78. Kendrick Lamar’s unapologetic “The Blacker The Berry.”

79. The straightforward rock and roll of Highly Suspect’s “Lydia.”

80. Carly Rae Jepsen’s irresistible “I Really Like You.”



81. Grime superstar Skepta’s “Shutdown.”

82. Jack Ü and Justin Bieber’s surprising banger “Where Are Ü Now.”

83. “Hold My Hand,” a heartwarming bit of house pop from Jess Glynne.

84. The seductive drone of Warpaint’s “No Way Out (Redux).”

85. Dance pop upstarts Mako and Madison Beer’s anti-breakup jam “I Won’t Let You Walk Away.”

86. COMPNY’s sunny “Lovers.”

87. Field Trip’s psychedelic “Song 4 California.”

88. The hypnotic “Let It Happen” by Tame Impala.

89. Carnage’s turn-up anthem “I Like Tuh (ft. ILoveMakonnen).”

90. The gltichy “JAY Z” from mysterious rap collective Goodbye Tomorrow.

Goodbye Tomorrow

Goodbye Tomorrow

Goodbye Tomorrow

91. Who Is Fancy?’s soulful “Goodbye.”

92. The gorgeous, anthemic “I’m Ready” from Twin Shadows.

93. Clean Bandit’s string-heavy “Real Love.”

94. Drake’s moody “Know Yourself” is perfect for running through the six with your woes (or WOEs).

95. “Push It,” a hard-hitting collab from Pusha T and Swedish producer iSHi.

96. Newcomer Shura’s shimmery “2Shy.”

97. Alxndr London’s spacey”Gunshot.”

98. The lively “Again Animal” from indie-rockers Pearl And The Beard.

99. Sufjan Stevens’ quietly heartbreaking “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross.”

BuzzFeed Premiere: James Bay Performs A Stirring Live Version Of “Scars”

He played an acoustic set in a recreation in of the iconic club, CBGB

Meet singer-songwriter James Bay. A soulful, bluesy Brit rocker, he sounds like the midway point between Hozier and Sam Smith — retro without being kitschy about it.

Meet singer-songwriter James Bay. A soulful, bluesy Brit rocker, he sounds like the midway point between Hozier and Sam Smith — retro without being kitschy about it.

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At just 24, with only a handful of EPs under his belt, the Hitchin-born musician recently earned a coveted spot on the BBC’s annual Sound Of… critics poll and will be opening for Taylor Swift on the European leg of her 1989 tour later this year.

It’s appropriate, then, that the not-quite-throwback singer gave a searing performance of “Scars,” a not-quite-break-up song, in a recreation of the historic CBGB nightclub.

James Bay

James Bay

Surrounded by actual walls salvaged from the iconic venue, the up-and-comer also talked about the story behind the song and explained why it took over a year to complete.

James Bay

James Bay

Watch the stirring acoustic performance now, exclusively on BuzzFeed.

James Bay’s debut album Chaos And The Calm is out March 23 and available on iTunes First Play starting today. Listen now!

34 Actually Realistic Love Songs

34 Actually Realistic Love Songs

Originally Posted on BuzzFeed

Instead of fixating on butterflies and beginnings, spend this Valentine’s Day listening to music that celebrates all the communication, commitment and hard work real love requires.

1. Bubblegum rockers Paramore’s espouse the virtues of long-term relationships on “Still Into You.”

2. Johnny Cash’s freight train-inspired ode to fidelity, “I Walk The Line.”

3. Lovers remain strangers on Wilco’s sunny “You And I.”

4. Reality forces Selena Gomez to get out of bed on the bouncy “Do It.”

5. Whiskey and whips keep the fire burning for Ashley Monroe on “Weed Instead Of Roses.”

6. The hushed, intimate promises of D’Angelo And The Vanguard’s “Really Love.”

7. Bipolar Sunshine’s buzzing, patient “Love More Worry Less.”

8. The Dixie Chicks quietly content “Easy Silence.”

9. Bloc Party’s anxious, propulsive take on “This Modern Love.”

10. The Maccabees’ refreshingly mundane “Toothpaste Kisses.”

11. TV On The Radio’s “Province” makes toughing it out sound romantic.

12. Country supergroup Pistol Annies get right to the point on the subdued “I Hope You’re The End Of My Story.”

13. The soaringly confident “Next To Me” from Scottish soul singer Emeli Sandé.

14. Hilary Duff’s pro-communication club banger “With Love.”

15. Miranda Lambert’s celebrates the day to day on the twangy, laidback “Easy Living.”

16. “400 Lux,” actual teen Lorde’s siren-inflected take on young love.

17. Charli XCX’s relishes all that husband and wife shit on “What I Like.”

18. The tough love of The Civil Wars’ lush “Same Old Same Old.”

19. Beyoncé’s effervescent ode to the here and now, “XO.”

20. Bleachers’ pillow-talky “Wake Me.”

21. The sexy and introspective “Mirrors” from Justin Timberlake.

21. No Doubt admit it isn’t always easy on the dancehall-inspired “Underneath It All.”

22. The Magnetic Fields’ “The Book Of Love” admits romance can sometimes seem kind of dumb.

23. The piano-laden promise of The Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year.”

24. Pat Benatar’s urgent, anthemic “Love Is A Battlefield.”

25. Country queen Shania Twain sings the praises of her longterm love on “You’re Still The One.”

26. Alt-pop star Sky Ferreira’s learns to love again on the glittery, lo-fi “Boys.”

27. The Beach Boys face the unknown on the epic, swelling “God Only Knows.”

28. Real-life exes Drake and Rihanna work out their issues on the surprisingly sweet “Take Care.”

29. The National’s dreamy, down-to-earth “Slow Show.”

30. The groovy, optimistic “You Make Loving Fun” from Fleetwood Mac.

31. Kacey Musgraves friends-with-benefits ballad “It Is What It Is.”

32. The Beatles’ affectionate, uncertain “Something.”

33. Snow Patrol don’t ask for much on “Chasing Cars.”

34. English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware’s struggles through her relationship’s “Wildest Moments” on her breakthrough single.

12 Ellie Goulding Covers That Prove She Can Really Sing Anything

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Anything can happen right?!

1. “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Trap
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Goosebumps, EVERYWHERE!

2. “Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake
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Can we just get Justin Timberlake in here for the PERFECT duet!?

3. “Rhythm of the Night,” Bastille and DeBarge
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Alright, when are Bastille and Ellie Golding going on tour together!?

4. “Jolene,” Dolly Parton
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Move over Dolly Parton! Ellie brings the real and raw quality with her voice here.

5. “Only Girl In The World,” Rihanna
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Ellie stripes down Rihanna’s classic hit here. It may even be better than the original.

6. “Heartbeats,” José Gonzalez
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I dare you not to cry by the end of this cover. Ellie takes José Gonzalez’s song and fills it with even more emotion.

7. “Your Song,” Elton John
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Watch out Elton John! Ellie Golding preformed this at the royal wedding.

8. “Some Nights,” Fun
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The slowed down tempo really brings out Ellie’s voice in this soulful cover.

9. “The Cave,” Mumford and Sons
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Are Mumford and Sons looking to add another member to their band!? Sign Ellie up!!

10. “Don’t Panic,” Coldplay
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Watch out Chris Martin! Ellie is bringing the competition!

11. “The Wolves,” Bon Iver
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Ellie takes Bon Iver’s classic song to a new level in this cover.

12. “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey

As long as there is snow on the ground Christmas songs are still acceptable…right!?

BuzzFeed’s 19 Of The Worst Lyrics Of 2014

1. Ariana Grande, “Break Free”

Ariana Grande, "Break Free"

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This is like poorly translated teen goth poetry.

2. Redfoo on Play-N-Skillz’s “Literally, I Can’t (STFU)”

Redfoo on Play-N-Skillz's "Literally, I Can't (STFU)"

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Pretty much every line of this song is flagrantly sexist, but this verse from the dude from LMFAO is especially awful.

3. Eminem, “Shady Cxvpher”

Eminem, "Shady Cxvpher"

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You are the reason we can’t have nice things, Eminem.

4. Nickelback, “She Keeps Me Up”

Nickelback, "She Keeps Me Up"


Chad Kroeger’s erotic poetry here is even better when you consider that it’s probably about Avril Lavigne.

5. Jason Derulo, “Trumpets”

Jason Derulo, "Trumpets"

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Naw, it’s not weird at allllllll, Jason. [eyes dart nervously around the room]

6. Jay Z on Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love”

Jay Z on Beyoncé's "Drunk In Love"

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This year’s winner of the “most cringe-inducing line in an otherwise wonderful song” award…

7. Kanye West on Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love (Remix)”

Kanye West on Beyoncé's "Drunk In Love (Remix)"

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…even if Kanye did his best to top it on the remix.

8. Ab-Soul, “Nevermind That”

Ab-Soul, "Nevermind That"

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Well, thank God.

9. Plies on John Legend’s “All of Me (Remix)”

Plies on John Legend's "All of Me (Remix)"

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That’s kinda gross, Plies.

10. Florida Georgia Line, “Sun Daze”

Florida Georgia Line, "Sun Daze"

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This is kinda like when Steve Carell says that breasts feel like a “bag of sand” in The 40 Year Old Virgin.

11. Sam Smith, “Money On My Mind”

Sam Smith, "Money On My Mind"

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Wow, no way! Me too.

12. Jerrodd Niemann, “Donkey”

Jerrodd Niemann, "Donkey"

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Some really sexy stuff from Jerrodd Niemann here.

13. Jason Derulo, “Wiggle”

Jason Derulo, "Wiggle"

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Did you really think there would only be one Derulo song here?

14. Kasabian, “Eez-Eh”

Kasabian, "Eez-Eh"

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15. Pitbull, “Fireball”

Pitbull, "Fireball"

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Or you could just keep this sort of thing to yourself, Pitbull.

16. Santana featuring Miguel, “Indy”

Santana featuring Miguel, "Indy"

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We all need goals.

17. Robin Thicke, “Lock the Door”

Robin Thicke, "Lock the Door"

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And she didn’t take him back!

18. 50 Cent, “Animal Instinct”

50 Cent, "Animal Instinct"

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If you ever have to fight 50 Cent, make sure you’ve got some rats handy.

19. MAGIC!, “Rude”

MAGIC!, "Rude"


Pretty much every line of this song makes you realize this girl’s dad was totally right to forbid their engagement, even if he’s just as guilty of treating her like nothing more than property.