Joshua Bassett, Aly & AJ, Little Simz, and More: 6 Cool New Pop Songs to Get You Through the Week
Looking for a little extra motivation to get you through the first few days of another work week? We understand, and we've got some great new pop tunes for you.
These ten songs by Joshua Bassett, Aly & AJ, Little Simz, and Cameron Hardy will get you pumped for the week ahead. Add any of these gems to your personal playlists, or skip to the bottom of the page for a personalized playlist that includes all ten.
Cameron Hardy, “I Thought You Were Lonely”
On “I Thought You Were Lonely,” a polished and exciting debut single from newcomer Cameron Hardy, he calls out deceit while slinging rhythmic pop melodies and smoldering boy-band looks. Extra points for a music video in which Hardy is literally encased in a glass case of emotion!
Beka, “Green Lights”
“It feels a lot better now! We're on the move! There will be no hiding! Just green lights for us,” Beka sings in the chorus of her new single "Green Lights," from her debut EP I'll Be There. The warmth of the song perfectly captures post-quarantine happiness, and the British singer's crisp vocal delivery shines in the spotlight.
City Girl feat. Tiffi, “Pack It Up Boy”
No, it's not the rising hip-hop duo City Girls; “Pack It Up Boy” is the work of City Girl, an L.A. producer whose latest album, C-Girl, is led by this subtly impressive slice of radio-ready R&B. City Girl creates an easily catchy kiss-off, practically out of thin air, with Tiffi lending vocals (and chuckling about her video game addiction before the song even starts).
Aly & AJ, "Personal Cathedrals"
Aly & AJ have finally returned after a 14-year hiatus with their self-released A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun. The album's synth-pop is balanced with breezy, California-inspired pop-rock production, which is best heard on "Personal Cathedrals," which has an orchestrated twang and an interesting storyline.
Little Simz feat. Cleo Sol, "Woman"
Little Simz spits a laid-back, optimistic flow about being a "Yoruba girl tougher than imperial leather" and "innovating like Donna Summer in the '80s" over an undeniable neo-soul groove. The Erykah Badu-esque hook crooned by Cleo Sol is the cherry on top of this sophisticated, heady drink.
Joshua Bassett, "Feel Something"
Joshua Bassett is attempting to develop himself as an artistic voice on his own merits, and "Feel Something" goes a long way toward that goal. He is best known as the star of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and the person who could have inspired a No. 1 Hot 100 smash. "Feel Something," a simple, wistful, propulsive pop song that recalls Troye Sivan's blend of reflective and upbeat pop, will make you do just that.