Every week, there are thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves — and it’s just too much for your two ears to handle. With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click — you want the best new songs to stream right now.
But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle. We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time.
Here are our five best new songs to stream this week. And don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify page for a playlist of our weekly picks, which can also be found at the bottom of this post. Not sure which streaming service is best for you? Check out our post about the best music streaming services, or go in depth and learn the differences between Apple Music and Spotify to better weigh your options.
Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. channels his inner Chance The Rapper on this brand-new track, which features layers of horns, a church choir, and an organ combining to create a positive and uplifting hip-hop tune with a subtle trap influence. If this is any indication of the quality of his upcoming album 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time — a massive 22-track release due in November — listeners have a lot to look forward to.
On Little Dark Age, vintage synthesizers and drum machines join with the voice of MGMT frontman Andrew VanWyngarden to create a beat-driven tune that feels ripped straight from mid-’80s radio. The video for the latest single from the indie-rock heroes is as odd as it is compelling, a mansion-set visual accompaniment with scenes of oddly dressed band members, wood chopping, and fireplaces that’s perfectly timed for the Halloween season.
This powerful ballad from ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens’ new band Curls sounds like something straight from the late-’60s Beatles songbook. The song starts right on the first verse, powered by a gentle Let It Be-esque piano line and a beautiful vocal melody that’s eventually joined by organ and elegant background vocals. John Lennon would be proud.
Hundred Waters — Firelight
Beautiful layers of vocal harmony immediately grab your attention at the beginning of Hundred Waters‘ latest track Firelight. From there, an elegant melody and cool whirling synthesizers pair with piano and digital drums, creating a musically stunning soundscape that invokes comparisons to the intricate works of songwriters like Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).
Los Angeles-based songwriter Gueorgui Linev has been hard at work on his band’s upcoming triple album called Phantasmagoria, and recently shared this beautiful string-filled single featuring vocal help from Rachel Fannan. A gentle and introverted song, we expect this one to accompany us on many rainy fall excursions into the woods.
That’s it for now, but tune in next week for more songs to stream, and check out the playlist loaded with our recent selections below:
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