Every week, there are hundreds of thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves. It’s too much for just your two ears to handle: With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks worthy of a thumbs-down click.
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 top 5 songs to stream this week. Also, 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.
Eminem — Campaign Speech
Eminem leapt into the political sphere this week, announcing that he is hard at work on a new album, and putting his music where his mouth is by releasing an eight-minute verse called Campaign Speech. A dense and highly-virtuosic effort which showcases his legendary wordplay, the rapper spends a good amount of time picking apart Donald Trump on the track — ironic, considering that back in 2002, Mr. Trump himself endorsed Em for President.
Bob Weir — Lay My Lily Down
Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir recently brought his folk magic (and several members of famed indie rock act The National) with him for a special appearance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, performing a new single called Lay My Lily Down. A gentle rambler with banjo, multiple acoustic guitars, and a slow-rolling groove, this is one to put on as you sip that first cup of coffee in the cool October air.
Common — Cranes In The Sky (Solange remix)
A politically-motivated verse from Common appears on this excellent remix of Solange’s Cranes In The Sky. This one’s a subtle jam which bounces with the Chicago rapper’s thoughts about modern American democracy over clean R&B hooks — as good a platform for political discourse as we can think of.
Jordan Raf — Duvet
Vinyl crackles, gentle bass drum, and jazzy horns abound on Jordan Raf’s Duvet, creating the sort of soft single which warms the room as it slowly unfolds through your speakers. This three-minute jam is as outright cathartic as it is catchy.
Maggie Rogers — Alaska
Maggie Rogers burst onto the music world’s radar this summer, following a video in which she shared her first single Alaska with a teary-eyed Pharrell. The folk-driven pop song with layered vocal hooks hasn’t changed since she first shared it with the superstar in New York, but now it comes with a spectacular music video, which was shot at a party in the woods in Rogers’ native Maryland.
That’s it for now, but tune in next week for more tunes and check out our playlist loaded with our recent selections below: