Monday, May 11, 2020

Top Rated Songs of 2020 (So Far)

Here are the top rated songs of 2020:

1. Bad Bunny — “Safaera”

An incredible feat of scope and production, Bad Bunny’s “Safaera” spans decades of influences, referencing Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On” and Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Could You Be Loved.” Alongside features from Jowell & Randy and Ñengo Flow, Bad Bunny and producers DJ Orma and Tainy flip the dial on nostalgia, spinning it into an irresistible, inventive, and frenzied reggaetón club banger. The genre is among the most influential sounds in global hip-hop and Bad Bunny continues to be a lead innovator in the space, proving why he deserves to be the biggest pop star in the world in 2020.

2. The Orielles “Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)”

The title of this English indie band’s second album Disco Volador translates to Disco Flying, we guess, and though it may not make sense on the page, put on this track and tell me you’re not out of your chair within fifteen seconds. There are hints of early ‘90s rave-inflected Britpop in here, put through a Stereolab filter and aimed for the dancefloor. The Orielles ask “Can you re-align the boundaries of my sensory home,” and while we have no idea what that even means, we lean toward yes.

3. Tame Impala — “Breathe Deeper”

We’ll be honest, we weren’t immediately excited for a new Tame Impala album. We’ve loved every previous album and seen each tour, but over the years, my excitement, undeservedly, faded. Kevin Parker’s crowds had grown more bro-y with each passing year, as his shows embraced a more pulsing club mentality. It’s unfair, we know, but we were worried about what Parker had coming next. It turns out, on The Slow Rush, the musical mastermind at once embraced the future and the past, all at once. “Breathe Deeper” is a perfect example, as it blurs a ‘70s funk jam with lush synth breakdowns and a tumbling drum beat. What’s most astonishing is that he’s able to take each of these parts and blend them into a package for the modern festival circuit. We’ll be fist pumping right next to the bros this summer. 

4. Dua Lipa — “Physical”

We would dare you not to dance upon hearing the latest single from Dua Lipa, but there’s simply no fun in the impossible. With a chunky, chugging synth line and a shout-your-heart-out chorus—“Come on! Let’s get physical!” she exclaims, in her smokey lower register—the 24-year-old Brit’s idolized ’80s touchstones are obvious. That doesn’t mean they don’t still surprise, especially in how well they’re executed. Echoes of that era are all over the current pop charts, but with just one album under her belt (her second, dubbed Future Nostalgia, arrives this year), few are doing it better than Dua Lipa. “Physical” is her flashiest, finest entry yet—and it’s almost worrisome to think she’s just getting started.

5. The Lone Bellow — “Martingales”

Certainly, you’ve heard the news: things are bad. Things are exhausting. Divisive. Polarizing. They’re bogged down by lies and inspired by hate. Respite can be hard to find in 2020, a year that’s only seen two months but feels ten times longer. As such, our salves and escapes deserve extra credit, not to mention a few more spins on the turntable. One of mine arrived late on The Lone Bellow’s February LP, Half Moon Light in the form of “Martingales.” “If yesterday is too heavy,” lead singer Zach Williams pleads, with his full-throated, rasp-lined instrument, propped up over warm acoustics by his bandmates’ harmonies, “put it down.” Put it down. After just a few listens, you’ll certainly find sweet, cathartic release. 



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