Ready to find your new favorite band? Well, you've come to the right spot. You're reading the A List - where we countdown our top 10 most popular songs for this past week.
Make sure to stay up to date with the latest and greatest songs carefully curated by your fellow music aficionados and delivered to you directly by our very own music director, Nils Illokken. Join Nils every Friday from 11a - 3p EST to hear this list and so much more!
#10 "What Now" - Brittany Howard
Kicking off our A List right is the Brittany Howard. The Alabama Shakes front woman has had an incredible solo career and certainly wowed us with this song off her upcoming album. When speaking about the single, she said, "it was written during the pandemic when the question “what now” was on all of our minds. I think it is a feeling that has continued to the present moment in the world we live in."
#9 "Dancer" - Idles, LCD Soundsystem
Hellooo number nine! Idles just dropped a new song featuring LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Nancy Whang.... and it certainly has us dancing! The energy is so high in this one that you can just tell that the band is having fun. Make sure to also check out the music video directed by Jocelyn Anquetil.
#8 "NPC" - Tanukichan
We are obsessed with Tanukichan. This single is so shoegazey that you might even feel like an "NPC" yourself. The guitars are warm, bass is reverby, and the whole tune just itches a certain part of the brain.
It’s not a letdown
It's not a letdown
Feels kind of nice to disappear
#7 "BLACK MOONLIGHT" - Duran Duran
Having fun? Well, we're keeping the good vibes up with this one. "BLACK MOONLIGHT" has been on our radar for a while now, and we just can't stop spinning it. Duran Duran knows how to do funk, and they do it well. Enjoy!
#6 "Dramamine" - Middle Kids
Back on our A List for the second week in a row is the poppy and bubbly Middle Kids. This song is about telling someone you wholeheartedly enjoy their presence, support, and love. It's one of those singles that you just want send your best friend to.
#5 "The Tower" - Future Islands
The Baltimore synth-pop band, Future Islands, is gonna hit us with another album. And we are so excited! This single, "The Tower," is pulling on our heart strings as lead singer, Samuel Herring, pours out deeply emotional lyrics.
I, I, I am waiting on the other side, sigh
Looked out into everything and
I lie, tell myself, "It's nothing", when it's quite right
Everything grows stronger in the light
#4 "Phone Machine" - Hot Wax
We're at number four and we want more!! This is Hot Wax, a - based grunge group that is rocking the world. According to the band, "Phone Machine" "is written about a friend who has followed in their family's footsteps, who aren't good role models... it’s a friend you will always be there for, even when they have no one, or no one to call."
#3 "Demon Twink" – Caleb Nichols
Looking for some queer rock? We've got you served. Californian Caleb Nichols recently released an album, Let's Look Back, and it is so good. For this single, he intended it to be "this big, blasty, power-pop, kiss-off kind of song" - and it definitely is. "Demon Twink" is one you just have to scream in the car.
#2 "Hell" - Sleater-Kinney
Welcome to number two! Again on our A List we have Sleater-Kinney with their dark and pensive single. This song is the result of the duo, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, turning their grief into art. Recently loosing Brownstein's parents in an accident, the duo explores the subject of death and existentialism.
#1 "Dream Job" - Yard Act
If you've kept up with our A List, you would know we love Yard Act. "Dream Job" is the first single off of their upcoming album, Where's My Utopia, and we absolutely love it.The British band is moving towards a post-punk sound, with a thudding bass, witty-spoken lyrics, and synths galore.
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