10 Cool New Pop Songs – Billboard

Looking for some motivation to get you through the start of another work week? We feel you, and with stellar new pop tracks, we’ve got you covered.

These 10 tracks from artists like Aespa, Dove Cameron, Dayglow and more will give you energy to face the week. Add any of these gems to your personal playlists – or scroll to the end of the post for a personalized playlist of all 10.

Aespa, “Life is too short”

Aespa’s new single is slyly reminiscent of some classic singles from girl groups like the Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child by not only showcasing each member’s vocal prowess, but building a message around unity, living your truth. and saying goodbye to time-wasters. Before the K-pop group’s new EP Girls – The 2nd Mini Album“Life’s Too Short” is light as a feather, but sticks with the listener for a moment. –JL

Dove Cameron, “Breakfast”

As her breakthrough single “Boyfriend” demonstrated earlier this year, Dove Cameron’s vocals contain a smoke and not-too-subtle hint of danger that sets the former Disney star apart from the rest of her new top 40. “Breakfast again accentuates that edge – its title comes from the phrase “I eat boys like you for breakfast” – but pairs Cameron with harder drumming and floating strings that combine to heighten the drama. –JL

Pure Shores, “Light of My Life”

It’s late June, summer is here and you need a few tracks to add to your beach playlist. Pure Shores, Swedish pop singer-songwriter duo Marlene and Ji Nilsson, are happy to oblige: “Light of My Life” is sunny bliss, with the two artists conjuring up hooks out of thin air and dropping a chorus as lovely and fluffy as cotton candy. Pure Shores have shown promise on past singles, but “Light of My Life” is their most perfectly timed treat to date. –JL

Aidan Bissett, “Twenty Something”

Timing is everything when trying to make a relationship work, and singer-songwriter Aidan Bissett isn’t able to sync up with a significant other on “Twenty Something” — hence the screaming chorus, which composes anguish as Bissett recounts his misfortunes. Frowning his face and banging his fist to his chest in the “Twenty Something” music video, Bissett displays a star quality that makes his early tracks worth watching. –JL

Christine and the Queens, “I Finally See You”

Some of Christine and the Queens’ most compelling tracks, from “Tilted” to “People, I’ve Been Sad,” possess a call-and-response quality that morphs into a sort of interior monologue, as if Héloïse Letissier lets out her secrets and society silences her. “I Finally See You” works in this mode, with religious language suppressing its racing thoughts as the rubbery production bounces back, and the single serves as another triumph. –JL

Dayglow, “So Everything Goes Away”

Much like the hit “Can I Call You Tonight”, indie-pop artist Dayglow’s latest is built around a bright, rhythmic riff – and delves into the uncertainties that come with dating. Still, there’s something particularly poignant about the way “Then It All Goes Away” is a kind of shrug, exemplified by the pre-chorus as Dayglow factually states, “It’s going like…” before diving into his falsetto to explain how not ideally things have gone downhill – and why even though he’s aware of his unhappiness, “nothing seems to be changing”. – LH

Mura Masa, Channel Tres and Shygirl, “Hollaback Bitch”

Before the release of the third album demon time, electronic producer Mura Masa proves that the project will color outside all genre lines. With help from the hazy, hushed vocals of Channel Tres and Shygirl, single “Hollaback Bitch” is built around a dynamic beat – then throws listeners for a loop with the unexpected addition of horns just over a minute. Like any piece of Mura Masa, this one comes without a structural roadmap – and better for it. – LH

Empress Of and Jim-E Stack, “Turn the Table”

Having worked together before, Empress Of and producer Jim-E Stack have developed sonic shorthand, one whose intricate productions simultaneously elevate and contrast his airy vocals. It’s this contrast that helps “Turn the Table” come across as an alternative empowerment hit, with Empress Of declaring in her light, sweet manner, “That girl ain’t scared of you now.” – LH

Julia Wolf, “hot killer”

Self-proclaimed “Hot Killer” and Queens singer-songwriter Julia Wolf has found her calling in assertive – bordering on vindictive – music that, as she says, is for girls who are too afraid of say what they think. Luckily for fans, Wolf isn’t afraid to cross genres either, and the way his pop vocals skate over a hip-hop and bass-inspired beat is the latest result. – LH

Lolo Zouaï, “Blur”

On “Blur,” rising French-American artist Lolo Zouai plays around with Ariana Grande-inspired harmonies and the intimate little details of a rule-breaking encounter, like waking up to the sweat of a new partner. . But it is above all the self-awareness – and the desire to have a little fun – that intrigues the most, as Zouaï says: “Let me call myself your girlfriend / That does not mean that I am falling / You are all I deserve / Maybe it’s too boring. – LH

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