Super-producer Calvin Harris teamed up with Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, and, yes, Katy Perry — a.k.a. the arch nemesis of his ex-girlfriend, Taylor Swift — to craft a percolating, ska-laced invitation to “steal a kiss” and “catch feels.” The summery track, off Harris’ recent star-packed LP Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1, has been bounding toward the top of the Billboard Hot 100 since its release last month (it jumped from No. 57 to No. 26 this week) and has been streamed more than 60 million times on Spotify. Meanwhile, the psychedelic music video, embedded below, is closing in on 40 million loops on YouTube.
If you’re one of the many who can’t get enough of the buoyant track, fear not. EW’s found a few more tunes that strike a similar nerve. Read on for our favorite swaps.
Fifth Harmony, “All In My Head (Flex)” feat. Fetty Wap
Most of the news coming out of the Fifth Harmony camp in 2017 has been rife with Camila Cabello-leaving-the-group drama, but let’s return to an earlier time — specifically the pop outfit’s island-y team-up with Fetty Wap. It’s got a bit more bounce than Harris’ current smash, but their shared reggae lean is undeniable.
Hall & Oates, “She’s Gone”
Sure, Calvin Harris and his craft exist very much in 2017 — the Scot has yet to meet a laser beam he didn’t like — but that doesn’t mean his music doesn’t have deep roots. Here, on “Feels,” he recalls late 1970s yacht rock masters like Daryl Hall and John Oates. That Fender Rhodes lick gives it away, but you could even argue Harris’ penchant for collaboration is a nod to the era.
No Doubt, “Settle Down”
Whether it’s bent to the will of Harris’ production or if Katy Perry skewed her vocal intentionally remains a mystery, but what’s obvious is the pitched singing’s familiarity to that of No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani — especially when they both adorn a midtempo boogie.
INXS, “Need You Tonight”
Peep that “Feels” video and you’ll see Harris lurking in a lot of background shots, bass strapped on — and that’s exactly where these two tracks find their common ground: the propulsive shimmy that guides them. It doesn’t hurt that both tracks are about egging on a romance.
Seals & Croft, “Summer Breeze”
Released in 1972, this smooth ditty came before yacht rock hit its peak, but it’s an obvious precursor. And like Harris and his A-list troop, Jim Seals and Dash Crofts clearly favor a marine sensibility when it comes to their videos.
No Doubt, “Push and Shove” feat. Busy Signal, Major Lazer
Did we already mention that Katy Perry seems to be singing a lot like Gwen Stefani? That’s right — we did. But let’s punch up the volume and pair that idea now with a global, dance beat from dancehall-influenced EDM trio Major Lazer.
Steely Dan, “FM (No Static At All)”
Steely Dan got meta on their 1978 release: They cut a soft-rock tune totally representative of what was dominating radio airwaves with lyrics about what was dominating radio airwaves. (And they weren’t being very nice!) Written for the movie of the same name, the tune folds a bit more jazz into its fray than Harris dares, but the funky grooves are shockingly similar.