Beyoncé’s explosive duet, Miley Cyrus’ psych-pop trip, and more: Beef up your playlists with these essential new tracks.

By EW Staff
September 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
Neil Krug

Just because the leaves are changing and the air is getting crisper doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of scorchers clamoring for a spot on your phone’s music app. EW sifted through some of fall’s hottest releases so you don’t have to—read on for 14 of our favorite autumn cuts.

Naughty Boy, “Runnin’ (Lose It All)”

As if you needed another reason to worship Beyoncé—she reigns on this gorgeous ballad from the British producer.

Lana Del Rey, “Music to Watch Boys To”

“I like you a lot,” Lana sighs on her languid, hip-swaying ode to the guys with “Blue Ribbons on ice.” It’s mutual, babe.

Miley Cyrus, “Lighter”

The warmest slow jam on Cyrus’ surprise freebie sounds like a wondrously monstrous genetic experiment, melding the DNA of producer Mike Will Made-It’s rugged stutter-step beats, Reagan-era synth washes, and the Flaming Lips’ childlike melodic sensibilities.

Hamilton Cast Recording, “Alexander Hamilton”

Tickets to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical are scarcer than gold pandas—but this opener from the new cast recording makes the Founding Father come alive, with a bang.

The Dead Weather, “Cop and Go”

Don’t mess with Jack White’s supergroup: This dark, sexy jam proves Alison Mosshart is one of rock’s most dangerous voices, while an insistent piano riff is straight out of the Psycho theme.

Darlene Love, “Among the Believers”

Phil Spector’s legendary singer kicks off her solo showcase with this bombastic, politically charged rave-up. The tune, written by album producer and longtime E Streeter Steven Van Zandt, is the perfect vessel for Love’s soul-soaked, gospel-glam pipes.

CHVRCHES, “Clearest Blue”

The cheeriest Scottish export in years: This electro-pop group serves up an explosive synth-pop anthem anchored by Lauren Mayberry’s angelic vocals.

Tinashe, “Party Favors”

Rapper Young Thug and producer Boi-1da help the R&B sweetheart tap into her weird side with chilly beats, woozy synths, and Tinashe’s light-as-a-feather croon.

Kurt Vile, “Life Like This”

Philadelphia’s finest takes it easy like Sunday morning on his hazy slack-rock manifesto.

Jay Rock, “Vice City”

Backed by Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock shows himself to be a masterful street poet over casually trippy boom-bap.

Baio, “Brainwash yyrr Face”

On this slab of arty electropop from the Vampire Weekend bassist, Chris Baio paints the sonic equivalent of a stroll through MoMA.

Phantoms, “Broken Halo”

This buzzy L.A. duo keep summer’s dance party going with their stylish update on soul-steeped, ’80s house music.

Dungen, “Allas Sak”

The IKEA flagship in Sweden must sell one hell of a spacetime portal; this Stockholm foursome’s epic latest is a noodly psychedelic trip.

Thunderbitch, “Leather Jacket”

Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard gets her ya-yas out with a raucous, straight-from-the-garage side gig.