Warm Winter Playlist
Let Rihanna, Drake, Dawn Richard, and Miranda Lambert keep you cozy this winter.
Baby, it’s (still) cold outside — so let these freshly minted songs from across the pop, rap, rock, and indie spectrum be your sonic mittens. From the chilly stylings of Kanye West’s “Real Friends” to the almost-summer vibes of The Range’s “Florida,” remember that spring is only a few weeks away.
1. Rihanna, “Kiss It Better”
RiRi makes like the best kind of mid-’80s Prince protégée on Anti’s magnificently slinky way-past-first-base ballad.
2. Sia, “Cheap Thrills”
Call her Majorette Lazer: Sia goes for broke — literally — on this reggae-flavored fun-don’t-cost-a-thing rave-up.
3. Iggy Pop & Josh Homme, “Gardenia”
In which two of rock’s most resonant frontmen unite, bringing the power of the Stooges and Queens of the Stone Age to a more melodic, hypnotic place.
4. Kanye West, “Real Friends”
Even the Louis Vuitton don gets lonely sometimes. On one of his most vulnerable offerings yet, Yeezy talks trust issues and losing touch over a frosty, evocative beat.
5. Dawn Richard, “Not Above That”
Now years removed from her Danity Kane roots, Richard forges her own path on this urgent, stuttering dance track.
6. Drake, “Summer Sixteen”
The ever-modest Drizzy brags that his pool is bigger than Kanye’s and calls out Obama for favoring Kendrick over him on this tightly wound early taste of Views From the 6, due in April.
7. Chairlift, “Moth to the Flame”
A vibrant roller-disco ode to romantic obsession, from a girl who knows better but still can’t help letting her “foolish heart fill with foolish hope.”
8. The Last Shadow Puppets, “Bad Habits”
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and other Brit-rock darlings formed this side project back in 2008; now they’ve returned with an excellently retro stomper.
9. Savages, “Adore”
“If only I didn’t want the world,” frontwoman Jehnny Beth croons on the acclaimed post-punk revivalists’ richly textured lament. Take it, Jehnny.
10. Frankie Cosmos, “Sinister”
Indie songwriter Greta Kline name-checks cult musician Arthur Russell on her tender lo-fi riff on pushing through even at the darkest times.
11. Dierks Bentley, “Somewhere On A Beach”
The Music City star’s salty new kiss-off sees him licking his wounds from an ex and sucking down “something strong” and working hard — maybe too hard — at getting over her with the next girl.
12. The Lumineers, “Ophelia”
The Denver trio behind 2012’s folk-pop smash “Ho Hey” prove that their knack for jaunty hooks is undiminished — even if the subject of their first new song in nearly four years isn’t so sunny: “Heaven help the fool who falls in love.”
13. Miranda Lambert, “Sweet By And By”
Nashville’s Queen of Kerosene lays down her arms for a delicate tale of lessons learned “under the Southern, starry sky.”
14. Wet, “It’s All In Vain”
Suspicion never sounded quite as lovely as it does on this Brooklyn trio’s lush deconstruction of a struggling relationship.
15. Diiv, “Is The Is Are”
Diiv mastermind Zachary Cole Smith is hardly old enough to remember ’80s icons like My Bloody Valentine and Gene Loves Jezebel, but he does his best to bring their shoegaze shimmer back on this swirling rocker.
16. Gallant feat. Jhené Aiko, “Skipping Stones”
Two of the brightest lights in the emerging R&B universe join forces on this soulful interchange, drenched in slow-burn bass lines and dreamy falsetto.
17. Anderson .Paak feat. Schoolboy Q, “Am I Wrong”
A Dr. Dre disciple carves his own path with this thick slice of horn-happy galactic funk that owes just as much to Sly and Stevie Wonder as it does to rap royalty.
18. The Range, “Florida”
The Providence-bred producer builds dense, gorgeous layers on a track so atmospherically pretty, it’s hard to decide whether to dance or drift away.