What to listen to if you're already tired of the songs of the summer
Are you already sick of your summer playlist? Trade in the season’s hottest hits for fresher tracks from overlooked and under-the-radar acts.
Love this? “Cheap Thrills” by Sia
Try this! “Aftergold” by Big Wild feat. Tove Styrke
No money? No problem—at least not for the enigmatic Sia and Swedish singer Styrke, who show they’re no material girls over tropical beats.
Love this? “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots
Try this! “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” by Phantogram
Thanks to producer Ricky Reed, these two genre-bending duos take different but equally heady trips through hip-hop, synth-pop, reggae, and more.
Love this? “Needed Me” by Rihanna
Try this! “Girlfriend” by Nao
Their views on commitment differ—RiRi is shaking off a clingy fling, Nao wants to be your lady—but their woozy R&B stylings both hypnotize.
Love this? “The Sound” by the 1975
Try this! “Talk Too Much” by COIN
The 1975 frontman Matt Healy rocks the vocab of an SAT tutor, but alt-pop quartet COIN like to skip the chatter: “Put your lips on mine and shut me up.”
Love this? “American Country Love Song” by Jake Owen
Try this! “80s Mercedes” by Maren Morris
Behind the wheels of a Ford and a Mercedes, these two craft windows-down anthems as slick as their rides. Update your road-trip playlists accordingly.
Love this? “California” by Grimes
Try this! “Alaska” by Maggie Rogers
The experimental pop artist and the Pharrell-approved newcomer find inspiration in geography as they show off their sunny, ethereal melodies.
Love this? “My House” by Flo Rida
Try this! “Gangster” by PJ
One’s an EDM-rap titan, the other’s a rising soul singer, yet their tunes possess similar foot-tapping potential thanks to lurching piano loops.
Love this? “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber
Try this! “What About Me” by Isac Elliot
Don’t be fooled by the delicate guitars—these crooners don’t mince words when it comes to their name-dropping, narcissistic exes.
Love this? “Never Forget You” by Zara Larsson & MNEK
Try this! “Always on My Mind” by Hanna & Andrea
Europe’s pop wunderkinds share more than a knack for sparkling songs about rekindling lost love: Hanna is also Larsson’s younger sister.
Love this? “Champagne Problems” by Nick Jonas
Try this! “Make It Work” by Majid Jordan
Romance is hard—just ask the former boy-bander and these Drake collaborators, who put relationship drama on ice with their electro-R&B grooves.
Love this? “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE
Try this! “HandClap” by Fitz and the Tantrums
Put your palms together for sugary hooks and throbbing bass lines that will buoy you all the way to the beach.
Try this! “Capsize” by Frenship feat. Emily Warren
After co-writing “Don’t Let Me Down,” songwriter Warren brought her dance-music Midas touch to this up-and-coming Los Angeles duo.