12 songs for your 'Spring is coming!' playlist
Okay, so there’s still frost on the ground — but fresh new singles from the likes of Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran, and Frank Ocean are thawing our winter-hardened hearts.
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos, “Slide”
An EDM champ, an elusive R&B star, and rap’s latest game changers walk into a studio… and come out with a surprisingly simpatico piano-funk banger.
Lana Del Rey, “Love”
Pop’s daydream believer delivers yet another swooning orchestral ballad, as lush and pillowy as a featherbed lined with Xanax.
The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Chris Martin brings his soaring vocals — and feel-good, dream-big message — to the chart-topping duo’s propulsive wall-of-synths sound; weirdly, it totally works.
Ed Sheeran, “How Would You Feel (Paean)”
The jack-of-all-genres embraces his softer side again on this tender, ready-for-the-wedding ode to a love worth nurturing over time.
Nikki Lane, “Highway Queen”
On this fingerpicked stomper, the outlaw-country firebrand finds her open-road alter ego: a siren in tight blue jeans trolling “60,000 miles of blacktop / countless broken hearts between.”
Sigrid, “Don’t Kill My Vibe”
While the world awaits Lorde’s next album, this Norwegian export pumps welcome new blood into moody outsider pop with her biting declaration of independence.
Future feat. The Weeknd, “Comin Out Strong”
“They take my kindness for weakness / Still comin’ out strong,” the Weeknd warns on this silky, atmospheric guest spot, laying his late-night lothario vibes over the Atlanta rapper’s woozy verses.
Bebe Rexha feat. G-Eazy, “F.F.F.”
Hollywood isn’t just one big party in the USA; there are plenty of snakes and social climbers lurking in those golden hills. So say the “Me, Myself & I” hitmakers who reunite for this fizzy middle finger to “fake friends.” (One guess what the first F stands for.)
Kygo feat. Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me”
Selena plays Cher to dance-floor don Kygo’s Sonny, sorting through the wreckage of a bad romance and saying goodbye to all that with an airy, strobe-lit anthem.
Cashmere Cat feat. Camila Cabello, “Love Incredible”
The newest offering from the freshly emancipated queen of dis-Harmony is her most adventurous yet: With the help of Weeknd collaborator Cashmere Cat, her voice climaxes in a flurry of vocoders that would make even Daft Punk jealous.
Jay Som, “Baybee”
Multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte folds breathy new-wave vocals and slinky synths into an intoxicating swirl of indie-rock bliss.
Stormzy feat. MNEK, “Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2”
Adored by both Katy Perry and Adele, the British grime rapper takes it to church on this sprawling, gospel-inspired rave-up, a collaboration with top-tier producer MNEK. Call it England’s answer to Kanye’s “Ultralight Beam.”