The five best songs we heard this week.

By Alex Suskind and Marcus Jones
October 16, 2020 at 06:12 PM EDT
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Every Friday, EW's music team runs down the five best songs of the week. In today's edition, Little Mix are feeling happy, Griselda's phenomenal 2020 run continues, Sturgill Simpson drops a bluegrass album, King Princess takes a page out of Kylie Minogue's playbook, and Omar Apollo is feeling confident.

"Happiness" — Little Mix

It’s time for America to embrace Little Mix. Not only is the coast clear of any other chart-topping English-speaking girl groups, but the U.K. quartet have zeroed in on a sound all their own — one that makes them stand out from similar pop acts. The fourth single off their upcoming album Confetti has the girls riffing about self-acceptance: “I'm standing right where I'm meant to be/I found the love, I found the love in me.” It was co-written by frequent collaborator MNEK, a fellow Brit who’s helped the group showcase the diversity of their country through their music — from the sprinkle of U.K. garage on "Happiness" to the West Indian vibes of the 2017 hit “Touch.” —Marcus Jones

"I Don't Mind" — Sturgill Simpson

Following 2019's psych-rock barn burner Sound & Fury, Sturgill Simpson is taking another left turn with Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1, a collection of old songs reimagined as stripped-down bluegrass cuts. The highlight belongs to "I Don't Mind." First recorded as an upbeat country tune with his old outfit Sunday Valley, the new banjo- and mandolin-led version gets to the story's root in a way the original couldn't. —Alex Suskind

"Legend" — Benny the Butcher feat. Hit-Boy

The Griselda train keeps rolling with another grimy tale of street hustling and rap come-ups. "Put my hood in diamonds, so you know how my block did it/Gun come with a Carfax, you know who I shot with it," Benny the Butcher raps on "Legend," the lead single off his just-released solo album Burden of Proof. The muted chimed loop from beat wiz Hit-Boy and longtime PartyNextDoor collaborator G. Ry. allows Benny even more room to flourish and flex about how far he's come: "Yeah, 15 years straight, I was crack sellin'/Dope boy, made it out the hood, now that's legend." —AS

"I'm Amazing" — Omar Apollo

The opener to the Mexican American artist’s new project Apolonio sees him at his most confident, with boasts like “Yeah, these b-----s always fillin' up my email.” The newcomer smartly recruited Michael Uzowuru, a frequent Frank Ocean collaborator, to co-produce alongside frequent Apollo associate Blake Slatkin. “I’m Amazing” conveys just how seamlessly Apollo is able to navigate through music genres, flipping through elements of R&B, rap, indie rock, and even a line en español about running on CPT. —MJ

"Only Time Makes It Human" — King Princess

One of 2019's most enticing breakouts is back with a New Wave lullaby of one-sided feelings, co-produced with her Cheap Queen collaborator Mike Malchicoff. "Know you told me you'd never call/It pisses me off how you never call," she laments over a synthetic bass line. "Only Time Makes It Human" is more than just a lover's lament, it's a 21st century take on Kylie Minogue's '90s club mainstay "Can't Get You Out of My Head" — right down to the singer's la la las. —AS

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