The 10 Best New Songs of the Week: The Kills, Charli XCX, Fifth Harmony, and More

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So much new music is released each week that it’s impossible to hear it all. Not that you’d want to; a lot of it isn’t so hot. But let us help simplify your search for new music with a roundup of the week’s 10 best new songs. Trust us. We have good taste.

The Kills – “Doing It To Death”

It’s always a treat when an old favorite comes back after a long absence with an absolute banger. The Kills haven’t released an album since 2011’s Blood Pressures, but if “Doing It to Death,” the first taste of Ash and Ice, is any indication, they are back and better than ever. The bubbly synth line paired with the anthemic guitar riff is pure aural pleasure. Plus, the video, which features a highly memorable funeral procession, might just be 2016’s best so far. – Matt

Fifth Harmony – “Work From Home”

Let me preface by saying that I did not seek out “Work from Home,” rather it came up when I put on Spotify’s “Hot Rhythmic” playlist in an attempt to give my Wednesday morning some more oomph (it worked!). “Work from Home” is not only super catchy (like all of Fifth Harmony’s songs), but for better or for worse it also plays off of Rihanna’s already recently-established lusty “Work” innuendo and narrative, minus any dancehall vibe, that is. That all being said, when I inevitably come across “Work from Home” again in some playlist, I probably won’t be pressing skip. – Kaitlyn

Ryan Playground feat. Ryan Hemsworth – “Folders”

This smooth, dare I say “vibey”, song by Ryan Playground is incredibly versatile in its utility for any or all of the following situations: 1.) Getting it on, 2.) Smoking illicit drugs, 3.) Studying, or writing in a trance. I can vouch for one of these. – Mia

Jess Glynne – “Ain’t Got Far to Go”

Another solid dance jam from Brit Jess Glyne which has been paired with an extremely festive video which was shot in Cuba. Pure fun. – Michael

Charli XCX – “Vroom Vroom”

Charli XCX premiered “Vroom Vroom” last year, but finally, finally gave it an official release last week. It is the title track on an EP of “experimental” pop, and the whole thing is worth a listen, but “Vroom Vroom” remains the glittering crown jewel. Nobody does cocky, bratty, envelope-pushing pop like Charli. – Matt

Jack Garratt – “Worry”

New talented Brit who will be having a big 2016. – Scott

Taemin – “Press Your Number”

For those of you new to K-Pop, Taemin is a member of SM Entertainment’s über-popular boy band SHINee and “Press Your Number” is from his first solo album, Press It. It’s all in all a superb pop song, plus it was written by America’s golden boy Bruno Mars. Check out his crazy cool music video for the song (the outfits? the choreography? the neon colors and hallucinatory plot line? All so on point). Honorable Mention: “Drip Drop” (also from Press It), in which our bae exhibits his amazing dance skills, beautiful voice and great taste in fashion. – Kaitlyn

Gary Clark Jr. – “Things Are Changin’ (Live)”

Fuse the sound of Miguel with John Mayer’s blues, and the product is this live versions of Gary Clark Jr.’s “Things Are Changin’”. Even if you’re not a fan of blues music, give it until the 4:20 mark — the guitar solo might just change your mind. – Mia

Corinne Bailey Rae – “Been To The Moon”

Welcome back Corrine Bailey! The first single off of her upcoming album The Heart Speaks in Whispers is a gorgeous ballad about the lengths that lovers go for one another. – Michael

Mitski – “Your Best American Girl”

Mitski’s Bury Me at Makeout Creek was one of my favorite albums of 2014/2015, and judging by her just-released lead single, “Your Best American Girl,” her new album, Puberty 2, will be one of my favorites of 2016. “Girl” swells to a hazy, ecstatic crescendo that will leave a mark on you.  – Matt

Come back next week (and not a moment before then! JK!) for another batch of fresh music.