The 6 Best New Songs of the Week: Rihanna, Blink-182, Nice as F*ck, 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 sounds with a roundup of the week’s seven best new songs. Trust us. We have good taste. (And check out last week’s collection if your hunger has still not been sated.)

Rihanna – “Sledgehammer”

Sia co-wrote Rihanna’s Star Trek Beyond theme song, “Sledgehammer,” and unlike their previous collaboration, “Diamonds,” this is one gigantic soaring ballad. The intense and emotional piano ballad features the the emotive lyrics: “I hit a wall, I thought that I would hurt myself/ Oh I was sure your words would leave me unconscious/ And on the floor I’d be lying cold, lifeless/ But I hit a wall, I hit ‘em all, watch the fall.” While the song pairs well with the destruction of the USS Enterprise, anyone going experiencing a major loss or breakup can really relate to this gorgeous ballad. – Michael

Angel Olsen – “Shut Up Kiss Me”

The second song taken from Angel Olsen’s upcoming My Woman, like its predecessor, pushes far beyond Olsen’s original low-fi, folky sound. “Shut Up Kiss Me” is loud, rocky, bossy, and fun as hell. “Shut up kiss me hold me tight,” Olsen commands repeatedly in the refrain. “I could make it all disappear / You could feed me all of your fears / We could end all this pain right here / We could rewind all of those tears,” she continues in second verse. Given the authority and confidence in her voice, you can’t help but believe she might actually be your savior if you were to give in and do what she says. – Matt

Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”

Like the Twenty One Pilots track “Heathens” before it, this newest Suicide Squad soundtrack song is incredible. Featuring vocals from an array of your faves (Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons and more), “Sucker for Pain” is truly a Top 40 rap/pop song you can sing along to. – Kaitlyn

DJ Khaled (feat. Jay Z & Future) – “I Got The Keys”

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This is DJ Khaled’s latest track off of his forthcoming Snapchat-inspired album, Major Key. Its title could plausibly be interchanged with its coinciding key emoji. Consider this before listening, but allow yourself to get to Jay Z’s verse when he humble-brags about being Beyoncé‘s lesser half. His Lemonade is extra-sweet now. – Mia

Blink-182 – “No Future”

I always thought a Blink-182 without Tom DeLonge would flop, but it seems the rest of the boys are doing just fine without him. I’m totally digging the intro to this new song. Straight up classic pop punk, it sounds like something Mest or The Starting Line would’ve done back in the day. – Gabi

Nice As F*ck (NAF) – “Door”

Meet Nice As F*ck, the new band comprised of (Rilo Kiley’s) Jenny Lewis, (Au Revoir Simone’s) Erika Forster, and (The Like’s) Tennessee Thomas. The spectacularly-monikered “supergroup” formed earlier this year and has already played a few live gigs, but last week, they surprise-released their entire debut album. And you know what? It’s really good! Come, as always, for Lewis’ inimitable voice and stay for that very same voice soaring over spunky, funky rock-n-roll tunes that depart from Lewis’ work in Rilo Kiley and as a solo artist. Listen to the album’s first single, “Door,” above. – Matt