The 7 Best New Songs of the Week: Tove Lo, Warpaint, Ariana Grande, 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 satiated.)

JoJo – “F*** Apologies” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)

YAS, Queen JoJo is rolling out her matured, yet still so-angsty music following the pregnancy test release date reveal for her first studio album since 2006. It looks like we’ll be hearing more of JoJo’s powerful vocals getting hyphy about her partner’s disrespectful behavior on Mad Love if this single is any indication of the mood for her upcoming record. Not to mention, the model in the video is absolutely stunning. Wiz Khalifa is great too, but he takes third place to the lady power displayed here. – Mia

Warpaint – “New Song”

Warpaint’s first track from their third album Heads Up is a joyful departure. Setting aside their usual atmospheric tones and dreary vocals and embracing a catchy hook that still skirts flagrant commercial appeal. Not only does it feel like an exciting step forward for the LA group, it plays to their strengths — stunning vocals and a knack for infusing their songs with quirky flourishes that set them apart from the pack. Besides, “New Song” will have everyone dancing when it drops. – Scott

Tove Lo – “Cool Girl”


Tove Lo, who gave us one of the biggest singles (“Habits”) and one of the best pop albums (Queen of the Clouds) in 2014, returns with “Cool Girl,” a new single that couldn’t be a better follow-up to the promise she showed with her debut. “I’m a cool girl / ice cold / I roll my eyes at you, boy,” she sings on the chorus over gloriously elastic synths. It’s up to you, though, to decide if she means what she says and wants to keep things casual or if she’s ironically invoking the absurd demeanor of Cool Girls as described by Amy Dunne in Gone Girl. – Matt

Ariana Grande – “OG Honeymoon Ave”

“Honeymoon Ave OG” is what I would classify as “butterfly track,” meaning that it can flutter around in all of its cuteness and I don’t really mind. It seems fitting as one of the two lost songs from Grande’s debut album that were recently released on SoundCloud. It oozes the bubblegum sound that brought her onto the scene, which can still be heard on Dangerous Woman in tracks like “Moonlight”. – Mia

Chainsmokers – “Closer” (Feat. Halsey)

LOVE this song. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the earworm of the summer (sorry Calvin Harris and Rihanna) — that’s how catchy it is. It’s definitely up there with Chainsmoker’s other hit songs, “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Go,” but it features Halsey which makes it even better. – Natasha

Phantogram – “Run Blood Run”


“Run Blood Run” follows “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” the great lead single from Phantogram’s forthcoming Three. “Run” is darker, less melodic, though it’s still accessible. The best way to describe it, really, would be to call it a lost Massive Attack song that found its by way to earth by way of late-era Sleigh Bells. So, you know: pretty damn amazing. -Matt

of Montreal – “Let’s Relate”

Of Montreal’s “Let’s Relate” is the song that all the cool kids will be dancing to. It’s the song that’ll play in the trailer of some indie movie starring a cute and geeky boy and some quirky Manic Pixie Dream Girl. It’s the song that’ll your hear through the speakers at an Urban Outfitters changing room as you debate if you’re actually hip to bring back overalls. Basically, it’s the coolest thing around. – Gabi