“Work” by Rihanna feat. Drake
Perfect for: Playing in the background as you “work, work, work, work, work”
RiRi has just dropped Anti—her latest LP since 2012’s Unapologetic—and it looks like the long wait is totes worth it! You can stream her cool new Drake collab on Tidal now, and here’s the sexy cover art for the single to tide you over until the music video comes out.
“PILLOWTALK” by ZAYN
Perfect for: Realizing that romance is both a “paradise” and a “war zone”
Zayn has dropped his first solo single since leaving that big British boy band, and it is EVERYTHING. A moody, sultry electronic track, “PILLOWTALK” sounds nothing like his tunes with the 1-D boys. Play the vid to see Zayn locking lips and getting in an LQ with IRL GF Gigi Hadid, spewing out the F word, and crying black tears, because why not?
“Death of a Bachelor” by Panic! at the Disco
Perfect for: Practicing your vocal calisthenics
From the normally boisterous pop-rock band comes a soulful, graceful, horn-filled tune which sees frontman Brendon Urie paying tribute to his idol, Frank Sinatra. And those high notes? Insane.
“All My Friends” by Snakehips feat. Tinashe and Chance the Rapper
Perfect for: The end of another wasted weekend night
This late-2015 release by the British electro duo has been climbing international charts lately, and with good reason: It’s a fun, fuss-free tune you can chill to with your friends. Here’s more reason to give it a listen: Cosmo cover girl Nadine Lustre listed it as her LSS in the January ish!
“Middle” by DJ Snake feat. Bipolar Sunshine
Perfect for: Making up with the boyf after a fight
Here’s another late-2015 release that’s still entering charts, this time from the French DJ-producer who shares credits on the 2015 hit “Lean On” with Major Lazer and MØ. It’s a sweet, midtempo electro tune that goes, “I'll promise to build a new world for us two, with you in the middle.” Aww.
“We Don't Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth feat. Selena Gomez
Perfect for: Wistfully remembering your ex
The “One Call Away” singer brings Sel and her breathy vocals on board for his latest single about two ex-lovers who lament the ending of their relationship.
“Hypnotized” by Akon
Perfect for: Daydreaming about your next beach vacay
The R&B artist returns with a feel-good, island-flavored jam from his upcoming album Stadium that will have you going, “Beach, please!”
“Reaper” by Sia
Perfect for: Resolving to enjoy every bit of your life
The Australian powerhouse act teamed up with Kanye West to co-write and co-produce this track about giving the middle finger to death that was originally penned for Rihanna. “You came to take me away / So close I was to heaven's gates / But no baby, no baby, not today,” Sia bellows in the chorus. Sing it, sis.
“History” by One Direction
Perfect as: An anthem for your squad
Late last year, the One Direction lads announced that they’d be taking a hiatus, so this catchy singalong track—and its nostalgic, flashback-filled video that even has lots of Zayn Malik in it!—serves as both a heartfelt thank-you and a farewell of sorts for fans. We’ll miss you, boys. *sniffs*
“Over and Over Again” by Nathan Sykes feat. Ariana Grande
Perfect for: Piling on the keso this Valentine’s Day
English singer Nathan Sykes and his ex-girlfriend Ari make sweet music together in the new duet version of his 2015 piano ballad. With lines like “And I won’t leave you / Always be true / One plus one, two for life,” it’s a great track to play when you’re feeling especially cheesy. So what if you’re single?
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