“Uh Huh” by Julia Michaels
Perfect for: When you want to take it slow but HE’S SO DAMN HOT. #SorryNotSorry
The songwriter-turned-recording artist famed for penning hits for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Britney Spears proves that she’s no one-hit wonder. Following the success of her debut single “Issues,” Julia returns with an irresistible new track about being so into a new guy, all your good sense and Maria Clara moves go out the window. Rawr.
“Slow Hands” by Niall Horan
Perfect for: Psyching yourself up to make the first move.
With One Direction on hiatus, Niall Horan has gone the solo route and, like his mates, is establishing his own musical identity sans 1D. His latest single, a cheeky, funky track about a girl at a bar who invites a guy to “take it back to my place,” is just the pep talk you need to make that first move yourself.
“Malibu” by Miley Cyrus
Perfect for: Entering a glorious new chapter in your life.
It’s pretty clear that Miley is no longer the tongue-wagging twerker she was in 2013—you can see it in her grown-out hair, tamer outfits, and re-engagement to lover-turned-ex-turned-lover Liam Hemsworth. But if you need any more proof, just look to her latest single, a bright, buoyant love song about rekindling LiLey. “I never would’ve believed you if three years ago you told me I’d be here writing this song,” she warbles. We can’t, either, but we are so here for it.
“Call Me” by NEIKED feat. MIMI
Perfect for: Getting in a flirty state of mind.
If you loved the Spotify favorite “Sexual” (it’s been streamed over 200 million times on the service!), you’ll go crazy for the Swedish producer’s latest track. Like “Sexual,” “Call Me” is a tease of a song featuring flirty female vocals set to playful beats you can totally shimmy your booty to.
“Perfect Places” by Lorde
Perfect for: When you’re sick of partying (but just can’t give it up yet).
“I couldn’t shake the feeling that everyone I knew or saw was searching for something—trying to transcend the news and the screaming pavements, drinking that one drink hoping it’d get them someplace higher,” the Kiwi singer-songwriter says of her latest single, an ode to the disillusionment that comes from an endless cycle of getting wasted.
“Crumble” by Cheats
Perfect for: A quick dance break to release aggression.
The local indie band has just released a new single, and with it, a music video shot in one take inside an MRT coach! Watch Cheats’ Candy Gamos as she sings, dances, plays air guitar, and positively rocks out amid deadpan fellow passengers, and resist the urge to do the same thing the next time you find yourself in the MRT.
“Right Now” by HAIM
Perfect for: That malabo ex trying to worm his way back into your life.
Following the release of the live video version in April, the sister trio has now blessed us with the studio recording of their comeback single. “Right Now,” a compelling pop-rock piece about a lover who leaves only to come crawling back, builds up to crashing guitars and banging drums that sound hell-bent on exorcising your demon of an ex away.
“Cards” by B.P. Valenzuela feat. CRWN
Perfect for: Your non-relationship relationship.
“Would it drive you away if I told you that I have never felt so built for anybody else, babe?” the Manila-based electropop artist tentatively asks in this somber plea for reciprocity. The music video, which depicts a pair of gay male lovers in a dance of silence and tension, mirrors the song’s gloom.
“13” by LANY
Perfect for: When you know a relationship is ending, but what else can you do? :(
“Where did we go wrong? I know we started out alright / Where did we go wrong? I swear I knew we'd last this time,” singer Paul Jason Klein mournfully sings in the trio’s latest offering. No shame in bawling to this heart-wrencher when they perform it live in Manila (!!!) this August.
“Quit” by Cashmere Cat feat. Ariana Grande
Perfect for: A love that hurts so good.
The music world’s sweetheart-of-the-moment gets even more adorbs as she lends her lovelorn vocals to the Norwegian DJ-producer’s latest release. In “Quit,” the duo makes the kind of love that’s bad for you sound so beautiful, no wonder people all over the world choose to stay in troubled relationships: All these love songs make them sound so damn romantic.