“WTF (Where They From)” by Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams
Perfect for: Busting some badass dance moves
Misdemeanor is back in the game! The 44-year-old rap legend brings back her much-missed brand of percussive hip-hop in her first official single in seven years. And, as you can see in the vid, girl’s still getting her freak on like no time has passed.
“You're Such A” by Hailee Steinfeld
Perfect as: A cheeky kiss-off to that D-bag you once dated
This song is part of the Pitch Perfect 2 actress’ debut EP HAIZ, which also includes the glorious ode to self-pleasure that is “Love Myself.” This time, Hailee dishes out a cheery FU to “a difficult little devil” trying to worm his way back into her life.
“Boys Like You” by Who Is Fancy feat. Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande
Perfect for: Getting your flirt on
Two female pop heavyweights join forces with up-and-comer Jake Hagood aka Who Is Fancy for an infectious, retro-tinted charmer about going bonkers over cute boys.
“Never Enough” by One Direction
Perfect for: A hot new romance
This rock-infused, horn-filled, doo wop-aided track perfectly straddles the line between sexy and sweet, with the lads of 1D longing to spend time with a girl with “lips so good I forget my name.” Rawr.
“Hollow” by Tori Kelly
Perfect for: When you’re feeling like something’s missing in your life
While the breakthrough pop artist has revealed that her latest single is inspired by her faith, this epic earworm boasts a buildup big enough to hook anyone in—regardless of spiritual persuasion. Another version features a rap verse by Big Sean; check it out here.
“Bird Set Free” by Sia
Perfect for: Psyching yourself up after a failure
“I sing for love, I sing for me / I shout it out like a bird set free,” Sia brays in her empowering new anthem. One of three songs she wrote with and for Adele that didn’t make it to the album 25, “Bird Set Free” will be part of Sia’s upcoming full-length, This Is Acting.
“The Feeling” by Justin Bieber feat. Halsey
Perfect for: A new love—or is it just an infatuation?
One of the cuts off J-Biebs’ banging album Purpose is a skittering electropop gem that features edgy up-and-comer Halsey. The two got all touchy during a recent live performance of the song on The Today Show, which had Jelena fans—aka this writer—tearing up a little. #Jelena4ever
“Secret Love Song” by Little Mix feat. Jason Derulo
Perfect for: A forbidden romance
“Why can’t I hold you in the street? Why can’t I kiss you on the dance floor?” Little Mix and Jason wail in this mournful ballad. Trivia: Jason has admitted that he wrote his verse based on a real affair he had with a woman who was already coupled up.
“Everglow” by Coldplay
Perfect for: Reminiscing about a relationship that has gone kaput
This release off Coldplay’s new album A Head Full of Dreams sees the band back in familiar senti territory with a song that fondly explores the lingering feelings left behind when a relationship ends. Oh, and Chris Martin’s ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow contributes backing vocals to the track. So fitting.
“When We Were Young” by Adele
Perfect for: Seeing a long-lost love again
In her latest single, Adele recounts being reunited with an old lover at a party where old friends are gathered, and all the feelsy feels that ensue. You’re bound to go through the same thing this holiday season with all the reunions on your calendar. Good luck with that!
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