“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
Perfect for: That guy you have great sexual chemistry with (whose personality ain’t bad, either).
After a year-long break, Ed’s back with brand-new tunes! One of these is this tropical-tinged bop which sees our boy lustfully gushing, “Although my heart is falling, too, I’m in love with your body.”
“History” by Olivia Holt
Perfect for: That ex you want to get with again.
Another pop song that’s riding on the ultra-trendy tropical train, this new single has the former Disney star pining away for an ex even when she’s dating a pretty good guy ATM. In the music video, she even taps Leo Howard, who plays her love interest on the now-defunct Disney series Kickin’ It, to stand in as the much-missed ex. Too cute, you guys!
“Heartbreaks” by Terror Jr
Perfect for: The post-work, pre-drinks wind-down.
The enigmatic electropop trio made up of producers Felix Snow and David “Campa” Benjamin Singer-Vine and a mysterious frontwoman who only goes by the name “Lisa” (rumored singer Kylie Jenner denies she’s it) dishes a cool, crisp number with mesmerizingly saccharine vocals set to minimalist beats. With a song this good, who cares who the real singer is?
“Where Do We Begin?” by MOONWLK
Perfect for: Dancing in a blacked-out room.
The Philippine electropop duo just released its first track for 2017, and it’s a fun banger to kick off the New Year with, all punchy beats, blips and bleeps, and synths buzzing ‘til kingdom come.
You can listen to it on Spotify here.
“Sigurado” by UDD
Perfect as: Your cue to make that brand-new love happen.
The band formerly known as Up Dharma Down is now going by just “UDD,” and to go with the announcement they made on New Year’s Eve, they released the sweet new single “Sigurado” at the stroke of midnight. “Huwag mo nang pigilan ang sinisigaw ng puso mo; ‘di ka bibitiwan kahit ano pa ang sabihin mo,” Armi Millare sings in a barely-there croon. Inspiring words for anyone who needs to take that next step to make a relationship happen.
You can listen to it on Spotify here.
“Redbone” by Childish Gambino
Perfect for: A nightcap before getting naughty.
Actor-musician Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino has just released a new album called Awaken, My Love!, and its second single is a sexy, slinky ‘70s-inspired psychedelic funk-soul masterpiece that’s the perfect background music for buzzed-out late nights with your lover.
“Make Me (Cry)” by Noah Cyrus feat. Labrinth
Perfect for: When you’re all heartbroken, yet you’re still ~cool~.
Miley’s little sis is making waves in the music scene, courtesy of her Labrinth-featuring debut single that’s no less hip in production despite its abundance of feels. (Case in point: Keep an ear out for the teardrop sound that replaces the word “cry” in the chorus.)
“Don’t Leave” by Snakehips feat. MØ
Perfect for: Pleading with a fed-up lover to stay.
Here’s another emotive-yet-edgy release, this time from the British electro duo and the Danish diva. “I may not ever get my shit together, but ain’t nobody gonna love you better than me,” MØ appeals to an S.O. who’s had it up to here with her.
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by ZAYN and Taylor Swift
Perfect for: Missing someone so much, you “just wanna keep callin’ his name.”
Thanks to the forthcoming Fifty Shades Darker film, the two pop superstars come together for a track on the OST, trading whispers and falsettos vibrating with brazen longing. Intense stuff.
“Liar” by LÉON
Perfect for: Crying in your room while everyone else has gone to sleep.
You may not have heard of this rising Swedish singer-songwriter yet, but you’ll be clamoring for more from her once you hear her heartbreaking piano ballad about suffering the pain of infidelity. “Why am I not enough?” LÉON wonders out loud in the chorus. We’re not crying, YOU are.