I am definitely writing this in advance, due to currently being on a holiday in the USA with my family! That said, the page I usually write my monthly music favourites on was finished before I left on holiday, so here I am, writing this out for you with another eight days left in the month. Hope you enjoy, and remember, I’m always looking for new music so would love to hear some of your own recommendations!
Malibu – Miley Cyrus: I doubt anyone was excited as I was to hear the guitar make it’s beautiful entrance when the chorus hit in this song. That, undoubtedly, is my favourite part of the song, let alone to cute as hell words that highlight Miley’s return. Can you say summer? Because that’s all I seem to say when listening to this song.
Attention – Charlie Puth: This song is edgy. I watched an interview with Charlie, and he described it as pulling a ‘Taylor Swift’. Writing what everyone wanted to hear, ‘One Call Away, See You Again’, gaining the fans he needed, before releasing the stuff that was actually all him, a bit more gritty. And I give him major respect for that, because listening to these words, (it’s a pretty blunt song), and the damn bass that gets me every time, it’s easy to understand how he could have missed out on half the fan base he has now, had this been his first single.
Strip That Down – Liam Payne ft Quavo: I definitely think I’m in the minority of One Direction fans, who LOVE this song. When Liam released this, so many fans were upset at the lack of vocal versatility shown, that he’s definitely capable of, as well as the complete 180 in musical direction that he decided to take. My first thought? ‘If the DJ doesn’t play this at the club next time I’m there, I’m hitting the decks myself to make a request’. How anyone can hate this song, I don’t know. Okay, so ‘I used to be in 1D, now I’m out free’… is definitely…controversial, at least. But I love it! It’s such a catchy song, and I’m a fan of the new Liam.
I Want – Ruby Fields: This song, I discovered on Triple J, an Australian radio station that I adore. Ruby is my age. She finished school at the same time as me. And this song encapsulates the whole experience of being a young teenager growing up. It’s made for suburban Aussie teens, but the fact that literally anyone, wanting to make a change in their life can listen to this song and relate is great. It’s definitely a good head banger as well. Plus, the girl makes her own guitars, how sick is that? I could only wish I was half as cool as Ruby.
Fixed – New Hope Club: NHC are currently on tour with The Vamps. So they’re getting around alright. This song is such a cute song, though when I first listened I was a bit unsure. Then I found myself singing the chorus while I was making coffee two days later and sprinted to add it into my book. You have to give this one a listen.
Bon Appetit – Katy Perry: I feel like I’m one of the only ones who likes this song? I spoke to my cousins about it, they hate it, I spoke to my best friends, and they despised it. I don’t know, but something about a woman making a point to write a whole satirical song about the sexualization of women in the music industry makes me very happy? Also, if you read my May Tunes, you would remember I mentioned Millennium Dance Studio. Kyle Hanagami’s dance video to his song. Check it out.
Slow Down Love – Louis The Child: I only just started getting into Louis The Child, and this is easily my favourite. Every time I listen to it I feel like popping and locking like I’m in Step Up, even though I know I really, really, can’t do that.
Brand New – Ben Rector: Ah Ben. This song was on my last Monthly Tunes. And here it is again. I’ll tell you why. I plan on making a holiday video of my time in the USA, and as I mentioned in my last playlist post, this is one of those songs that feels like it would be perfect as the backing track. It’s definitely one of the family favourites.
Heatstroke – Calvin Harris, Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande: This song, of all the songs Harris has released so far this year, is definitely, 100% my favourite. It’s so funky, and I’m loving his return to the funk and soul kind of vibe that Calvin initially started out with way, way back when he released his first album. Plus, Pharrell and Ariana’s vocals, especially Ari’s. In love.
Paracetamol – Declan McKenna: I couldn’t possibly put into words the importance of this song, so you need to listen to it yourself. Watch the music video too.
Unstable – Zak Abel: We’re all aware of my obsession with this amazing dude and his smooth as heck voice. This song is amazing, and you already know why. If you don’t, where have you been?
4U (Acoustic) – blackbear: I am a huge advocate for acoustic versions, and it really started with this song. Ian Eastwood choreographed a crazy dance to this, and I became so obsessed with the acoustic, that to be honest, I think I’ve listened to the original maybe five times.
Arcadia – Kite String Triangle: I’m still pretty young, but a few years ago when I was in Year 8, Spotify wasn’t a thing, and having to illegally download music from YouTube and convert it, put it on your iTunes then sync your phone each time you wanted new music was a hassle. So there was this app called Music Tube, and you could basically search anything from YouTube, and then cache them, essentially download them. Meaning you could listen to them without having to stream it all the time and use internet. All on your phone. 2012 was a wild year. This song, was one of the first songs I cached because it came as a recommended song, and I am so grateful that it did. So you can imagine, when the app died and I lost all my music, I was incredibly sad. Which helps you understand the actual tears that nearly came to my eyes when I found this song again on Spotify nearly five years later. This song is magic.
The Fear – Marcapasos: This is another song that I was considering for my travel video, but even after deciding against it, I still have it in my playlist and love listening to it in the morning while I’m making breakfast.
Not Nice – PartyNextDoor: This song is a relatively new addition. As in my best friend showed it to me the day before yesterday and I’ve loved it ever since. It puts into context the vibe of his collaboration with Zayn, which I love just as much.
Fallin – Jessica Mauboy: Jess was one of the first contestants on Australian Idol that I bothered to keep a track of after she finished the show. She was in the movie The Sapphires, which was one of my favourites for a long time, but I didn’t hear much of her music for a little bit, until this song. It’s got such a nostalgic vibe, and her vocals, as always, are so strong and smooth. It’s a classic, soulful song and I’m in love with it.
…Baby One More Time – Ed Sheeran: Ed, covering Britney. If that’s not enough to intrigue anyone, I don’t know what is. This is a Spotify Session cover, and it’s incredible. I will forever bow down to Ed as the king of covers. He always kills it and this is no exception.
Perfect – Ed Sheeran: I nearly cried the first time I heard this song. Guitar, strings, backing vocals and Ed’s voice, it’s enough to bring me to tears. It’s such a beautiful song, if anyone’s looking for a wedding song, would recommend.
Woman – Harry Styles: “should we just search romantic comedies on Netflix and see what we find?” What a way to start a song. What an intro. And then the ‘la-la’s and the bloody kazoo throughout this song. Amazing. There’s a meme going around the One Direction and Harry Styles’ fan pages on Instagram instructing everyone to bring kazoo’s to his concerts so we can all use them during this song. I’m down.
All Night – Chance The Rapper: I love this song. So much. It’s so funky, and I wish it was played as much as some of his other songs. I think I’ve heard once in a club, and that, to be quite frank, is an injustice.
I hope you enjoyed this list, and listen to at least one of the songs! If you do, or already love these songs as much as I do, let me know and we can fan over them together!