Looking for some Monday motivation to help power you through the start of another week? We’re right there with you, and with some stellar new pop tunes, we’ve got you covered.
These 10 tracks from artists like Sad13, Maisie Peters, Rema and Amy Allen will get you energized to take on the week. Pop any of these gems into your personal playlists — or scroll to the end of the post for a custom playlist of all 10.
Jayda G, “Are U Down”
Canadian singer-songwriter Jayda G returned with an impeccable EP last week highlighted by the somber house tune “Are U Down” as well as an equally propulsive remix. Both versions are a blast, so choose your own adventure.
Amy Allen, “Queen of Silver Linings”
After co-writing hits like Harry Styles’ “Adore You” and Halsey’s “Without Me,” Amy Allen has launched her solo career with a carefully constructed ballad that keeps the arrangement sparse to showcase the singer-songwriter’s steady tone.
Rising Afropop star Rema has been unleashing single upon single in recent weeks, and “Woman” is the most undeniable yet, an involving dance cut that never lets up and deserves some stateside radio shine.
Sad13, “Ghost (of a Good Time)”
Speedy Ortiz leader Sadie Dupuis will be releasing a new album under the Sad13 moniker this September, and the first taste sounds like a fizzy indie-pop gem upon initial listen; dig in deeper, however, and revel in the whirring production tidbits that coalesce around the maximalist hook.
Baker Grace, “Up All Night”
“Who am I to judge the way you feel about the things I don’t know?” Baker Grace asks in the chorus to “Up All Night,” the words tumbling out of the New York singer-songwriter’s mouth as a late-night stream of consciousness within this charming pop meditation.
If you’re a fan of Lykke Li and Chairlift, you’ll want to “follow” rising London duo 0171. Their latest is a delightful fruit salad of upbeat keys, distorted vocals and ecstatic exclamations.
If the words “TikTok banger” mean anything to you, it’s worth spending some time with sad boy Crisaunt’s melancholy, melodic “Emotionless.”
Lime Cordiale, “Screw Loose”
Australian pop-rock duo Lime Cordiale experiments with some mysterious forest fungi in the zany video for “Screw Loose.” Eclectic surf-rock vibes.
Ellen Krauss, “Bali”
Won’t you please make room in your Scandipop-loving heart for Sweden’s Ellen Krauss? The 20-year-old’s bold vocals reach impressive heights on “Bali,” an escapist bop about wanting to take another woman on a hot vacation. One day!
Maisie Peters, “Sad Girl Summer”
Maisie Peters, who received a stamp of approval from Taylor Swift earlier this year after covering “Enchanted,” has unveiled a boy-bye anthem for the ages. Despite its name, “Sad Girl Summer” is anything but a bummer.