By: Sarah Vandermolen
I wouldn’t consider myself to be a music connoisseur by any means, but I do like to think that I have a decent taste in music (if not good). I believe the best part about my music taste is that it’s so universal. It’s not strictly pop, strictly rap, or any other genre. That’s why I think you’ll love the collection of songs that I’ve got here. There’s a good mix of everything. I know you’ll be able to find something to like, if not love!
Red Bull & Hennessy - Jenny Lewis
At the ripe old age of 45, Jenny Lewis is currently touring the continental U.S. with none other than Mr. Harry Styles himself. I feel that mentioning Ms. Lewis’s age is an important detail. Born in 1976, she’s been around long enough to see so much change in the music world. She has learned to change with it. Her music has that old time sound with that new car smell. She’s the perfect treat for anyone that has that transcending music taste, like myself. If you can listen to Stevie Nicks and then move right into Nicki Minaj, Jenny is for you.
Party Again -TOPS
Featured on our very own, WCSF Radio, the band TOPS is a Canadian indie rock band. Their music is the perfect soundtrack for late night drives, and even more perfect for people that perform when they sing. Although it’s rather mellow, “Party Again” has just enough beat to make you nod your head and tap your fingers on the steering wheel.
Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) - MUNA
Phoebe Bridgers, whose song “Motion Sickness” became a hit due to the video sharing app, TikTok, teams up with MUNA for this woman-loving-woman jam. Coincidentally, MUNA, an American electronic pop band, also opened for Harry Styles in Europe and North America during his self-titled tour in 2017. A super interesting feature about this band is they identify as a queer band because every member of the band identifies as queer. Although I’m not familiar with all of their work, “Silk Chiffon” has piqued my interest and I 100 percent plan on checking them out fully.
Arrow Through Me - Wings
Although this song isn’t a new discovery for me, I always catch myself coming back to “Arrow Through Me.” I’m not all that sure why. Maybe it’s the smooth bass, or the solid beat. Perhaps it’s the random sections of orchestration. Whatever it is, this song simply has a hold on me that I can’t shake. Formed in 1971 by former Beatle, Paul McCartney, Wings has several hits, but this one will reign supreme in my book.
INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow) - Lil Nas X
After rising to stardom in 2019 with his debut hit “Old Town Road,” which has over three remixes all featuring different artists, Lil Nas X continues to shake up the music world. His unabashed attitude regarding his sexuality is like a breath of fresh air in the music community, specifically in the hip-hop neighborhood. Rarely, do we have a queer, African American artist topping the charts. Lil Nas X has done it not once, but three times, with his song “Montero” peaking at #1, “INDUSTRY BABY” peaking at #2, and “That’s What I Want” peaking at #4. He’s young, he’s outspoken, and the Grammy Award Winner is here to stay.
breadwinner - Kacey Musgraves
Ms. Musgraves, our third artist on this list that has opened for Harry Styles, made the world yearn for a true love in 2018 with her album “Golden Hour.” I can safely say that I’ve been a fan of Kacey Musgraves since the dawn of time. I can still picture a little 12-year-old me watching her perform “Follow Your Arrow” at the Grammys in 2013. From that moment, I knew that she would be something amazing. After divorcing her husband in 2020, Musgraves has delivered another album to make the world feel, “Star-Crossed.” This time, we get to follow her through the path of heartbreak, and right to the end of the rainbow where she finds that, yeah, she’s going to be just fine.
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