Does Your Music Suck? Let’s Fix That.

By: Emily Beatty Instagram: @emilyhbeatty Twitter: @emilyhbeatty

Heellllooo No Names No Numbers! Emily here with my very first article 🙂 I’m here to talk to you all about quite a few things, but most importantly about the best thing on the entire planet- music.

Every month I make a playlist with songs that I am loving: brand new music, oldies, and songs that just fit how I’m feeling. I’ve been told by a few people that they really like the music I listen to, so here I am to share it with all of you!

This list is just my top 10 songs from this month, but if you want the full list and to follow along as you read, click here for the playlist.

Track 1: Overthinking IT by Willow

This is one of my favorite songs from this month and it’s one of Willow’s best in my opinion. As one of Jada and Will’s three children, she’s literally bursting with talent. She’s come so far from “Whip My Hair” and honestly, I couldn’t be more thankful. I got into her over the summer with Jaden’s new album ERYS and her own “Wait a Minute!” (which is her most popular song thanks to Tik Tok) and she has been impressing me more and more ever since. The moodiness of her voice and the basslines are absolutely incredible, and her lyrics are just so mature and well written for an 18-year-old. This song is about having anxiety and being in love. Willow is truly just so genuine and talented, she’s a pleasure to listen to.

Track 2: Lost My Mind by FINNEAS

Love. FINNEAS. He is so fucking talented, and is finally breaking out into the spotlight on his own with this EP, titled Blood Harmony, that he dropped earlier this month. As the older brother to Billie Eilish (yes, the Billie Eilish), he’s been hiding in her shadow with his excellent co-writing and background vocals on her tracks. This EP is exactly what I needed. He teased his talents early this summer with “Angel”, and I very literally sobbed, the track hits so close to home. “Lost My Mind” is much more fast-paced, but the lyrics still convey such emotion. His talents are absolutely crazy and this song was the best way for him to showcase them.

Track 3: Alien Boy by Oliver Tree

Alright I’ll say it: I’m an indie/alternative pop kind of girl. I enjoy many many rap and R&B artists, but my heart belongs to underground pop- I’m sorry. That being said, my boyfriend introduced me to this song, and I kind of love it. It’s upbeat and fun, and the lyrics are quirky and the tone is even kind of rhythmic alternative. It’s definitely a good song and I’m excited to see what his upcoming album has to offer.

Track 4: Drunk on Halloween by Wallows

Wallows is 100% my favorite band at the moment. Frontman Dylan Minnette (aka Clay Jensen from Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why) is a fucking talent and a gem. Him and his two other bandmates released an album in March of this past year and I posted all about it on my Instagram. This song is from an older EP, and it was added purely for a festive touch (happy Halloween!). They’re on the brink of pop-rock and indie-alternative, so they fit my niche perfectly. My favorite part of this is easily the higher xylo/piano chords as well as the trumpets towards the end. Wallows uses trumpets and jazzy tones in a lot of their songs, and this sets them apart from the crowd for me. This song is chill and festive, and I love it.

Track 5: Rollin’ Stone by Kyle Lux

This song is just so up my alley. Another “Bedroom Pop” find, it’s amazing. There’s guitar, good bass, a little synth. It’s upbeat and the lyrics are just super catchy. He gave me such a Conan Gray/FINNEAS vibe, and I am here for it.

Track 6: Lonely by Diplo (feat. the Jonas Brothers)

Of course the newest JoBros song is here; they were my first boyband crush and now that they’re back, I am at the very least thrilled. I loved them for years: I had the posters, the CDs, the merch, you name it. This track with good-friend Diplo is catchy and cute, and the music video is to die for. I love the Jonas Brothers, and I am 100% here for anything and everything that they’re doing at the moment.

Track 7: i love you by Billie Eilish

This is by far my most listened to song from this month. I love Billie and I am dying to go see her when she comes to Boston in 2020 (pls vemno me @emilyhbeatty tickets are stupid expensive). This song is one of the slowest and saddest on her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? but it is also one of the most beautiful. I found this song when listening to her album again (I was having an emo moment, what about it?). I got to watching the live performance on SNL that she did with her brother and I just had an existential crisis (SNL Performance). She is one of the most talented people under the age of 20 and I can’t get enough of her music. On top of the songs themselves her music videos are literal works of art and I cannot wait for her career to take off more than it already has.

In conclusion: Billie Eilish is dope and I love her.

Track 8: Trampoline by SHAED (feat. ZAYN)

While the Jonas Brothers were my first boyband crush, One Direction was my biggest. I loved them so much and yes I did cry when Zayn left and they broke up (no shame). I had listened to the original version of this song without Zayn and I really liked it. However, the remix with the former teen heartthrob? A million times better. It’s a mix of R&B and alternative, and it’s definitely one I’ve listened to a lot this month.

Track 9: Slide by H. E. R. and YG

This song is definitely more alternative R&B but H.E.R. is fucking worth it. The beat of this song is simple but effective, and her lyrics are well placed and well-written. She’s a talent I discovered with her performance on the MTV VMAs this summer and I’ve been obsessed since. Though this song doesn’t display them as much as I wished, her vocals are insane: her range is extensive but low, which is unique for a female artist. The feature of YG (who I had never heard) is well placed and is a nice addition, and it really makes this a great song to listen to.

Track 10: Pressure by Grady

So, I stream all of my music on Spotify (sorry but, Apple Music sucks), and I stumbled upon this song in the “Bedroom Pop” playlist, which Spotify fills with Indie, Alternative, R&B and low-key pop vibes. It’s a great playlist for hanging with friends, doing homework, or illegal recreational activities (which is my personal favorite use). I had never heard of Grady; his voice is high but mellow, while the bass and drum beats are quick and easy to listen to. The lyrics are catchy, but more of an underground aesthetic rather than a Top 40 one. If Grady pops up again, I will definitely be listening.

 

If you made it this far, thanks for reading! I love sharing music, so make sure you check out my Instagram @emilyhbeatty to keep up to date with songs I am loving (and have loved in the past, check the music highlight). Many in my monthly playlist will make an appearance on my story, and sometimes there’s a few extras so toss me a follow to get some great new music!

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