Summer is fading fast, so check out these anthems!

This week we're covering the latest hits from Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Santana, and more!

"Thelma + Louise" - Bastille

Released: August 18, 2021

Album: Upcoming album

Highlights:

  • The addictingly snappy percussion rhythm and upbeat clapping that gives the song the perfect summer feel
  • Lyrics describing blue skies, driving to Mexico, and traveling that evoke the sense of escape during summertimes
  • An adrenaline-fueled chorus that will make you want to yell the lyrics as you drive down the road with the windows down

Standout Lyrics: "Drive right off of the world / Leave your job and your gaslight man / Modern life was a big let-down / We’re bored, felt like a brick in the wall"

"Visiting Hours" - Ed Sheeran

Released: August 19, 2021

Album: =

Highlights:

  • The astounding vocal range Sheeran shows off, dipping from incredible, sky-reaching highs to soft lows between chorus and verses
  • The heaviness of nostalgia that drips in Sheeran's vocals and lyrics
  • Tender piano notes leading listeners into the simple, strummy acoustic guitar chords

Standout Lyrics: "Can we just talk a while until my worries disappear? / I'd tell you that I'm scared of turning out a failure / You'd say, "Remember that the answer's in the love that we create" / So much has changed since you've been away"

"Move" - Santana, Rob Thomas & American Authors

Released: August 18, 2021

Album: Single Collaboration 

Highlights:

  • The bursting energy behind Santana's guitar work takes audiences through the verses
  • Rob Thomas' delicate weaving between shouts in the chorus and fast-sang pockets of lyrics during the verses
  • An amazing guitar solo that escalates during the bridge to the final chorus

Standout Lyrics: "Move on, there's no time for hesitation / Move on, all you need is motivation / Every time I turn around / Ignorance one step behind / So come on and try again / You can make it if you try"

"Chasing Stars" - Alesso & Marshmello ft. James Bay

Released: August 20, 2021

Album: Single Collaboration

Highlights:

  • Stellar imagery of night sky and countrysides, evoking summery night feels
  • Uplifting emotion Bay brings in clear, soaring vocal range
  • Pleasant, feel-good sense between Bay's upbeat guitar chords to DJ-produced electronic beats

Standout Lyrics: "We were chasing stars / Across the county lines / Two imperfect pieces / With our fingers intertwinеd"

 

"On My Way" - Natalie Imbruglia

Released: August 19, 2021

Album: Firebird

Highlights:

  • A sweet sense of nostalgia and love using simple, tender words
  • The impressive sassiness popping from the vocal jabs, light, and fast guitar chords, and claps
  • Sense of triumph in a purposeful way Imbruglia imbues the words she sings

Standout Lyrics: "So say it like you mean it / I'm saying we got every chance / Don't break it, you can heal it / Just put your hand in my hand"

 

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