Are you ready for some new jams? This week we're covering Florence & the Machine, Veronicas, Marshmello & Jonas Brothers, and more!

Here are our picks for the top 5 songs released this week, May 16–23. From JoBros to Florence & the Machine and more, you're gonna be jamming out this week to the latest hits from the industry's biggest artists!

"Call Me Cruella" by Florence & the Machine

Released: May 21, 2021

Album: Cruella Disney Soundtrack

Highlights:

  • Killer lyrics!
  • Florence's almost ominous, breathy vocals give a sense of impending danger
  • Seemingly innocent, harmless electric guitar strumming through verses to provide delicious juxtaposition to vocals

Standout Lyrics: "Who wants to be nice? / Who wants to be tame? / All of your good guys, they all seem the same / Original, criminal, dressed to kill / Just call me Cruella de Vil"

"Leave Before You Love Me" by Marshmello & Jonas Brothers

Released: May 21, 2021

Album: Unknown

Highlights:

  • Fast-paced rhythm perfect for driving down the highway—serves as a striking clash to Joe Jonas's more elongated, dramatic vocals
  • Simple, DJ pop ballad musical composition which gives backdrop to power vocal performance
  • Inclusion of hand-clapping during the chorus to add another layer of texture to the rock-pop rhythm 

Standout Lyrics: "Dancing on the edge, 'bout to take it too far / It's messing with my head, how I mess with your heart / If you wake up in your bed, alone in the dark / I'm sorry, gotta leave before you love me"

"Earth in a Lonely Space" by Simply Red

Released: May 18, 2021

Album: Unknown

Highlights:

  • Imagery of the expansive planet Earth interwoven with simpler basic human feelings
  • 1970s feel to the song, with unreal sound to mirror a sense of being in space
  • Easy, serene melody that doesn't carry any hard edges

Standout Lyrics: "So look at what you have / And try to make it brighter / Look at what you have / And try to make it brighter  / Look at your heavy load / And try to make it lighter" 

 

"Walls" by Cher

Released: May 19, 2021

Album: Unknown 

Highlights:

  • Distorted feel to vocals, which soar powerfully during the chorus
  • Few repeated piano notes creating a sense of tension and drama
  • Nostalgic feel through sad lyrical content

Standout Lyrics: "I don't wanna say this again / Something's gotta break hard and change, my friend / Everything we'd have way back when / Just faded"

"Savage Good Boy" by Japanese Breakfast

Released: May 19, 2021

Album: Jubilee

Highlights:

  • Aggressive swagger in hard guitar chords and puncturing piano notes
  • Mid-tempo pace running parallel with mid-tempo sang vocals
  • Slight darker turn taken during the chorus that underlines track with edgier meaning

Standout Lyrics: "I've got a five-year plan / I've got a pension and six condos / A billion dollar bunker for two / And when the city's underwater / I will wine and dine you in the hollows / On a surplus of freeze dried food" 

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