The Best Songs of January 2024 // New Music Friday!

"OMG" // Suki Waterhouse

I have been so obsessed with Suki Waterhouse's "OMG" this month! I haven't been able to get enough of it, it has the best vibe and is so catchy too. She is so effortlessly cool in the same way that artists like St. Vincent or Arctic Monkeys are to me, both of whom sound like evident inspirations behind this track. The bridge is especially such a shining moment of the song, "My baby, don't look for me when I get lost on all these streets, see myself, but it's not me, I'm with the crowd, I cannot breathe". Her vocal performance and delivery of these lyrics is so great, and "OMG" is absolutely one of the best songs I have heard from her yet! I can't wait to hear more from her hopefully soon! 

"Tiny Moves" // Bleachers

"Tiny Moves" captures the feelings of pure love and joy so perfectly. I have always loved the way Jack Antonoff has been able to capture small moments of life and turn it into something so much more. "The tiniest moves you make, the whole damn world shakes", he sings throughout the song. It is a beautifully romantic ode to Jack's wife, Margaret Qualley, who also starred in and directed the song's music video. She called the video her "love letter" to him. It is so incredible and brings the song to life in such a special way! Bleachers' self-titled album is set to be released this March and based on the three singles they've released so far, it is shaping up to be their best yet!

"yes, and?" // Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is finally back for the first time in nearly 4 years with the announcement of her new album, eternal sunshine, and it's lead single "yes, and?". The song feels like the big sister of "Be Alright" in it's message and sound, while also paying homage to Madonna's "Vogue". It is about spreading light and positivity, while recognizing the power we all hold in ourselves. "Say that shit with your chest and be your own fuckin best friend" is one of my favorite lyrics. I do wish that she pushed herself a little bit more with the lyricism to match the quality of the production, though. I love the house vibe and I am really looking forward to hearing what direction she goes in with her upcoming album in March!

"HISS" // Megan Thee Stallion

On "HISS", Megan really doesn't hold back at all! Her insane skill is truly on full display with this song, there is simply no one else like her in rap music right now. She kept going and going from start to finish with the sharpest lines. "These hoes don't be mad at Megan, these hoes mad at Megan's Law" is one of the many iconic lines from this song. Her flow and the production are both stellar. This is easily one of her best releases yet!

"Houdini - Danny L Harle Slowride Mix" // Dua Lipa

Yes, this is the third month in a row that I included "Houdini" on my list of favorite new songs, but Dua Lipa has been consistently putting out so many incredible remixes of her latest single that I can't help but keep talking about it on here! Best believe I'll keep including this song on my favorite new releases every month as long as she keeps putting out remixes like this! I have loved seeing all of the new interpretations of "Houdini", from the extended version, the live version from London, and now the remix by Danny L Harle - who she called the "THE rave consultant". Next month she is putting out another new single and hopefully a full album is to follow soon after. I can't wait to hear more from her new album, I already know it is a contender for being my top of the entire year!

“Igual Que Un Ángel” // Kali Uchis & Peso Pluma

Other than a few songs, I have never really listened to much from Kali Uchis before, but I recently came across "Igual Que Un Ángel" and was so blown away by how beautiful it is. It is off of her latest Spanish-language album Orquídeas and features Peso Pluma, which marks the first collaboration between two of the most notable artists in Latin music right now. Her vocals are stunning, and I love the glittering dance-pop production! 

"Where Do We Go Now?" // Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X released two new songs this month, his big return after his 2021 debut album MONTERO. I personally was underwhelmed by the first song he released this month, "J CHRIST". It felt too redundant and kind of just a cheap copy of better songs he's made in the past, most notably "INDUSTRY BABY". It felt as if he was trying too hard to be shocking and controversial, to the point it kind of just became boring. However, I was surprised by how great the second song he released this month is, which is almost the complete opposite of the first. "Where Do We Go Now?" was released in support of his new documentary Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero, which he wrote special for the film. He is taking more of an introspective approach with this track, looking back at all that he has achieved and wondering what comes next. I have always thought his music shined the brightest when he shares a piece of himself genuinely, devoid of any gimmicks. I am looking forward to watching his new documentary and hearing more from him soon! 

"Three Little Birds" // Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves released such a beautiful cover of Bob Marley's classic "Three Little Birds" as a part of the upcoming Bob Marley: One Love EP to coincide with the biopic of his life. Kacey has such a beautiful voice that fits this song so perfectly and highlights the best of her talents. Every cover she releases is so stunning and this may be one of my favorites yet. Something about her version of this song takes me back to Golden Hour in the best way. It reminds me that we need more new music from her, it is long overdue! 

Thanks for reading! 2024 is shaping up to be another great year of new music, I can't wait to hear all that it has in store! This is the first in my 2024 New Music Friday series, which I will continue sharing throughout the rest of the year on the last Friday of every month. I'd love for you to check out some of my other posts from my 2023 New Music Friday series here! 

-Melissa ♡

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