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10 Best Songs of the Week: Black Belt Eagle Scout, Weyes Blood, Badlands, Andy Shauf, and More

Plus Shame, koleżanka, The Golden Dregs, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 18, 2022

Welcome to the 40th Songs of the Week of 2022. After a few weeks of doing a Songs of the Week every other week, we’re back on the regular weekly schedule now. Although next week we won’t being doing a Songs of the Week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Miss Grit, Heather Woods Broderick, Fever Ray, Steve Mason, and More

Plus Yo La Tengo, Margo Price, Ladytron, Sharon Van Etten, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Weeks’ Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 11, 2022

Welcome to the 39th Songs of the Week of 2022. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because I was out sick. So once again this week’s list encompasses songs released in the last two weeks (although all but three of the songs are from this week). More

13 Best Songs of the Week: The WAEVE, Caroline Rose, Algiers, Frankie Cosmos, and More

Plus Young Fathers, Amber Arcades, Alice Boman, John Cale and Weyes Blood, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Weeks’ Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 28, 2022

Welcome to the 38th Songs of the Week of 2022. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because we were turning our new print issue into the printer last Friday. So this week’s list encompasses songs released in the last two weeks and is thus a slightly supersized Top 13 list. More

16 Best Songs of the Week: Weyes Blood, Wild Pink, GIFT, Ladytron, and More

Plus Meg Baird, The Big Moon, Alvvays, Julien Chang, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Weeks’ Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 14, 2022

Welcome to the 37th Songs of the Week of 2022. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because we’ve been too busy working on our next two print issues and we also didn’t feel like there were a lot of strong contenders last week. So this week’s list encompasses songs released in the last two weeks and is thus a supersized Top 16 list. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Wings of Desire, and More

Plus The Go! Team, Badlands, Alice Boman, The War on Drugs, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 30, 2022

Welcome to the 37th Songs of the Week of 2022. This week Florida was devastated by Hurricane Ian and here at Under the Radar headquarters we are currently getting rain connected to storm, with heavy rainfall expected this weekend. One of our writers is in Tampa, Florida, but luckily the power stayed on yesterday while he was doing an interview for our next print issue. Speaking of which, we are very much focused on the next two print issues right now, so we were a bit indecisive about this week’s Songs of the Week. So we settled on a Top 12 and there are lots of honorable mentions this week. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Alvvays, Broken Bells, Magdalena Bay, Björk, and More

Plus Wild Pink Feat. J Mascis, Miss Grit, LIES, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 23, 2022

Welcome to the 36th Songs of the Week of 2022. This week one artist has two songs in the main list, which is a Top 10 this time. More

9 Best Songs of the Week: Weyes Blood, Suede, The Orielles, Death Cab for Cutie, and More

Plus Algiers, Cate Le Bon, Gilla Band, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 16, 2022

Welcome to the 35th Songs of the Week of 2022. This week we had a very clear #1. Two album tracks, from records released today, made the list. And all in all we settled on a Top 9. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: The WAEVE, Björk, The Big Moon, Marlon Williams, and More

Plus Phoenix and Ezra Koenig, girlpuppy, Beth Orton, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 09, 2022

Welcome to the 34th Songs of the Week of 2022. Yesterday the world lost a historical icon. Regardless of your thoughts on the Royal Family, there’s no question that Queen Elizabeth II had a massive impact on the last 70 years of world history. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Arctic Monkeys, Fujiya & Miyagi, The Orielles, Plains, and More

Plus Gorillaz and Tame Impala, Crack Cloud, Francis Lung, Alex Lahey, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 02, 2022

Welcome to the 33rd Songs of the Week of 2022. Lots of British artists this week! Including the entire Top 3. This week after much inner-dialogue, we settled on a Top 12. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Magdalena Bay, Ezra Furman, Julia Jacklin, Dumb, and More

Plus Wild Pink and Julien Baker, Stella Donnelly, Whitney, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 26, 2022

Welcome to the 32nd Songs of the Week of 2022. This week there were three strong album tracks, songs from albums released today that weren’t previously put out as pre-release singles, that made the list. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Death Cab for Cutie, Editors, Maya Hawke, Alvvays, and More

Plus Braids, Imarhan, The Beths, Ezra Furman, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 19, 2022

Welcome to the 31st Songs of the Week of 2022. This week’s list covers songs from the last two weeks, as I was on vacation last week. This week we’re doing things slightly differently, with just a main Top 12 list and some honorable mentions, without the longer list of songs also released in the last week. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Stella Donnelly, GIFT, Will Sheff, Panda Bear & Sonic Boom, and More

Plus Hot Chip, Young Jesus, Whitmer Thomas, Hans Pucket, Suede, The 1975, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 05, 2022

Welcome to the 30th Songs of the Week of 2022. There were lots of strong contenders this week, although there was a pretty clear #1 and our #2 was a new band we’d never even heard of before this week. We settled on a Top 12 again this week, like last week. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Wild Pink, Dry Cleaning, Plains, Built to Spill, and More

Plus Guerilla Toss, Brian Eno, Andy Clockwise, The Soft Pink Truth, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 29, 2022

Welcome to the 29th Songs of the Week of 2022. This week saw the return of a 1970s icon and a new joint project from two of our favorite modern singer/songwriters. This week we liked enough tracks to settle on a Top 12. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jessie Ware, Julia Jacklin, Disq, Scout Gillett, and More

Plus Local Natives, Julien Chang, Cass McCombs, Art Moore, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 22, 2022

Welcome to the 28th Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a weak week for new tracks. Don’t get us wrong, we stand behind all the songs that made this week’s main list, there just wasn’t a plethora of other tracks to choose from. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Death Cab for Cutie, The Beths, Francis Lung, black midi, and More

Plus Danger Mouse and Black Thought, Ezra Furman, Panda Bear and Sonic Boom, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 15, 2022

Welcome to the 27th Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a strong week for new tracks. Really any of the Top 6 could’ve been our #1 song. We settled on a Top 12 this week. More

15 Best Songs of the Week: Crack Cloud, Hot Chip, The 1975, Alvvays, and More

Plus Viagra Boys, Band Spectra and The Anchoress, Margaret Glaspy, Men I Trust, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 08, 2022

Welcome to the 26th Songs of the Week of 2022. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week as pickings were slim in the run up to the long July 4th weekend, so this week’s list covers songs from the last two weeks. Thus we have a supersized Top 15. The list includes two pro-choice songs. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Regressive Left, First Aid Kit, Stella Donnelly, Nightlands, and More

Plus Gorillaz and Thundercat, Stereolab, Living Hour, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 24, 2022

Welcome to the 25th Songs of the Week of 2022. Whereas last week we had a supersized Top 15, this week the pickings were slimmer, with a more back down to earth Top 10. More

15 Best Songs of the Week: The Beths, Naima Bock, Bartees Strange, Julia Jacklin, and More

Plus Jockstrap, Dry Cleaning, Marlon Williams, Whitney, Preoccupations, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 17, 2022

Welcome to the 24th Songs of the Week of 2022. This week’s list features several artists from Down Under, with some great tracks from artists from both Australia and New Zealand. There were too many fantastic songs this week, so we have a super-sized Top 15 main list and lots of strong honorable mentions too. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Metric, Laura Veirs, Gaz Coombes, Katie Alice Greer, and More

Plus Spacemoth, Tim Burgess, Cass McCombs, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 10, 2022

Welcome to the 23rd Songs of the Week of 2022. We settled on a Top 11 this week, in a list more populated with veteran artists than newcomers, including two solo songs from artists who became stars as the frontmen of ’90s Britpop bands. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Viagra Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beth Orton, Flasher, and More

Plus Florist, Andrew Bird, Angel Olsen, of Montreal, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 03, 2022

Welcome to the 22nd Songs of the Week of 2022. Thanks to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, it was a fairly quiet week for new singles (or at least new singles we loved). We even considered skipping Songs of the Week this week, but found enough we liked for a Top 10 list. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Suede, Katy J Pearson, Tallies, Why Bonnie, and More

Plus Shearwater, Chelsea Rose, Just Mustard, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 27, 2022

Welcome to the 21st Songs of the Week of 2022. It was terrible week for those who follow the news, fueled by the truly awful mass shooting at the elementary school in Texas. And once again the usual gun control debates came up and once again nothing will probably happen. After all, it’s been 10 years since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and no progress has been made. Also Depeche Mode’s Andrew Fletcher and actor Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Something Wild) both surprisingly died yesterday, even though they were both only in their 60s. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Angel Olsen, Kiwi Jr., Soccer Mommy, Horsegirl, and More

Plus Sinead O’Brien, Sun’s Signature, Cola, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 20, 2022

Welcome to the 20th Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a mixed week for new tracks, but there were still some good ones worth crowing about and we settled on a Top 13. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: The WAEVE, Jens Lekman, Sharon Van Etten, Marlon Williams, and More

Plus Porridge Radio, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Florist, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 06, 2022

Welcome to the 18th Songs of the Week of 2022. There were lots of strong contenders this week, including a new supergroup, two songs from a new album that featured no advance singles, and tracks from artists across the globe (including Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and England). We’ve got 11 songs this week, since one artist has two different songs on the list. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Shearwater, Tegan and Sara, Katy J Pearson, Martin Courtney, and More

Plus Metric, beabadoobee, Angel Olsen, Arcade Fire, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 29, 2022

Welcome to the 17th Songs of the Week of 2022. It’s a very Canadian edition of Songs of the Week, with four artists from north of the border making this week’s Top 10. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Spiritualized, Hatchie, Bartees Strange, Say Sue Me, and More

Plus Sorry, Hot Chip, Andrew Bird, Florence + the Machine, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 22, 2022

Welcome to the sixteenth Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a nice week for new album releases, including the latest by Spiritualized, Hatchie, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Fontaines D.C., and others, some of which gave us fodder for Songs of the Week. We ended up with 12 new songs were really liked, with some strong honorable mentions as well. This week’s artists traverse the globe: Australia, England, South Korea, Sweden, and of course America. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jockstrap, Phoebe Bridgers, Tess Parks, Wild Pink, and More

Plus Tim Burgess, Faye Webster, TRAAMS, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 15, 2022

Welcome to the fifteenth Songs of the Week of 2022. This week our new favorite band, Wet Leg, hit #1 on the British album charts with their debut album. It was a solid week for new tracks, but none that screamed #1 Song of the Week, so this week’s order should be considered less strict than some weeks. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Father John Misty, Wet Leg, Sun’s Signature, The Smile, and More

Plus Melody’s Echo Chamber, Florist, Horsegirl, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 08, 2022

Welcome to the fourteenth Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a fantastic new release day, with fresh albums by Wet Leg, Father John Misty, Jack White, Oceanator, Daniel Rossen, Orville Peck, Lucius, and others. Some of those artists end up on this week’s Songs of the Week, which is a Top 12 this week. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Angel Olsen, Everything Everything, Katy J Pearson, and More

Plus Sondre Lerche and AURORA, Rosie Carney, My Idea, Superorganism, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 01, 2022

Welcome to the thirteenth Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a solid week for new music, with a strong and obvious #1 song. Today we posted an April Fools’ Day joke on our site. Did you notice it? More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Craig Finn, Fontaines D.C., Good Morning, Hatchie, and More

Plus Jane Inc, Shearwater, Soft Cell, Bauhaus, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 25, 2022

Welcome to the twelfth Songs of the Week of 2022. This week two icons from the 1980s united for a single and another artist from that era released their first new song in 14 years. There were also a couple of album tracks we loved. Tally it all up and we settled at 13 favorite songs this week. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Smile, Flasher, Andrew Bird, Young Prisms, and More

Plus Hovvdy, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Ethan Gruska, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 18, 2022

Welcome to the eleventh Songs of the Week of 2022. Whereas last week was the strongest seven-day period for new tracks so far this year, where we had a Top 15 songs, this week we almost didn’t do a Songs of the Week. More

15 Best Songs of the Week: Spiritualized, Horsegirl, Destroyer, Gruff Rhys, and More

Plus Belle and Sebastian, Sondre Lerche and CHAI, Father John Misty, Tess Parks, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 11, 2022

Welcome to the tenth Songs of the Week of 2022. It was without a doubt the strongest week for new tracks so far this year. Some of our all time favorite artists put out new songs this week and there were several amazing songs that were seven or eight minutes long. There was much debate on what should make the main list and the best we could narrow it down to was a Top 15. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Ezra Furman, Nilüfer Yanya, Belle and Sebastian, Wet Leg, and More

Plus Sharon Van Etten, Bartees Strange, Alex Izenberg, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 04, 2022

Welcome to the ninth Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a stellar week for new tracks and we could only narrow it down to a Top 12, with several strong honorable mentions. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Daniel Rossen, SASAMI, Toro y Moi, Vundabar, and More

Plus Hercules and Love Affair, !!!, TRAAMS, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 25, 2022

Welcome to the eighth Songs of the Week of 2022. With Russia invading Ukraine on Thursday morning (and the increased threat of invasion earlier in the week), it was a bit hard to pull away from CNN and focus on new music. But nevertheless we were able to come up with a good list of songs we liked this week. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Nilüfer Yanya, Destroyer, Oceanator, Kurt Vile, and More

Plus Sondre Lerche, Georgia Harmer, Widowspeak, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 18, 2022

Welcome to the seventh Songs of the Week of 2022. We were very indecisive this week, there were too many songs we liked and had trouble narrowing it down to only 10. So this week we have an expanded Top 13. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Caroline Polachek, The Beths, Everything Everything, and More

Plus Sunflower Bean, Spoon, Sharon Van Etten, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 11, 2022

Welcome to the sixth Songs of the Week of 2022. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Kamasi Washington, My Idea, and More

Plus SASAMI, Lucy Dacus, Röyksopp, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 04, 2022

Welcome to the fifth Songs of the Week of 2022. This week saw the start of the Winter Olympics in China, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day, the U.S. military took out the head of ISIS, and tensions continued between Russia and the Ukraine. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Smile, Widowspeak, Sally Shapiro, Tess Parks, and More

Plus Ducks Ltd., The Weather Station, Warpaint, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 28, 2022

Welcome to the fourth Songs of the Week of 2022. Compared to the last two weeks, it was a fairly quiet seven days for new songs. Last week, for example, we had 12 honorable mentions on top of a Top 10 songs and the week before that instead of a Top 14 songs. Still, there were definitely some worthy tracks this week. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Hatchie, Nilüfer Yanya, Daniel Rossen, Beach House, and More

Plus Jenny Hval, A Place to Bury Strangers, Darkside, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 21, 2022

Welcome to the third Songs of the Week of 2022. This week there were some exciting new album announcements (Hatchie, Daniel Rossen, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Jenny Hval) and Beach House put out another five songs from their new album. More

14 Best Songs of the Week: Cate Le Bon, Destroyer, Spoon, Aldous Harding, and More

Plus Mitski, Guerilla Toss, Methyl Ethyl, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 14, 2022

Welcome to the second Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a spectacular week for new songs, overwhelming almost, with several notable album announcements. So this week we have an oversized Top 14, rather than our regular Top 10. Fourteen songs for January 14! More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Smile, SASAMI, Gang of Youths, Sondre Lerche, and More

Plus Father John Misty, Let’s Eat Grandma, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 07, 2022

Welcome to the first Songs of the Week of 2022. We haven’t done a Songs of the Week in almost a month, as the holiday season slowed the release of new songs in mid December. But the first week of 2022 presented enough new tracks to warrant a return to Songs of the Week. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Beach House, Mitski, A Place to Bury Strangers, Sally Shapiro, and More

Plus Shame, Tame Impala, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Dec 10, 2021

Welcome to the 46th Songs of the Week of 2021. As the Christmas holidays creep in there are fewer new tracks of note to choose from. This week’s list is mainly populated with reliable established artists, rather than new up and comers. More

10 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Wet Leg, Yard Act, The Divine Comedy, Trentemøller, and More

Plus The Soundcarriers, Boy Harsher, Tears for Fears, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Dec 03, 2021

Welcome to the 45th Songs of the Week of 2021. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because of Thanksgiving, so this week’s list includes songs from the last two weeks. Even taking into account two weeks worth of songs, the pickings were a little slim. We came up with 10 we liked. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Cate Le Bon, Big Thief, Alex Cameron, Madeline Kenney, and More

Plus Sweeping Promises, Just Mustard, Aeon Station, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 19, 2021

Welcome to the 44th Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a fairly slow week for new songs, perhaps with Thanksgiving impending next week, but we found 10 we liked. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Beach House, Nilüfer Yanya, Gang of Youths, Mitski, and More

Plus Jarvis Cocker, C Duncan, Yumi Zouma, Pom Pom Squad, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 12, 2021

Welcome to the 43rd Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a packed week for new songs. There were lots of big album announcements (Jack White even announced two new albums, although he didn’t share any new songs from either of them). And Under the Radar favorite Beach House put out four new songs! So the best we could narrow it down to this week was a Top 12. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Spiritualized, Jenny Lewis, Foals, Christian Lee Hutson, and More

Plus Silk Sonic, Cassandra Jenkins, alt-J, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 05, 2021

Welcome to the 42nd Songs of the Week of 2021. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Metronomy, Spoon, The War on Drugs, SASAMI, and More

Plus Ibibio Sound Machine, Yard Act, Midnight Oil, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 29, 2021

Welcome to the 41st Songs of the Week of 2021. It may be Halloween on Sunday, but there weren’t any particularly spooky new songs this week. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: All We Are, Alex Lahey, Animal Collective, Nation of Language, and More

Plus Aeon Station, Boy Harsher, Beauty Pill, Clinic, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 22, 2021

Welcome to the 40th Songs of the Week of 2021. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Cate Le Bon, Imarhan, Elbow, Snail Mail, and More

Plus Laetitia Sadier, Michael Kiwanuka, HARD FEELINGS, Hamilton Leithauser and Kevin Morby, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 15, 2021

Welcome to the 39th Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a blockbuster week for new songs, although the week’s biggest song (Adele’s “Easy On Me”) didn’t make the list. But “Easy On Me” did set the all-time record for biggest single day streams for a song in Spotify history, so Adele will be fine. This week we have a supersized Top 12 and a solid honorable mentions list. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Mitski, Magdalena Bay, Tears For Fears, Big Thief, and More

Plus Sloppy Jane, Silverbacks, Lionlimb, Gang of Youths, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 08, 2021

Welcome to the 38th Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a solid week for new tracks, including the first single from the first album in 17 years from some 1980s icons. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Wet Leg, Elbow, Courtney Barnett, Coach Party, and More

Plus Field Music, Hovvdy, IAN SWEET, Gone to Color, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 01, 2021

Welcome to the 37th Songs of the Week of 2021. Old school rock was alive and well this week, with new songs from The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Stevie Wonder, Sting, John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen, and David Bowie, but none of those tracks made our Songs of the Week list. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Let’s Eat Grandma, alt-J, Penelope Isles, Parquet Courts, and More

Plus Absolutely Free, Bartees Strange, Geese, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 24, 2021

Welcome to the 36th Songs of the Week of 2021. Whereas last week’s list was a supersized Top 14, this week was a bit calmer, with 10 songs we particularly liked. More

14 Best Songs of the Week: The War on Drugs, Hatchie, Sam Evian, Magdalena Bay, and More

Plus Tonstartssbandht, Snail Mail, My Morning Jacket, Coco, Ducks Ltd., and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 17, 2021

Welcome to the 35th Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a blockbuster week for new songs, with lots of strong contenders. We tried to show a bit of restraint and keep it to an already over-stuffed Top 12, but then we just went for it with a Top 14. I mean, whose going to tell us we can’t pick 14 favorite songs? It’s our website and we have no corporate overlords. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Low, Circuit des Yeux, Mac McCaughan, Yard Act, and More

Plus Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, Field Music, Colleen Green, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 10, 2021

Welcome to the 34th Songs of the Week of 2021. There were a whole lot of new songs this week, even though Monday was a holiday (Labor Day) here in the U.S. We narrowed it down to 12 favorites this week, with lots of good honorable mentions too. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Silverbacks, POND, Bachelor, Beak>, and More

Plus Damon Albarn, Proper., Suuns, The Dodos, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 03, 2021

Welcome to the 33rd Songs of the Week of 2021. We liked enough new songs this week to form a Top 11. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Saint Etienne, Geese, Helado Negro, W.H. Lung, and More

Plus The Fiery Furnaces, La Luz, My Morning Jacket, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 27, 2021

Welcome to the 32nd Songs of the Week of 2021. It was an eclectic week for new tracks and there were lots to choose from (hence we have a slew of honorable mentions). More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Parquet Courts, Colleen Green, Pip Blom, Low, and More

Plus Dean Wareham, Matthew E. White, Penelope Isles, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 20, 2021

Welcome to the 31st Songs of the Week of 2021. It wasn’t the most overwhelmingly amazing week for new songs, so instead of a Top 10 we’ve picked eight songs we liked. More

12 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Magdalena Bay, Sea Power, Nation of Language, and More

Plus Big Thief, Trace Mountains, Macie Stewart, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Weeks’ Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 13, 2021

Welcome to the 30th Songs of the Week of 2021. As I was on vacation last week, this week’s list covers the last two week’s worth of songs. So it’s a super-sized edition with a Top 12. More

9 Best Songs of the Week: Water From Your Eyes, LUMP, Silk Sonic, Koleżanka, and More

Plus Dry Cleaning, Amyl and the Sniffers, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 30, 2021

Welcome to the 29th Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a light week for great new tracks, but we came up with nine we really liked. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: The War on Drugs, Penelope Isles, Indigo De Souza, Piroshka, and More

Plus Big Red Machine, Ora the Molecule, Low, illuminati hotties, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 23, 2021

Welcome to the 28th Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a nice week for new music, with some strong new singles (some connected to album announcements) and some wonderful album tracks we’ve long wanted to share with our readers and can now that the albums are out. We had enough tracks for a Top 12 this week, but many of the honorable mentions are worthy too. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: TORRES, W.H. Lung, Mega Bog, Soccer Mommy, and More

Plus HARD FEELINGS, Wye Oak, Morly, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 16, 2021

Welcome to the 27th Songs of the Week of 2021. There wasn’t an onslaught of amazing new songs this week, but we liked enough to come up with a solid Top 10. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Courtney Barnett, The Goon Sax, Strand of Oaks, Damon Albarn, and More

Plus Nation of Language, Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 09, 2021

Welcome to the 26th Songs of the Week of 2021. The American music industry pretty took Monday off due to Sunday’s July 4th holiday, so we expected slimmer pickings this week. It was not to be, thanks for some exciting album announcements. We settled on a Top 11 this week. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: LUMP, Villagers, Magdalena Bay, Meatbodies, and More

Plus Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, Ade & Connan Mockasin, POND, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 02, 2021

Welcome to the 25th Songs of the Week of 2021. This week we were feeling a bit indecisive and couldn’t really narrow it down to a Top 10, so we went with a Top 12 instead. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Low, Geese, Colleen Green, Morly, and More

Plus Damon & Naomi, John Grant, SPELLLING, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 25, 2021

Welcome to the 24th Songs of the Week of 2021. Today was a blockbuster new album release day. It saw the release of new full-lengths by Modest Mouse, Lucy Dacus, The Mountain Goats, John Grant, SPELLLING, Faye Webster, Matthew Dear, Lightning Bug, Pom Pom Squad, Hiss Golden Messenger, Gaspard Augé, Hiatus Kaiyote, Squirrel Flower, and more. But it was also a strong week for new singles. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Tachys, Ora the Molecule, Wet Leg, Indigo De Souza, and More

Plus Mega Bog, Water From Your Eyes, koleżanka, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 18, 2021

Welcome to the 23rd Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a strong week for new songs, so we ended up with a Top 12 and some excellent honorable mentions as well. This is a very Scandinavian Songs of the Week, with artists from Denmark (two of them), Sweden, and Norway. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, W.H. Lung, The Goon Sax, and More

Plus Jessie Ware, José González, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 11, 2021

Welcome to the 22nd Songs of the Week of 2021. Admittedly, there weren’t too many new songs that overly impressed us this week. We almost considered taking a week off. But there were enough tracks of note to keep us in the game. Still, we only came up with a Top 8, instead of our usual Top 10 (or sometimes we have an expanded Top 12). More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Japanese Breakfast, CHVRCHES and Robert Smith, Wolf Alice, and More

Plus Teenage Sequence, Nation of Language, LUMP, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 04, 2021

Welcome to the 21st Songs of the Week of 2021. We figured it would be a quiet week for new songs, with Monday being a holiday here in America, but we were wrong. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Sparks, Girl Ray, Wesley Gonzalez and Rose Elinor Dougall, and More

Plus Chelsea Wolfe, Modest Mouse, Gone to Color, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 28, 2021

Welcome to the 20th Songs of the Week of 2021. This week, Republicans successfully blocked a commission that would have probed the January 6 storming of the Capitol. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, Japanese Breakfast, and More

Plus Lucy Dacus, POND, Gruff Rhys, CHAI, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 21, 2021

Welcome to the 19th Songs of the Week of 2021. This week there was finally a ceasefire in the latest Israeli Palestinian conflict. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: TORRES, SPELLLING, The Goon Sax, Wolf Alice, and More

Plus St. Vincent, Leon Bridges, Sleater-Kinney, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 14, 2021

Welcome to the 18th Songs of the Week of 2021. This week the CDC relaxed mask guidelines for those who have been vaccinated, helping to further pave the way for live music to return this fall. Although, right now there’s no clear way for venues or stores to check if someone is vaccinated. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: LUMP, Modest Mouse, Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, Iceage, and More

Plus HARD FEELINGS, Alex Lahey, Caveman, Liars, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 07, 2021

Welcome to the 17th Songs of the Week of 2021. This week wasn’t overly eventful, in terms of U.S. news. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Jessie Ware, Kings of Convenience, Faye Webster, Piroshka, and More

Plus black midi, CHAI, Squid, Anika, Hiatus Kaiyote, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 30, 2021

Welcome to the 16th Songs of the Week of 2021. This week President Biden celebrated 100 days in office with a speech to Congress that laid out his accomplishments (including a successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccines) and ambitious future plans. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Kero Kero Bonito, Wolf Alice, Gruff Rhys, John Grant, and More

Plus UV-TV, CHVRCHES, Iceage, Pom Pom Squad, Yola, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 23, 2021

Welcome to the 15th Songs of the Week of 2021.The big Under the Radar news was that on Wednesday we announced our new print issue. The issue features Japanese Breakfast and HAIM on the two covers and is another edition of The Protest Issue, which examines the intersection of music and politics and features musicians photographed with protest signs of their own making. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: SPELLLING, Lucy Dacus, Ora the Molecule, Twin Shadow, and More

Plus Anjimile and Jay Som, Far Lands, Desperate Journalist, José González, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 16, 2021

Welcome to the 14th Songs of the Week of 2021. In this week’s news, the case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd wound down, with closing arguments expected on Monday. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Japanese Breakfast, Remember Sports, Sinead O’Brien, Crumb, and More

Plus Rostam, Darkside, Prince, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 09, 2021

Welcome to the 13th Songs of the Week of 2021. Today we lost two giants of completely different worlds: Prince Phillip (married to Queen Elizabeth II) died at age 99, only two months before his 100th birthday, and influential rapper DMX lost his life at age 50 due to an apparent drug overdose. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Mdou Moctar, Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, St. Vincent, and More

Plus Sons of Kemet, CHAI, Storefront Church, POND, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 02, 2021

Welcome to the 12th Songs of the Week of 2021. In the nation was gripped (or more accurately, traumatized) by the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: black midi, John Grant, Iceage, Field Music, and More

Plus Anna Fox Rochinski, Beachy Head, Sons of Raphael, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 26, 2021

Welcome to the 11th Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a strong week for new tracks and so we present a Top 12 this week, rather than our usual Top 10. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Gruff Rhys, Squid, Middle Kids, The Go! Team, and More

Plus Flock of Dimes, Lana Del Rey, Teenage Fanclub, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 19, 2021

Welcome to the tenth Songs of the Week of 2021. Last week I told you that the wife and I got the Johnson & Johnson shot. This week more and more people I personally know are also getting vaccinated, and I’m talking people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, not just 65 and older. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Lucy Dacus, Crumb, Colleen, London Grammar, and More

Plus Tony Allen, Ryley Walker, Sophia Kennedy, Everything Everything, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 12, 2021

Welcome to the ninth Songs of the Week of 2021. President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill was signed into law by the president yesterday and many Americans will soon be receiving new $1400 stimulus checks, as well as other relief. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Japanese Breakfast, St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu, Ratboys, and More

Plus Silk Sonic, Mdou Moctar, James, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 05, 2021

Welcome to the eighth Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a fairly quiet week on the news front, with President Joe Biden’s pandemic stimulus bill getting closer to passing in the Senate, but without a minimum wage hike. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Field Music, Lost Girls, serpentwithfeet, Iceage, and More

Plus Ian Daniel Kehoe, Adrian Younge, Lost Horizons, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 19, 2021

Welcome to the sixth Songs of the Week of 2021. There was finally some good news this week. We landed on Mars! On Thursday NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on the red planet, a tricky engineering feat, to answer David Bowie’s question: “Is there life on Mars?” More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Ryley Walker, Cassandra Jenkins, Ora The Molecule, and More

Plus Another Michael, Alex Lahey and Gordi, Allie Crow Buckley, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 12, 2021

Welcome to the fifth Songs of the Week of 2021. The week’s big news was the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Weather Station, Saintseneca, Adrian Younge, Flock of Dimes, and More

Plus New Madrid, Du Blonde, Indigo Sparke, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 05, 2021

Welcome to the fourth Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a fairly low-key week, news wise, although crackpot Q-Anon believing Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was removed from her committee assignments, thanks in part to 11 Republicans who crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats, and the Senate passed a budget resolution early this morning that paved the way for President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief package to be passed without any votes from Republicans. More

12 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Squid, Baio, Bernice, serpentwithfeet, and More

Plus Madeline Kenney, Ohtis, Tune-Yards, Arlo Parks, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 29, 2021

Welcome to the third Songs of the Week of 2021. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week. Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the inauguration, it was a week light on compelling new tracks. So this week we chronicle the best songs of the last two weeks, so it’s a Top 12 (and our Top 2 are both super long songs). More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Julien Baker, Midnight Sister, Field Music, Baio, and More

Plus Jane Weaver, Still Corners, Sleaford Mods, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 15, 2021

Welcome to the second Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a little less trying than last week, but Donald Trump did earn the dubious honor of being the first ever president to be impeached twice. It was a fantastic week for new songs; after a slow week last week with only a Top 6, this week we present double the songs with a Top 12. More

6 Best Songs of the Week: Lost Horizons, The Weather Station, Bell Orchestre, and More

Plus Viagra Boys, London Grammar, Shame, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 08, 2021

Welcome to the first Songs of the Week of 2021. And what a week it’s been! More

Songs of the Year: Listen to a Playlist of All of 2020’s Songs of the Week

There’s Also a Separate Playlist for the #1 Songs of Each Week This Year

Dec 31, 2020

Almost every Friday in 2020 we have posted a list of our favorite Songs of the Week and now we’ve put together a massive Spotify playlist collecting every song that made our main Songs of the Week list in 2020, in chronological order. There’s also a separate playlist just featuring the songs that made it to #1 on each Songs of the Week list, again in chronological order. More

9 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: HAIM, Little Dragon and Moses Sumney, Taylor Swift, and More

Plus Julia Jacklin, The Besnard Lakes, Anna Burch, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Dec 18, 2020

Welcome to the 45th and likely very last Songs of the Week of 2020. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because there weren’t quite enough inspiring songs to put together a full list, so this week’s list covers the last two weeks, but we still only came up with nine choices rather than a Top 10. More

12 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Thom Yorke, Arlo Parks, Lost Horizons, Goat Girl, and More

Plus U.S. Girls, Arab Strap, Bernice, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Dec 04, 2020

Welcome to the 44th Songs of the Week of 2020. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, so this week’s list covers the last two weeks and thus it’s a Top 12 rather than a Top 10.

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10 Best Songs of the Week: Lael Neale, Baio, Dry Cleaning, The Weather Station, and More

Plus Bleachers and Bruce Springsteen, Hannah’s Little Sister, Speed Stick, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 20, 2020

Welcome to the 43rd Songs of the Week of 2020. Whereas last week’s Songs of the Week covered three weeks’ worth of songs, this week we’re back to just covering the last seven days. More

14 Best Songs of the Last Three Weeks: Casper Clausen, Kiwi Jr., RINSE, Sleaford Mods, and More

Plus Kevin Morby, Crowded House, Django Django, and a Wrap-up of the Last Three Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 13, 2020

Welcome to the 42nd Songs of the Week of 2020. We haven’t done a Songs of the Week in three weeks. Because of last week’s presidential election there were hardly any new songs of note released and we were too on edge awaiting the outcome to be decided to focus on new music. The week before was the run up to Halloween and there were certainly some worthy songs then, but for whatever reason we didn’t get Songs of the Week finished in time and abandoned it. So this week’s Songs of the Week covers the last three weeks, but mainly songs from this week and two weeks ago. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Hot Chip and Jarvis Cocker, Nilüfer Yanya, Arlo Parks, and More

Plus Badge Époque Ensemble, Julien Baker, Ela Minus, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 23, 2020

Welcome to the 41st Songs of the Week of 2020. This week there was a second and final presidential debate that, unlike the first one, was an actual debate. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: The Weather Station, Deep Sea Driver, Jane Weaver, and More

Plus James Blake, Maxband, Julie Byrne and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 16, 2020

Welcome to the 40th Songs of the Week of 2020. Last week we had a supersized Songs of the Week because it covered two weeks’ worth of songs. This week’s list is supersized because there were so many great tracks shared in the last seven days. Thus this week we’ve got a Top 12 (and could’ve easily had a Top 13 or 14) instead of a Top 10, as well as a lot of honorable mentions. More

12 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Goat Girl, Andy Bell, Loma, Helena Deland, and More

Plus Jesse Kivel, Lost Horizons, Midnight Sister, TRAAMS, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Weeks’ Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 09, 2020

Welcome to the 39th Songs of the Week of 2020. We skipped Songs of the Week last week because we had other plans last Friday, so this week’s list covers two weeks worth of songs. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Fleet Foxes, Loma, Tim Heidecker and Weyes Blood, and More

Plus Bruce Springsteen, Tunng, Hayden Thorpe, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 25, 2020

Welcome to the 38th Songs of the Week of 2020. This was the week where those on the left mourned the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and worried about the future of the Supreme Court, as her dying wish to have her replacement be appointed by the next president was ignored by hypocritical Republicans who blocked President Obama’s Supreme Court pick because it was an election year. Meanwhile America reached the sad milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, there was no justice for Breonna Taylor, and President Trump strongly suggested that he may not leave office peacefully if Biden wins. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Porridge Radio, Still Corners, The Mountain Goats, Jeff Tweedy, and More

Plus Tim Heidecker, Sufjan Stevens, Future Islands, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 18, 2020

Welcome to the 37th Songs of the Week of 2020. Just as we were finishing up this week’s list we got word that beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse. R.I.P. a true legend, the Notorious RBG. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Jesse Kivel, Doves, Django Django, Janelle Monáe, and More

Plus Everything Everything, Seamus Fogarty, This Is the Kit, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 11, 2020

Welcome to the 36th Songs of the Week of 2020. This week’s list is a supersized one, with 12 instead of 10 songs (and last week we only had eight), which is surprising considering Monday was the Labor Day holiday here in America, meaning few new songs were shared that day. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Deep Sea Diver, Arab Strap, Temples, Thurston Moore, and More

Plus John Jeffrey, Kevin Morby, BUMPER, Adrianne Lenker, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 04, 2020

Welcome to the 35th Songs of the Week of 2020. This week’s list is a bit more scaled back than usual, but there was still much to like. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Oceanator, Doves, Ela Minus, Clipping, and More

Plus Tim Heidecker, Tunng, Travis, The Flaming Lips, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 28, 2020

Welcome to the 34th Songs of the Week of 2020. The Republican National Convention was this week, in which President Trump and his party attempted to convince the country that if Joe Biden and the Democrats take over it will be a lawless land with a defunded police and riots in every city (um…no, that won’t happen). In a nomination acceptance speech on the White House lawn (which was a breach of protocol), complete with fireworks and an opera singer, Trump tried to pull one over on America that he has handled the coronavirus well (um…no, that hasn’t happened). More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Father John Misty, Arlo Parks, Phoenix, Carly Rae Jepsen, and More

Plus IAN SWEET, Angel Olsen, Tomberlin, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 21, 2020

Welcome to the 33rd Songs of the Week of 2020. The Democrats had a virtual Democratic National Convention and made a convincing case against reelecting Donald Trump and for electing Joe Biden. Not that we needed convincing. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Bartees Strange, Sufjan Stevens, Jónsi, Oceanator, and More

Plus Marie Davidson, The Flaming Lips, TRAAMS, Future Islands, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 14, 2020

Welcome to the 32nd Songs of the Week of 2020. This week’s big political news was Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announcing his highly capable running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. More