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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

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jamila Woods, Tim Heidecker, Bully, Kelly Lee Owens, and More

Plus Cults, Cut Copy, Young Jesus, snny, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 07, 2020

Welcome to the 31st Songs of the Week of 2020. This week Democrats, Republicans, and the Trump Administration couldn’t all agree on a new stimulus package a week after expanded unemployment benefits expired (something Democrats wanted to extend and Republicans didn’t). More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Loma, Everything Everything, Angel Olsen, Madeline Kenney, and More

Plus Wye Oak, Ela Minus, Glass Animals, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 31, 2020

Welcome to the 30th Songs of the Week of 2020. This week President Trump suggested that November’s election be pushed back, something he thankfully has no authority to do. Meanwhile on the same day three other living presidents were honoring the late Congressman John Lewis, with President Barack Obama’s moving eulogy offering a stark contrast to the current commander in chief. More

9 Best Songs of the Week: Madeline Kenney, METZ, Bartees Strange, Taylor Swift, and More

Plus Wye Oak, Hoops, Death Valley Girls, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 24, 2020

Welcome to the 29th Songs of the Week of 2020, the most exhausting year in recent memory. President Trump finally wore a mask and kind of admitted that things weren’t going so great in the fight against COVID-19 here in America. It seems inevitable that they are going to need to shut the economy down again if we are to get this thing under control—close the bars, restaurants, and beaches again for starters. Will it happen? More

9 Best Songs of the Week: JARV IS…, Cults, Lianne La Havas, Will Butler, and More

Plus Oceanator, The Go! Team, IDLES, Moses Sumney, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 17, 2020

Welcome to the 28th Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week where the pandemic continues to spread all around America, with the Trump administration doing little to stop it. As a consequence, parents across the land (including this one) are wrestling with whether or not to send their kids to school this fall. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Wye Oak, Doves, Sufjan Stevens, Future Islands, and More

Plus My Morning Jacket, Liv.e, Travis, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 10, 2020

Welcome to the 27th Songs of the Week of 2020. There was a brief time when maybe one could have felt cautiously optimistic about the coronavirus, when it felt like it was okay to at least leave the house and interact with people outdoors in a socially distant way, but now it’s all feeling dire again, with COVID-19 cases soaring across the land. And we know who to blame. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Sufjan Stevens, This Is the Kit, Bill Callahan, Lonnie Holley, and More

Plus Ganser, Glass Animals, NZCA LINES, Fear of Men, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 03, 2020

Welcome to the 26th Songs of the Week of 2020. Tomorrow is Independence Day here in America, but it’s hard to feel overly patriotic this year with the Trump administration continuing to botch the response to the pandemic and with so much to fix in this country—including systemic racism, police brutality, gun reform, climate change, and wealth inequality, to name just a handful of challenges. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jessie Ware, Dinner Party, Lianne La Havas, Oceanator, and More

Plus Cults, Hoops, Flock of Dimes, Silverbacks, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 26, 2020

Welcome to the 25th Songs of the Week of 2020. We’re almost halfway through this trying year! Yay? Thanks in part to ineffective leadership at the top, coronavirus cases have skyrocketed across the land. All we can say to that is: wear a mask!!! More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Doves, The Fiery Furnaces, Phoebe Bridgers, The Beths and More

Plus The Killers, Guerilla Toss, Hannah Georgas, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 19, 2020

Welcome to the 24th Songs of the Week of 2020. These days life is just overwhelming, at least if you pay attention to the news at all. It’s just one long parade of understandable outrage. Sure, some good things also happened this week. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: JARV IS…, John Prine, Dirty Projectors, Shamir, and More

Plus Leon Bridges, Plants and Animals, Michael Stipe, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 12, 2020

Welcome to the 23rd Songs of the Week of 2020. It was a bit more of a chill week than last week. Black Lives Matter protests continued across the world, but generally remained peaceful. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Run the Jewels, Bob Mould, Terrace Martin and More

Plus Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Hinds, NZCA LINES, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 05, 2020

Welcome to the 22nd Songs of the Week of 2020. And what a trying week it was. More

9 Best Songs of the Week: The Flaming Lips, Muzz, Bright Eyes, Liela Moss, and More

Plus Club Intl, Skullcrusher, Art Feynman, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 29, 2020

Welcome to the 21st Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. In terms of this week’s new songs, the pickings were somewhat slim, perhaps partly because Monday was Memorial Day, meaning less new tracks of note were shared these week. But we’ve still come up with some that we liked (albeit, only a Top 9, instead of our usual Top 10). More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Madeline Kenney, Wilco, Phoebe Bridgers, Deradoorian, and More

Plus Khruangbin, Sad13, Sondre Lerche, Owen Pallett, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 22, 2020

Welcome to the nineteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. This week we were quite indecisive about our favorite songs and even polled our readers on Facebook and Twitter, which helped a little. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Silverbacks, The Dears, Jess Williamson, Gayngs, and More

Plus Nick Hakim, The 1975, Moses Sumney, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 15, 2020

Welcome to the nineteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. Not much has changed, except that more and more people seem to think it’s a good idea to get back to normal, but a return to anything close to the pre-pandemic society seems a long way off. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, I LIKE TRAINS, NZCA LINES, and More

Plus Jenny O., I Break Horses, Cut Copy, Westerman, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 08, 2020

Welcome to the eighteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. There were more ridiculous politics and it still seems like the health of the economy is being put before the health of the people, with premature calls to scale back social distancing and reopen everything while COVID-19 still spreads. We’ll see how that works out. More

9 Best Songs of the Week: Braids, The Dears, Jess Williamson, Hinds, and More

Plus HAIM, Khruangbin, Protomartyr, Glass Animals, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 01, 2020

Welcome to the seventeenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. Some states, most notably Georgia, are starting to open up again, even though most experts say it’s too soon. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The 1975, Kelly Lee Owens, Belle and Sebastian, Westerman, and More

Plus Car Seat Headrest, Everything Everything, Jessie Ware, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 24, 2020

Welcome to the sixteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Walter Martin, Fiona Apple, I Break Horses, The Death of Pop, and More

Plus Muzz, Ela Minus, Austra, Faye Webster, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 17, 2020

Welcome to the fifteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under lockdown, with lots of debate on when things can get back to normal. Still not anytime soon it seems. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Phoebe Bridgers, The Dears, Laura Marling, Westerman, and More

Plus (Sandy) Alex G, Gum Country, Gorillaz, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 10, 2020

Welcome to the fourteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. Our new normal of being under lockdown during COVID-19 continues. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Andrew Bird, Nick Hakim, and More

Plus Jess Williamson, EOB, The 1975 and Phoebe Bridgers, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 03, 2020

Welcome to the thirteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. While more album release dates were pushed back due to COVID-19 and it seems we haven’t reached the peak number of coronavirus cases in America yet, none of that stopped artists from sharing a whole lot of new songs this week. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Braids, NZCA LINES, Muzz, Sorry, and More

Plus Bob Dylan, Man Man, Hamilton Leithauser, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 27, 2020

Welcome to the twelfth Songs of the Week of 2020. It was another scary week out there, as America surpassed China and Italy to become the country with the most COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the world, with 101,242 known U.S. cases at the time of this writing and 1,588 American COVID-19 deaths. Meanwhile the world economy is in tatters and there’s no realistic end to the quarantine in sight, despite what President Trump says about everything opening back up again in time for Easter. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: I Break Horses, Perfume Genius, Waxahatchee, The Radio Dept., and More

Plus Margaret Glaspy, Shura, Moaning, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 20, 2020

Welcome to the eleventh Songs of the Week of 2020. How’s everyone doing out there? It’s definitely scary times. We know we should stop watching the news, but we can’t stop watching the news. The COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread and not everyone is taking it seriously enough. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Dears, Yves Tumor, Deradoorian, and More

Plus Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Vundabar, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 13, 2020

Welcome to the tenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s been a scary week thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus, which meant the postponement of Coachella, Record Story Day, various movie releases, sporting events, and more, as well as school closings and a stock market crash. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Chromatics, JARV IS…, HAIM, Austra, and More

Plus Muzz, The Lemon Twigs, Caroline Rose, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 06, 2020

Welcome to the ninth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s been a topsy-turvy week. SXSW was just cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Democratic presidential primaries have dramatically changed in the last week, with Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, and, sigh, Elizabeth Warren all dropping out of the race, leaving just Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Phoebe Bridgers, Jessie Ware, Jess Williamson, and More

Plus Real Estate, Perfume Genius, Christine and the Queens, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 28, 2020

Welcome to the eighth Songs of the Week of 2020. It was busy week of new album announcements and surprise EPs. That led to another super-sized edition. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Wilma Archer, Empty Country, Yumi Zouma, Waxahatchee, and More

Plus Nap Eyes, Jay Som, Wye Oak, Glass Animals, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 21, 2020

Welcome to the seventh Songs of the Week of 2020. Since Monday was President’s Day here in America, it should’ve been a less busy week for new tracks, but there was still plenty to choose from and this week we’ve got 12 songs that we consider the week’s best. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: I Break Horses, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Billie Eilish, and More

Plus U.S. Girls, Moaning, Anna Burch, Alex Lahey, Caroline Rose, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 14, 2020

Welcome to the sixth Songs of the Week of 2020. It was a solid week for new tracks, but we managed to keep it reined in to our regular 10 tracks as opposed to last week’s supersized 13-song edition. And in a rarity for Songs of the Week, the same artist is #1 two weeks in a row! More

13 Best Songs of the Week: I Break Horses, Hinds, Baxter Dury, Sharon Van Etten, and More

Plus Christine and the Queens, Jehnny Beth, Hamilton Leithauser, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 07, 2020

Welcome to the fifth Songs of the Week of 2020. It was tough to narrow things down to a Top 10 this week, too many great tracks, so we’ve got a super-sized edition. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Metronomy, Little Dragon, Peter Bjorn and John, Caribou, and More

Plus Shopping, Anna Calvi and Courtney Barnett, Braids, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 31, 2020

Welcome to the fourth Songs of the Week of 2020. There are lots of bass-heavy dance-y songs in the Top 4 this week. Some of this week’s best tracks were connected to albums newly announced this week, others were standalone singles, or additional new songs from previously announced albums. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Wye Oak, Mitski, Katie Gately, Ellis, and More

Plus Sorry, Badly Drawn Boy, Waxahatchee, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 24, 2020

Welcome to the third Songs of the Week of 2020. It was a mixed week for new songs. There were certainly some good tracks this week, but few that screamed Top 10 of the week. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Porridge Radio, Soccer Mommy, Real Estate, Westerman, and More

Plus Moaning, Anna Burch, U.S. Girls, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 17, 2020

Welcome to the second Songs of the Week of 2020. It was a very strong week for new songs, especially as a slew of notable new albums were announced this week. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Destroyer, Jenny Lewis, Wild Nothing, Field Music, and More

Plus Summer Camp, The Orielles, Caroline Rose, Wolf Parade, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 10, 2020

Welcome to the first Songs of the Week of 2020. We haven’t done a Songs of the Week in a month, since December 6, but this list still mainly covers songs released in the last week or so. There weren’t too many new songs of note released in late November. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Jon Hopkins + Kelly Lee Owens, Porridge Radio, Holy Fuck, and More

Plus Rose Elinor Dougall, Caribou, Shopping, Tame Impala, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Dec 06, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, so this week’s installment covers songs from the last two weeks. Hence we have a Top 13 instead of a Top 10. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: HAIM, Baxter Dury, Soccer Mommy, Destroyer, and More

Plus Girl Ray, Field Music, Max Bloom, SASAMI, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 22, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. There were quite a few notable cover songs released this week, including some of the Christmas variety, but not as many strong originals as the last couple of weeks. Hence we are down to a Top 8 instead of our preferred Top 10. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Wye Oak, Modest Mouse, Wolf Parade, Neon Indian, and More

Plus Moses Sumney, Andy Shauf, Grimes, Hoops, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 15, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. Lots of big songs this week from some notable artists, so the pickings weren’t slim. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jessie Ware, The Homesick, Best Coast, and More

Plus Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Graham Coxon, Jehnny Beth, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 08, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. The last three weeks we could only come up with a Top 8, instead of our customary Top 10, but this week’s choices were surprisingly much stronger once we did some deeper digging. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: HAIM, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon, and More

Plus Cate Le Bon and Bradford Cox, Tindersticks, TORRES, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 01, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. It was another light week, in terms of compelling new songs this week. Hence, just like last week’s list and the week before, we only have a Top 8 again, instead of a Top 10. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Coldplay, Destroyer, Anna Meredith, Wire, and More

Plus Leonard Cohen, Sorry, Little Dragon, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 25, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. It was another light week, in terms of compelling new songs this week. Hence, just like last week’s list, we only have a Top 8 again. The top two were pretty much a tie. We’re as surprised as you about our #1. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Jack Peñate, Foals, Vagabon, Wolf Parade, and More

Plus Michael Kiwanuka, Little Scream, Matt Berninger, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 18, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. It was a pretty light week, in terms of new songs this week. Hence we only have a Top 8. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Nick Cave, Anna Meredith, Kim Gordon, FKA twigs, and More

Plus Corridor, Michael Stipe, Caribou, Girl Ray, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 11, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. Last week we covered two week’s worth of songs, but this week we’re back to our regular coverage. Although there are a heck of a lot of honorable mentions this week. More

12 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Angel Olsen, Elbow, Dry Cleaning, and More

Plus Cate Le Bon and Bradford Cox, Chromatics, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 04, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. We had to skip it last week because we were too busy announcing our new print issue, the My Favorite Album Issue with Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney on the covers (buy it here), and also we weren’t overly inspired by last week’s selection of new tracks. So this week we cover the best songs of the last two weeks. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Angel Olsen, Hayden Thorpe, Dry Cleaning, R.E.M., and More

Plus Water From Your Eyes, Holy Fuck, Moon Duo, Tindersticks, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 13, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. We knew this week’s #1 song would be our #1 the moment we heard it. It might be the #1 Song of the Year even, we’ll see. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Swans, Grimes, Death Cab for Cutie, Chelsea Wolfe, and More

Plus Bat For Lashes, Belle and Sebastian, Metronomy, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 06, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. It should’ve been a quiet week due to Monday’s Labor Day holiday here in America. And it was quiet at first, but then in the latter half of the week there was a rally of worthy new tracks. We settled on 11 tracks this week (we did only nine last week). More

9 Best Songs of the Week: Squid, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Guerilla Toss, SASAMI, and More

Plus Vagabon, Cigarettes After Sex, Iggy Pop, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 30, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. Usually we have a Top 10, but last week it was a Top 13 and the week before it was a Top 12. This week, however, the pickings were slimmer and the best we could muster was a Top 9. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Jay Som, Luke Temple, DIIV, Lightning Dust, and More

Plus Lana Del Rey, Elbow, Thom Yorke, First Aid Kit, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 23, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. It was another incredibly strong week for new songs. Last week we ended up with a Top 12, instead of our usual Top 10, and here we are again, except this time with a Top 13. Like last week, there are also a whole lot of honorable mentions. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Big Thief, Jenny Hval, Julien Chang, Shura, and More

Plus Michael Kiwanuka, Ride, Chelsea Wolfe, Death Cab for Cutie, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 16, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. It was a super strong week for new songs. There was lots of debate about how many tracks we should include this week and what would make the list. Hence we ended up with a Top 12, instead of our usual Top 10. There are also a whole lot of honorable mentions. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Temples, Battles, Dry Cleaning, Marika Hackman, and More

Plus Joyero, Bat For Lashes, Jay Som, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 09, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. With last week’s list we had a clear #1 and #2 in Angel Olsen and HAIM. This week it was a bit more of a challenge to decide the final order. But we still managed a solid Top 10. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Angel Olsen, HAIM, Elbow, Sleater-Kinney, and More

Plus Blanck Mass, Cross Record, Girl Ray, Bodywash, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 02, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. As soon as this week’s #1 song was shared on Tuesday morning we knew it would be the song to beat this week and it easily held off all challengers. Although, there were strong showings at #2 and #3 too. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Bat For Lashes, Marika Hackman, Caroline Polakchek, and More

Plus Metronomy, DIIV, Chance The Rapper + Ben Gibbard, Tegan and Sara, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 26, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. It was another strong week for new tracks. There are some repeat offenders (artists who have had previous Songs of the Week in recent months), some newbies, and a surprising collaboration. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Whitney, Charli XCX, Twin Peaks, Little Scream, and More

Plus Ezra Furman, Luke Temple, Wilco, Squid, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 19, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. There were a slew of solid tracks to choose from this week, making it extra hard to narrow the list down. Hence there are a whopping 11 honorable mentions. But we had some self-control and kept the main list to a Top 10. More

12 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Anna Meredith, Lower Dens, Electric Youth, and More

Plus Jay Som, Jenny Hval, Ride, Penelope Isles, Gruff Rhys, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 13, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because of the July 4th holiday; there really weren’t too many new songs last week. So this week’s edition covers songs from both this week and last week, hence we have 12 choices. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Thom Yorke, Lightning Dust, San Fermin, and More

Plus serpentwithfeet, Friendly Fires, Lucy Dacus, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 28, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. The Top 2 are by the same artist, which rarely happens, if ever. This week was a challenge, as there were less immediately obvious tracks to make the Top 10, but then we dug deep and ended up with too many tracks (there are an additional 10 honorable mentions). So there are lots and lots of songs to listen to below. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Hatchie, Mark Ronson and Angel Olsen, Absolutely Free, and More

Plus Devendra Banhart, Metronomy, Luke Temple, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 21, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. It’s a supersized edition, with a Top 12 instead of a Top 10. A ton of new albums were announced in the last week and then there were some albums and EPs released today featuring non-single tracks we’ve been dying to share in Songs of the Week. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Marika Hackman, Shura, Sleater-Kinney, Bat For Lashes, and More

Plus Bruce Springsteen, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Purple Mountains, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 14, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. We couldn’t quite limit it to a Top 10 this week, there were enough strong new tracks to stretch it to a Top 11. There were several notable albums announced this week, which meant a lot of strong new singles to choose from. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jay Som, The Divine Comedy, Whitney, Temples, and More

Plus Blanck Mass, Bon Iver, Japanese Breakfast, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 07, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. There were several notable albums announced this week, which meant some strong opening singles to choose from, as well as a few album tracks. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Metronomy, Sleater-Kinney, Sufjan Stevens, Lower Dens, and More

Plus Electric Youth, Hot Chip, Penelope Isles, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 31, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. After two weeks where we couldn’t even muster a Top 10, this week was an embarrassment of aural riches. We almost went for a Top 12 instead of our usual Top 10, but restrained ourselves. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Yumi Zouma, Hayden Thorpe, Cate Le Bon, Flying Lotus, and More

Plus Ezra Furman, Cherry Glazerr, Bill Callahan, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 24, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. Last week we only had a Top 7 instead of our usual Top 10 and this week it’s only a little better with a Top 8. More

7 Best Songs of the Week: Jarvis Cocker, Hatchie, The National, Younghusband, and More

Plus Men I Trust, Alex Lahey, The Raconteurs, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

May 17, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. We weren’t blown away by too many new tracks this week, beyond the Top 4 on the list below, hence a slightly shorter list this week. More