When we say songs that could be huge, we mean Donald Trump–esque "HUUUGE," and Kiiara's "Gold" is one of our top picks. The trippy cut has been steadily rising on the charts and we have a feeling the former Fuse First artist could have a rule over autumn like Lorde with "Royals" in 2012. We called out "Gold" earlier this year as the real song of the summer, but fall is when everyone will get it.
"Love Myself" wasn't the breakout smash that should have made Hailee Steinfeld a pop force, but things look promising for the actress-singer thanks to a new electro-pop collaboration. "Starving" brings together Zedd and EDM upstart Grey for a slick, subtle, radio-friendly track. From acoustic-based sections that showcase Steinfeld's tender vocals to the blissed-out bass drops, there's something for everyone here.
If you're about to press play on "This Girl" for the first time ever, get ready for the go-to feel-good song of 2016. Kungs is a French DJ-producer and Cookin' on 3 Burners is an Australian funk group that have mashed their sounds together for the ultimate BBQ jam. Just try not bopping your shoulders to this one.
While Ariana's Dangerous Woman era is by no means in danger of being deemed unsuccessful, the album and its singles haven't taken off like Grande's massive sophomore LP, My Everything. "Dangerous Woman" and "Into You" weren't as big as they deserved to be, but "Side to Side" featuring Nicki Minaj shows loads of promise. The reggae-inspired beat is totally on-trend, and the pair gave the song a huge introduction at the VMAs this year with a spin class-inspired performance.
"Never Be Like You" has been percolating on U.S. shores for a little bit and fall finally feels like the time when this track become inescapable. The track is essentially the epitome of Flume's woozy production style and should finally get the Australian DJ the attention he deserves.
Where's that familiar whistle from? You might remember if you saw 1968 British psychological thriller Twisted Nerve, or from its Kill Bill repurposing, but most likely you'll soon associate that chilling tune with this booming cut. Similar to Fetty Wap's rise last year, San Diego talent Rob $tone is a new act the internet has co-signed long before radio will. And they will, with this track's brilliant hook.
Fifth Harmony will continue leading the girl group scene with their Tinashe-penned empowerment anthem that started getting noticed during promos for the 2016 Olympics. The cut is definitely made for the ladies, but the booming beats and undeniable saxophone riffs will make anyone who was digging "Worth It" (and who wasn't?) get down.
This Ibiza-ready smash has begun taking over the rest of the world (rising up the charts in Australia, Canada, France and Russia, to name a few) and the Albanian singer has recorded the track in English, added Post Malone to a new remix and got Ultra Music on board—the same people who made Omi's "Cheerleader" a crossover hit last summer. The innuendo-heavy banger sounds like a summer hit, but people still like feeling sexy in autumn.
When it comes to productions, D.R.A.M. probably had his biggest moment when he called out Drake for ripping off his "Cha Cha" beat for "Hotline Bling." But "Broccoli" is proving the German hip-hop star has loads of beats up his sleeves with a cut that bring modern-day trap with a touch of old-school feel-good soul.
If you know anything about Latin music, you know J. Balvin is the dude smashing the scene. With the release of his latest album—the impressive Energia that debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200—"Safari" looks likely to make impressions past his main audience. The Pharrell—assisted beat is subtle and smooth, while the Spanglish lyrics only ups the cut appeal that much more.
Tove Lo found radio success as the bold singer who forgot love by staying high and flat-out telling dudes to climb on top of her. The Swedish star is as confident as ever on "Cool Girl," but this time focusing more on herself. She purrs "I'm a cool girl / Ice cold, I roll my eyes at you, boy" on the addictive hook that brilliantly transforms on every repetition. It's the message and sound pop needs right now.
CL fans have been waiting a long time for the Korean singer/rapper's English debut single and the starlet served them a fun, super-catchy bop that has wide-ranging appeal. Pop fans will love the addictive chorus and striking music video, while hip-hop fans will dig the sample of Wu-Tang Clan's "Method Man." Hey, if it has a co-sign from the actual Method Man—who appears in the "Lifted" video with CL—who are we to complain?
Daya has been steadily rising on the mainstreams thanks to her honest debut single "Hide Away" and the Chainsmokers collaboration smash "Don't Let Me Down." Her latest, which also doubles as the title to her debut album, looks to take her even higher with another empowering message ("They say pretty hurts and I don't want to sit still, look pretty") and undeniable whistle hook. Daya will soon be someone everyone knows on a first-name basis.
Last year's "Say It" was the breakout moment for Canadian singer-rapper Tory Lanez and his latest looks to make him even bigger. The combination of R&B, hip-hop and dancehall ups the track's overall appeal while Lanez's delivery is one that will make new listeners ears perk up. And if the success of the similarly sounding "Cheap Thrills" is any indication, adding Sean Paul onto the official remix should only make the song that much hotter.
Sweden is known for giving us great pop stars (see Robyn, Tove Lo, Zara Larsson), but the latest exciting act making their way here has a bit more soul to her. Léon is the Katy Perry–approved songstress whose vocals drizzle like caramel sauce over the multiple production styles on rising single "Tired of Talking." From the sexy, disco bass lines on the verses to the anthemic percussion march on the chorus, the cut has several moments that stop you in your tracks and command your attention.
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