The best part? Each of these are on Spotify.
1. Get Some Scars by Lux Lisbon: They’re a UK band, so they’re destined for greatness.
2. What Would I Do Without You by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: Nashville based, Drew has that story-telling songwriting and a voice that’s reminiscent of Lee Brice. It doesn’t follow the popular verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus pattern but uses the older patterns from older country or even the more recent, “People Are Crazy.”
3. Great Summer by Vance Joy: This song just makes me feel like I’m walking along a west coast pier. Vance Joy is a personal favorite, but I love that this is on the Paper Towns soundtrack.
4. From Nowhere by Dan Croll: I love the whispering, echoing, fading in and out production. It keeps you guessing.
5. Santa Barbara by Nick Jonas: Okay, so Nick Jonas isn’t the most underground artist, but this song is certainly the most underrated on his new album. This song has cool maturity to it.
6. Naked As We Come by Iron & Wine: I could meticulously pick apart each lyric or let the buttery voices play as background music during a late night study session, either way it’s great.
7. Wildest Moments by Jessie Ware: I’m obsessed. Her voice is enchanting, the words are oh-so-relateable, the chorus is hypnotic.
8. Stay Away by Charli XCX: So, maybe this artist isn’t exactly known for her chill music, but this song is pretty calm for her so I included it anyway. It still has a pretty hard-hitting sound with her heavy production style, yet the topic and melody bring it down a few notches.
9. Aquaman by Walk The Moon: It’s so 80’s. It almost reminds me of “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx for some strange reason. It’s romantic; from the vocals to the metaphors to the belting chorus’ line, “All I know is I wanna be here with you from now on.”
10. 10,000 Emerald Pools by Borns: If you haven’t hopped on the Borns bandwagon yet, please do so right now. He’s about to explode.
11. Running if You Call My Name by HAIM: Sister-trio band that clearly were heavily influenced by the Michael Jackson era, as seen on their singles “The Wire” and “Forever.” The opening vocals immediately draw you in, the detailed lyrics keep you interested, and the anthem-like chorus wins you over.
12. First Time by Kelsea Ballerini: She’s the next Taylor Swift (the country Taylor). But if you’re a country fan, you’ve probably already figured that out after hearing her song, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” For being such a sad, quieter song, it’s pretty dang catchy. If you’re a fan of the new sound that country has been leading towards, you will love her and this song.