Howdy ho pop fans! Here is my September list filled with amazing comebacks, musical legends and general bops that have been released over the past month!
"Not 20 Anymore" - Bebe Rexah
Bebe Rexah has really caught my attention this year by speaking out against double standards in the music industry. This song is a direct comeback to an industry guy who told her she was too old to be a sexy pop star at 30. The lyrics are so empowering and really speak to me as a woman in her 30s in music, plus the melody is so catchy. Good on you Bebe, this is a hit and you are definitely still in the prime of your career!
"Cornelia Street" - Taylor Swift
One of my favourite new tracks from "Lover" - this one is just so dreamy and beautiful with the perfect combination of lyrics and melody. An instant Tay-Tay classic. Also, I'm a sucker for street names in songs.
"Slide Away" - Miley Cyrus
Miley dropped this track quite suddenly after her divorce with Liam Hemsworth. It is very chilled with a beautiful melody and clearly was something she needed to do to channel her emotions about the whole situation. Such a sad but amazing track. "Move on, we're not 17. I'm not who I used to be."
"Way Too Pretty For Prison" - Miranda Lambert & Maren Morris
Two big ladies of country join forces in this new sassy, tongue-in-cheek little number. It's the same old theme... my man cheated and I wanna kill him, but I don't wanna get caught, but also here's all the ways we could kill him. Gotta love country music. And Miranda and Maren are queens.
"Bad Habit" - Djamila
This month has seen the release of my co-written song with super-talented Youtuber & musician Djamila. We are both incredibly proud of this track, it is a big poppy number reflecting on the bad sides of a relationship that you just can't get enough of. We have already had radio play, been featured on a German Spotify playlist and had many fans get involved with a Tik Tok campaign for the track. It is also featured on the end credits of Djamila's new movie Misfit 2 so watch out for it!
"Hallelujah" - Oh Wonder
I am so excited that Oh Wonder are back with new music - this song goes on a real journey of melodies/dynamics and feels so hopeful and euphoric. I feel this could be the start of their strongest era yet.
"Did It To Myself" - Orla Gartland
I swear Orla Gartland just gets better and better with every new release. This is such an addictive, driving track with a big vocal stack hook of a chorus before the band kicks in. Effortlessly cool.
"Feeling Some Kinda Way" - Kylie Cantrall
Kylie Cantrall is a new Disney pop star AND I FRICKING LOVE DISNEY POP STARS OK?! This song is big catchy pop with a bold, colorful video. I can't resist it.
"Poison & Wine" - Paul Andreas & Becky Jerams
For my friend Paul's Greatest Hits album, we recorded a special duet of "Poison And Wine" by The Civil Wars. We both love this song so much and it was an emotional milestone in our friendship to record it together, so I hope you hear how much it means to us!
"Strawberry Shortcake" - Melanie Martinez
Melanie Martinez is back on the scene, this time with an entire MOVIE to promote her album. There are so many fantastic songs in K-12 that it was difficult to choose which one I wanted on my playlist, but I settled on the super hooky "Strawberry Shortcake" which includes visuals of a nipple-less Melanie having her giant cake dress being eaten by a bunch of boys. Yeah, typical Melanie tbh.
"Happy Enough" - Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles has recently released an EP of previously unreleased songs from the musical The Waitress (THE greatest musical of all time if I do say so myself...!) This one has such great, bittersweet lyrics that reflect a lot of people's feelings and a gorgeous melody, I feel like it would have been a great addition to the show. Even Sara's "throwaway" songs are hits!
"Don't Call Me Angel" - Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey
3 ultimate divas unite in this Charlie's Angels collaboration of our dreams. I've got to say, Ariana hogs the limelight a bit, but this is a great, sassy track and all the girls shine in their individual sections. Love how they sound together!
"Mother" - Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth's new song is a Grade A, 100%, solid BANGER. The production and driving melody is on point, as is the lyrical theme of being super naughty with his girlfriend behind her mother's back. Is it too early to call this one as a contender for Top 10 of the year?!
"When The Fires Come" - Kero Kero Bonito
I have always been a big fan of Kero Kero Bonito and their low-fi, Japanese inspired sound. This new track is dreamy and beautiful, it could almost be the theme song for a Final Fantasy game. The lyrics are all about the Earth becoming angry due to climate change, and the gorgeous video sees the band roaming different nature settings as they solemnly accept the fate of our world and of humanity. I'm not going to lie, it's bleak. But beautiful.
"Castles" - Freya Ridings
This is one of those songs that always comes on Spotify and I think, oh this is a pretty nice song, I see why people like this girl, I should put this on a playlist. Well, today is the day I finally did it. It's a pretty nice song to be honest.
"Hey, I'm Just Like You" - Tegan and Sara
Another new track from Tegan & Sara off their "teen writing revamped" album... this one is not quite as instant as the last release, but it's very sweet and dreamy with gorgeous vocals before kicking into a catchy synth chorus. These girls can do no wrong in my eyes!
"Keep On" - Jackie Venson
This one is a few years old, but I keep hearing it and I seriously love it - singer-songwriter pop meets reggae with such a great chorus. I don't get why this hasn't been a huge hit!
"When I Wasn't Watching" - Mandy Moore
I am SOOOO excited that Mandy Moore is finally returning to the music world, she is one of my favourite singers and her acoustic singer-songwriter albums are underrated gems. This comeback track feels 1970s to me, which I am not surprised about at all. It is quite gentle and restrained but there is something really lovely about it. Welcome back Mandy, we missed you!
"Touch The Rain (The Lost Songs)" - McFly
McFly are THE band of my youth, the band I loved with a passion, followed their every move and truly believed I knew all the members personally. After a long hiatus, they are BACK with the album they never released back in the day and my little teenage heart is so happy. This is a real studio anthem track and makes me excited for what will come next for them.
"Genetics" - Meghan Trainor
Oh you know me, I am trash for Meghan Trainor and pretty much love everything she ever does, even the totally cheesy tracks. This one isn't cheesy it's just AWESOME. Such a cool dance pop track with amazing hooks. It was also used in "Tall Girl" which was the greatest Netflix movie of our time. Love it.
"Haloes" - Ina Wroldsen
I love Ina Wroldsen, she's one of my songwriting heroes and this new track is a really sweet dance tune with her signature style all over it. I feel like she is one well-timed release away from being a household name, she's just so talented!
"British Bombs" - Declan McKenna
It's not often you hear political pop on the radio anymore, and this hauntingly upbeat track by Declan McKenna really caught my ear. The lyrics are all about the UK's hypocrisy in dealing arms to other countries. Very powerful.
"Ghost (Acoustic)" - Badflower
This one came up on an ACOUSTIC RAWKKK playlist at work, and it really made my ears prick up. Kind of emo, but in a great way. This is the kind of song I would have played to death in my youth and it's nice to reconnect with talented new writers in this genre.
"Losing Me" - Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper
This is just sooooo sweet. God, I am a sucker for JP Cooper dueting with angelic female singers. So lovely.
"Doin' Time" - Lana Del Rey
I finally got the new Lana album and I don't think I have yet included her awesome cover of Sublime's Doin' Time. So summery and chill, it is such a great song choice for her.
"Jimmy From The Gym" - EEVA
Super fun, quirky, catchy pop about all the hot guys from the gym who won't stop hitting on this poor attractive girl. Let's face it, we've all been there! (Seriously, I like this, I am curious as to how EEVA will grow as an artist!)
"I Can't Believe" - Cyn
There are so many new pop singers emerging at the moment that it's hard to keep up with them all, but this track was so punchy and cool that it caught my attention. Really like it and would like to hear more from Cyn (whatever a Cyn is...)
"Liar" - Camila Cabello
I am a bit on the fence about Camila Cabello. I think some of her material is a bit "meh", but I also think she has some solid bangers too. This is one of those bangers. The video is also incredible!
"Motivation" - Normani
There is a lot of hype around Normani right now and every time I hear "Motivation" on Spotify I realise what a bop it is. Soooo many hooks! One to watch.
Listen to the whole September playlist below - enjoy!!