Sorry this playlist is a bit late! My holiday at the end of March threw me out a bit… But hopefully this collection of songs is worth the wait, I think it might be my favourite month yet! :D Here’s my picks for March:
"No Drug Like Me" - Carly Rae Jepsen
CARLY BAE IS BACK!!! My husband and I are enormous fans of Miss Jepsen, to the point where we have a literal shrine to her in our living room, and I'm so excited for her new album. This is one half of her double A-side release and the quirky chorus melody is truly addictive.
"Too Cool" - Emily Burns
Emily Burns is a young new singer-songwriter and this track is full of attitude and catchy-as-hell, poppy melodies. I don't know much about her, but I know I really like this!
"Bad Idea" - Sara Bareilles & Jason Mraz
Mat and I went to see "The Waitress" in the West End this month, the new musical by Sara Bareilles. I have been a huge fan of the show's accompanying album for years and it was so amazing to see the songs in context on-stage. It's SUCH a good show, I'd really recommend it, and this track is a real stand-out. Makes me wish I'd been able to see the Broadway version with Sara and Jason in the lead roles, how amazing would that have been?!
"Mess Her Up" - Amy Shark
Amy Shark has been on my list of "random songwriters to check out" for the longest time, so I was really intrigued to see her name on the New Music Friday list on Spotify. This track is KILLER and making me wonder why I haven't explored the rest of her music in detail yet...
"Sucker" - Jonas Brothers
Eeeeek The Jonas Brothers are back and millions of ex-hormonal-teens are swooning with nostalgia right now! I think these boys are super cute and it's awesome to hear them back with this fun, punchy track.
"11 Minutes" - YUNGBLUD Feat. Halsey & Travis Barker
Hot new couple YUNGBLUD and Halsey have collaborated alongside Blink-182's Travis Barker in this cool, dark synth-pop track reminiscent of Twenty-One Pilots or a 50 Shades soundtrack song, Halsey's vocals are so gorgeous and work so great with this dreamy, dangerous style of music.
"Pushing 20" - Sabrina Carpenter
I have been a massive Sabrina Carpenter fan from her quirky acoustic albums right up to her more RnB tinged pop. "Pushing 20" is an ode to leaving her teens and gaining more confidence as a person. It has a distinct Ariana flavour which I love!
"Harmony Hall" - Vampire Weekend
I heard this track a month or so ago and it kind of washed over me, but after hearing it on the radio more it has really grown on me! I think Vampire Weekend are a really unique, interesting band and I should probably pay them a bit more attention.
"Dollar To A Diamond" - Maya B
This was another track found on a Popjustice playlist and I really love it - I'm getting serious M.I.A vibes. After looking up Maya B I discovered that she also produces a lot of her material which I think is so refreshing. Cool vibes!
"Tomahawk Caress" - Fugitive Orchestra
Fugitive Orchestra is a really cool and talented indie artist from my city of Portsmouth who has just released a party-in-a-ballot-box music video to his new single "Tomahawk Caress". I love the political theme and all the catchy hooks in this track, you should check him out because he's awesome!
"No Such Thing" - Sara Bareilles
I know my playlists have been quite Sara Bareilles heavy recently, but she is a queen and I love this heart-wrenching break up ballad. Really beautiful and I cannot wait for the full album!
"Boyfriend" - Charlotte OC
I heard this track on Popjustice's new music Friday list and I really love the retro synthy vibes and melody - solid pop choon!
"Goddess" - Avril Lavigne
One of my fave new tracks from Avril's new album - it's a stripped back acoustic track with an amazing quirky rhyme structure and a super sweet lyrical message about being seen as a "Goddess" by the one you love. Cute!
"To Noise Making (Sing)" - Hozier
I was a massive fan of Hozier's debut album and I also saw him live on his tour (he was awesome) - I've got to admit that the newer singles haven't quite grabbed me the same way (sorry dude), but this track is one that really stood out for being such a groovy, joyful ode to making music. I think I need to give album 2 more of a chance because this track reminded me why I loved him so much to begin with.
"Now That I Found You" - Carly Rae Jepsen
The second single from Queen Carly that she dropped this month, and this one has AN AMAZING CAT-THEMED MUSIC VIDEO. Say no more. I love everything about it.
"BITCH (takes one to know one)" - Lennon Stella
The sweet songstress from Nashville is all grown up and cussin' in her song... It's great. She's great. Everything about this is great.
"Mona Lisa And Mad Hatters" - Mandy Moore
I've been re-listening to Mandy Moore a lot lately and recently bought her covers album from 2003 - this is an Elton John cover and I think it's really sweet and suits her so much! Rumour has it she is working on new music this year. I think she is criminally underrated as an adult-alternative singer/songwriter and I'm looking forward to her comeback a lot!
"Lost" - Clara Mae
There are a lot of "random new female singer" types floating around online with very similar synth-pop style at the moment. Every so often, one jumps out at me as being a cut above the others and this is one of those artists. I just really, really like this track!
"If Looks Could Kill" - Lauren Aquilina
Lauren Aquilina is one of the members of Fifth Harmony gone solo and this track is a really solid, quirky, catchy pop banger. Looks like Camila Cabello isn't the only one making a name for herself!
"Sucker Punch" - Sigrid
Sigrid's new album came out this month and whilst I get to know the newer material I'm throwing back to Sucker Pumch because it is a C H O O N!!!
"Not Like Me" - Laura Marano
I adore Disney alumni Laura Marano - her new EP has just dropped and it's a really sweet, pop meets songwriter collection of songs from a girl maturing from her kid's TV roots. This track tells the story of two people who want to be together but both have other partners already, I love the details in the lyrics and the acoustic vibes of the production
"Obsessed" - Dynoro & Ina Wroldsen
I am a massive fan of Ina Wroldsen's songwriting, she is one of my all-time musical heroes and I always adore every song she writes, whether it is for other artists or herself. This new track "Obsessed" with Dynoro has such an unusual and addictive melody hook in the chorus along with lyrics that tell a passionate story far deeper than your average dance track. Another total smash from the Queen of pop songs.
"What I Like About You" - Jonas Blue & Theresa Rex
I heard this one on music TV on holiday and I liked it and was singing along by the end. Standard dance pop, but it's a nice one.
"So Am I" - Ava Max
OK so this song is basically completely identical to Ava's first song "Sweet But Psycho", but let's just ignore the similarities and focus on the fact that this is a choon.
"I Wanna Be The Only One" - Eternal & Bebe Winans
This song came on in the bathroom of an Estonian Gastropub when I was on holiday and my friend Lou began to sing along WITH GUSTO. There was much arm flailing. And I was reminded of what a bloody amazing song this perfect bop is.
"Here With Me" - Marshmallo & CHVRCHES
I couldn't resist adding this one, it's kind of good isn't it? Love CHVRCHES and Marshmallo is fab. Couldn't fail to be a perfect combination.
"Let Me Down Slowly" - Alec Benjamin Feat. Alessia Cara
This song washed over me a little until I saw the beautiful, sensual music video which made me sit up and take notice of it. It's a very tender track and a beautiful duet.
"Beautiful Stranger" - Madonna
On the theme of "songs that came on in random places in Estonia", this track came on when I was drunk in a Sigmund Freud themed cocktail bar and I shouted about how much I loved it and then added it to this playlist immediately. The memory is a bit of a blur now, but I regret nothing.
"bad guy" - Billie Eilish
I'm growing to really love Billie Eilish and I can't wait to dive into her new album properly... This one really caught my ear on Spotify, she's just so damn cool.
"Broken & Beautiful" - Kelly Clarkson
Alert, alert, Kelly Clarkson is back, this is not a drill! This new track is the theme song for the new cartoon movie "Ugly Dolls" and is a really cute OST song. I hope it means that a new album is also on the way!
"Think Of Me" - The Veronicas
I LOVE THE VERONICAS. I love the fact they are coming back. I love this track. I am not sure about the rude lyric in the chorus but maybe it will grow on me. Pun not intended. Err, anyway. Yay Queens, welcome back!
More bops coming at the end of April :D Make sure to check out Jan and Feb’s lists too under my Spotify username!