Playlist Picks - January 2019
This year I’ve decided to make a playlist for every month of the year, featuring a song for every day of the month! I’ve been listening to a ton of new music playlists and picking out songs that really grab my attention. (I’ve been taking this VERY seriously, juggling A, B and C lists to come up with my very faves haha!) I’ve added in a sprinkling of old classics and general current stuff I’m listening to, and the result is this playlist that I’m super pleased with. Come take a listen and let me know if you like it :D Link to the full playlist below followed by my reasons for each pick. (THERE WERE WAY MORE YOUTUBE VIDEOS BUT IT MADE THE PAGE EXPLODE).
Becky’s Song A Day Playlist - January 2019
1. “This Is The New Year” - A Great Big World
As it’s the start of a new year, a year I feel so hopeful for, I wanted to start my January Playlist on this anthem by A Great Big World. It fills me with so many feelings I just can’t explain. It’s a song that makes me feel like anything is possible no matter how hard it may seem. This is the energy I am bringing to the new year and I want to share it with you all.
2. “San Francisco” - Galantis Feat. Sofia Carson
This dance track features Disney-star-growing-up Sofia Carson and it’s a real burst of fun energy. Love the production, the lyrics, the melody… all of it!
3. “Queen” - Loren Gray
I’d never heard of Loren Gray before Spotify introduced me to this song. She appears to me a popular Youtuber gone musician. Usually Youtuber-songs can be a little sketchy, but this feels like a mega charting-artist smash hit! So sassy and addictive… Can I get a yes your majesty?
4. “Back To Life” - Hailee Steinfeld
I bloody love everything that Hailee Steinfeld does, her music is so underrated and her latest single (the theme from her new film Bumblebee) is pure pop perfection. Euphoric, melodic and with a slight tinge of 80’s. I can’t get enough!
5. “goodnight n go” - Ariana Grande
I am still so in love with Ari’s last album “Sweetener” and her cover of this classic Imogen Heap track is absolutely gorgeous. One of my album highlights.
6. “Juice” - Lizzo
Oh my gosh LIZZO. She is a QUEEN. Love everything about this song, this music video, this lady in general. It’s sassy, it’s 80’s, it’s empowering and it blends quirky dorkiness with sexy strength. So excited to see more from her in 2019.
7. “Wasabi” - Little Mix
This month I’ve been recording a new podcast with my BFF Paul where we review pop albums, and in the process I’ve been listening to COPIOUS amounts of Little Mix so I had to include them on the January playlist. This is a track from their new album LM5 (which Paul and I had VERY differing opinions on) - I bloody LOVE it. Fierce, fun, totally Scissor Sisters. I love to hear them unleashing this quirky side to their music.
8. “No Place” - Backstreet Boys
So Backstreet Boys made a big old comeback recently. Are they Backstreet Men now? Who knows, but this track is utterly brilliant and not at all what I expected from them. It’s super country and really suits them in this new phase of their lives and music. If this is reflective of their direction from now on then I’m positive they will continue making hits for a whole new generation.
9. “Sappy” - Red Velvet
MY GIRLS ARE BACK. I love this new track so much, the horn riff is beyond epic and the whole song is so strange and quirky and modern and typically Red Velvet. They push the boundaries and never put out anything less than a banger!
10. “Physical” - Olivia-Newton John
Poor old Olivia was the latest celeb to have fake death rumours surrounding her this month. I hope she’s OK and in honour of her awesome career, I wanted to pick this fun, cheeky 80’s track as one of this month’s throwback classics! It never fails to make me smile, it fits so well alongside all the current 80’s revival style songs and it’s one me and my cousin sing during our DIY karaoke sessions. Pop perfection!
11. “When I Was Older” - Billie Eilish
I’ve been keeping tabs on Billie Eilish, the latest bright young thing to prick my ears up with her beautiful singer/songwriter talent. This track is from the film “Roma” and is utterly haunting, beautiful and thought-provoking. Such a mature sound from someone so young, prepare to be mesmerised.
12. “Hospitalized” - Broods
I have no idea what or who Broods are, or indeed where they came from or why. All I know is I heard this on Spotify’s New Music Friday list AND I LOVE EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT IT. SOOOOO fricking catchy and great and poppy and edgy and UGH. I need more. Broods let me into your mysterious world because I wanna know more.
13. “Hold My Girl” - George Ezra
I bought George Ezra’s new album recently and I am so in love with this acoustic ballad, it’s really romantic and beautiful. Oh George, you make me swoon so much.
14. “I’ll Stay” - Isabela Moner
After watching Instant Family at the cinema this month, I was really impressed with actress Isabela Moner who performed her own song during the credits of the film. It’s really classic singer-songwriter pop style, reminding me of Michelle Branch mixed with Demi Lovato. I really like her and will keep an eye out on her next release.
15. “Tokyo” - White Lies
I am a sucker for any song with the lyric “Tokyo” or “Japan” in it since that’s my favourite place in the world. I am also a sucker for big indie singalongs. So basically this track is a winner all round. Love it!
16. “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” - The 1975
This month I got to see The 1975 live for the first time and it was such an enjoyable experience. I am really falling in love with Matty Healy and this band and their whole artistic, musical vision. This is a great, catchy, 80’s-infused love song to heroin. It’s so dark and intelligent and fantastic. (PS. Matty went to rehab and got sober, so you can listen without feeling too guilty about it).
17. “There’s A Honey” - Pale Waves
Pale Waves are signed with Matty Healy’s record label Dirty Hit and supported them on tour so I thought I’d add one of their tracks too - they are really fun and this track is so catchy. I like the throwback synth vibes and her voice is really unique. Reminds me of an 80s teen movie soundtrack!
18. “7 Rings” - Ariana Grande
I know I’ve already had Ari on this month’s list, but the Queen hit us with a new music video and I couldn’t NOT include it. This trappy track samples The Sound Of Music and is all about how she went to Tiffany’s after breaking off her engagement and bought rings for all her girl friends. I LOVE IT. Ariana is so innovative and boundary-pushing for a mainstream pop star and I’m so excited for her new album next month. You like my hair? Gee thanks. Just bought it.
19. “Loner” - YUNGBLUD
Yungblud is a newer artist who channels the Brit-indie vibes of yore and when I heard his track “Loner” it hit me as an instant classic. It’s cool to hear someone younger going down the guitar-based pop route and write songs with a bit of fire in them. He cites his influences as Jamie T and Arctic Monkeys so that gives you some indication of his direction, I want to hear what else he’s written!
20. “I Remember” - Betty Who
In 2014 Betty Who released a track called “Somebody Loves You” which was a solid banger and used in loads of viral videos of people getting engaged with flash mobs. Now she’s dropped another banging pop track in the same vein and I approve.
21. “My Name Isn’t” - LOVA
One of the Swedish producers I’ve worked with has been writing with this awesome new artist and now I’m a big fan. LOVA’s latest track is fiery, feminist, quirky pop at it’s finest and is like a breath of fresh air amid all the same-sounding songs in new music playlists at the moment.
22. “Everything’s Just Wonderful” - Lily Allen
I have been re-listening to Lily Allen this month as part of my upcoming podcast “Rate My Bop” and this track really struck me as SO AHEAD OF IT’S TIME. Lily’s swipes at capitalism, the media and the current political landscape are more relevant than ever in 2019. I love the whole Alright Still album and this track is one of the stand-outs so I thought I’d add it to the playlist.
23. “Monster” - dodie
I’m so excited that Dodie dropped her new EP this month and that she managed to hit #5 in the official album charts. That’s no mean feat for an indie musician and super inspiring. “Monster” is her latest single, I love the dark indie-pop vibes, the speak and spell in the background and the epic music video.
24. “I Get No Joy” - Jade Bird
Jade Bird is a new singer-songwriter that has been floating around my radar for a while and this track really caught my attention. It’s super catchy and reminds me of the classic, punchy singer-songwriter tracks of my youth, only with a modern twist. Really love her vocal!
25. “Swan Song” - Dua Lipa
“Swan Song” is the theme song for new action flick Alita: Battle Angel (about a giant-eyed robot girl battle fighter?!… OK cool.) As all big movie themes should be, this track is totally EPIC and leaves you feeling totally pumped up and ready to take on the world. Dua Lipa is soooo cool, I can’t stand it.
26. “I’m So Tired” - Lauv &Troye Sivan
Every time I hear a song by Lauv I fall in love with it - his melodies are stunning and this song melts me into a puddle of goo. I LOVE IT SOOOO MUCH.
27. “Boyfriend (Repeat)” - Confidence Man
I recently watched “To All The Boys I Loved Before” on Netflix and this was one of the songs on the soundtrack, and I LOVE IT! Quirky dance-pop used in the background for YA stories? YES PLEASE.
28. “Fuck The Rain” - Ryan Adams
I am a mighty big Ryan Adams fan and this melancholy-yet-uplifting new track is another beautiful, mellow song to add to his collection. He has been in a dark place lately if his Twitter feed is anything to go by and here’s hoping he has channeled those feelings into his new album and turned the pain into beauty.
29. “Anxiety” - Julia Michaels Feat. Selena Gomez
Julia Michaels is such a songwriting talent and this quirky, acoustic guitar track poetically details her struggle with anxiety. The lyrics are so personal and anyone who has dealt with anxiety themselves will relate to them. Add in Selena Gomez’s smooth, sultry vocals and it’s something of a pop masterpiece.
30. “Let Me Cry” - Laura Marano
Laura Marano is a Disney star turned pop-star and her latest track is a really beautiful piano song about a girl who can’t move on from her ex. I love her performance and the production to this, plus the storyline feels so real. I am a fan!
31. “Kings And Queens” - Paloma Faith
Paloma is another artist my bestie Paul and I have been reviewing as part of our upcoming podcast “Rate My Bop”. This was a track we both picked as a favourite and reminded us in a weird way of our friendship. It’s a total banger
Hope you liked these picks, see you next month :D