Two months into 2020, we've already been blessed with new sound from Drake and Future, a posthumous album from Mac Miller, and a weird-albeit-catchy single called "Yummy" from Justin Bieber—his first solo track in three years from his new album, Changes. If that's not enough to get you pumped, Lana Del Rey, Cardi B, The Weeknd, and Miley Cyrus are just a few artists also expected to release new music during this wild election year.
Here, we're keeping tabs on the best new music of 2020. Check back frequently to see who made the cut.
"GUESS WHAT" - Russ ft. Rick Ross
Russ' new album, Shake the Snow Globe, is full of jams, but "GUESS WHAT" is the song we'll all be playing on repeat at the pregame. The artist is known for his singles "Losin Control" (2015) and "BEST ON EARTH" (2019, a favorite of RiRi), and we'll only be seeing more of him.
"We Made It" - Louis Tomlinson
Alas, Louis Tomlinson is the final One Direction member to release his debut solo album, Walls, and it delivered. The first time you hear "We Made It," it's hard to tell whether you're listening to Tomlinson or Oasis, which is all you really need to know.
"Anyone" - Demi Lovato
"Anyone" is the most heartbreakingly beautiful song Lovato has written to date. She wrote it just four days before her near-fatal overdose and premiered the single at the 2020 Grammy Awards, which makes it that much more powerful.
"Desires" - Drake and Future
Drake and Future's "Desires" leaked in January, and if it's any indication of what's to come from the What a Time to be Alive (2015) duo, it's going to be a fire album.
"Dance Again" - Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez's Rare will go down as one of the best albums of 2020. It's hard to pick a standout song when you have such an incredible roster of jams ("Rare!" "Look at Her Now!" "Ring!"), but "Dance Again" consistently presents itself as the single not only filled with some of the most relatable lyrics, but actually will make you want to dance again. Every. Single. Time.
"Comfortable" - H.E.R.
The only thing better than a single from H.E.R. is an acoustic single from H.E.R. The Grammy award-winning artist dropped "Comfortable" shortly after debuting her new single "Sometimes" at the 2020 Grammys, and it's most definitely a vibe.
"Don't Start Now" - Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa released "Don't Start Now" in 2019, but it's technically part of her album set to release in April, which makes it an essential part of this list—mainly because the 24-year-old British pop star can produce no bad song.
"Industry Games" - CHIKA
You may know Jane Chika Oranika, a.k.a. CHIKA, as the rapper who called out Kanye West after he wore a MAGA hat and praised Donald Trump, but she's way more than that. After releasing her first single last year, the 22-year-old is continuing to earn the respect she deserves in the industry. "Industry Games" is her latest drop, which talks about the lack of passion from certain artists in the game while praising her own, part of a new EP she's set to release this year.
"Intentions" - Justin Bieber ft. Quavo
Never in my life did I imagine a Justin Bieber x Quavo collaboration, but I'm here for it! "Intentions" comes off of Bieber's new album, Changes, which is essentially one big love letter to Hailey Bieber.
"Fire, Ready, Aim" - Green Day
Green Day's "Fire, Ready, Aim" sounds like it belongs in the background of a movie where the character is accomplishing a goal, and that's exactly how the new song will make you feel every time you listen to it. While you're at, download the rest of Green Day's new album, Father of All Motherfuckers (truly an incredible title), that will make you realize how far the band has come since their "American Idiot" (2004) days.
"Graveyard" - Halsey
Halsey's Manic is essentially one large subtweet, but that doesn't make it any less great. "Graveyard" brings together the fiery 25-year-old's incredible vocals and the electro pop sound we've associate her with since her "Without Me" days.
"Life Is Good" - Future ft. Drake
Life is, in fact, good when you're reminded of Drake and Future's 2015 What a Time to Be Alive upon listening to the rappers' new single, "Life Is Good." When Drake said "Workin' on the weekend like usual" ...I felt that.
"Good News" - Mac Miller
A year and a half after the devastating loss of Mac Miller, the rapper's family decided to release a posthumous album, Circles, that allows the world to reflect on the incredible talent it lost. "Good News" is the first single from the album, which carries the familiar nostalgia we're used to from Miller all the way back to his Blue Slide Park days. The first listen hurts, but the second listen is oddly comforting knowing his legacy will live on.
"Me Gusta" - Shakira & Anuel AA
A month before she headlined the 2020 Super Bowl with J.Lo, Shakira released "Me Gusta" with Puerto Rican trap artist Anuel AA. In classic Shakira fashion, hips will definitely not lie when you dance to this in the club.
"Yummy" - Justin Bieber
I can't believe I'm saying this, but "Yummy" bumps. It's the first solo single Bieber released in three years in anticipation of his new album, Changes. While the song feels very far removed from Bieber's "Baby" days courtesy of its R&B sound, the 25-year-old is consistent when it comes to singing about his love interests. "Yummy" is apparently an ode to Hailey Bieber. (Make of it what you will.) The Summer Walker remix is even better.
"Changes" - Lauv
Most people will recognize Lauv from his 2017 hit, "I Like Me Better," but the 25-year-old artist has proven he's more than a one-hit-wonder. "Changes" is amongst a series of songs the self-proclaimed "one man boy band" plans to release this year ahead of his debut album, How I'm Feeling.
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