Tired of the same five songs on the radio?


    By Peony Ho

    Tired of the same five songs on the radio? A little bored of your playlist lately? Want some new noise in your ear? Well, look no further, as I have some lesser-known songs that will be stuck in your head in no time! 

    Do you want some pop, something a little exciting? Then Pop Star by Coco and Clair Clair is for you. This hidden gem by the American duo is lively, it’s fun and most importantly it’s not cringe to listen to. With its danceable beat and bright lyrics, you’ll be singing this all day in no time! 

    More of an R&B person? Then turn to this Ms. Lauryn Hill song, Every Ghetto, Every City! Lauryn ‘looks back’ on growing up in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey and other places in this track. One of the more underrated of Lauryn’s songs, it’s impossible to not be jumping and dancing to this beat. 

    Want to go back in time? 1984’s Smooth Operator by Sade is a British jazz hit still loved today.  Paul Denman’s smooth bass will bewitch and Sade Adu’s rich vocals will enchant you as you listen to this beat. Pro tip: Don’t listen to the single version from The Best of Sade compilation. Listen to the one from Diamond Life instead, it’s much better! 

    Even further back in time? This piece was originally composed in 1834, but Fantasie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor by composer Frédéric Chopin was only published after Chopin’s death in 1855. Wait, this feels a little boring, doesn’t it? But wait until you listen to this absolute banger. This epic piano solo will mesmerise you and your brain, and some studies have even shown that listening to classical music enhances the sections of your brain associated with memory. So, who knows, listening to this may just help you memorise the content for your next test! 

    Let’s jump back to the present, with Magnetic by ILLIT that just dropped in March this year. ILLIT is the newest K-pop girl group by HYBE, the same entertainment company that gave the world groups like BTS and NewJeans. It’s light, fresh and chill. You may not understand the lyrics, but you’ll understand the hype around this song right away.

    Finally, Have you heard My Love Mine All Mine by Mitski? Of course you have! Any other song on that album? I don’t think so. I’m Your Man is an underrated track on the album with lyrics that pierce through your heart. The cosy guitar solo feels like a warm hug on a cold winter’s day (perfect for this changing weather.)

    And that’s it! I hope you’ll have these songs on repeat for days to come, carrying you through shower solos, study sessions and everything in between.

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