New Music Friday: April 7th

Are you looking for new songs for your playlist? If so, look no further than our listicle.

Chances are, you’re sick and tired of today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites. If this is your current situation, you’re not alone. It’s perfectly normal for music listeners — like you — to snap out of musical boredom and expand musical horizons.

From “Work With My Love” by Alok and James Arthur to “day dream” by Thuy, you’re probably going to find your new banger by reading our listicle. Here are the top 20 new songs to listen to this week.

1. One Night Left by Cheat Codes and Mackenzie Porter

Are you a country music fan? Even if you’re not, you’ll most likely enjoy Cheat Codes’ new hit “One Night Left” featuring Mackenzie Porter.

Cheat Codes are a multi-platinum Los Angeles-based trio consisting of KEVI, Trevor Dahl, and Matthew Russell. They’re well-known for their hit single “No Promises” featuring Demi Lovato. As you can see, Mackenzie Porter, a Canadian country singer, isn’t as prominent as Lovato, but her vocals were perfect for One Night Left.

2. Playing With Fire by Inas X

“Who is Inas X?” you ask.

Inas X, a songstress of Palestinian descent, hails from Brooklyn, New York. She’s best known for her two hit singles “Love Is,” which reached No. 12 in the Billboard dance club songs charts, and “Stupid” featuring the late PnB Rock. PnB Rock, born Rakim Hasheem Allen (December 9, 1991 – September 12, 2022), perfectly complemented Stupid’s music video.

Inas X’s “Playing With Fire” is the perfect song for anyone who feels powerful or wants to feel powerful.

3. Day Dream by Thuy

Who is Thuy, and what is her full name?

Thuy is a singer of Vietnamese descent. She was born Thuy Thi Thu Tran in Stockton, California, and raised in Newark, Calif. She has five siblings, and her parents are Vietnamese refugees from Vietnam.

Thuy graduated from Newark Memorial High School, where she competed in wrestling, and majored in Biopsychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She currently lives in Los Angeles.

If you follow Khloe Kardashian, you’ve likely noticed that she used Thuy’s song “day dream” in one of her TikTok videos in 2021. If not, don’t worry. Now’s the right time to listen to “day dream” as soon as possible!

4. Work With My Love by Alok and James Arthur

You’ve most likely heard of James Arthur. But have you heard Arthur’s new song “Work With My Love” with Alok? If not, don’t sweat the small stuff.

Arthur’s an English singer-songwriter, while Alok’s a Brazilian musician, DJ, and record producer. “Work With My Love” is a non-album single for Alok, but a new direction for Arthur, who isn’t known for his dance music. Well, at least not before this dance single.

5. Von (Love Me Like The First Time) by Mai Lee

Do you like R&B music? Have you been searching for new R&B music? If you answered “yes” to both questions, you’ve come across the right singer.

Mai Lee likely doesn’t ring a bell, but she’s an R&B singer that you should check out soon. Her name is synonymous with her family’s iconic restaurant, Mai Lee, in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born and raised in St. Louis to Vietnamese refugee parents who fled war-torn Vietnam in 1978.

Lee’s single “Von (Love Me Like The First Time)” is a great choice if you want to energize your workday, especially if you work from home in a dull and dreary home office.

6. Stay by Shawn Cook

Who is Shawn Cook?

Shawn Cook is a singer who aims to make timeless music, like, say, music that will sound fresh 20+ years from now. Cook’s a Bay Area native, musician, and songwriter. Cook’s song “Stay” combines his confident vocals, pulse-like depth charges, and skittering trap percussions.

Hip hop has evolved since the 1970s. “Stay” is a good example of new and fresh hip hop song for listeners like you. Now’s the time to listen to “Stay!”

7. Nothing To Me by Grace Gaustead

Have you heard of Grace Gaustead? Probably not. That’s why this listicle was written.

Grace Gaustead’s a non-binary singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. They first rose to prominence on YouTube in 2016 with their performance of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.”

Gaustead’s new revenge pop anthem “Nothing To Me” has been described as a “moody electro pop revenge anthem, with pulsating dance floor ready synths and infectious lyricism” by All Music Magazine.

8. Red Flags by Mimi Webb

Do you want a high-energy track? If you answered “yes,” you should check out Mimi Webb’s “Red Flags.”

Mimi Webb, a British singer-songwriter, brought the fire to the public with her red-hot “Red Flags” before releasing her debut album, Amelia, through Epic Records. So, if you’re interested in pop and dance music, now’s the right time to listen to “Red Flags” and review the track.

9. Wonders by Michael Patrick Kelly ft. Rakim

Have you heard?

Michael Patrick Kelly has dropped a new song “Wonders” featuring Rakim. Kelly, an Irish American singer, musician, and composer, and Rakim, an American rapper and record producer, complement each other in the song and the song’s music video. Rakim’s one half of the golden age hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim.

You can’t see your tomorrow today. But you can listen to “Wonders” today.

10. Blame’s On Me by Alexander Stewart

Did you know?

Alexander Stewart is a Canadian singer-songwriter that needs to be on your radar. Stewart was born and raised in Toronto, but he lives in Los Angeles now. He drew attention to himself as a teenager on YouTube with his covers of hit songs, such as “Havana” by Camila Cabello and Young Thug.

Stewart’s an up-and-coming artist. His song “blame’s on me” has been helping him increase his fanbase. After all, his song’s lyrics “Usually I’m the one getting burned / Didn’t realize I was hurting you” are relatable to some, if not most, of us.

11. If I Died Last Night by Jessie Murph

Did you hear?

There’s a new song “If I Died Last Night” by Jessie Murph.

Murph was born in Nashville to musician parents, but she grew up in Alabama, particularly Huntsville and Athens. She was interested in performance as a child, citing her favorite music genres as pop, hip-hop, and country.

In a nutshell, “If I Died Last Night” is a moody trap- and R&B-influenced pop track.

12. Before You by Benson Boone

Benson Boone. Does this name ring a bell?

If you replied “yes,” you’re not the only one who remembers seeing him. He was a contestant on Season 19 of American Idol.

Boone recently released a new song “Before You.”

As you can imagine, “Before You” is a slow-paced love song, in which he sings, “Darling, if you don’t mind / I’ll take your hand tonight / We could just slow down time / Let me adore you / And from the moment I looked in those dark brown eyes / I can’t remember life / Before you.”

If you’re into love songs, you should check out “Before You” as soon as possible.

13. Destination by Crash Adams

Do you need to get to your destination?

If you responded “yes,” you might as well listen to “Destination” by Crash Adams during your commute to work or school. You’ll thank us later.

Crash Adams are a Canadian pop duo consisting of two childhood friends, Crash and Adam, from Toronto. The pop duo’s song “Destination” is catchy with attention-grabbing lyrics such as, “I’ll be your favorite destination / Tell me your favorite song / Make me your next location.”

14. Dance All Over Me by George Ezra

Do you lean towards British artists? If you replied with a “yes,” you’ve come to the right place.

George Ezra, a British singer-songwriter, specializes in folk rock, folk pop, soul, and blues. Ezra’s song “Dance All Over Me” boasts a disco-like vibe. His song revolves around the topic of not holding back and completely giving into your feelings for a potential love interest.

Ezra told Apple Music, “This song feels like new territory for me…It’s a really good feeling to stand next to it and say, ‘Yeah, it does sound like a curveball in a way, but it sounds like you.”

15. Ashley by ZOLITA

Zolita, who was born Zoe Montana Hoetzel, is an American singer-songwriter. Zolita’s rise to fame occurred on YouTube after she achieved viral success for her music video for “Explosion” in 2020.

Fast forward to 2023, where Zolita’s new song “Ashley” has become a fan favorite on YouTube. “Ashley” can be interpreted in many different ways, especially the “Oh, Ashley / I need you so badly / ‘Cause life is a bad dream” part. How would you interpret this part?

16. Gold by Loi

Do you prefer gold over silver? If you responded with a “yes,” you ought to listen to “Gold” by Loi and let us know what you think.

Loi, also known as Leonie Griner, has been impressing musical greats, such as Ed Sheeran, since she was 14 years old. Loi’s new song “Gold” checks off all the boxes — deep lyrics, positive vibes, and memorable hooks, just to name a few.

17. Pain’s My Only Home by Zevia

Zevia isn’t a stranger to unbounded vulnerability. Her goal is to provide her target audience what they crave: truth, and the safety that comes with seeing themselves with them.

“pain’s my only home” by Zevia is an emotional song, to say the last. Zevia’s intoxicating vocals shine with minimal instrumental interference. As a result, you can feel like you’re listening to an intimate song.

18. Love Me Now ft. FAST BOY by Ofenbach

There’s a new French DJ duo in town, and they’re Ofenbach. Ofenbach was founded in 2014 in Paris by Dorian Laudique and Cesar de Rummel.

In the last nine years, Ofenbach has dropped dance/electronic single after single. Most recently, Ofenbach partnered with FAST BOY. FAST BOY’s unique combination of rap and R&B literally adds to the track.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a listen to “Love Me Now feat. FAST BOY” by Ofenbach right now!

19. Fine by Kyle Hume

“Yeah, I’m fine.”

Do you find yourself muttering the above response when someone asks you how you’re doing? If so, you aren’t alone in your inability to express how you really feel.

Kyle Hume’s new pop song “Fine” can help you get through a bad or semi-bad day. “Fine” features an acronym for FINE. Hume can be heard singing, “Yeah, I’m fine. If F is for “Feeling overwhelmed” and I is for “I’m not alright.” Yeah, I’m fine. If N is for “Not being able to sleep,” E for “Every night.” Yeah, I’m fine. Fine-ally feeling the pressure of keeping my feelings inside. Yeah, I’m fine. Well, maybe I’m not, and I just need to tell someone I’m not alright.”

How do you feel after listening to “Fine?” Sound off in the comments!

20. Too Well by Renee Rapp

You might’ve recognized Renee Rapp off the bat. After all, Rapp’s an up-and-coming actress and singer who has carved a path to Hollywood stardom.

Rapp’s currently starring in the second season of Mindy Kaling’s The Sex Lives of College Girls and releasing new singles for her regular and deluxe EPs Everything to Everyone.

Rapp’s song “Too Well” stands out, thanks to her relatable lyrics, mesmerizing vocals, and memorable music video that resembles the music video for Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me.” So, are you going to listen to ‘Too Well” or not? Let us know in the comments!