Throughout the week, we update our Best New Songs playlist with the new releases that caught our attention the most, be it a single leading up to the release of an album or a newly unveiled deep cut. And each Monday, we round up the best new songs released over the past week (the eligibility period begins on Monday and ends Sunday night) in this segment.
In honour of what would’ve been David Bowie’s 74th birthday, everyone from Duran Duran to Sky Ferreira paid tribute to the late legend by covering his songs last week, but it’s Bowie’s own previously unreleased covers of John Lennon and Bob Dylan that stood out the most; his rendition of Dylan’s ‘Tryin’ to Get to Heaven’ feels especially resonant. We also got to hear another exciting single from shame’s soon-to-be-released second album, while Cassandra Jenkins and The Weather Station both offered stirringly wondrous and quietly uplifting indie folk tunes. “Thinking I should get all this dying off of my mind,” Tamara Lindeman contemplates on her latest, “I should really know better than to read the headlines.”
Best New Songs: January 11, 2021
David Bowie, ‘Tryin’ to Get to Heaven’ (Bob Dylan Cover)
Song of the Week: The Weather Station, ‘Atlantic’
Cassandra Jenkins, ‘Michelangelo’
shame, ‘Nigel Hitter’