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 best new music segment.
On this week’s list, we have the effervescent, gorgeous new single from M83, ‘Oceans Niagara’; Everything But the Girl’s comeback single ‘Nothing Left to Lose’, which channels both deep longing and existential anxiety; ‘Futures Bet’, the deceptively smooth and fervently anthemic new U.S. Girls cut that leads their forthcoming album Bless This Mess; ‘Happenstance’, the driving and infectiously danceable lead single from Shalom’s debut album for Saddle Creek; John Cale’s ‘NOISE OF YOU’, the spacey, hauntingly romantic new single from his first album in a decade; the soaring lead offering from the New Pornographers’ latest LP, ’Really Really Light’, co-written with Dan Bejar; Lonnie Holley’s Michael Stipe-featuring single ‘Oh Me, Oh My’, which brims with both urgency and grace; and ‘When the Cynics Stare Back From the Wall’, a highlight from Belle and Sebastian’s new LP that dates back to 1994 and features lovely guest vocals from Tracyanne Campbel.
Best New Songs: January 16, 2023
M83, ‘Oceans Niagara’
Everything But the Girl, ‘Nothing Left to Lose’
Song of the Week: U.S. Girls, ‘Futures Bet’
John Cale, ‘NOISE OF YOU’
The New Pornographers, ‘Really Really Light’
Lonnie Holley feat. Michael Stipe, ‘Oh Me, Oh My’
Belle and Sebastian, ‘When the Cynics Stare Back From the Wall’