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 ‘bad idea right?’, the loud, wry, infectious second single from Olivia Rodrigo’s GUTS; MJ Lenderman’s re-recorded version of ‘Knockin’, a rousing, fantastic song that references’ John Daly’s version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’; Slaughter Beach, Dog’s sunny, evocative new song ‘Summer Windows’; Ratboys’ ‘Morning Zoo’, a lovely single about lingering existential anxiety; and ‘the slab’, the dynamically immersive closing track off Slowdive’s new album.
Best New Songs: August 14, 2023
Olivia Rodrigo, ‘bad idea right?’
Song of the Week: MJ Lenderman, ‘Knockin”
Slaughter Beach, Dog, ‘Summer Windows’
Ratboys, ‘Morning Zoo’
Slowdive, ‘the slab’