It’s time for my first playlist of the new decade! There’s been SO much good music released in January, from Halsey’s ‘Manic’ album to Selena’s ‘Rare’ album to Demi’s phenomenal comeback single ‘Anyone’, which I have not stopped listening to since I first heard it on Monday morning……I’ve also discovered a few new artists in the last few months, like Kayla Rae, Destiny Rogers, Chloe Lilac and Liz Lokre. I’ve included a brief summary of some of my favourite songs from January below:
1. Anyone – Demi Lovato
What better way to start off this post than with the one and only Demi Lovato!!! After just over a year and a half away from the spotlight following an almost fatal overdose, Demi Lovato is back and is taking the world by storm. Her moving performance of her new song ‘Anyone’ on the Grammy’s received praise from millions of fans around the world. ‘Anyone’ was written just four days before Demi’s overdose and recounts her struggles with alcohol and how long lonely she felt during that time in her life.
2. Manic – Halsey
I discovered Halsey a few years ago, around the time she released her debut album ‘Badlands’, and she quickly became one of my favourite singers. I absolutely love Halsey’s new album ‘Manic’, and how it blends pop rock, pop, country and alternative. In ‘Manic’ Halsey appears as a conflicted and emotional individual who has dealt with a lot during the last few years. You can really feel her anger, sadness and regret in songs like ‘I Hate Everybody’, ‘More’ and ‘Without Me’. I’m obsessed with literally all of the songs on ‘Manic’, but the ones that stand out the most are definitely ‘Graveyard’, ‘You should be sad’, ‘3am’, ‘Without Me’ and ‘More’.
3. Rare – Selena Gomez
‘Rare’ is another incredible album from the ex-Disney alumni Selena Gomez. Like Halsey, Selena has been through a lot recently (e.g. her lupus diagnosis and a couple of breakups) and she documents her growth since these incidents in her new album ‘Rare’. The absolute best songs on ‘Rare’ in my opinion are ‘Rare’, ‘Look At Her Now’, ‘Lose You to Love Me’, ‘Vulnerable’, ‘People You Know’, ‘Let Me Get Me’ and ‘Cut You Off’.
4. Wrong Direction – Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld is one of my favourite actresses, and I love her music too. ‘Wrong Direction’ was the first song I heard – and brought – in 2020, and I instantly fell in love with it. Hailee sings about a past relationship in which the guy was unfaithful to her and left her feeling heartbroken (many fans believe it’s about Niall Horan, hence ‘Direction’ in the title).
5. In the Morning – Samantha Jade
Samantha Jade is an Australian singer I rediscovered at the end of last year, and I’m so glad I did. ‘In the Morning’ is an upbeat tune that makes me want to get up and dance! It’s so catch!
6. Skeleton – Jessie Paege
In January, Youtuber Jessie Paege released her new song ‘Skeleton’ in which she discusses her eating disorder and promotes body positivity. It’s a great follow-up to her previous single ‘Phantom‘, which also focuses on mental health, in this case anxiety.
7. Only The Young – Taylor Swift
Let’s not forget about ‘Only The Young’, the song Taylor Swift released along with her documentary Miss Americana (which I’d totally recommend if you’re a Swiftie) on Friday. Okay, I’ll admit that ‘Only The Young’ isn’t my fave Taylor Swift song, but it’s still good. I’m so glad Taylor is releasing new music so soon after ‘Lover’ (although I still wish she’d release ‘Cruel Summer’ as a single!).
8. Miss You 2 – Gabrielle Aplin & Nina Nesbitt
‘Miss You 2′ is a brilliant collab from two of my fave Brits Gabrielle Aplin and Nina Nesbitt. It’s a really beautiful song that shows off both singers’ vocals. ‘Miss You 2’ is an updated version of Gabrielle Aplin’s hit ‘Miss You‘, which she released back in 2016.
What songs have you enjoyed listening to recently? Have you bought any good albums?