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Rhea Chatterji | June 12, 2022

Welcome to The Fodder Blog’s new weekly segment ‘Weekly Top 10’, where our lovely team of writers share their top song picks for that week. If you’re in need of brand-new, spirited additions to your tumbleweed-ridden playlists, you’re in the right place! 

Rhea Chatterji has curated a playlist of ten songs released this week to calm any exam nerves you may have. And to distract you from studying, of course. Rhea’s playlist features a cover by Kelly Clarkson and a remix from R3HAB x Amy Shark, as well as some new music from artists such as Vance Joy, George Ezra and Scottish singer-songwriter, Nina Nesbitt.

Kelly Clarkson — ‘Queen Of The Night’

Released on: June 9

Kelly Clarkson’s new EP Kellyoke, features a wonderful remix of the Whitney Houston classic ‘Queen of the Night’. Her extended play is a tribute to other vocal artists by featuring six covers from singers like Billie Eilish to The Weeknd. Clarkson noted on her Instagram page that performing covers on her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, inspired her revival of these tracks. 

George Ezra — ‘Dance All Over Me’

Released on: Juen 10

Released this week from his new album Gold Rush Kid, George Ezra’s song ‘Dance All Over Me’ is an upbeat track and a call for love. “Tonight with me / Won’t you cut it up and dance all over me?” the chorus is cheerfully repetitive which makes it a great dance song. On his Instagram, the artist noted that “the driving force behind this album was a very real and very true, joy, a love.”

R3HAB x Amy Shark — ‘Sway My Way’

Released on: June 10

This song is a great remix of New Zealand singer Bic Runga’s 1997 ‘Sway’, with some changes made in the form of new lyrics, and a faster beat. 25 years later, the essence is intact with Shark’s soothing vocals producing a dreamy, upbeat rendition for a whole new generation to experience.

Nina Nesbitt — ‘Pressure Makes Diamonds’

Released on: June 9

This is an inspiring track on fierce and unrelenting determination amidst a world occluded with dated stereotypes. Nesbitt sings “kinda tired but I’m trying (mmm) / kinda done with the fighting (I) / got the heart of a lion (yeah) / and pressure makes diamonds”. This catchy song will undoubtedly stick in your mind as a tuneful propeller discouraging resignation. This single both teases and precedes the release of her upcoming September album, Älskar.

Jax Jones, Martin Solveig, GRACEY, Europa — ‘Lonely Heart’

Released on: June 10

Under the banner of ‘Europa’, Jax Jones and Martin Solveig join GRACEY to produce ‘Lonely Heart’. Accompanied by a catchy beat, this drive down memory lane is a fast-paced heartbreak bop. This disco track would make for an easy addition to any DJ’s track list.

Johnny Orlando — ‘Blur’

Released on: June 3

Johnny Orlando’s latest track is about blurring the uncomfortable moments in life. “Everytime it hurts, hurts, hurts, hurts / I just let it blur, blur, blur, blur” so the chorus goes. ‘Blur’ is relatable and honest, and an empathetic nod to all that we tend to do to recover from an awkward or hurtful experience. Orlando’s single is a current sample of his upcoming album set to be released in August, all the things that could go wrong.

BTS — ‘Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)’

Released on: June 10

This pensive track about waiting for your moment to shine is from BTS’ album Proof. With a relaxed and composed tune, the song urges a state of poetic resolution: “somewhere deep inside your heart, there still lives a young boy, my moment is yet to come, yet to come.” This is an inspirational ballad to inspire a reflection on both the artists and the listeners’ end, to realise our dreams and cultivate a strong determination to achieve this. I’ve always loved that BTS’ songs inculcate bright and uplifting messages, and ‘Yet To Come’ is no different.

*Lyrics from YouTube video subtitles.

Carrie Underwood — ‘Garden’

Released on: June 10

From her new album Denim and Rhinestones, Carrie Underwood’s song ‘Garden’ speaks on the growth of a garden as emblematic of the measure of love in a relationship. “If you reap what you sow / What kind of garden would you grow?” she sings wondering what kind of affection this connection can yield. I enjoyed the wonderful use of metaphors here to convey a more vivid depiction of her questions and insecurities amid a budding relationship.

Vance Joy — ‘Looking At Me Like That’

Released on: June 10

‘Looking At Me Like That’ is one of Joy’s latest songs to feature in his newly released album, In Our Own Sweet Time. The song is an earnest plea to sustain a budding bond of love. The first verse itself catapults the listener into a sense of familiarity with the urge to prolong the perfect moment. From the positively balmy aesthetic of the album cover to the serene melodic strumming of the guitar, this track is a perfect reminder of those halcyon summer days.

Robbie Williams — ‘Angels (XXV)’

Released on: June 7

‘Angels (XXV)’ is a rework of Williams’ 1997 release, serene and solemn in its poetic delivery. Listeners can look forward to more re-releases of the artist’s work upon the impending release of his album in September. Williams went on to note in a press release via his social media that “the album consists of re-recorded and newly orchestrated versions of my greatest hits recorded with the Metropole Orchestra, alongside a few surprises.”

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