With summer finally here, the Vision magazine staff is sharing its top five songs to have on your playlist.
“Don’t Take the Money” by Bleachers
Bleachers have made their return after three years with their single released in March. “Don’t Take the Money” encompasses the ’80s indie pop sound that was present on their first album “Strange Desire.” Their sophomore album “Gone Now” will be released on June 2, making it the perfect song and album to kick off the summer.
“Green Light” by Lorde
Speaking of returns, Lorde made her return when her single dropped in early March. This song definitely was able to cure the winter blues by making fans get on their feet for an impromptu dance party. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch Lorde at one of her many festival appearances this summer, including Thursday of Lollapalooza.
“The Cure” by Lady Gaga
After “Joanne” was released last fall, the Little Monsters were not expecting new music so soon. However, during the first weekend of Coachella, Mother Monster herself surprised those in attendance with “The Cure,” her latest single. “The Cure” can be considered a return to form for Gaga as she moved away from the country sound of her last album and back to her pop sound. If you are lucky enough to see Lady Gaga at Wrigley Field this August, this song will definitely get you hyped until then.
“J-Boy” by Phoenix
If the indie scene is more of your scene, the new Phoenix song, “J-Boy,” will definitely get you pumped for summer. This being the first single since their last album in 2013, it has been a while since Phoenix released new music, but this song was definitely worth the wait. Filled with plenty of synths and a danceable beat, expect this song to be played at an upcoming party. Their upcoming album will be released June 9 and will be playing at the Aragon Ballroom on June 5, making it perfect for celebrating the end of finals and the beginning of summer.
“Hard Times” by Paramore
Probably one of the most catchy songs that has been released by Paramore is the new single “Hard Times.” Just by watching the neon, ’80s-inspired music video that was released in April, you will definitely be hooked on this track. The comeback from Paramore has been one of the most anticipated this year, especially when hearing this track along with “Told You So.” You may have to wait a bit longer to see Paramore in concert as they will be playing Riot Fest in September, but it will definitely be worth the wait.