Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Halsey — they all have new music out, and will undoubtedly be vying for Billboard’s coveted Song of the Summer crown when the annual Summer Songs chart kicks off after Memorial Day.
But there’s a ton of fresh pop music worth embracing, and adding to your respective pool party playlist, aside from those superstars' offerings. Need a few new tunes hot enough to melt your popsicle? We’re here to help.
Check out these 20 pop tracks worth soundtracking your summer 2019 with. (Scroll to the end for a Spotify playlist.)
Aly & AJ, “Star Maps”
Don’t get it twisted: following their Disney beginnings, Aly & AJ have been making vital pop music. The standout from their new Sanctuary EP is another lush production that doubles as a skewering of the patriarchy — aces all around.
CXLOE, “Low Blow”
An anti-music industry banger! Sydney singer-songwriter CXLOE shoots down ever-shifting artistic expectations with a simmering, seething hook.
Carlie Hanson, “Back in My Arms”
This teenager from Wisconsin radiates songwriting know-how, and after a few admirable early singles, the blissed-out romance of “Back in My Arms” truly soars.
Becky Hill feat. Weiss, “I Could Get Used To This”
Hill’s voice is one of the most expressive in modern pop, and her hit streak continues with this emotional burner, created with British producer Weiss.
Georgia, “About Work The Dancefloor”
Wistful pop thrills with an unexpected chorus that becomes more human as the song progresses — U.K. pop songwriter Georgia aims high here and nails it.
Peggy Gou, “Starry Night”
After the Korean producer scored with her Once EP last year, “Starry Night” has been presented as the joyful house jam to beat in 2019.
Destiny Rogers, “Tomboy”
With the help of super-producers The Stereotypes, California native Destiny Rogers marries a gift for personal storytelling with a sumptuous percussion palette on her debut single.
Sofi Tukker, “Fantasy”
The Grammy-nominated dance-pop duo offer up a summer scorcher with a high BPM but a surprisingly gentle approach.
Peking Duk feat. Al Wright, “Ur Eyez”
Australian production duo Peking Duk have been operating at a high consistency for years, and “Ur Eyez” is a particularly exuberant new addition to their feel-good dance canon.
Clara Mae, “Lost”
Clara Mae delivered a solid cover of fellow Swede Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” last year; her own “Lost” shimmers with a starry-eyed innocence like only the best Scandinan pop could.
Girl in Red, “Summer Depression”
The expectations of summer — going on a picture-perfect vacation, drinking on the best rooftops, attending the most fun festivals — can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not included. Rising Norwegian queer singer Marie Ulven, aka Girl in Red, puts that feeling to words: “All my friends are doing things/It's good for them/But I'm nothing.”
Zara Larsson, “Wow”
Come for Larsson’s flawless vocals on the verses, stay for the undeniable horns on the chorus after the drop.
Daniella Mason, “Get Me Out Of My Head”
Another pop snack from Nashville-based Daniella Mason, who is adept at pairing emotional lyrics with infectious hooks.
Off Bloom, “Am I Insane?”
The latest certified bop from the Danish-British trio, whose frontwoman Mette Mortensen gives Dua Lipa a run for her money.
Max, Quinn XCII, “Love Me Less”
"Love Me Less" is the uber-catchy follow-up to "Lights Down Low." Here, Max trades off verses with his equally smooth-voiced counterpart, Quinn XCII.
Marina, “Orange Trees”
You’ll want to live inside the blissful music video for “Orange Trees,” which features Marina looking like a happy and relaxed goddess. The singer wrote the track about Lefkada, the Greek island where she comes from.
Ufo Ufo, “Fools”
Strong debut track from Ufo Ufo, a new trio fronted by singer-songwriter Clay Borrell.
Half Alive, “Still Feel”
The impressively-choreographed video for this track is a must-watch. The band even painstakingly recreated it for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Regrettes, “Dress Up”
The electrifying "Dress Up" is set to appear on the band's upcoming sophomore album.
Lights, “Lost Girls”
“Lost Girls” is the first taste of Lights’ upcoming Skin&Earth Acoustic album. The accompanying video sees the flame-haired songstress wielding swords and generally looking like a badass.