New Politics – “Harlem”

My mom sent me this song about a year ago and to this day I listen to it religiously. This alternative pop song makes you want to jump around and dance like no one is watching. It speaks to being a young adult growing up in New York and how when you’re this young, enjoying life should be a priority. “Harlem” says to come as you are, enjoy the everyday miracles and never lose your sense of freedom. If this song is not for you, however, at least look at the music video: It’s adorable.

Bastille – “The Draw”

Bastille is currently known for writing a song about the burning city of Pompeii, but their album, “All This Bad Blood,” has so much more to offer musically. I personally love this song because of its melodic and alternative rock tones, but any song on this album is incredible. “What Would You Do,” “All This Bad Blood,” “Oblivion” and “Things We Lost In The Fire” are all incredible songs mainly because of their lyrics, but also because of the raw sound of lead singer Dan Smith’s voice. This Brit creates a new alternative pop form of music.

James Arthur – “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You”

Undeniably, this is the best song to describe a romantically messed up relationship. We’ve all been there once or twice in our lives; we’ve experienced the on-again, off-again romance that just seems to drive us insane. Arthur’s soulful rock voice reinvigorates the spirit. Also, the man can rift and hit notes I could never fathom trying to sing. Winning “The Voice” a few years back, Arthur has also done remixes of Shontelle’s “Impossible” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” with a more blues-driven sound. His self-entitled album debuted last year and if listeners know good music, he should be in the business for a long time.

Mark Foster feat. A-Trak and Kimbra – “Warrior”

As a lover of music, I have listened to everything from bluegrass to EDM. On a whole, I have liked a wide array of genres, but nothing comes close to my love for alternative music. This song, is tunefully complex and has a lot of sounds intermingling to make what I think is magic in the form of music. Lyrically, this song speaks to ladies about being a warrior in your own right. I’m not usually one for feminist songs, but the words incorporated into this piece talk about female empowerment in a man’s world. Ladies, according to Kimbra (and I agree wholeheartedly), you don’t need a man in your life to change the world or be happy. You are all you need.

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