The Bias List is a K-pop blog that also covers a fair amount of J-pop. But along with most music fans, I enjoy tracks from all around the world. So, I thought I’d start a monthly round-up of some of the non-K-pop songs that have caught my ear. No ratings — just highlights!
As Sirens Fall – boywhatever
I don’t often get my emo on, but I can make an exception for a beat this ferocious. I love the electronic flourishes in the track and that chorus is just huge.
Benjamin – N-Y-T
This has the hazy summertime energy I always look for in a summer dance track. The touches of brass are addictive, and I’ve always enjoyed the sound of the Finnish language in pop music.
Beyoncé – Break My Soul
I know I’m not the only one, but this song has such a chokehold on me. I’m 100% ready for the return of early-90’s house music. Beyoncé is such a great conduit for the sound.
Dagny – Brightsider
Further proof that Scandinavians just know how to write an incredible pop chorus.
Demi Lovato – Skin Of My Teeth
I’ve never been a huge fan of Demi’s music, but Skin Of My Teeth‘s unbridled emotion is so, so satisfying. Bonus points for the (intentional?) callback to Hole’s Celebrity Skin.
Dotter – Only Good Die Young
Yep, those Scandinavians have the pop formula perfected. A great chorus and anthemic production make this an easy standout.
Linus & The Moon – Communicate
This references moody 80’s synth-pop so hard. I’m getting strong Erasure vibes, which is never a bad thing.
The Midnight – Heartbeat
Speaking of 80’s synth, The Midnight are poised to release a killer album built around that style. Heartbeat‘s punchy synths and anthemic chorus are like musical catnip to me. Make sure to check out the rocking Change Your Heart or Die as well!
Sexy Zone – Desideria
Okay, this is actually a b-side, but I have to include it because it just may end up being my 2022 song of summer. It’s like SHINee’s View mixed with ONF’s Complete, as seen through the Sexy Zone prism. So freaking good.
Sigala – Stay the Night (ft. Talia Mar)
Sigala has become one of my go-to dance producers. Stay The Night isn’t quite as addictive as The Melody, but its bubbly energy is perfect for summer.