Chris Meng, Pomona College
It’s the beginning of 2020, so now is the time to freshen up those playlists. Here are some ideas on how to organize them.
Nathan Coles, Oakland University
Although a lot of electronic music has a reputation for sonic dissonance, it’s still capable of evoking a wide range of deep emotions.
Rickea Bell, Saint Peter’s University
The announcement has many excited, but still courts some controversy.
Kayla Carson, Simon Fraser University
This folk trio has been releasing quality music for nearly two decades, but still sits just below the radar.
Matthew Robison, University of South Florida
Moving away from lo-fi demos and unfussy EPs, the best punk and hardcore exhibited a tendency toward spirited ambition.
Giana Gayles, Stanford University
Awê! We underestimate our neighbors to the east, who have created their own innovative spin on the genre.
Caleb Dukes, Rice University
Released just moments after her Sweetener World Tour ended, this recording perfectly captures the intensity and skill of the musician’s live performances.
Megan Thompson, Montclair State University
The young singer brought fans down a road toward the weird and wonderful world of the average teenage girl.
Dig in to this wide, diverse genre.
From the casual lyric drops to dragging misogynists, the musician took important stands and summed up an influential, storied career (so far).
Emma Lichtenstein, Brandeis University
The song caps off a passionate four-song EP that might be the musician’s best work yet.
Abby Webb, Rice University
A dull, misogynistic waste of time, ‘LP1’ proves the former One Direction singer belongs in the trash.
Bryan Lance, Liberty University
The hip-hop artist sadly joins the ranks of influential artists taken far too soon.
Gabriel Egbert, University of Louisville
The multi-talented musician and ‘Hamilton’ cast member is one of the most innovative artists working today.
‘Frozen the Musical,’ is holding nothing back on its Hollywood journey.
A ‘Fine Line’ opinion that’s as unbiased as I can be.
Cynthia Vasquez, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Young, gifted and black, the 11-year-old dancer is already breaking down barriers.
You don’t have to go broke getting something for your favorite audio fanatic.
Who knew she was such a softy?
The One Direction singer has a very interesting encounter with a fish that’s packed with personal meaning.
Kristin Auld, St John’s University
The pop star’s presence was inescapable.
Blair Krassen, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
The talented producer, rapper and writer is creating hilarious tunes for a new digital age.
The former One Directioner opened up, but is still facing some antipathy.
Jake Mauriello, SUNY New Paltz
Nothings says ’tis the season like a go-to Christmas track.
Dylan Kazanova, University of Texas at San Antonio
Space city is much more than ‘Astroworld’; these rappers personify the city’s culture with their unique beats and styles.
They used to be reserved for dimming stars, but now it’s hosting the brightest and regaining its reputation.
The singer changed the game for Latinx artists and now this upcoming biopic will give fans an even closer look at her infamous life.
If you’re an OG fan of the melodramatic rapper, you probably hate him now.
The newest ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Bowen Yang has a podcast with his friend Matt Rogers, and it’s time to get listening.
The pop star’s contribution to the ‘Cats’ soundtrack parallels her own life in a few ways.
Did your favorites make the cut?
Vaishnavi Kalyana, College of DuPage
Taylor Swift is fighting for the rights of musicians to retain control over their own work.
“I’d take a personal connection of 10,000 people over a commercial audience of a million.”
The electronic musician’s public statement proves that victims are still being ignored.
Almost seven years after the beloved Nickelodeon show ended, it’s finally available on the popular streaming service. Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice have come a long way.
Imagine listening to your favorite hip-hop songs in moody, angelic slow motion.
The concept album features a futuristic storyline as well as a blend of different genres that defy easy categorization.
The success of the rapper’s second annual festival proves Astroworld 2020 will not be one to miss.
The artist speaks out on some controversies in this new release.
The album is full of legends, from Chaka Khan to Donna Summer.
Brendan Bell, Towson University
The new album might be his worst one yet.
Roll into some wacky adventures with these D&D podcasters.
The trap musician mixes up his trademark pounding basslines with other styles on this distinct and complex production.
You can always count on this New York radio show to keep it real — whether it’s the music or the commentary, these hosts are guaranteed to make mornings better.
‘Maniac’ shows that the singer is a force to be reckoned with, in dating and in the music industry.
Directioners, this is truly not the end.
Her new tracks ‘Lose You To Love Me’ and ‘Look At Her Now’ have skyrocketed up the charts, but they’ve also attracted some haters.
While Gucci Mane has dropped some great hits, his newest album shows that he’s getting a little too comfortable with his patented formula.
Meredith Day, Davidson College
The new album shows the 21-year-old indie artist expanding his sound, while still bringing catchy sad boy tunes.
Angel Zhu, University of California, Berkeley
Social media bullying and the grueling standards of the South Korean pop music industry could have played a part in the star’s untimely passing.
This indie pop artist’s debut album ‘Immunity’ goes far beyond the expectations established by her viral singles.
The popular singer is refreshingly honest about his own struggles with mental health.
Cameron Rapata, Columbia College Chicago
The supergroup gives traditional outlaw country a powerful, all-female twist.
The artist addresses the HIV/AIDS crisis with his club nights, but not without some controversy from activist circles.
And stirs up controversy as he typically does.
From dub to off-kilter anarcho-punk, these recordings find freedom in the macabre.
We stan artists coming into their own.
We’re not ready for the new trend that is Halloween music.
We love her, but she needs to do better.
The brand new project from Labrinth has finally been released.
The catchy tunes and Latin influence of this music sensation have everyone listening, dancing and wondering about this genre’s burst into the mainstream.
If you’ve never heard of the yellow-haired, jumpsuit-wearing musician, get ready to have her music change your entire life.
Fans are shocked as the former One Direction singer strips his boy-band identity for a persona that suits his age.
It’s finally become less weird to get caught listening to strangers whispering soothing noises in your ear.
The Big Easy is known for jazz, but is it what everyone’s listening to? It’s time to explore the multifaceted music scene that includes rock, rap and funk.
Eric Alexander, University of Colorado Denver
It’s the end of an era, but the music of these Dutch electronic legends will always live on.
Christine Bushart, Georgia State University
Just because you can consume it doesn’t mean it was made for you.
Noah Carey, University of Pennsylvania
Here’s a look at other sitcoms that could follow the lead of the ‘Office Ladies,’ which features Pam and Angela from ‘The Office.’
Rebecca McKinley Parsons, Wake Forest University
I don’t know who hurt him, but they better watch their back.
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
Rave culture is on the rise and providing new opportunities for aspiring artist. Here are some new artists to look out for in the next few years.
Claudia Ng, University of Texas at Austin
It’s as easy as listening to music.
Hailing from Minnesota, these three friends drink wine and put their own spin on the true crime podcast.
Katelyn Melder, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Remember, studying isn’t a rave. Chill out with this playlist.
Marie Christensen, George Fox University
This family band is writing beautiful harmonies that evoke their Oregon home.
Maddy Ipema, Columbia College Chicago
EarthGang is the Southern dynamic duo you have been waiting for.
Brandon Suss, University of South Carolina
XXL posts an annual list of top new artists. Which year produced the ones with the most staying power?
This collaboration between Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey and Ariana Grande is a heavenly pairing.
Heartbroken? There’s a song for that.
Caleb Clark, Hillsdale College
Charli XCX’s new album displays her trademark style, but is a bit derivative of her older work.
The new Travis Scott documentary has some fun moments, but avoids deeper insights into the rapper’s life.
Taylor Sprinkle, University of Texas at Austin
The electropop duo revisits their past with their second full-length release of the year.
This album is the comeback of R&B no one knew we needed.
Aliza Pelto, Pratt Institute
I’ve done my waiting, 12 years of it!
‘Babushka Boi’ is the culmination of A$AP Rocky’s past, present and future.
Just when you thought he couldn’t be more successful, he drops ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding.’
Could we be seeing some musical maturity in this new album? Possibly …
Kathryn Milschewski, Carthage College
This indelible voice is going to rediscovered by a new generation.
Are you here for ‘Norman F—ing Rockwell!’?
Christopher Duggan, Boise State University
With his second album, this developing musician shows just why Kanye and Justin Vernon have taken an interest in him.
Their new album is a revelation of the struggles the band members have been through, and their honesty is inspiring.
The most talented team in all of electronic music continues their trend of groundbreaking sounds.
cocainejesus captures a reveling, adventurous spirit in his most introspective album yet.
Sam Shepherd, McGill University
The hit Broadway musical sidesteps a frank portrayal of teenage suicide in favor of a half-baked portrait of teenage mental health.
The former One Direction star’s interview with Rolling Stone gives fans key insight into his upcoming album.
As the only release before the artist’s untimely death, the album still amazes with its virtuosity, diversity and passion
From Tyler, the Creator to Taylor Swift, the summer of 2019 was filled to the brim with wonderful albums.
Sydney Hawkins, Alabama A&M University
These artists are changing the game.
Lauren Do, Davidson College
The more important question … are we ready for it?
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