It’s a complicated and revolutionary time for this country and the world. We’re actively battling two pandemics— one that, in just a few months, has turned our lives upside down, and one that has plagued this country and world for generations. To cope with the nuanced feelings inspired by everything going on, we’ve turned to music to get us through. Here are our top five tracks to make you feel love in its many forms.
5. NICO’S RED TRUCK – DIJON
Maryland singer-songwriter Dijon encapsulates the warm pockets of adolescence in the brilliant “Nico’s Red Truck.”
I can’t help but smile and think about the sweet simplicity of my youth listening to “Nico’s Red Truck.” The song sounds like something you’ve never heard before and something you’ve heard over a million times.
Dijon’s clear melodic vocals are a dream on “Nico’s Red Truck.” He also tells a beautiful story in the song — a story you’ll want to hear over and over again.
4. MAKE IT BETTER – ANDERSON .PAAK (FT. SMOKEY ROBINSON)
“Make It Better” brings the best of the past and present together in a way that is exciting to listen to.
Anderson .Paak’s raspy yet powerful vocals thrive in “Make It Better.” It also pairs well alongside legend Smokey Robinson’s vocal quality and tone peppered throughout the track. “Make It Better” shares a love of life, love, and the complexities between the two to listeners so generously. This track is a bonafide classic and very much a song we’ll playfully tell our younger generation they “don’t know nothing about this right here.”
3. NOTHING EVEN MATTERS – LAURYN HILL (FT. D’ANGELO)
“Nothing Even Matters” carries the same greatness as the other tracks on The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.
Often in music, we hear the tumultuousness of love discussed — the ups and downs, the fights, and the makeup and breakups — but “Nothing Even Matters” is so beautiful because it captures the peace and simplicity in love. Hill and D’Angelo are superb in the track, expertly representing an intimate conversation between lovers through music.
2. DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR – SOLANGE (FT. SAMPHA)
“Don’t Touch My Hair” is the self-love anthem of 2016!
Similarly to “Nothing Even Matters,” “Don’t Touch My Hair” lets complex musical moments sprinkled throughout the track shine on top of a heartbeat-like bass drum. All in all, Solange brings us into her soul throughout “Don’t Touch My Hair,” and we never want to leave!
1. HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE – PJ MORTON (FT. YEBBA)
When I think about what a love song should be, one song comes to my mind: “How Deep Is Your Love” by PJ Morton.
“How Deep Is Your Love” is spectacular! It breathes new life and warmth into the Bee Gee’s classic with the same name.
“How Deep Is Your Love” is so full— Morton includes a full string and brass section to his band, as well as a choir to soar alongside him. The song also includes a memorable cameo by Yebba, who is vocally a force to be reckoned with. The supreme talent and warm feelings it evokes makes it a love song for the ages.