It’s Tuesday! Time for another round of 5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week!
But, it’s not just any old week — the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards are this Sunday! To celebrate, I’ve picked songs from some of the nominated artists and performers. Some of these tracks are new, some not so new — but all of them are most definitely worth some wood.
1.) Disclosure, “Grab Her”
Have you ever had that one boss who was just the literal WORST? The one that was so bad, they actually caused every object in and around your personal space to somehow defy gravity and fly up toward the ceiling? No? Okay, maybe not last bit.
U.K. alt-dance duo Disclosure’s “Grab Her” video is one of the Best Video nominees at this year’s Woodies — and rightfully so. The clip takes the mostly instrumental Settle jam and gives it a delightfully imaginative visual, as an office deals with one major jerk of an overlord while simply trying to get their work done.
So, remember: The next time you’re left fuming in your cubicle, give this a view, and be grateful that at least the urinal in your office flushes down.
+ Watch Disclosure’s “Grab Her” video.
2.) Iggy Azalea, “Impossible Is Nothing”
Iggy Azalea’s been work-work-working on her sheeeeeet for years, and the fruits of that labor are finally coming to us in the form of The New Classic. Not only is the spitfire femcee’s “Bounce” nominated for Best Video, but Iggy herself will be bouncing onto the Woodies’ SXSW stage as a performer this year.
“Impossible Is Nothing,” one of the tracks off of her long, long, long-awaited debut LP, is one hugely motivational, endlessly empowering anthem. “25 hours, 8 days out the week/ Focus, keep eyes open, victory never sleeps,” Iggy encourages. Got dreams? Iggy’s living proof that you can achieve ‘em.
+ Listen to Iggy Azalea’s “Impossible Is Nothing.”
3.) Bastille, “We Can’t Stop (Miley Cyrus Cover)”
With so many uh-mazing, genre-blurring covers recorded every year, the Woodies have rightfully decided to honor the best of the best with the Cover Woodie, for which Bastille’s incredible rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” — the song responsible for the VMA twerk heard ’round the world — is nominated.
The cover reinterprets the turnt-up anthem as a surging-rock power ballad, complete with gorgeous strings and pianowork. (You know, just as Mike WiLL Made It originally intended.) Bonus: Just wait for the hilariously dramatic “Achy Breaky Heart” interpolation at the very end!
4.) Childish Gambino featuring Jhené Aiko, “Pink Toes”
The warm collaboration between the multi-talented actor-rapper and the dreamy, alt-R&B princess is a solid display of the duo’s individual talents. Between Childish Gambino’s smooth, uplifting flow and Aiko’s angelic vocals, this is purely heavenly stuff.
+ Listen to Childish Gambino’s “Pink Toes” featuring Jhené Aiko.
5.) Lorde, “Buzzcut Season”
You know that girl Lorde? The one that’s besties with Taylor Swift? (DUH, JK OBVIOUSLY.) Her debut album, Pure Heroine, became one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of last year, and that’s why she’s one of the deserved nominees for Woodie Of The Year.
Apart from the obvious radio smashes like “Royals” and “Team,” though, there are plenty of gems on the record, like the stunning “Buzzcut Season,” which is perhaps one of the 17-year-old’s most profound works to date.
Seriously: “Nothing’s wrong when nothing’s true/ I live in a hologram with you”? Chills forever, no matter how many times you’ve listened.
+ Watch Lorde perform “Buzzcut Season.”
Bradley Stern is a writer from New york. In his spare time, he enjoys organizing his Britney Spears CD collection in reverse chronological order and writing impassioned letters to Congress urging that Madonnalogy be taught in all public schools. But most of all, he spends his time tweeting musing daily about pop music on his blog, MuuMuse.
+ Watch the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards on Mar. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT!
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