For people like me, who can’t be bothered to buy actual albums, the 22nd July 2016 was a true occasion. It was the date that Now That’s What I Call Music 94 officially dropped, providing us with all the best in recent pop. So what should you listen to from Now 94? Check out the following five tracks from the likes of gifted vocalist Ariana Grande and talented singer-songwriter Sia.
Into You – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is the ultimate seducer on dance-pop track ‘Into You.’ Backed by slick synths, Grande’s sultry, controlled vocals draw us into her world with lines such as ‘I’m so into you, I can barely breathe/And all I wanna do is to fall in deep.’ The temperature, along with the pace, heats up as we head into the bridge, after which over absolutely pounding beats, Grande knocks us out cold with the most addictive chorus on Now 94!
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
Trap tune ‘Don’t Let me Down’ is a total trip. With her velvety vocals, Daya draws us closer to the fire like a moth to the flame. Then it gets serious guys, as the tempo amps up to a million, the beat comes crashing down at a furious pace and Daya screeches ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ desperately over and over. By the end of this track you’ll be completely drained, but still itching to press replay!
Desire – Years & Years ft. Tove Lo
Years & Years and Tove Lo perfectly explore the conflict between love and lust on this remixed version of the former’s 2015 hit ‘Desire.’ It’s chorus, which goes ‘Is it desire/Or is it love that I’m feeling for you?/I want desire/Cause your love only gets me abused,’ is totally infectious. Throw in some steely-beats and in ‘Desire,’ you have a thoroughly post-modern track that’s layered with meaning, but also makes you want to hit the floor!
Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes’ break-through hit, ‘Stitches,’ was one of the best tracks on Now 93. On ‘Treat You Better,’ the Canadian singer-songwriter upped the ante, while sticking to his core sound. Crooning lyrics such as ‘Tell me why are we wasting time/On all your wasted crime/When you should be with me instead’ over plucky guitar strains and booming drum beats that rouse up into a glorious chorus, in this song Mendes sets our hearts blazing!
Cheap Thrills – Sia ft. Sean Paul
With ‘Cheap Thrills,’ Sia proves that she’s the ultimate all-rounder. Teaming up with Sean Paul on this reggae-infused track, Sia gives us the ultimate ‘getting-ready’ tune. Complete with cool beats, lyrical gems such as ‘Come on, come on, turn the radio on/It’s Friday night and I won’t be long’ and ‘I don’t need no money/As long as I keep dancing’ as well as crowds screaming ‘I love cheap thrills,’ this is Sia’s most dancer-floor ready hit yet!
Pure addictive pop
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Now 94 includes a range of other standout tracks, from DNCE’s anthemic ‘Cake By The Ocean,’ to Calvin Harris’ and Rihanna’s (and apparently Taylor Swift’s) straight-up club banger, ‘This Is What You Came For.’ With this album, the Now That’s What I Call Music folks have served up another slice of pure, addictive pop.