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I really considered not doing this, but I had so much time to listen to music this year, and most of that time was spent trying to look for new stuff. Another year of hesitation and last-minute planning, but here I am.

 

Here’s my list from last year:

2019

 

And for this year, I decided to include some releases from the end of last year that I didn’t get to include because of their late release dates. I find it difficult to give more accurate opinions with stuff I didn’t have a lot of time to listen to. So there’ll be some stuff from November 1, 2019 – October 29, 2020.

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TOP 30

  1. Magdalena Bay – A Little Rhythm and a Wicked Feeling
  2. Ralph – Flashbacks & Fantasies
  3. Tei Shi – Die 4 Ur Love
  4. Kailee Morgue – Here In Your Bedroom
  5. Aseul – Slow Dance
  6. Katzù Oso – Colour
  7. mxmtoon – dawn
  8. Alex Porat – bad at breakups
  9. Troye Sivan – In A Dream
  10. Valley – sucks to see you doing better
  11. Future Jr. – I Think You’ll Find
  12. Nasty Cherry – Season 2
  13. XYLØ – The Ganglands of My Heart
  14. Becky and the Birds – Trasslig
  15. COIN – Indigo Violet
  16. HÅN – gradients
  17. Carlie Hanson – DestroyDestroyDestroyDestroy
  18. Alfie Templeman – Happiness in Liquid Form
  19. The Japanese House – Chewing Cotton Wool
  20. ELIO – u and me, but mostly me
  21. mxmtoon – dusk
  22. Robinson – Watching You
  23. Highasakite – The Bare Romantic, Part 2
  24. BUMPER – pop songs 2020
  25. Mulherin – Blurry
  26. Wallows – Remote
  27. Nova Miller – The Passion
  28. Alice Chater – Aries
  29. VÉRITÉ – new limbs (vol. 1)
  30. UMI – Introspection

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Silver Sphere – all my boyfriends
  • CXLOE – Heavy, Pt. 1
  • Fletcher – THE S(EX) TAPES
  • James Blake – Before
  • Remi Wolf – I’m Allergic To Dogs!

 

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TOP 50

  1. Ellis – Born Again
  2. Charli XCX – how i’m feeling now
  3. Tennis – Swimmer
  4. Katy Perry – Smile
  5. Yumi Zouma – Truth or Consequences
  6. Rina Sawayama – SAWAYAMA
  7. Banoffee – Look at Us Now Dad
  8. Empress Of – I’m Your Empress Of
  9. Ava Max – Heaven & Hell
  10. The Aces – Under My Influence
  11. Dagny – Strangers / Lovers
  12. Kesha – High Road
  13. Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
  14. Lady Gaga – Chromatica
  15. Kiesza – Crave
  16. Kacy Hill – Is It Selfish If We Talk About Me Again
  17. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
  18. Noble Oak – Horizon
  19. Gus Dapperton – Orca
  20. Alina Baraz – It Was Divine
  21. Omar Apollo – Apolonio
  22. Kllo – Maybe We Could
  23. Meghan Trainor – TREAT MYSELF
  24. Selena Gomez – Rare
  25. Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated Side B
  26. Oklou – Galore
  27. Hundredth – Somewhere Nowhere
  28. Allie X – Cape God
  29. Alec Benjamin – These Two Windows
  30. Cosmo’s Midnight – Yesteryear
  31. Loyal Lobos – Everlasting
  32. Dreams We’ve Had – Everything and You
  33. Sasha Sloan – Only Child
  34. Echosmith – Lonely Generation
  35. Gabrielle Aplin – Dear Happy
  36. Niall Horan – Heartbreak Weather
  37. Slow Pulp – Moveys
  38. Ellie Goulding – Brightest Blue
  39. Taylor Swift – folklore
  40. lovelytheband – conversations with myself about you
  41. BLACKSTARKIDS – Whatever, Man
  42. 5 Seconds of Summer – CALM
  43. The Weeknd – After Hours
  44. Harry Styles – Fine Line
  45. Tinashe – Songs for You
  46. Ella Vos – Turbulence
  47. Lennon Stella – Three. Two. One
  48. Stevan – Just Kids
  49. LANY – mama’s boy
  50. moistbreezy – Breezy

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form
  • Boy Pablo – Wachito Rico
  • Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour
  • MAX – Colour Vision
  • Halsey – Manic
  • Hannah Diamond – Reflections
  • Hazel English – Wake UP!
  • Conan Gray – Kid Krow
  • Wyatt Smith – Maple
  • Turnover – Altogether
  • Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor
  • Joji – Nectar
  • Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension
  • Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
  • HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III

 

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  1. Ellis – Shame
  2. Katy Perry – Cry About It Later
  3. Gus Dapperton – Post Humorous
  4. Tennis – Runner
  5. Dua Lipa – Physical
  6. Allie X – Sarah Come Home
  7. Banoffee – Contagious
  8. 070 Shake – Guilty Conscience
  9. Kesha – Kinky (feat. Ke$ha)
  10. Rina Sawayama – Bad Friend
  11. ELIO – Jackie Onassis
  12. Lady Gaga – Rain On Me (with Ariana Grande)
  13. Ava Max – Naked
  14. Empress Of – U Give It Up
  15. Kailee Morgue – Dying To Live
  16. Super M – With You
  17. sophie meiers – Come Ovr
  18. Rina Sawayama – Tokyo Love Hotel
  19. Tei Shi – Ok Crazy
  20. Charli XCX – forever
  21. Dua Lipa – Levitating
  22. Doja Cat – Say So
  23. mxmtoon – fever dream
  24. Kevin Krautner – Opportunity
  25. L Devine – Don’t Say It
  26. Ava Max – Born to the Night
  27. Ellis – Fall Apart
  28. Dagny – Somebody
  29. Big Freedia – Chasing Rainbows (feat. Kesha)
  30. Grimes – Delete Forever
  31. Alec Benjamin – Demons
  32. MONSTA X – MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
  33. Ellis – Born Again
  34. Kevin Krautner – Surprise
  35. The Aces – Lost Angeles
  36. Becky and the Birds – Wondering
  37. Charli XCX – i finally understand
  38. Katy Perry – Daisies
  39. Lola Marsh – Give Me Some Time
  40. lovelytheband – waste
  41. Noble Oak – In Series
  42. Katy Perry – Not the End of the World
  43. The Aces – Daydream
  44. Kesha – Tonight
  45. 100 gecs – toothless
  46. Rina Sawayama – Love Me 4 Me
  47. Halsey – More
  48. The Weeknd – In Your Eyes
  49. Kllo – Somehow
  50. Kiesza – Can’t Be Saved
  51. COIN – You Are the Traffic
  52. Harry Styles – Adore You
  53. Surf Mesa – Somewhere (feat. Gus Dapperton)
  54. Halsey – You should be sad
  55. Ellie Goulding – Brightest Blue
  56. Kesha – High Road
  57. Alina Baraz – My Whole Life
  58. Charli XCX – enemy
  59. Tove Lo – I’m Coming
  60. Ralph – Last Time
  61. Niall Horan – Small Talk
  62. Joel Corry – Head & Heart (feat. MNEK)
  63. Maggie Rogers – Love You For A Long Time
  64. Charli XCX – 7 years
  65. SUNMI – Pporappippam
  66. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
  67. Lady Gaga – 1,000 Doves
  68. Katy Perry – Tucked
  69. Victoria Monét – Expereince (with Khalid & SG Lewis)
  70. Empress Of – Give Me Another Chance
  71. Megan Thee Stallion – B.I.T.C.H.
  72. Halsey – 3am
  73. Tame Impala – Breathe Deeper
  74. Cautious Clay – Cheesin’
  75. Rina Sawayama – Paradisin’
  76. twenty one pilots – level of concern
  77. Kim Petras – Reminds Me
  78. 100 gecs – xXXi_wud_nvrstøp_ÜXXx (Remix) [feat. Tommy Cash & Hannah Diamond]
  79. The Weeknd – Save Your Tears
  80. Nasty Cherry – Better Run
  81. Kesha – Birthday Suit
  82. 100 gecs – hand crushed by a mallet (Remix) [feat. Fall Out Boy, Craig Owens, Nicole Dollanganger]
  83. Billie Eilish – everything i wanted
  84. Troye Sivan – IN A DREAM
  85. Marshmello – Be Kind (with Halsey)
  86. AJ Mitchell – Spring Break (feat. Rich The Kid)
  87. MISOGI – Heart Chained (feat. Master Peace & No Rome)
  88. Carly Rae Jepsen – Stay Away
  89. BTS – We are Bulletproof : the Eternal
  90. Sufjan Stevens – Video Game
  91. SG Lewis – Chemicals
  92. BLACKPINK – Lovesick Girls
  93. Poppy – All the Things She Said
  94. Julia Michaels – Lie Like This
  95. Pilar Victoria – Space Song
  96. Katie Malco – Animal
  97. Alina Baraz – Morocco (feat. 6lack)
  98. Tiësto – What’s It Gonna Be (feat. KAMILLE)
  99. Pom Pom Squad – Red with Love
  100. Dreamer Boy – Know You
  101. Jessie Ware – Soul Control
  102. All Time Low – Basement Noise
  103. Magdalena Bay – How to Get Physical
  104. Tei Shi – Die 4 Ur Love
  105. Scarypoolparty – Return2sender
  106. The 1975 – Me & You Together Song
  107. Kacy Hill – Much Higher
  108. Yumi Zouma – Truer Than Ever
  109. Magdalena Bay – Live 4ever
  110. Orchin – dRiVe (Radio Edit)
  111. Allie X – Life of the Party
  112. Jessie Ware – The Kill
  113. Ella Henderson – Dream On Me
  114. Banoffee – ****wit
  115. Ava Max – Kings & Queens
  116. All Time Low – Clumsy
  117. Meghan Trainor – Wave (feat. Mike Sabbath)
  118. Hannah Diamond – Concrete Angel
  119. Sam Sparro – The PPL (feat. Maluca)
  120. mxmtoon – lessons
  121. Circa Waves – Call Your Name
  122. DeathbyRomy – Fiending For A Lover
  123. Dua Lipa – Love Again
  124. HANA – Nu Leaf
  125. All Time Low – Safe
  126. UMI – Introspection
  127. Omar Apollo – Useless
  128. Carly Rae Jepsen – Felt This Way
  129. Magdalena Bay – Good Intentions
  130. Valley – nevermind
  131. Mulherin – Never Get Me
  132. Alice Chater – Pretty In Pink
  133. Ella Vos – Burning Bridges
  134. tobi lou – hot tube TIME machine
  135. Taylor Swift – betty
  136. The Aces – Not Enough
  137. Megan Thee Stallion – Diamonds (with Normani)
  138. The 1975 – Frail State of Mind
  139. Ariana Grande – positions
  140. Allie X – Super Duper Party People
  141. Katzù Oso – Retail Therapy
  142. Ali Gatie – What If I Told You That I Love You
  143. Chloe x Halle – Do It
  144. Ella Vos – Trial by Fire
  145. OneRepublic – Didn’t I
  146. Wyatt Smith – East Bay
  147. Hannah Diamond – Love Goes On
  148. Ecco2k – Calcium
  149. Lennon Stella – Bend Over Backwards
  150. Louis Tomlinson – Fearless

 

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Here are some Albums & EPs that I enjoyed, but just not quite enough to make my list.

 

ALBUMS

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  • The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form
  • Boy Pablo – Wachito Rico
  • Chlore x Halle – Ungodly Hour
  • MAX – Colour Vision
  • Halsey – Manic
  • Hannah Diamond – Reflections
  • Hazel English – Wake UP!
  • Wyatt Smith – Maple
  • Turnover – Altogether
  • Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor
  • Joji – Nectar
  • Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension
  • Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
  • HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III

 

EPS

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  • Silver Sphere – all my boyfriends
  • CXLOE – Heavy, Pt. 1
  • FLETCHER – THE S(EX) TAPES
  • James Blake – Before
  • Remi Wolf – I’m Allergic To Dogs!

 

 

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Finally you're here :katie2:

 

Manic + WIM3 only being HMs is fine with me, they have some good highlights :flower: Remi Wolf is on my list of artists to check out, Disco Man is a bop. Kid Krow was nice (and overhated.) Ungodly Hour and Petals for Armor missing the main list oh wow... :'(

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Sunderland 4ever

Such a good surprise to see that Turnover album here, even though it's from 2019.

 

Boy pablo, Hazel English and HAIM :clap3:

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On 12/19/2020 at 3:50 AM, geodancefreak said:

Excited! :date3:

:heart2:

On 12/19/2020 at 7:09 AM, M A R N ✮ said:

Halsey :)

a pretty solid album!

On 12/19/2020 at 7:59 AM, TheWayWeWere said:

Omg, so many taste!!

Manic, Women and Ungodly Hour only on HMs :jonny5:

aww thank you! i really love a handful of tracks from each album tho! :jamming:

On 12/19/2020 at 6:57 PM, Remmy said:

Finally you're here :katie2:

 

Manic + WIM3 only being HMs is fine with me, they have some good highlights :flower: Remi Wolf is on my list of artists to check out, Disco Man is a bop. Kid Krow was nice (and overhated.) Ungodly Hour and Petals for Armor missing the main list oh wow... :'(

Disco Man was def a fave from it! Kid Krow was cute. i don't think i listened to Ungodly Hour & Hayley's alums enough, but they both have really good tracks :alexz:

On 12/20/2020 at 12:02 AM, potent said:

Notes on a Conditional Form messy, but has some good tracks at least

Kid Krow and Petals for Armor both cute, I'm mad about WIMP3 missing though :jonny5:

omg yes, i think i tried forcing myself to like 1975's album at some point, but a lot of the songs were questionable lol. HAIM's is cute, def need to revisit it some more

On 12/20/2020 at 1:25 AM, Sunderland 4ever said:

Such a good surprise to see that Turnover album here, even though it's from 2019.

 

Boy pablo, Hazel English and HAIM :clap3:

yeah, there'll be some entries that were released in the last two months of 2019! yas at boy pablo & hazel english getting some recognition :clap3:

 

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#30 - #26

 

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30. UMI – Introspection

I really enjoyed her voice and the vibe of this is just chill. A cute discovery.

Favorites: “Introspection”, “Pretty Girl hi!

 

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29. VÉRITÉ – new limbs (vol. 1)

Initially, I was pretty uninterested in the songs she released from this prior to the whole EP. The songs have since grown on me after a few more listens.

Favorites: “i’ll take the blame”, “younger women

 

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28. Alice Chater – Aries

I’m still really unfamiliar with her music, but “Tonight” remains a bop. So I went into this EP expecting a few more songs like it, which led to a little bit of disappointment. The songs are cute enough tho.

Favorites: “Pretty in Pink”, “Aries

 

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27. Nova Miller – The Passion

There’s actually numerous solid songs on here. It being released near the end of my cut-off for releases earned it a spot this low. I think it would have placed higher if I had more time to listen to it.

Favorites: “Mi Amor”, “Timing

 

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26. Wallows – Remote

Kind of clunky and pretty noisy, but I still enjoyed this.

Favorites: “Virtual Aerobics”, “Coastlines

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#50 - #46

 

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50. moistbreezy – Breezy

I’m kinda surprised this barely managed to make the cut. I liked nearly every one of these songs, they’re just fun if not kind of generic.

Favorites: “Contact”, “Vhs

 

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49. LANY – mama's boy

I was anticipating this album since I enjoyed their previous one “Malibu Nights”. But the album felt pretty lengthy to me and I find myself skipping quite a few tracks after a while.

Favorites: “cowboy in LA”, “good guys

 

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48. Stevan – Just Kids

Maybe it’s the artwork getting to me, but this is a pretty feel-good and summery album. The production on this is just bright.

Favorites: “Lnt”, “Timee

 

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47. Lennon Stella – Three. Two. One

I listened to this quite a lot when it was first released, but the replay value declined for me after some time. I still come back to a handful of songs.

Favorites: “Fear of Being Alone”, “Bend Over Backwards

 

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46. Ella Vos – Turbulence

Honestly, there’s not thaaat much substance to this, but it’s a collection of cute and harmless songs.

Favorites: “Burning Bridges”, “Trial by Fire

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Ungodly Hour, Petals For Armor, The Ascension & Women In Music at least made it into HM list :clap3:

 

I've seen so many people include Alice Chater's EP on their best list, maybe i should try it out. I only know her because she had short beef with Zara Larsson this year ddd

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new limbs was a cute EP & an improvement over her disappointing 2nd album. I want to like Wallows because their sound is cute and so is Dylan but they're just not hitting me :katie: mama's boy was kinda floppy honestly, I'd say there's only around 3 standout tracks. I liked Three. Two. One., just not as much as her debut EP. Both of your favorites :clap3:

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On 12/21/2020 at 3:26 AM, kiiwii said:

48. Stevan – Just Kids

An indie pop/dreampop album that I haven't heard this year. How was that possible? :ohwow:

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Yeah I'm afraid to listen to that LANY album because I think it will be bad :dies: they've had some cute tracks in the past though

Oh Wallows did release an EP this year? I didn't even realize :dies: their last album was a good one though!

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sorry if it double tagged you. i forgot to put it all in spoilers :emofish:

 

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On 12/21/2020 at 10:23 AM, TheWayWeWere said:

I tried to like Alice girl, but her album never hit me :michael:

lol that's understandable. the songs are cute, but nothing v special.

 

On 12/21/2020 at 10:28 AM, geodancefreak said:

I also had a listen to that Alice EP but I wasn't feeling it.

Excited for the rest of the list tho.

oop, mediocrity at its finest :gaycat4: thank you tho!

 

On 12/21/2020 at 12:17 PM, Mr. Blue_Shirt said:

Ungodly Hour, Petals For Armor, The Ascension & Women In Music at least made it into HM list :clap3:

 

I've seen so many people include Alice Chater's EP on their best list, maybe i should try it out. I only know her because she had short beef with Zara Larsson this year ddd

those albums are all enjoyable. i had Ungodly Hour at 53, so it nearly made the cut lol :jonny5: beef with zara? fff :skull: the EP is cute and short, so it'll be quick listen

 

19 hours ago, dreamofyou said:

lennon's was cute for a moment:gaycat4:

it was, it was :gaycat3: 

 

12 hours ago, Remmy said:

new limbs was a cute EP & an improvement over her disappointing 2nd album. I want to like Wallows because their sound is cute and so is Dylan but they're just not hitting me :katie: mama's boy was kinda floppy honestly, I'd say there's only around 3 standout tracks. I liked Three. Two. One., just not as much as her debut EP. Both of your favorites :clap3:

plsss, all of these accurate opinions! i liked a few songs from her second album, i've never listened to her first tho :chick1:  Wallow's music isn't something i'd find myself playing often, but they're decent enough hehe. no love for LANY :bibliahh: but yesss, i also preferred Lennon's EP as a whole.

 

5 hours ago, Sunderland 4ever said:

An indie pop/dreampop album that I haven't heard this year. How was that possible? :ohwow:

honestly, i dont even remember how i came across it lmao. 

 

2 hours ago, potent said:

Yeah I'm afraid to listen to that LANY album because I think it will be bad :dies: they've had some cute tracks in the past though

Oh Wallows did release an EP this year? I didn't even realize :dies: their last album was a good one though!

lmaooo, i mean... it's not too bad hehe. but oh yeah, i also liked some songs from wallow's album. i don't blame you tho, i feel there were so many releases this year, it's hard to keep up!

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#25 - #16

 

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25. Mulherin – Blurry

This has some cute and somber songs. The production is chill on this one too. 

Favorites: “Never Get Me”, “On Me (feat. Dijon)

 

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24. BUMPER – pop songs 2020

It only has 4 songs, but they all pack a decent punch. Has a pretty digital feel to it, if that makes sense.

Favorites: “Red Brick”, “Ballad 0

 

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23. Highasakite – The Bare Romantic, Part 2

I discovered them last year with their album “Uranium Heart” which ended up being one my favorites of 2019. Another set of emotional mid-tempo songs that they seem to specialize in.

Favorites: “Under the Sun”, “All for Love

 

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22. Robinson – Watching You

Favorites: “Lie to Me”, “Don’t Say

 

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21. mxmtoon – dusk

One of two EPs that Maia released this year. It’s nothing particularly special, it’s pretty middle of the road for the genre. There’s a collab with Carly Rae Jepsen on here, if that’ll catch your attention lol. 

Favorites: “bon iver”, “asking for a friend

 

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20. ELIO – u and me, but mostly me

A very promising debut, definitely an artist that I’m really interested in hearing more from. 

Favorites: “My Friends Online”, “Waste of Emotion

 

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19. The Japanese House – Chewing Cotton Wool

Favorites: “Something Has to Change”, “Dionne (feat. Justin Vernon)

 

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18. Alfie Templeman – Happiness in Liquid Form

A fun and upbeat EP, it’s also pretty groovy.

Favorites: “Happiness in Liquid Form”, “Obvious Guy

 

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17. Carlie Hanson – DestroyDestroyDestroyDestroy

Questionable title aside, I actually like this EP more than her previous effort.

Favorites: “Is That a Thing?”, “Side Effects

 

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16. HÅN – gradients

Favorites: “Lens”, “Gymnasion

 

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ELIO yesss :smitten: So glad Charli shouted her out on Twitter months ago, otherwise I would've never found her. The EP is solid and I looove her new single. Both of Carlie's EPs are great, excited for more from her. Love your 4 faves from those. I'll come back and explore some of these later because I see a ton of POP in the genres :gaycat4:

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