We hope your sound system has been updated. The music that’s about to hit your playlist needs a supreme machine to deliver it the respect it deserves. And, to make sure you’re choosing downloads wisely, here are our picks for what you should be listening to right now … courtesy of this year’s Grammy Awards voting academy.
Buy This Entire Album | Entertainment Weekly predicted this as a win for “its triumph of style and substance.” Despite his loss to Miss Swift, it topped voters’ lists with 11 nominations, so honestly, whether you’re into rap or not, the talent behind Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is something to get on board with right now.
Download This New Artist | Chances are, you lip sing along with Megan Trainor (this year’s winner) every day, but the pure vocal talent of Tori Kelly means you should probably already have these songs on your playlist too: “Should’ve Been Us” “Something Beautiful” and “Hollow.” As proved by her impressive duet at the Grammys, she’s a stellar performer and one of the only new artists who isn’t already overplayed … but maybe should’ve been.
Sing Along to This | Fun fact: The difference between Song of the Year and Record of the Year on the Grammy ballot is that song awards go to the actual songwriters. Support (and celebrate) that skillset with Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” or the buzzed-about “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town.
Listen to This Record| Knowing the incredible team (Mark Ronson, ft. Bruno Mars) behind this candy store of a song, Record of the Year “Uptown Funk” is worth getting caught dancing at the steering wheel over.
Choose This Alternative | Probably one of the biggest new rock bands to make the stage circuit and this year’s winner for several rock-related Grammys, Alabama Shakes’ album Sound & Color delivers “Gimme All Your Love,” “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Future People” along with the vinyl player preference if you’re going to listen in your living room rather than see them live.
Rock Out to This Performance | You don’t have to be a head banger (it may hurt wearing those statement earrings we love) to enjoy “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King. You just have to be confident enough to sing at the top of your lungs.
Dance in Your Car to This Pop Song | The Weeknd was Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show worthy this year, which means anything they deliver works for our own M.O. as well. If you aren’t already singing “Can’t Feel My Face” during rush hour, put this and the Grammy winning “Earned It” at the top of your download list.