With today’s seemingly non-stop flow of information and content, it can be difficult to catch it all, making it easy for one to miss when their favorite artist releases new material. It can also be hard to find your new favorites when so much gets lost in the shuffle. With that in mind, here are some of the top tracks released in January as selected by the Manor 208 staff, all in one convenient playlist for your listening and discovering pleasure.
- Avril Lavigne – Love It When You Hate Me (feat. Blackbear)
The “motherf***in’ princess” herself has been returning to her pop-rock roots recently, and “Love It When You Hate Me” is no exception. From her upcoming album Love Sux due on February 25, it’s a callback to her past while also sounding fresh for new audiences.
- Bastille – Shut Off the Lights
Much like Avril, Bastille have also returned with their first new material since 2019. “Shut Off the Lights” feels like it’s poised to be a summer anthem later in the year, with its light instrumentals and catchy chorus.
- Charlotte Sands – Want You Like That
Charlotte Sands is a name that you’re probably going to be hearing a lot more of, and with good reason. Her pop-rock tunes are extremely catchy and infectious, and she recently won over music fans across the eastern US opening for Yungblud on select dates of his Life on Mars tour. She’s also recently collaborated with alt-scene veterans such as Taking Back Sunday, The Maine, and Underoath.
- Shinedown – Planet Zero
After experimenting with some slightly more pop elements on recent material, Shinedown have returned to their hard rock roots with Planet Zero, a guitar-heavy track that feels ready for the arena setting the band is known for. It feels like it’ll fit right in a set alongside past hits such as Sound of Madness, while not feeling dated.
- Mothica – Casualty
Mothica is another artist on the rise, with her song Vices going viral on Tik Tok in 2020, and her first album under her own Heavy Hearts Records due later this year. With Casualty, Mothica took what originated as a rejected Papa Roach track (the band are indeed credited as co-writers) and turned it into an alt-pop masterpiece.
Listen to these and our other picks on our Spotify page!