We partnered with our friends at ACL Music Festival to pick our favorite tracks from the artists on this year’s lineup. From Drake’s blend of R&B with a touch of rap and Run The Jewels’ killer beats with quick, thoughtful wordplay to The Strokes’ stylish and fun pop rock, we’d like to think it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday weekend.
Check it out below!
1. Drake - “Hotline Bling” Cutting edge blend of R&B with a touch of rap.
2. Albert Hammond, Jr. - “Power Hungry” He’s the dude that put those great guitar melodies in all of the Strokes albums.
3. The Weeknd - “Tell Your Friends” He’s a touch of MJ, Prince & Al Green all in one.
4. Run The Jewels - “Lie, Cheat, Steal” Killer beats with quick, thoughtful wordplay.
5. Alabama Shakes - “Guess Who” Soul with soul!
6. Tame Impala - “The Less I Know the Better” Best track production out there today meets super clever pop!
7. Leon Bridges - “Brown Skin Girl” Silky smooth voice backed up by a super tight band.
8. Songhoy Blues - “Ai Tchere Bele” Mali blues band with the best stage dance moves ever!
9. Alessia Cara - “Here” R.I.P. Amy Winehouse!
10. Disclosure - “Holding On” AMAZING ENERGY!! …Nobody’s better live!
11. TV On The Radio - “Trouble” Experienced vets on the scene…this song is kinda soul, dub & rock all together.
12. Billy Idol - “Eyes Without A Face” What to say on this one?? …SO good!
13. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” Incredible musicians making FUNKY indie rock.
14. Kehlani - “Runnin’” She’s a blend of Beyonce & Lil Kim.
15. A$AP Rocky - “Goldie” Htown-style slowed out hiphop.
16. Sylvan Esso - “Dreamy Bruises” Fun electro-pop!
17. Lord Huron - “She Lit a Fire” Breezy Cali rock.
18. Kurt Vile - “Pretty Pimpin” The modern Tom Petty.
19. Gary Clark Jr. - “When My Train Pulls In” This dude shreds.
20. Vince Staples - “Lemme Know” Super smart lyricist over beautifully tribal beats.
21. The Strokes - “You Only Live Once” Stylish & fun pop rock.
22. Classixx - “All You’re Waiting For” Time to dance!
23. Future - “F*ck Up Some Commas” One of the best rappers out there!!!
Photo by Nick Simonite