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16 songs we're loving this spring

(Mary Ellen Matthews)

It’s been a long, long winter. But spring is finally in the air—and so are fresh new tracks.

Kendrick Lamar — “These Walls”
Music’s current MVP mixes heady lyrical metaphors with serious P-Funk swagger.

Gallant — “Open Up”
The rising alt-R&B star lets a little Purple Rain fall on his bedroom-sexy parade; ditch the umbrella.

Marina and the Diamonds — “Blue”
The pocket-size pop diva pours her rich howl over a pulsing beat and begs for one more night with a lover—but on her terms, naturally.

Madonna — “Body Shop”
Need a lady to look under your hood? Madge makes the case for her automotive skills on this bright, sweetly spare ditty.

Courtney Barnett — “Small Poppies”
The laconic Aussie lopes through verses designed for hammocks and lemonade before exploding into a guitar freak-out that would make Hendrix proud.

Laura Marling — “Strange”
Marcus Mumford’s ex throws down the folk gauntlet on a throaty, freewheeling ode to autonomy.

Misterwives — “Our Own House”
A taffy-sticky banger from candy-colored indie-poppers who kept all their ’90s ska records.

Kelly Clarkson — “Nostalgic”
Clarkson’s lost-love anthem, tinged with shimmering synths and the most ladylike of power chords, is potent even if you’re only “nostalgic” for Lisa Frank stickers and Day-Glo fanny packs.

Madeon feat. Kyan — “You’re On”
Hop in your inner tube and drift along on the French DJ’s pretty dance-pop rapture.

Jamie xx feat. Romy — “Loud Places”
The U.K. producer borrows vocalist Romy from their day job as bedroom-electro experts the xx, but swaps those ethereal vibes for handclaps and quaking drums.

Tuxedo — “R U Ready”
Neo-soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne teams up with keyboard cowboy Jake One on a funky disco strut guaranteed to thaw the frostiest dance floor.

Action Bronson feat. Chance the Rapper — “Baby Blue”
Trade in “Uptown Funk” for this breezy, Ronson-produced breakup cut from two of hip-hop’s freshest MCs.

My Morning Jacket — “Spring (Among the Living)”
The Louisville rockers welcome the season with a swirling six-minute guitar sprawl.

Michael Ray — “Kiss You in the Morning”
Grab some gum, girl, because this Nashville newcomer wants to kiss you—yes, you with the faded jeans— under the moonlight, in the car, and wherever else you’ll let him.

Tame Impala — “Let It Happen”
Nearly eight minutes of hazy, tripped-out bliss from the Perth psych-rockers, overlaid with cascading synths and urgent percussion.

Swervedriver — “Setting Sun”
This gauzy, jangly dream from the beloved shoegazers’ first album in 17 years floats like ice in a mojito, and goes down twice as smooth.