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The Monday Playlist

Piya Sinha-Roy |
August 9, 2010 | 3:26 a.m. PDT

Entertainment Editor


Start your Mondays right with Neon Tommy’s top ten pop and indie songs to stick on your playlist for this week.


The Top40 Five:

Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (to listen to the track, click here)

Ms Perry returns with another hot summer track, establishing herself as the ultimate California Gurl. Perry’s understated vocals compliment the chilled beats of the track and the lyrics describe teen crushes just how we remember them – perfect summer evening track!

B.o.B feat. Rivers Cuomo – Magic (to listen to the track, click here)

You won’t be able to stop your feet from tapping away to this addictive tune that has already been setting the airwaves on fire. “Magic” is the third track from B.o.B.’s album “The Adventures of Bobby Ray”, and with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo lending his unique indie-pop voice, it’s still one of summer’s top hot tracks.

Brandon Flowers – Crossfire (to listen to the track, click here)

The Killers’ frontman has finally gone solo and delivered this awesome new song, picking up from where Day and Age left off. Flowers is best known for his synth-indie-rock sound, and “Crossfire” sets a promising tone for the eagerly anticipated solo album being released next month. And if that isn’t enough reason to check out the track, see the official video featuring Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron kicking some major ass!

Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill (to listen to the track, click here)

The second single from the band’s third album, “Plastic Beach”, this track has all the atmospheric chillout that you need from a song. Albarn’s vocals convey his usual sense of melancholy, whilst the slow but upbeat tune suggests a more positive vibe. Whilst it’s not the best track on the album, it’s a perfect summer evening song.

Mike Posner – Please Don’t Go (to listen to the track, click here)

If you still think you’re cooler than Mike Posner, he may just be giving you another reason why you’re not. “Please Don’t Go” is the second track from the highly anticipated debut album, “31 Minutes to Takeoff” (hitting stores tomorrow), and it features the same laid-back electro-pop beats as his first single, “Cooler Than Me”. Expect to hear “Please Don’t Go” tearing up the dance floors.


The Indie Five:

Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside (to listen to the track, click here)

What happens when the lead singer of The Shins joins forces with the producer of Danger Mouse? The answer is absolute magic, in the form of the Broken Bells. With a kicking beat and experimental sounds, this track is definitely one of the best of the year, and it’s at the forefront of the electro-synth direction that the indie music scene is taking. Plus, check out the hot official video for the song, featuring “Mad Men”’s Christina Hendricks.

The Stone Foxes – Stomp (to listen to the track, click here)

San-Francisco band The Stone Foxes are rocking out with their second album “Bears and Bulls”, and you won’t get a livelier wake-up call than Stomp. This track channels bluegrass and country sounds, and is guaranteed to have your feet thumping, but to get the full effect of this band, you have to check them out live, because they may just blow you away.

Florence and the Machine – Cosmic Love (to listen to the track, click here)

The red-headed Amazonian singer returns with another incredible power song that steps back from the usually strong beats, and instead lets her showcase her incredible voice. “Cosmic Love” will be the final single to be released from Florence’s hugely successful debut album “Lungs”, and definitely establishes her as one of 2010’s hottest new voices. 

Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait (to listen to the track, click here)

Arcade Fire have been impressing their fans and critics with the release of their third album, “The Suburbs”, and “We Used To Wait” is the second single to be released in the US from the album. The track is hauntingly beautiful with bursts of euphoric rifts intertwined with an uplifting beat.

The xx – Islands (to listen to the track, click here)

This London band has been setting ears around the world on fire as they deliver hit after hit. “Islands” is one of the best songs on the debut album “The xx”, and with the sultry vocals of Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft seducing you, it’s hard not to be completely enraptured by this beautiful track.


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Image credits: Katy Perry (EMI Music Publicity) and The Stone Foxes (StoneFoxes.com)



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