The best songs that you should be listening to

Olivia Griffin, Staff Reporter

Looking for some new music? Here are some songs that you have probably never heard of, that are underrated:

“Wrath Pinned to the Mist and Other Games” – of Montreal, The Sunlandic Twins

While of Montreal is not from Canada (the band is from Athens, Georgia), this Beatles-influenced, psychedelic song is going to be one of your new favorite songs.

“Flaws”, Bastille, Flaws – EP

This London quartet gained popularity after performing at SXSW this year. Keep an eye out for them, because they are going to be huge. Check out their other songs, particularly “Pompeii” – you’ll be thankful.

“Fitzpleasure”, Alt-J, An Awesome Wave

Another English band that performed at SXSW this year. An Awesome Wave, their debut album, was released in Europe in May 2012 and in the United States in September 2012, and has since gained popularity with indie rock fans worldwide.

“Blue Velvet”, Lana del Ray, Paradise

This remake of Tony Bennett’s 1950 hit is one of the best modernizations of classic songs out there. I applaud H&M for choosing this song to be featured in their commercial campaigns for their clothing line.

“Diplomat’s Son”, Vampire Weekend, Contra

Generally, anything from this indie rock band from New York City is guaranteed to be good (and a bit quirky), but “Diplomat’s Son” is probably their best track, followed closely by “Oxford Comma” and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”. Keep an eye out for their third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City, to be released on May 14, 2013.

“Islands”, The xx, xx

Probably the most calming, chill song out there. And, by the way, they’re British – once again proving that British music is, for the most part, far superior to that of the United States.

“National Anthem”, Lana del Rey, Born to Die

Lana del Rey is quite possibly one of the best artists out there. Honestly, if you’re not listening to her, then you’re missing out completely. There’s a reason why two of her songs are in here.