The Five Best Fucking Songs Right Now* (Volume 3)

* based on absolutely no criteria whatsoever

Ahh, summer. There’s no better time to listen to the music — poolside, at a barbecue, driving down the open road on a sunny day… or on your way to work, wishing you were doing those things, cursing your lot in life.

When last we checked in with the Best Fucking Songs, I gave you such sonic treats as Graffiti6, Jake Hart, and The Wanted (hey, they weren’t that popular yet). Now, here are some more.

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1. Collecting Sunlight EP — Andreas Moe

I first spotted Andreas Moe when he was covered in blood in the must-see video for his John de Sohn collaboration “Long Time,” which, as it turns out, makes for both a sublime dance track and also a rather beautiful acoustic one.

But I’d be remiss not to recommend Moe’s entire Collecting Sunlight EP, which I’ve been listening to pretty much endlessly since it was released last week. After some deliberation, I’ve decided my favorite track from it is “Half A Heart Of Love.” I’ve included the acoustic version below, but the album version is definitely worth a listen, too. It gives me a bit of a throwback Phil Collins or Annie Lennox vibe, which is a good thing. Trust.

Anyone who knows my musical tastes will not be surprised that one of my favorite new pop singers hails from Stockholm, Sweden. Sorry, but I just can’t help myself!

Should you be lucky enough to find yourself in a summer fling, may I suggest Andreas Moe’s Collecting Sunlight as excellent music to fall in love to.

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2. “Anything’s Possible” — Fabio Lendrum

Fabio Lendrum isn’t from Sweden, so there. He’s from London. Lendrum is the newest addition to my playlist to make this list, since I discovered him only a few days ago. But if you want a straight-up club track through-and-through, let’s just call it — “Anything’s Possible” is your jam.

This is the sort of song that should play when you’re drunk on a hot island somewhere in the middle of the day. But since I’ve only listened to it sober and landlocked, I’ll testify that it holds up just as well even if you’re not on some debauchery-stuffed weekend getaway.

Even though it’s probably even better if you are.

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3. “Ping Ping” — Zowie

I’ve never met Zowie, of course, but she strikes me as a really cool chick. If I lived in New Zealand, where she’s from, I’d throw lots of parties and invite her. She wouldn’t come, because it’s small but not so small that the coolest chick there needs to come to every party that’s ever thrown. She’d probably be throwing better parties herself. But my point is just that she seems like the kind of person you really, really want at your party because she’s going to guarantee that everyone’s having a good time.

I’ll admit, I picked Zowie’s “Ping Ping” somewhat randomly, because every one of her tracks was just as well-suited for this list, and you should probably just listen to them all. I’m not sure Zowie would appreciate the comparison, but the song that comes most to mind when I hear “Ping Ping” is “Hey Mickey,” and so if you secretly harbor a deep-seeded fondness for that corniest of cornball songs, you should totally rock out to “Ping Ping” because it’s new and hip and you don’t have to feel like the ultimate dweeb for digging it.

Oh, and here’s a fact: if you can listen to “Ping Ping” and not dance at least a little, you are clearly a cyborg.

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4. “Finders Keepers” — Miriam Bryant

Call it the curse of “Rolling In The Deep,” but in 2012 you can’t be a female vocalist and not be compared to Adele, unless you’re just singing about getting wasted in a club and/or have fireworks, whipped cream, or magic spraying from your bosom.

So is “Finders Keepers” a little Adele-ish? I guess so. She has a similar power to her pipes and it’s the kind of song you can imagine the Grammy-winner singing, though this has a bit more epic production and a slight electronic twist. And, sorry about it, but UK-born Miriam Bryant grew up in, so hand another point over to the Swedes for doing music just the way I like it — awesome.

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5. “I’m Just Me” — Diamond Rings

Let’s just put any David Bowie or Lady Gaga comparisons aside right off the bat, since pretty much anyone who doesn’t wear a T-shirt and jeans in a music video is bound to get them. “I’m Just Me” isn’t exclusively a gay song — it doesn’t sound any gayer than any other dance track — but it does pretty directly address being gay and cool with that in its lyrics. But “I’m Just Me” isn’t the hokey gay power anthem you might imagine; it’s a lot fucking better than that.

I can play “I’m Just Me” on repeat for quite awhile and not get sick of it. I dig Diamond Rings’ distinct deep voice and I love the lyrics. I’m pretty stoked to hear what the rest of his upcoming album sounds like, since this is one of my favorite new tracks I’ve heard in quite some time, and maybe my favorite single of 2012 so far.

Diamond Rings is from Toronto, by the way — which is close, but sorry, America. Once again, Sweden, New Zealand, England, and even Canada have beat you at producing the best fucking music.

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P.S. The Five Best Fucking Songs Of The Recent Past are also still pretty good, if you’re still looking for HardintheCity-approved audio treats.

The Five Best Fucking Songs Right Now* (Volume 1)

The Five Best Fucking Songs Right Now* (Volume 2)

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