A little more than a year ago, one of the most popular songs of 2014 on both the electronic and pop charts was The Chainsmokers‘ “#SELFIE”. I will admit that when that song hit the radio waves I thought it was silly – both in terms of it being just a silly song yet on the other hand clever in making fun of the selfie-obsessed culture we’ve become. Everywhere you turn, someone is taking a selfie and posting it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, what have you. And the scenery could be of nothing. Fortunately, Alex Pall & Drew Taggart. who make up The Chainsmokers, agree, as they were surprised by how big the song became. The song was a joke, but instead it became a bonafide, chart-topping hit.
The NYC-based duo will forever be linked to that song. However, they’ve created some other cool tracks, and I say this as an individual who doesn’t really listen to much electronic or electronic-dance music. Their latest single, “Good Intentions”, which features BullySongs, is the polar opposite of “#SELFIE”. It’s an optimistic, introspective song that retains the jumping euphoria characteristic of The Chainsmokers’ music.
Pall and Taggart are currently on in the midst of a tour (they’re en route to Japan), but they took the time to be the authors of today’s Artiste 5, sharing with us five songs that make them think of summer and five original songs that break their hearts. Not only are these young producers easygoing, fun-loving guys, but they also have a softer side.
Read the list below and check out the tunes. A couple of tracks are from or involve some huge names in music, but most of the songs are from independent, unsigned, or smaller acts trying to make names for themselves. In many ways, this list has several “hidden gems”.
The Chainsmokers’ Five Songs of Summer
Urban Cone ft. Tove Lo – “Come Back to me” (Filous Remix)
These guys are so sick! And with Tove Lo harmonizing and adding a verse, it’s unreal. Plus Filous is this incredible prodigy! Just an all around win!
Sirens of Lesbos – “Long Days, Hot Nights” (Claptone Remix)
This songs wreaks of summer… It just eases its way on into your ears and straight to your heart. Claptone is one fire…
Life of Dillon – “Overload”
A new band that we have gotten close with from the UK. This is just a perfect summer vibe and the lead singer has the most amazing voice with his lisp.
Platinum Doug – “Brown Sugar” (Croatia Squad Remix)
I mean this bassline… its fucking ridiculous! If this doesn’t get your night grooving, you are depressed…
Coleman Hell – “2heads”
New singer just signed to Columbia but love the blend of genres in this, folks and ballad and dance… plus the harmonics are insane… and his voice is incredible…
5 Songs of That Make The Chainsmokers Sad
Alessia Cara – “Here”
This girls voice just cuts right through you, and we love the subject of the song… its just a really real song…
cln – “Hold Me”
Hard to convey sadness so beautifully and this song really does that in a soft way…
Mike Posner – “Took a Pill in Ibiza”
Not the track you would imagine… glad to see him back and his lyrics in this really hit home about some truths…
Drake ft. Beyoncé and Sam Houdini – “Can I”
SO dark, but cmon bey and drake on a track there is no way this is going to go wrong…. and the way he pitches his voice is dope af…
I Am Karate – “Bloom”
Love these two Swedish girls… really incredible melody and the way the song develops as it moves towards its ending is very clever…
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