➽ “Our Streets” by Stokeswood This new single from the Atlanta pop/dance band—and its crowd-funded video—embodies the excitement of Stokeswood’s live performances.
➽ “Hey Ya!” by Outkast With André and Big Boi’s recent reunion, there was no way we could leave the original ATLiens off the list.
➽ “Dance Apocalyptic” by Janelle Monáe If there’s anyone who can listen to this song without dancing, we don’t want to meet them.
➽ “Day for the Dead” by Zac Brown Band Not just for country fans: Their latest EP was produced by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana.
➽“Every Stone” by Manchester Orchestra The first single from their long-awaited Cope album, produced in an Atlanta studio in a renovated old house, manages to be crazy loud and brightly summery at the same time.
➽ “Can’t Wait for Summer” by Yacht Rock Revue Best known for spot-on covers of seventies light rock classics and dad jams, the massively popular geniuses of Yacht Rock Revue have created the quintessential summer song to accompany piña coladas by the pool.
➽ “Coastline” by B.o.B Twenty-five-year-old Decaturite B.o.B (aka Bobby Ray) considers “Coastline”—an epic anthem of struggle, determination, and hope—to be his most cerebral track yet.
➽“All I Know” by Washed Out Perry native/Athens resident Ernest Greene was a chillwave pioneer. His “All I Know” is the sonic equivalent of a picnic in a meadow of flowers.
➽ “The Beat Comes” by Snowden Fans of Atlanta’s Snowden waited seven years for lead singer/songwriter Jordan Jeffares’s sophomore album. The lush follow-up includes both ethereal moments of melancholy and soaring spots of elation; “The Beat Comes” sits solidly in the latter category.
➽ “Just Do You” by India.Arie Motown Records artist and four-time Grammy winner India.Arie’s latest album, SongVersation, features this uplifting ode that’s the ideal soundtrack to jogging through Piedmont Park or driving with the top down.