Current Hits in the UK You Need To Hear: Part 2 feat. Kasabian, George Ezra, and More

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I often give friends song suggestions, and a few months later when it is the song playing constantly on the radio they’ll call me and say “How in the world did you know about that song forever ago?!”

With the exception of a few it usually comes down to one of two things: I’ve got good friends that send me good music and I can’t take credit for it, or I heard it on a radio station in the UK. The internet is a beautiful place, and I normally do not go a day without streaming a radio show in the UK on my computer. For a reason unknown to me they always seem to get the good stuff first, and I’m not willing to wait. A few months ago I gave you a list of songs charting in the UK, and now I’m back with round-up number two.

1. Somebody To You by The Vamps

Why the USA is missing out:

The last time I did one of these round-ups the list also included a track from English cuties The Vamps. They remind me of One Direction (which is probably why I am so enamored by them), and this song is just in time for summer. It features Demi Lovato, and I’m sure it is only a matter of time before America catches wind of this song and blasts it poolside. Everyone needs a few teeny bopper guilty pleasure songs on their playlists, and you should all let this one be yours!

2.  eez-eh by Kasabian

Why the USA is missing out: 

Kasabian is an English indie rock band with a psychedelic flair that have been extremely relevant in the UK since the late ’90s. This means you have had plenty of time to jump on the bandwagon and become hooked by them, and I’m sort of judging you if you haven’t yet. Check out the song “eez-eh” by them above and just let the love affair happen. I can’t stop and won’t stop listening to this song and neither should you.

3.  I Will Never Let You Down by Rita Ora

Why the USA is missing out:

Rita Ora is semi-royalty in the UK. Everyone knows who Rita Ora is, and it blows my mind every time I mention her to someone and they give me a blank stare. How have you notheard of her? This tune is the lead single off of her upcoming album set to be released in September. Much like The Vamps this song is perfect for summer and makes me extremely eager to hear what the rest of her album will have to offer.

4. Budapest by George Ezra

Why the USA is missing out: 

The first time I heard this song I was randomly poking around YouTube for some new music and I clicked on it mainly out of interest for the name of the song. I’m not sure why, but the fact that a song was simply named “Budapest” intrigued me. This was my thought process as I listened for the first time:

1. I wonder how he got that scar above his right eyebrow?
2. Oh, cool. Acoustic guitar. I’ll probably like it.
3. THAT VOICE CAME OUT OF HIM?
4. HOW?
5. That scar is like, really really deep. A lot of stitches probably.
6. Who IS this guy?! He’s cute. I wonder how old he is.
7.  He’s 21. He’s definitely cute.

Since then I’ve only been able to listen to “Budapest” in groups of 4-6. Three times in a row isn’t enough, but more than six and I’m too emotionally hooked to do anything else productive for the rest of the day. For the love of God just listen to this song and see what I mean.

5. Only Love Can Hurt Like This by Paloma Faith

Why the USA is missing out: 

First off, let me just address that she has incredible hair. Now that that’s out of the way we can discuss her voice. It is the most soulful, rich, and intoxicating voice I have heard come out of a woman since the late Amy Winehouse. Songs like this are wise beyond its years.

6. Don’t Stop by 5 Seconds of Summer

Why the USA is missing out: 

God, I love these boys. 5 Seconds of Summer are an Aussie band that we’re quite fond of at CampusRiot. We’ve mentioned them a few times (actually,we mentioned this very song), and we’re excited that they are slowly catching on in America. Considering they are One Direction’s opening act for the second tour in a row they have generated quite a following, and their single “She Looks So Perfect” has hit the charts in America. This song, “Don’t Stop”, hasn’t yet, but it is only a matter of time. Check it out and be ahead of the charts. It’s the cool thing to do.

7. Ghost by Ella Henderson

Why the USA is missing out:

 I have no idea what it is about this song, but it is an immediate pick me up. At only 18, Ella Henderson co-wrote this tune with Ryan Tedder of One Republic after being a contestant on the X-Factor. Her first album, “Chapter One”, is set to drop this upcoming fall.

8. Stolen Chance by Milky Dance

Why the USA is missing out:

I have heard a few rumblings about this tune on some alternative radio stations so it’s a bit of a stretch, but it hasn’t had a big break through in America and it is too good not to mention. The song starts out slow and sultry and then surprises with a catchy chorus. Milky Dance hails from Germany, and consists of vocalist Clemens Rehbein and DJ Philipp Dausch. Their simplicity works for them especially with Rehbein’s quirky voice.

9. Runaway by Ed Sheeran

Why the USA is missing out:

 I never thought I would be frustrated over a music chart. Two Ed Sheeran songs are on the Billboard Top 100 in America, and 15 are in the UK’s Official Charts. FIFTEEN. If you only know Ed Sheeran for being the guy that sang about it being too cold for angels to fly (“A-Team”), or for being the ginger that now sings about, well, singing (“Sing”), then you need to catch up. His new album Multiply is intoxicating, and each track has a unique sound. I’ve chosen to bless you with my favorite track off of the album, “Runaway”. You’ll love it.

10. Hunger of the Pine by Alt-j

Why the USA is missing out: 

Alt-j dropped this track unexpectedly, and if it weren’t for a friend telling me about it I most likely would have missed it. Clearly the UK did not have this issue as it is currently climbing the charts. I had to listen to it a few times to make sure I liked it (I do), but the hook by Miley Cyrus still confuses me a bit. Not a bad confusion…just confused. Alt-j never fails to deliver the unexpected and you just have to go with it. ‘Hunger of the Pine” is trippy, soothing, and I bet it will put you in a trance.

What top song in the UK is your favorite?