The Best Tracks of January and February, 2016

Suffice it to say that 2016 is off to a good start. Our favorite tracks of January and February range countries, genres, and even languages, but they’re all worth memorizing for when they inevitably become karaoke classics.

Pop up-and-comer Dua Lipa’s new single “Last Dance” is a shimmery banger that shows she’s got her eye on the prize this year -- mainstream pop won’t know what hit it. Zayn’s “PILLOWTALK” shot to #1, surprising absolutely no one -- but what is surprising is that the track is actually quite good. Nina Nesbitt, typically a folk-ish chanteuse, came out of left field with the decidedly Tove Lo-esque “Chewing Gum,” switching genres but stealing our hearts in the process. The Pet Shop Boys’ new instant classic “The Pop Kids,” essentially an Alan Hollinghurst novel put to a dance track, is our new go-to running song. Josef Salvat’s “Paradise,” off his new (finally-released) album, reminds us of the bittersweet desire to find paradise through love. And St. Lucia’s “Game 4 U” from their near perfect second album is an upbeat highlight amidst a slew of impeccable dance tracks.