1.) Perfect World by Allen Stone on Radius
Hearing the singles released from this album really whetted my appetite for the full meal and I was not disappointed. This is the lead song of the album and I think it is the best among a really good lot, full of funk and soul which has you moving to the beat.
2.) Shake and Tremble by Django Django on Born Under Saturn
The sophomore effort from this group out of England. The beginning of this track nails it and is what got it onto this list.
3.) ii) Gold by Mikal Cronin on MCIII
I really enjoyed the rock and roll vibe coming off this song, there are few songs like it on this album.
4.) Ride by Twenty One Pilots on Ride
The chill beat on this song is perfect for the summer heat. Enjoy.
5.) Until the Levee by Joy Williams, a single released in May
You just had to know that after The Civil Wars broke up Joy Williams would not stop making music. The full album came out in June but this single was released in May. It is a very short but honest song and establishes that she still has it. I'm looking forward to the giving the full album a listen.
6.) Feeling Good by Avicii, a single released in May
Given that there is a James Bond movie coming out this fall I had to double check to see if this song was going to be the one for that movie. It is not going to be but it certainly sounds like it auditioned for the role.
7.) Narrow Mouth by The Early November on Imbue
Some really good rock on this track. If you liked later era Relient K, the more somber and sober era, then the sound of this track will be very familiar to you.
8.) Feeling Ok by Best Coast on California Nights
This band has appeared before on my lists and this song comes from the full album which dropped in May. Stadium rock to the core and very good.
9.) Only Love by Mumford & Sons on Wilder Mind
You just had to know a song from the new Mumford & Sons album was going to make this list, right? I mean if you have been paying attention to the lists from past months anyway. This track starts off slow but builds, going into their slow, fast, slow rhythm they have become known for. This song really reminds me of Sigh No More, just electric instead of banjos.
10.) High by Zella Day, a single released in May
You rarely hear female vocals with straight ahead rock and roll and that is what really caught my ear on this track.
11.) Backless by Desaparecidos, a single released in May
These guys are apparently back after a long "break". I really liked the driving beat and overall feel to this song.
12.) Darkness of the Dream by The Tallest Man on Earth on Dark Bird is Home
Quite the tonal shift between the previous song and this one, no? I just like the sound of this song.
13.) Bad Break by POP ETC, a single released in May
Definitely a pop song, which you should expect given their name, but a good one.
14.) Talk to Me by Kopecky on Drug For The Modern Age
I heard of these guys from The Relevant podcast where they came through their studio and played a few songs. This is a really good album and this one of the best songs on it.
15.) Get The Point by My Morning Jacket on The Waterfall
The perfect song to close out the list. Chill and laid back. Feels like a song you could listen to at the close of the day as you watch the sun go down over the lake.