Best New Song Releases of may 2021

Featuring a variety of independent and lesser known music artists, our Best New Song Releases of May 2021 dazzle with close to 130 new songs. May’s featured artists include: Cuco, Elohim with Big Freedia, TeaMarrr with Duckwrth, Claire George, Fana Hues, Ambar Lucid, BETWEEN FRIENDS, dodie, NoMBe, Saint Motel, Jelani Aryeh, Wallice, and more.

As always, we feature new song releases from independent musicians and up-and-coming artists, as well as those widely revered in the underground and indie music scenes, with a couple big names or two. To stay updated on our latest selections for Best New Songs of the Month, follow our playlist and watch our Instagram Stories for the latest drops.

Please note: the playlist below is switched out every month reflect the current month. You can scroll down to the end of the page for the (May) Best New Songs of the Month playlist archive.

Best New Songs of May, 2021

All I Want (feat. Jake Shears)Jake Shears, Boys Noize
Back to NothingThe Joy Formidable
Ballad of Big Nothing (feat. Kenny Becker)Mara Connor, Kenny Becker
Chop X8Jagged Baptist Club
Cloud9Anie Delgado
FractionsEmily Afton
Fuck KnotsDAGR, Uffie
Fugazi FridayThe People Between, Christy Costello
I’m Not A ManSuzi Moon
Sleep WalkMarissa Nadler
Lay Wit Ya (feat. Duke Deuce)Isaiah Rashad, Duke Deuce
High & HurtIceage
Specific (feat. Duckwrth)TeaMarrr, Duckwrth
StrutElohim, Big Freedia
WomanLittle Simz, Cleo Sol
WorkBreana Marin
High MarksSidnē
The End (Rachel K Collier Remix)JPOLND, Rachel K Collier
gulf blvdKesley Bou
Wait, I LiedAlfie Templeman
Sad GirlsJenna Lotti
WildfireCautious Clay
WitchooDurand Jones & The Indications, Aaron Frazer
Northern LightsClaire George
niño,Ed Maverick, Muelas De Gallo
Lay UpFana Hues
The StartBRICK!
SYZYGYAutow Nite Superstore
Have No FearThomson
don’t make em like they used toØZWALD
Could NevaIV4
White parentsShungudzo
Days of HoneyBizou
Aurora DawnLVXURI
MotorbikeLeon Bridges
BONESCalen Lucas
Get Lost In The MusicAmbar Lucid
Stayin’ AliveFreedom Fry
CafecitoKarina Magallon
In My HeadArhkota, Lubna
Poor Boy a Long Way From HomeThe Black Keys
by now (stripped)VÉRITÉ
Special Girldodie
Sleeping BoyNight Heron, Meernaa
It’s All HappeningSaint Motel
Heimcomputer – 2021 Single EditKraftwerk
Higashikaze ni SasowareSakichi Nishida, Nao
From These HeightsJelani Aryeh
Rare to WakeShannon Lay
What’s Upfanclubwallet
Off the RailsWallice
Are You Happy?Oscar Lang
Breaking the WavesCurrent Joys
Alone But Not LonelyLuna Li
MiseryKate Nash
l e t . g o . m y . h a n d (with Bas & 6LACK)J. Cole, Bas, 6LACK
HollowersLucid Express
DingalingGreentea Peng
NO NAMESMidnight Pool Party
The DebtorThe Firefolk
Waltzing on stonesUnitfp
Sólo AmorMonogem
Stay ForeverCLAVVS
Like I Used ToSharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen
Hardly Use My HandsNick Pagan
Ten Billion YearsTorii Wolf
Glass HousePawPaw Rod
American BeautyBiig Piig
Space Ghost Coast To Coast (with Bree Runway)Glass Animals, Bree Runway
What’s Your Name AgainFaithless
Savage Good BoyJapanese Breakfast
Hell In TexasNight Beats
Anymore (feat. Lucky Daye)Sinead Harnett, Lucky Daye
EmptyGoldensuns, Warpaint
Days SpentThe Early Mornings
HurricaneJ.Pollock, Shelly Fairchild
The RarebitQuantic, Eddie Roberts
This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)Jessica Gerhardt
NakedCurrent Joys
ControlMannequin Pussy
PatientCarnation Blue
The Walls Are Way Too ThinHolly Humberstone
Clay Pigeonbinki
HypocriteAnnika Rose
Rey MysterioAnoyd
Tennis CourtsKevin Holliday
Mon CheriSofi Tukker, Amadou & Mariam
1% MilkHoly Wars
High Season (with Buscabulla)Poolside, Buscabulla
GLY – Hot Chip Remix – EditCatching Flies, Hot Chip
Don’t Hold BackDRAMA
Madonna’s a DickBroken Baby
pelham bluesØZWALD
Cabin Fever FreestyleBlood Cultures
California (feat. Warren Hue)88rising, Rich Brian, NIKI, Warren Hue
YeahHavana Swim Club
GoldenHansom Ēli, Niels Schack
Crossing OverCam Maclean
Ode to the Party GirlHa Vay
Y DON’T U박혜진 Park Hye Jin, Clams Casino, Take A Daytrip
Afrique VictimeMdou Moctar
BabalonTwin Temple
phantom limbfrogi
The Darkest HourXoller
Renegade Breakdown – Jessy Lanza RemixMarie Davidson, L’Œil Nu, Jessy Lanza
Baby ZombiesBiig Piig
The Wider Powder BlueIceage
The HearseMustafa
Where The Lightning Strikes TwiceFoxing
a message to myselfeasy life

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