The search for the ever-elusive “bop” is difficult. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations can only do so much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really good, or are they just new?Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn’t discriminate by genre and can include anything it’s a snapshot of what’s on our minds and what sounds good. We’ll keep it fresh with the latest music, but expect a few oldies (but goodies) every once in a while, too. Get ready: The Bop Shop is now open for business.
Singer-songwriter John Darnielle says we wouldnt even believe how much fun The Mountain Goats had writing and recording Get Famous, but I hear it loud and clear. The upbeat new single tackles the siren call of fame with characteristic cleverness. Youve been waiting for this ever since you were young / Be careful not to choke on your tongue, Darnielle advises over a frolicking brass section. He would know. Get Famous is the second single off of Getting Into Knives, the prolific folk-rockers forthcoming studio album, and his 19th as The Mountain Goats. Sam Manzella
Seeing “Travis Scott” and “Franchise” together now immediately conjures associations with McDonald’s, but quickly after pushing play on his latest a collaboration with Young Thug and M.I.A. there’s a callback to Dem Franchize Boyz’s “White Tee,” and the title takes on new significance. Brawny and speckled with whimsy from its guests (“I’m higher than the plane / I’m where the Skypes be,” raps Thug; “Kawasaki, catch a fish, Sushi, maki, livin’ life,” raps M.I.A.), Scott’s latest is further proof of his comfortable spot at the top. Patrick Hosken
Do it Again is an end-of-summer daydream that puts me in the mood to, well, make mistakes. Can I squeeze in one last summer fling before the city completely cools down? Indie-pop sweetheart Elliot Jones seems to think so. His new single is a hazy musing on the question, is the high worth the low? Its a self-aware conclusion as he sings, Why do I do this? Falling in love with my own lies / Know the truth, but Im so clueless. Regardless, his dreamy vocals help put everything in focus and remind us that theres only one way to learn, and thats just to Do it Again. Daniel Head
A few years ago, producer Mike Sabath was a teenage budding sonic maestro, ready to make his mark in the pop realm. Since then, he’s written songs for everyone from Selena Gomez to Lizzo and now he’s bringing “Good Energy” to a solo career. His debut single vibrates with all the kinetics of party music, nostalgic and ethereal as chillwave with horn stabs and soulful vocals lifted right from the pop charts. Treat yourself to some of his energy. Patrick Hosken
Every now and then, I get this itch to drop everything, change my hair, and become a dancing gay Brooklyn bartender à la Coyote Ugly, never mind the fact that I cant dance. I thought I might be alone in my disputatious daydreams until I heard Chappell Roans Pink Pony Club. The rising pop starlet has been charting her takeover since signing with Atlantic Records as a teen, and the dusty yet decadent single is a promising sign of whats to come. In a rhinestone cowboy hat, Roan starts off slow with visions of a special place where boys and girls can all be queens every single day, letting the soft keys give way to a triumphant electronic chorus reminiscent of Kacey Musgravess High Horse. Her voice reads as hallowed as the halls she sings about, and theres a palpable electricity in its glitzy video, as she gives a stadium-ready performance to a group of bored barflies. Add in a couple of cameos from RuPaul’s Drag Race legends like Meatball and Porkchop, and shes got me already booking my ticket to L.A. Carson Mlnarik
Even if you don’t speak Spanish, Mexican pop vocalist Carla Morrison’s face tells you everything you need to know in her striking new video for “Ansiedad” (“Anxiety,” in English). As she navigates the weight of mental-health struggles that saw her take a step away from the spotlight for the last few years personified by her choreo collaborators Morrison also resounds deeply with her voice, a magnetic instrument conveying both longing and hard-earned hope. Patrick Hosken