Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's Boring 'I Don't Care' Is Late to the Anti-Party Pop Song Craze


I… don’t care: Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care” – Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber are a few years too late for the anti-party pop song trend (Alessia Cara’s “Here” dropped four years ago, my god) which wouldn’t totally be an issue if this song, you know, had a hook. Regardless, I expect to hear to it non-stop in Uber radio purgatory this summer, so buckle up. We’re all going to have to learn to love it, or, at least, tolerate it soon enough. —Maria Sherman

God no: Blink-182, “Blame It On My Youth,” – Blink-182 is doing a bang-up job not only isolating the fans that grew up with their toilet humor mall pop-punk, but also making a case against “the reunion” as an entire concept. “Blame It On My Youth” is a disgustingly cheap play on nostalgia written from the clarity—and apparent exhaustion?—of middle-aged rocker. Guys, the equation goes: more Las Vegas residencies, less trying to make rap rock happen again, okay? —MS

Yes: ZAYN, Zhavia Ward, “A Whole New World” – Turns out, an Aladdin cover was all I needed to become interested in Zayn Malik again. The former One Direction vocalist knocks it out of the park on “A Whole New World” for the forthcoming live action remake—I only wish he pushed this hard on his solo material. No more lackadaisical whispering, please, I beg you. —MS

Y: Holly Herndon, “SWIM” When I interviewed Herndon about her new album PROTO, out today, she talked about the desire to include more communal, “guttural” singing in her largely electronic work because she craved more face-to-face singing. On her record’s song “SWIM” you can hear that singing melded and manipulated into a freaky chorus of inhuman and human voices, blending the lines between them. —Hazel Cills

Sure: Aly & AJ, “Don’t Go Changing” – I’m not ashamed to admit that Aly & AJ’s post-Disney Channel rebrand worked on me. The sister duo is back with Sanctuary, a fun indie-pop EP that could be the perfect driving soundtrack, if anyone I knew in New York City still had a car. What’s more interesting, though, is that two of the accompanying music videos, “Don’t Go Changing” and “Church” were directed by Alex Ross Perry. The Her Smell director also helmed the video for their 2017 single, “Take Me”. While I am in favor of this partnership, I have questions. How did they meet? Is Alex Ross Perry obsessed with all-women rock bands? Most importantly, what does he think of Cow Belles? —Lisa Fischer

Absolutely: Charly Bliss, “Young Enough” – I’ve been eagerly awaiting Charly Bliss’ second album while listening to “Capacity” on repeat for the past three months, and Young Enough does not disappoint. The titular song perfectly captures what it’s like to be at the mercy of an all-encompassing crush and I can’t wait to blast the whole record while dancing alone in my apartment in a fit of post-teenage horny angst. —LF

Y: Lunay, Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, “Soltera” Remix – Past, present and future legends of urbano unite here. 18-year-old Lunay and 25-year-old BB link up with the boss to make yet another club anthem for the single ladies out there. Happy to see that these two also think Lunay shows a lot of promise. My only complaint is that this didn’t come out while I was in Puerto Rico last week. La Placita is about to be extra lit this weekend. —Ecleen Luzmila Caraballo

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