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. This week, we’re looking at songs that put us in a good mental space going into 2020, the start of a new decade that’s unfolding all possibilities for us. The Bop Shop is now open for business.
Hailee Steinfeld: “Wrong Direction”
If you’re currently dealing with the aftermath of a shitty relationship, Hailee Steinfeld is right there with you. On her heartbreaking new ballad “Wrong Direction” — rumored to be about none other than former beau Niall Horan — she comes down hard not on her ex, but on herself for not paying attention to the red flags.
“Couldn’t even see you through the smoke,” the Dickinson star sings on the pre-chorus. “Lookin’ back, I probably should’ve known.” But love has a way of clouding our judgment. And based on the track’s chorus, her ex’s gaslighting tactics tricked her into thinking they were happy. “Loved me with your worst intentions,” she sings, accompanied by piano and violin. “Didn’t even stop to question / Every time you burned me down / Don’t know how; for a moment it felt like heaven.” —Jordyn Tilchen
Girl Friday: “Decoration/Currency”
I showed this track from Los Angeles-based rockers Girl Friday to my buddy Alex, and he responded, “This makes me happy. I feel like everyone should be in a band, ya know?” And so I invite you, dear reader, to take the plunge this year. Yes, 2020 will be the year you finally start a band with your friends, and it will be the best decision you make for yourself. Never mind that in 2021 it will end in a dramatic and emotional breakup. Live in the now! —Bob Marshall
Travy Nostra: “Milano”
I’m starting off the decade in a happy place, ready to take over and do what needs to be done to make sure that the people that I love are cared about.