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.
Rilo Kiley: “Frug”
In 1999, a new Los Angeles four-piece called Rilo Kiley recorded their self-titled debut and sold it at their earliest shows, available only on CD. It featured the charming, widescreen indie-pop sound that they’d later hone in a way that set the stage. As Jenny Lewis lists off which specific dances she can’t do on “Frug,” the music becomes a sunny sock-hop soundtrack — ready to be played loudly when the Rilo Kiley reissue hits streaming (and gets a vinyl release) on October 2. —Patrick Hosken
Eric Nam: “Paradise”
As we near day 150 of this lockdown, new music releases are one of my main methods of escaping the four walls of my NYC apartment. Enter Korean-American singer-songwriter Eric Nam with “Paradise.” Co-written by DAY6’s Young K, it’s the lead single off Nam’s fifth comeback, The Other Side. This cut’s about breaking free from your monotonous disposition, whatever that may be. Nam reminds us that “this too shall pass” and not to worry, because each of us was “born to fly.” So perk up, buttercup, and know that you’ve got this. Let Nam’s “Paradise” wash over you in all its synth-pop glory as you dance your fears away. —Daniel Head
Vincint: “Hard 2 Forget”
Disco-infused pop is the sound du jour, and Vincint got the memo. The singer-songwriter gives us his all in “Hard 2 Forget,” an infectious, dance floor-ready new bop with a hook that is “so easy to love / So hard to forget.” It’s a standout track from a rising pop artist with impressive connections (he released his last track, “Be Me,” with Netflix for Queer Eye Season 5) and even more impressive vocal chops. I can’t hit the club anytime soon, but I can have a solo dance party to this song in my apartment, which is the next best thing. Pass the champagne! —Sam Manzell