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Arts & Society Staff Picks, Vol. 1


Arts & Society’s Staff Picks is a column bringing readers the staff’s favorite latest albums, songs, TV Shows, and movies. A final “throwback” category features one nostalgic pick from each. For the first edition, writers from the Arts & Society section of The Greyhound compiled and submitted their top five favorites in each of the categories, with one criterion: they had to be listening or watching from the start of school. Read below, and let us know whether you agree with our choices @loyolagreyhound on Twitter and @thegreyhoundnews on Instagram and Facebook.


Courtesy: RCA Records.

10. “Saves the World”

Artist: MUNA

Released: Sept. 6, 2019

Producer: MUNA

Singles: “Number One Fan,” “Who,” “Stayaway,” “Taken”

Ed. Note: This album should be called “Saves Pop Music.” 

Courtesy: Dualtone Music Group.

9. “III”

Artist: The Lumineers

Released: Sept. 13, 2019

Producer: Simone Felice

Singles: “Gloria,” “It Wasn’t Easy to Be Happy for You”

Ed. Note: The indie folk group’s third album explores the effects of addiction through three different chapters. 

Courtesy: Universal Music.

8. “Sunshine Kitty”

Artist: Tove Lo

Released: Sept. 20, 2019

Producers: The Struts, Jack & Cole, Shellback

Singles: “Glad He’s Gone,” “Sweettalk My Heart”

Ed. Note: The prolific Swedish provocateur is back with her fourth album since 2013, teaming up with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Jax Jones, and ALMA. 

Courtesy: WOS.

7. “Caravana”

Artist: Wos

Released: Oct. 4, 2019

Producers: N/A

Singles: “Canguro,” “Melón Vino”

Ed. Note: It’s the Argentinian rapper’s debut studio album. 

Courtesy: Republic Records.

6. “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Artist: Post Malone

Released: Sept. 6, 2019

Producers: Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, Post Malone, Andrew Watt, BloodPop

Singles: “Wow,” “Sunflower” (feat. Swae Lee), “Goodbyes” (feat. Young Thug), “Circles”

Ed. Note: Like him or not, Post knows his way around a melody. 

Courtesy: Elektra Records.

5. “tryhard”

Artist: The Band CAMINO

Released: Aug. 23, 2019

Producers: N/A

Singles: “Daphne Blue”

Ed. Note: About the title of the new album, the band said, “People often use ‘try hard’ in a derogatory sense, but we’d rather own the fact that we’ve given every ounce of ourselves to making this music.”

Courtesy: Tool Dissectional.

4. “Fear Inoculum”

Artist: Tool

Released: Aug. 30, 2019

Producers: Tool

Singles: “Fear Inoculum”

Ed. Note: These American rockers return with their first effort in 13 years. 

Courtesy: Lana Del Rey, Interscope Records.

3. “Norman F*****g Rockwell!”

Artist: Lana Del Rey

Released: Aug. 30, 2019

Producers: Jack Antonoff, Lana Del Rey, Rick Nowells

Singles: “Mariners Apartment Complex,” “Venice B*tch,” “Doin’ Time,” “The Greatest”

Ed. Note: There’s a reason this album boasts Del Rey’s highest metacritic average yet. 

Courtesy: Clairo, FADER label.

2. “Immunity”

Artist: Clairo 

Released: Aug. 2, 2019

Producers: Clairo, Rostam

Singles: “Bags,” “Closer to You,” “Sofia”

Ed Note: Quiet, moody, affecting. A must-listen. 

Courtesy: Taylor Swift.

1. “Lover”

Artist: Taylor Swift

Released: Aug. 23, 2019

Producers: Jack Antonoff, Joel Little, Taylor Swift

Singles: “ME!” (feat. Brendan Urie of Panic! At The Disco), “You Need to Calm Down,” “Lover”

Ed. Note: Looking past the first two singles, there’s a good pop album here. 


25.  “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince” by Taylor Swift

Swift tackles divided American politics through high-school-prom-based lyrics. 

24. “Goodie Bag” by Still Woozy

This groovy track still knocks over a year later.

Courtesy: ToWonder Music.

23. “So Close” by NOTD (feat. Georgia Ku, Captain Cuts, & Felix Jaehn) 

NOTD raves over a club beat with the help of EDM vets Georgia Ku, Captain Cuts, and Felix Jaehn. 

22. “Saw You In a Dream” by The Japanese House

If Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” can retroactively smash two years later, so can The Japanese House’s 2017 single. 

21. “Slide Away” by Miley Cyrus

Cyrus revisits her own “We Can’t Stop” imagery in the video for this breakup ballad. 

20. “11pm” by Maluma

Maluma sure knows how to get the people moving. Add 11 minutes to the title to get the name of its parent album. 

19. “Death by a Thousand Cuts” by Taylor Swift

This is the catchiest of the new Taylor tracks. 

Courtesy: Rec. 118/Warner Music France.

18. “Djadja” by Aya Nakamura

The track was recently included in Netflix’s “ELITE” season two. 

17. “Hesitate” by Jonas Brothers

Included on the “Happiness Begins” setlist, did you get to see it live? 

16. “Love Me Less” by MAX, Quinn XCII

Simply put: a bop. 

15. “Stayaway” by MUNA

A cathartic exploration of the hardest part in breaking up with someone that’ll have you scream-singing along by the final chorus. 

14. “Cruel Summer” by Taylor Swift

The most unabashed pop song on its parent album. 

13. “Take What You Want” by Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott

The song helped Osbourne return to the Billboard Top 10 for the first time in 30 years. 

Courtesy: Keep Cool/RCA Records.

12. “Motivation” by Normani

Ariana Grande nabs a co-write on this, but, make no mistake, Normani owns this track.

11. “Nice to Meet Ya” by Niall Horan

Niall goes (even more) pop. 

10. “Carry Me Away” by John Mayer

Easy, breezy, Mayer. 

9. “Soon You’ll Get Better” by Taylor Swift (feat. Dixie Chicks) 

Here, Taylor sings about her mother’s battle with cancer. 

8. “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay (feat. Justin Bieber)

The newly married Bieber is no stranger to teaming up with country groups. “That Should Be Me,” anyone? 

Courtesy: Dirty Hit.

7. “Something Has to Change” by The Japanese House

Ever feel stuck? Trapped and can’t get out? The Japanese House can relate in their new single that may have the most replay value of any song this year. 

6. “How Do You Sleep” by Sam Smith

Smith embraces their queer identity in the music video.

5. “I Love You” by Billie Eilish

Eilish performed this album standout on the recent SNL season premiere. 

4. “Graveyard” by Halsey 

The title screams “Nightmare” 2.0, but alas, we have this breezy bop. 

3. “Triggered (Freestyle) Remix” by Jheneé Aiko (feat. 21 Savage & Summer Walker)

Summer Walker has amazing chemistry with Aiko while breathing new life into the song with 21 Savage. 

2. “Sofia” by Clairo

Let this song soundtrack your fall playlist. 

Courtesy: Erskine Records, Columbia Records.

1. “Lights Up” by Harry Styles

Styles oozes sexuality in this Tame Impala-inspired comeback single. 

Spotify playlist: 


10. “NCIS”

An oldie but goodie: NCIS just premiered its 17th season on Sept. 24. 

9. “Criminal: UK”

Released on Sept. 20, this British anthology series is set across France, Spain, Germany, and the UK.

8. “Big Mouth”

Season three premiered Oct. 4, and it’s still as raunchy and perverted as ever. 

Courtesy: Hulu.

7. “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Season three wrapped on Aug. 14, and has been picked up for a fourth season. 

6. “Unbelievable”

This Netflix miniseries explores the story of Marie, a Colorado teen charged with lying about rape.  

5. “AHS: 1984”

Revisit our review of the camp-tastic premiere here

4. “Dead to Me”

Trend alert: dark humor is in. 

3. “Four Weddings and a Funeral”

With the last episode premiering on Sept. 11, this Hulu exclusive expanded upon the 25-year-old Hugh Grant film. 

2. “Euphoria”

Watch this show with a friend. It’s a lot to process. 

Courtesy: Amazon.

1. “Fleabag”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and co. swept at the Emmys, collecting six trophies throughout the night. 


5. “IT: Chapter Two”

Released: Aug. 26, 2019

Director: Andy Muschietti

Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Bill Skarsgärd

Ed. Note: While perhaps too long a run time, the film is still a good addition to the Halloween season. 

4. “Downton Abbey”

Released: Sept. 9, 2019

Director: Michael Engler

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith

Ed. Note: According to Entertainment Weekly, the filmmakers are already thinking about a sequel. 

Courtesy: Netflix.

3. “In the Tall Grass”

Released: Sept. 20, 2019

Director: Vincenzo Natali

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson, Rachel Wilson

Ed. Note: This Netflix original is based on the Stephen King 2012 novella of the same name. Add it to your Spooky Season watchlist. 

2. “Hustlers”

Released: Sept. 7, 2019

Director: Lorene Scafaria

Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reihnart, Lizzo, Cardi B

Ed. Note: The movie is based off a 2015 New York Magazine article, titled “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler.

Courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures.

1. “Joker”

Released: Oct. 4, 2019

Director: Todd Phillips

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Frances Conroy

Ed note: A masterful, unnervingly disturbing psychological portrait of one of the most storied villains puts both Joaquin Phoenix and DC Comics back on the map. 


Courtesy: VH1.

4. VH1’s “Flavor of Love”

Tiffany “New York” Pollard remains the most memeable and memorable reality TV star. 

Courtesy: Disney Enterprises, Inc.

3. Tim Hill’s “Max Keeble’s Big Move”

Because, why not? 

Courtesy: Arista Records.

2. “Life for Rent” by Dido

Revisit the 2003 album if not for “White Flag” alone. 

Courtesy: The Island Def Jam Music Group.

1. “Forrest Gump” by Frank Ocean

One of the many “Channel Orange” standouts to groove your way past midterms. 

The participating panel for this edition of Staff Picks: Abby Newman, Carlos Balazs, Carly Dacanay, Lily Eggleston, Matty Brown, Michelle Reilly, Olivia Brown, and Sofia Barr.

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