Bop Shop: Songs From Lissie, Sabrina Carpenter, Harry Styles, And More

Including one summery track that might make you hungry for a hamburger

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.

DPR Ian: “Ballroom Extravaganza”

After a whirlwind year, DPR Ian embarks on his new beginning with the release of “Ballroom Extravaganza,” an explosive indie-rock track made to be blared. As the first single off his debut album, Moodswings in to Order, the Korean-Australian superstar continues the story of “Mito,” the character he created to represent his experience living with bipolar disorder. Maintaining his ever-present sense of humility and emotional vulnerability, Ian layers his delicate yet powerful vocals with a mixture of both acoustic and electronic elements to singular results. As the visual head of the collective DPR, Ian pushes his narrative forward with an incredibly captivating visual depicting both Ian and “Mito” in their best (flashing) lights throughout numerous sets and silhouettes. Describing it as “a project that almost killed him,” Moodswings in to Order is the manifestation of Ian’s endless dedication and creativity as an artist, with “Ballroom Extravaganza'' being but one entry into his world. All you have to do is close your eyes, turn the volume up, and you’re there. —Sarina Bhutani

Cobra Man: “Cool, Nice”

Stranger Things isn’t the only thing that’ll bring back your ’80s nostalgia. Cobra Man, known for their quirky synth duets, busts in with a chaotic banger reminiscent of The Ramones to say barely reciprocating conversation isn’t cool or nice. No more beating around the bush: Be as direct as a hit from a hammer. “And I often fantasize / Won't you look me in the eyes / 'Cuz I'll take your shit and smash it up / I think it's time you had enough.” —Gwyn Cutler

Lissie: “Night Moves”

Lissie casts a spell with her latest single, sounding like the spiritual sister of Stevie Nicks as she sings about longing for a former flame while dancing in the darkness. “Night Moves” is like a road trip across California: effortlessly cool but rocking at the same time. It’s a song that would fit perfectly on one of Nicks’s solo albums like Bella Donna or The Wild Heart, so don’t be surprised if, by the end of the song, you've found yourself in a trance, twirling with a tambourine in hand. —Chris Rudolph

Sabrina Carpenter: “Tornado Warnings”

Sabrina Carpenter is coming clean about lying to her therapist in her new song, “Tornado Warnings.” Through the lyrics, she expresses the trials and tribulations of falling back into old habits with an ex, and the difficulty of being honest about it. This song proves itself to be a bop with its calming yet infectious melody, as well as this zinger of a line: “If I could convince him, if he doesn't see it, then maybe it doesn't exist / I think he's onto me, every time I say, I'm over that son of a bitch.” Her carefully crafted lyrics paint a vivid picture of a story many know all too well. “I'll drive you home, you drive me crazy / But that's not gonna stop me / I'll call you out, you call me baby.” The track is off her new album, Emails I Can’t Send, which is out now. —Alissa Godwin

Danielle Ponder: “Some of Us Are Brave”

Ponder is ready to release her debut album, but first, here's her stirring title track. The name references the landmark Black feminist anthology All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: But Some of Us Are Brave that inspired her. Similar to this series of essays, the song addresses intersectionality and how Black femmes have endured immense strife in comparison to those favored by colorism and misogyny. Danielle assures us that, though they didn’t have a choice in identity, they are braver for it. She created this piece specifically to affirm and encourage the existence of Black femmes everywhere, yet her pleas for peace should resonate with us all. “I say the darker the berry, the sweeter the fruit / The kinkier the hair the deeper the roots / Bow down when the queendom comes / Take note when we speak our tongues” —Gwyn Cutler

Loco, Hwasa: “Somebody!”

With the release of “Somebody!,” your favorite couple-that’s-not-actually-a-couple is back after four years with another dreamy collaboration that makes you feel all the feels. Marking Loco and Hwasa’s second team-up, “Somebody!” is an apt representation of the artists’ sparkling chemistry, which fans have admired since the debut of “Don’t” in 2018. Sonically, Hwasa’s soulful vocals and Loco’s dynamic rap skills work in tandem with each other, as well as the comfortable, synth-pop melody that jettisons the track forward. Accompanied by a warm, playful visual featuring the duo on a whimsical day trip, the Seoul-based artists are summertime personified. Watching them feels like sunshine on your skin, and kind of makes you hungry for a hamburger. The track is summed up with a single line: “All day, I wish you to be OK.” It's really all anyone could ask for at the end of the day. —Sarina Bhutani

Maggie Rogers: “Shatter”

Maggie Rogers ushered in the release of her sophomore album Surrender with a crowd of her most-devoted fans at Webster Hall on Thursday (July 29), who showed up wearing white to symbolize the idea of throwing up a white flag and giving in to emotion, a theme of her new record. No track represents this idea quite as clearly as “Shatter,” a frenetic, throbbing, and gritty banger about busting apart to fall in love. “I don’t really care if it nearly kills me / I’d give you the world if you ask me to,” she confesses, as if each word were a weight off her chest. Then she admits, “I could break a glass just to watch it shatter / I’d do anything just to be with you.” Its chorus seems tailored for screaming and jumping and losing control, creating an adrenaline rush that has never sounded quite so desperate, or so fun. —Carson Mlnarik

Harry Styles: “Love of My Life”

It’s been about two months since Harry Styles released his album Harry’s House, and while songs like “As It Was,” “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” and “Late Night Talking” are getting their well-deserved day in the sun, we need to shine some light on “Love of My Life.” Styles has stated that the yearning ballad is a tribute to his home country of England, about which he sings, “I take you with me every time I go away / In a hotel, usin’ someone else’s name.” However, the track can also double as a beautiful love song, with lyrics that can convey just how much those in your life mean to you. Take the way Styles belts out, “Baby, you were the love of my life, whoa / Maybe you don’t know what’s lost ’til you find it.” The track finishes with a soothing melody and striking piano keys that help your mind, like the album, drift off into the abyss. —Alissa Godwin

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