High 5: Five Playlists You Need To Hear This Week

High 5: Five Playlists You Need To Hear This Week

TIDAL’s music editors are continuously at work crafting new playlists for different themes, genres, moods and occasions, as well as offering you a continuous flow of guest curated and exclusive artist playlists. To help guide you through the constant flow of great new content, we highlight five of our favorites right here. This is the TIDAL High 5.

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Forever Country

The CMA Awards were established back in 1967, with  Bobbie Gentry and Sonny James hosting, and Jack Greene taking home the first ever Single Of The Year award for “There Goes My Everything.” Since then, the CMA Awards have honored hundreds of artists, musicians, songwriters and producers, many of whom we’ve collected here to celebrate 50 years of CMA Awards. The 50th Annual CMA Awards airs Wednesday, November 2 and will be hosted once again by country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Check out our playlist of nominees here.


Shoegaze Essentials

The genre known as “shoegaze” emerged in 1980s Britain; a loosely based term coined after a number of bands appeared with introspective looks and a motionless style, more looking down at their guitar pedals than facing the audience. Recently celebrating the 25th anniversary of their iconic album, Loveless, My Bloody Valentine is probably the quintessential shoegaze band, but related acts like The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride and Slowdive are all are considered among the most important names from a scene jokingly referred to as “the scene that celebrates itself.” Crank it up and close your eyes.


Ironman Turns 20

Released on October 29, 1996, Ironman is the debut solo album by Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. Well regarded as one of the great Wu-Tang solo records, it was produced by RZA and features heavy sampling from classic soul recordings, as well as dialogue from such films as ‘The Usual Suspects,’ ‘The Education of Sonny Carson,’ ‘Mystery of Chess Boxing’ and ‘Crying Freeman’, the former of which we highlight on this playlist. You can check out our Best of the Wu-Tang Dynasty playlist here.


Phantogram’s Hip-Hop Favorites

Juggling stylistic cues from electo-rock, dream pop and trip-hop, indie rock power duo Phantogram has long demonstrated an affection for hip-hop, which includes working with rap legend Big Boi on the recent EP project Big Grams. Out last month with their new full-length, Third, Phantogram curated this excellent annotated playlist, writing: “We’ve always been massively influenced by hip-hop, to the point that it has shaped how we look at songwriting and beat making. Here are a few of our favorites we like to play these in the venue before we go on stage to get everyone pumped.”


’90s Pop Rock Knockouts

Remember those simple days, back when phones had chords, VHS tapes could be rented at Blockbuster and rock bands still saturated the airwaves? Travel back in time with these essential gems of pop rock from the 1990s, featuring the likes of Third Eye Blind, Chumbawamba, Weezer, Alanis Morissette, blink-182, Oasis, Barenaked Ladies and many more.

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