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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Gaga Mania

Pop music icon Lady Gaga first made a splash with her multi-platinum debut, The Fame, in 2008. In the years since, Gaga has continued to garner both mainstream success and critical acclaim with such releases as 2009′s The Fame Monster, 2011′s Born This Way and 2013′s Artpop, in addition to 2014′s Cheek to Cheek, her Grammy-winning duets album with Tony Bennet. Known for her avant-pop image, her consistently jaw-dropping performances and her outspoken social activism, Lady Gaga has sold 27 million albums to date. In honor of her brand new studio album, Joanne, we put together a playlist featuring some of our favorite Gaga tracks.

 

Outlaw Country New & Old

Following the tradition founded by the Outlaw Country singers and songwriters in the 1970s (Waylon, Willie, Merle and others featured in our Outlaw Country: Selected Favorites playlist), a new and perennially flowering strain of outspoken and rebellious artists emerged in their wake, both in terms of musical inspiration and lyrical freedom. While most of these artists probably detest being labeled as a new generation of outlaws, their style and sound is certainly indebted to it. And just like their predecessors, these modern day songsmiths manage to keep country music just as relevant today.

 

Detention Class of ’96

At the height of the skate-punk craze, following recent breakthroughs of bands like The Offspring, Rancid and NOFX, the year 1996 offered a number of excellent albums following that vein. Join us for a shred down memory lane with this playlist stretching from Screeching Weasel and Strung Out to Rage Against the Machine and Sublime. Two decades later, the detention class of 1996 still sounds as youthful and rebellious as ever.

 

Legendary Singer-Songwriters

King of Hearts. Master of Song. Poet of Love. Ladies Man. Renaissance Man. Leonard Cohen is known by many names, but first and foremost he’s known for his songs. By far one of the most unique, fascinating, and idiosyncratic artists in the 20th century, Cohen is still going strong well into his eighties. Our legends playlist is a mere glimpse into his treasure chest of a catalog, packed with stories of love and hate, agony and ecstasy. You can also listen to his superb new album, You Wan’t It Darkerhere.

Known for songs like “These Days,” “The Pretender,” “Running On Empty,” “Doctor My Eyes,” “Take It Easy,” “Somebody’s Baby” and many others, Jackson Browne is an American singer, songwriter and producer who’s been active since 1965. Celebrated throughout the 1970s for his deeply introspective, poetic and highly literate lyrics, Browne’s music embodies that decade’s cultural zeitgeist. Jackson Browne’s music is steeped in goodness and humanity, qualities most all of us could do with a little more of. Enjoy some of the best that Ole’ Browne Eyes has to offer with this playlist spanning five decades.

 

Kevin Hart Essentials

An actor, comedian, writer, producer and even a rapper under the moniker “Chocolate Droppa,” the hilarious Kevin Hart is a multitalented artist in every sense. Born in Philadelphia in 1979, Hart worked the comedy club circuit for years before finally landing his first acting roles in the early 2000s, while further earning his reputation as one of the preeminent stand-up comedians in the world. The rest, as they say, is history. Today Kevin Hart is Hollywood’s biggest comedic actor and continues to perform his beloved side-stitching comedy all around the globe. Listen to some of his best comedic bits on this playlist and check out his debut Chocolate Droppa mixtape here.

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