Is there a better time to download some new hits to your phone than the beginning of summer?
Answer: No! There’s honestly nothing better than sitting on your favourite bench in the park, headphones in, melting under the scorching sun, all the while tapping your toes to your new sick beats.
Back in the day, we presented you all with our first Five of the Best: Anthems by YouTubers, where we showcased the best of the best when it came to original YouTuber music. Now, all these years later, we’ve decided to do it again. So here it is, Five More of the Best: Anthems by YouTubers. Prepare to have your earbuds blown!
Blue Sushi – ‘Move’ | Daniel Dobbs
If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, then we highly suggest you listen to Daniel Dobbs‘s Move. Originally written for Bertie Gilbert‘s short film Blue Sushi, it’s a great addition to any pre-party playlist, or for the taxi ride home when you no longer care if you’re singing in key and your commitment levels are higher than ever.
Blurred city lights are our fave aesthetic when it comes to videos, so prepare to let yourself get lost in them whilst watching the song’s accompanying music video. Daniel has such a great tone that we’ve found ourselves wishing that we could have him record the soundtrack to our lives. We’d easily take another couple of verses and bridges.
Naked All The Time. (Song) | Doug Armstrong
You may remember Doug Armstrong from his previous appearance in our Five of the Best: Panellists at Niche’s #CreatorDay, where we featured his song It’s Okay To Be Gay (which is both a catchy and important listen). This time around, with summer heating things up, we decided to feature a track that advocates for showing a little skin from time to time… or all the time.
In the accompanying video, Doug states how he gets naked for musical entertainment, but Naked All The Time makes it clear he enjoys a bit of breeze in the nether regions – but honestly, who doesn’t? Major chords and holding some notes to an impressive length, Doug once again proves he is able to produce a super catchy song. Watch out for some cheeky innuendos, but we’ll forgive him since we’re gifted with three minutes of nakedness, in which we can fully enjoy the view… or, erm, his vocals. Yes. His vocals are important too.
Sick of Losing Soulmates | dodieVEVO
It wouldn’t be a Five of the Best about YouTuber original songs without a track from the all-time fave Dodie Clark. Our pick? Sick of Losing Soulmates.
It’s no secret Dodie has pretty much mastered the ability to create music that leaves us feeling so much emotion that we’re left frozen in place, unable to comprehend much else, and Sick of Losing Soulmates is one example of this. With its delicate instrumentation paired with Dodie’s beautiful lyricism, it presents the all-too-familiar difficulties of maintaining a friendship with someone you used to be in a relationship with.
We also have to give props to Sammy Paul for directing the track’s music video. The story it tells adds another layer of emotion to the song, something we didn’t think was possible.
Hug all ur friends (Extended Version) | cavetown
“Life’s too short to worry about things we got wrong.” Robin Skinner sends a powerful message in this lilting ballad with an extended version of his original track, Hug all ur friends.
In all seriousness, there aren’t enough ukuleles on YouTube these days. Every time we spot one, we want to go raid the school music cupboard and have a little strum, even if we can’t play the uke to save our lives. Upon listening to Robin’s track, you’ll definitely find yourself humming and tapping along. And trust us, the next time you hug your friends, you’ll find it’s popped back into your head, whether you want it to or not.
You look like a girl. | Boyinaband
Picking up the pace from our previous originals (and starting quite strongly, so be prepared), Dave Brown takes on gender norms and masculinity in a blaze (BLAZE WE SAY) of electronica. Send this one to your friends too scared to show affection.
“I’ve got confidence that only comes with competence” is exactly how we felt when we learnt the lyrics to this one. The only thing missing is an epic slow-motion hair flip, but you can provide one once you’ve pressed play again because this one is definitely worth listening to more than once (or twice or three times).
So there you have it…
Five More of the Best: Anthems By YouTubers. If we had the voices of any of those featured in this Five of the Best, we’d never be unhappy again. Unfortunately, we don’t, so our housemates will have to continue to put up with our oozing confidence, rather than our technique or talent. Maybe one day we’ll be songwriters, but definitely not singers.
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