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.

  • Juice WRLD & Benny Blanco: Real Shit
    On what wouldve been Jarad Higginss 22nd birthday and a few days ahead of the one-year anniversary of his untimely death Benny Blanco dropped Real Shit, a previously unreleased tune that finds his collaborator Juice absolutely beaming. He went in the booth and recorded a song top to bottom in one take, Blanco tweeted, saying they made the song when Juice was still relatively under the radar. Then he did it 3 more times and said pick the best one… and they were all perfect songs. Real Shit may sound sad given its context (and Juice singing, Lifes good, so Im living great), but its a reminder of the immense joy he was capable of summoning. Patrick Hosken
  • This diaristic bedroom-pop cut from Awfultunes Layla Eden picks up where her 2019 single I Met Sarah in the Bathroom left off. Although Sarah from the bathroom seemed like a viable romantic prospect, life and distance got in the way. Sarah, I’m not shy anymore like I used to be, Eden muses over singsongy guitar plucks. When you’re done with college / Will you be done with me? Familiar sound effects sprinkled throughout the song the chime of a delivered text message, the flick of a lighter make you feel like youre experiencing unrequited love right there with her. Sam Manzella
  • Horse Meat Disco (ft. Amy Douglas): Lets Go Dancing
    Weve entered the point in quarantine where we reminisce about the good old days of safe, mask-less gatherings of 10 or more people, dancing the night away, and feeling the groove of a sickening bass beat to nostalgic disco drums. No? Just me? U.K.-based Horse Meat Discos October 2020 Love and Dancing album, and their premiere track, Lets Go Dancing, will immediately transport you to the London Eagle or NYCs Output or Elsewhere. Close your eyes and bop along to your masked walk dreaming of post-vaccine dance parties. Remember losing your friends, finding new ones for the night, and loving a song you havent heard before under the disco ball. Ah one day! Zach O’Connor
  • Katya (ft. Trixie Mattel): Ding Dong!
    Vibe check! Everyones favorite Russian hooker from RuPauls Drag Race has released Ding Dong, a bar-mitzvah barn-burner dance track. The song is a tribute to Ukrainian artist Svetlana Loboda, and the result is a nightmare-fuel earworm that will live in your head for days. And I mean that as the highest compliment! The songs accompanying music video is a Rocky Horror ride through Hell starring multiple Katyas and featuring a cameo from her partner in crime, Trixie Mattel. The campaign to have Katya perform this on Eurovision starts now. Chris Rudolph
  • There have been so many songs this year destined to be heard in a club, but Rina Sawyamas Lucid has quite literally pushed music lovers over the edge. As the song transports you to an alternate universe of tight spaces, glittery eyeshadow, and flashing lights, Lucid reminds you of what its like to feel alive. Its use of heavy synth and lyrical looping is nostalgic of the early 2010s DJ movement, where the desired result was a simultaneous, collective release of emotion. The dance breaks, which come exactly when you desire them most, do just that, but for a new generation of listeners. With the undying success of XS and Comme des Garçons (Like the Boys), 2020 has clearly been the year of Rina Sawayama. Lucid finishes it off perfectly. Sarina Bhutani
  • Beach Bunny: Good Girls (Don’t Get Used)
    Cool thing about Chicagos Beach Bunny: The hooks pile on like avalanches. On the international anti-players anthem Good Girls (Dont Get Used), Lili Trifilio rails against the dudes that wronged her with pop-punk precision and guttingly sincere lyrics about horniness, being discarded, and the confusing in-between. Incredibly, she seemingly has hooks to burn, saving one of the tunes best in its final 30 seconds streaming best practices be damned. Another cool thing? The song will blow up anyway. Patrick Hosken
  • If The Princess Diaries was remade today, Ill Show You would 100 percent be on the soundtrack. This fun, feel-good anthem comes courtesy of K/DA, the virtual girl group from the wildly popular League of Legends universe voiced by K-pop sensations Twice; Bekuh Boom, a prolific Blackpink co-writer; and EDM vocalist and producer Annika Wells. (Look all of them up!) In the meantime, who wants to hop in Mia Thermopoliss 1966 Mustang with me and ride the hills of San Francisco blasting this bop? Daniel Head
  • This week, our Spotify Wrapped playlists confirmed what we all already knew: that we listened to a lot of music this year. If you’re like me, the results weren’t much of a surprise (Westerman helped me get through 2020), but what comes next could be. I let the algorithm take over, and the machine served me “Riot,” a wonderful and warm 1969 explosion of jazz trumpet from South African artist Hugh Masekela. You might recognize the melody, as Earl Sweatshirt and Gio Escobar cut it up as a tribute to Masekela after his death in 2018. Spotify’s library has 70 million songs and counting. Try to discover something new in 2021 (or use Bandcamp!). Patrick Hosken