Photo of Lana Del Ray, Alan Walker, & More, who are set to play Lollapalooza 2023.

Lollapalooza 2023 I Sunday’s Top 5 Essential Tracks to Keep You Buzzing

On August 6, Lollapalooza’s final day features a spectacular lineup, including headliners Lana Del Rey and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as notable artists like Lil Yachty, Afrojack, Louis The Child, and Alan Walker. The talent is expertly curated to ensure festival-goers enjoy a memorable, celebratory conclusion. Here are five standout songs to savor on the festival’s closing day.

Lana Del Rey – “A&W”

Lana Del Rey headlines on Sunday, showcasing her contemporary, baroque pop style. Drawing from her vast knowledge and pop culture references, Lana crafts emotionally moving stories through her music. Her sixth studio album, “Did You Know There’s a Tunnel under Ocean Blvd,” released in March 2023, includes the seven-minute nostalgic track “A&W.” Contrary to what the title suggests, “A&W” is not about root beer, but instead explores Lana’s perceived identity as a promiscuous woman. The song features a key change midway and samples the 1959 hit “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop,” concluding with a captivating story of addiction.

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Rina Sawayama – “This Hell”

Rina Sawayama, a master of electropop, has been captivating audiences since her 2013 debut single “Sleeping in Walking.” After a tour with Charli XCX in 2019, Rina signed with Dirty Hit and released her debut LP, “Sawayama,” in 2021, followed by “Hold The Girl” in 2022. “This Hell” opens with a Shania Twain reference (“Lets Go Girls”) as bubblegum production swells. The infectious track comments on anti-LGBTQ protesters and violence, with Rina reclaiming the hatred directed at the queer community.

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Alan Walker – “On My Way” 

Who would have thought Sabrina Carpenter, Faruko, and Alan Walker would collab? Norwegian DJ Alan Walker specializes in treating complex topics like loneliness and pain with precise beats and darker sounds. The 2019 track “On My Way” features Sabrina Carpenter’s confessional vocals complemented by synth guitar, “I’m sorry but, don’t want to talk. I need a moment before I go; it’s nothing personal. I draw the blinds; they don’t need to see me cry.” Alan Walker intersperses a beat drop with Latin sounds leading up to Faruko’s verse with identical Spanish lyrics.

It’s impossible not to dance to “On My Way,”, especially with the last-minute breakdown of distorted vocals and flute-heavy interpolations.

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Magdalena Bay – “Secrets (Your Fire)”

Hailing from Miami, Magdalena Bay is a duo consisting of Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin. They skillfully blend cyberpop, hyper-pop, and 70s dance production to create danceable tracks like “Secrets (Your Fire).” The song offers a self-aware commentary on internet culture, tackling celebrity obsessions, fading trends, and curated ads. The group acknowledges the influence of pop culture on society and chooses not to fuel the mania.

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Holly Humberstone – “Scarlett”

British alt-pop singer Holly Humberstone entrances audiences with her one-woman show and production expertise. The “Scarlett” singer performs with a guitar, keyboard, and synth pad, astonishing crowds as she begins her sets. Holly toured with Lewis Capaldi in 2020 and rose to stardom during lockdown with her debut EP, “Falling Asleep at the Wheel.” “Scarlett,” a single from her second EP, “The Walls Are Way Too Thin,” encourages listeners to forgive themselves for instances where they show more affection to an apathetic party, resonating deeply with the crowd.

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