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20 BEST SONGS OF 2015 (Nick’s List)

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Fair warning: this is a super biased list of songs that swayed me and gave me pause throughout the year. Music you may not entirely agree with but hey, that’s the joy of these year-end lists: everyone has their own favorite picks. 2015 was the year of incredible singles and unbelievable female vocalists. Almost half of the 20 songs I picked this year are comprised of fearless female leads, tearing up the tracks and giving us some of the best music to come out this year. Give it a read, give it a listen, and feel free to include your picks in the comments.

 

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20. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – “Cecilia And The Satellite”

from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Andrew McMahon is pop music. The man is resilient and proves that he can make catchy tunes under whichever moniker he chooses, including his latest: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. “Cecilia And The Satellite” is filled with enough hooks to catch a sea of Carly Rae Jepsens.

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19. Bring Me The Horizon – “Throne”

from That’s The Spirit

Bring Me The Horizon have taken a step in a less brutal direction for their new album That’s The Spirit, opting for a more electronic / metal combination. And it works incredibly well. “Throne” was the anthemic first single from the album and still proves to be one of the best from an album of consistently great songs.

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18. Third Eye Blind – “Everything Is Easy”

from Dopamine

There are few bands that can start a career and cruise through 20 years of music making all while creating tunes that are, arguably, as enjoyable as those found on their first album. I feel like a joke saying how Third Eye Blind must feel like “Everything Is Easy” should be thrown in here somewhere…

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17. Glass Animals (ft. Joey Bada$$) – “Lose Control”

from Lose Control

Glass Animals are a band that can seemingly mesh impeccably well with other genres, hip hop in this case. The band’s relaxed dance vibes seem to mesh perfectly with the overlaying rhymes of Joey Bada$$, creating one of the band’s catchiest and contagious songs to date.

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16. Desaparecidos – “City On The Hill”

from Payola

Thirteen years after their first album and long after people stopped hoping they would reunite, Conor Oberst brought his brand of politically-fuled punk back to the masses. “City On A Hill” discusses the dead bodies that build the foundation to this great country as well as the questionable actions the powers that be have with those they view to be, pardon the phrase, underneath them. But regardless of the lyrical content, it shows us that punk rock is still alive and well. There’s at least something to be proud of in that.

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15. Langhorne Slim & The Law – “Strangers”

from The Spirit Moves

So. Happy. Filled with reality and understanding and some super joyous banjo, “Strangers” is an example of Langhorne Slim & The Law’s most enjoyable offerings. Slim’s (Sean Scolnick) iconic voice is also front and center, mixed perfectly with the well blended instrumentation.

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14. Adult Mom – “Survival”

from Momentary Lapse Of Happily

One of the most enjoyable songs to come out of 2015, Adult Mom’s “Survival” is filled with bouncy instrumentation and the oh-so-lovley voice of Stephanie Knipe. Knipe sings of self-discovery and summarizes this song and the album it is off of best on her Bandcamp page: “i wrote this record after 3 consecutive breakups that forced me to become a being other than myself, and soon, i was myself again”

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13. FIDLAR – “West Coast”

from Too

Few bands harness the energy and raw badassness of FIDLAR. “West Coast” is the anthemic tale of the non-stop partier, hopping from scene to scene and getting their fix at each stop. It’s hard to tell if it’s a cautionary song or if it’s rather a pledge to never stop the party life. Regardless, it’s one of the most fun songs to come out this year.

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12. Daughter – “Doing The Right Thing”

from Not To Disappear

It’s difficult not to get swept up in the swirling instrumentation and intensely deep questions within “Doing The Right Thing.” The realization that comes after listening closely to the lyrics is heart wrenching. If this is any indication to the band’s 2016 sophomore full-length release, we are about to receive a stark reminder of the power of Daughter.

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11. Fleurie – “Still Your Girl”

from Arrows EP

There are certain singer’s whose voices seem to be otherworldly. Fleurie’s earth-bound angelic voice mixes perfectly with her booming, orchestral instrumental palette and “Still Your Girl” is the perfect example of when that happens on a catastrophically beautiful scale. Keep an eye on this girl.

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10. Beach Slang – “I Break Guitars”

from The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

The opening line “I can’t think with all this noise” is basically the exact opposite of how I feel when listening to Beach Slang’s “I Break Guitars” (or any of their songs for that matter). There’s an overwhelming sense of freedom in James Alex’s punkish croon and the massive noise the band creates. Beach Slang is keeping the genre alive and giving it a bright, humble, exciting future. Long live punk rock, long live Beach Slang.

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09. NRVS LVRS – “City Lights”

from The Golden West

“City Lights” is easily one of the dreamiest, most detailed and well-crafted songs I have heard in a good chunk of time. It reminds me of everything and nothing all at the same time and the only thing better than continually hitting play is seeing the band perform this live (their stage presence is unreal). Pro-tip: keep an eye on this band in 2016. Big things are coming.

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08. Phoebe Bridgers – “Killer”

from Killer EP

The moment Bridgers sings “I’m sick of the chase / but I’m stupid in love / but there’s nothing I can do” causes knees to simultaneously buckle in broken-hearted agreement all across the United States of Singles. It’s a song that’s left me in repeat states of speechlessness due to its stripped down and simplistic beauty.

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07. Wolf Alice – “Your Loves Whore”

from My Love Is Cool

A stand-out track from an album of stand our tracks, “Your Loves Whore” discusses the difficulties of parting ways with an ex and attempting to be friends after the break. But even after the end, you still feel even more attached. Wolf Alice doesn’t seem to pull any punches.

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06. Eskimeaux- “I Admit I’m Scared”

from O.K.

From the first 10 seconds of “I Admit I’m Scared,” Eskimeaux’s Gabrielle Smith proves that her voice simply cannot be ignored. The smoothness and gentle flow of her vocals create a comfortable atmosphere for thoughts of self-doubt and uncertainty before the subtle ultimatum of an ending.

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05. Tame Impala- “Let It Happen”

from Currents.

If this was a list of Grooviest Songs of the Year, Tame Impala’s “Let It Happen” would be crowned the champion. This year Kevin Parker proved why people should still care about psychedelic rock and why so many people are enamored by it.

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04. Jim Adkins – “Hell”

from I Will Go

A tad bit more rockabilly than the offerings of Jim’s band (Jimmy Eat World) but in the best way possible. The thumping base and rolling vocals lead you from the beginning of the song to the glimmering middle, all the way to the “throw your arms around and freakin’ get down” tail-end.

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03. Joy Wave – “Destruction”

from How Do You Feel Now?

Much as the band’s name states, this song proves that Daniel Armbruster and company are masters of noise. Not just creating it but manipulating it into a moving, prowling beast capable of getting you to do their bidding: dance until you collapse.

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02. Foxing – “Night Channels”

from Dealer

To say that Foxing came out of nowhere is both truth and a lie. They are a band that are fiercely beloved in their Midwest home but have only recently put on their best impression of an emotional semi truck and ran over the entirety of music appreciating humans. For a band that always put out their best, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but this one continuously gives me pause. Please never stop making music, Foxing. Pleasepleaseplease.

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01. Lithuania – “Hardcore Friends”

from Hardcore Friends

There’s a reason these guys are on both my Top Songs list and my Top Albums list (spoiler?). I simply cannot get his song and it’s so fucking honest lyrics out of my head. The message to be cautious and the plea to the listener for help in doing so make me crumble and pump my fist every single time. The complimentary howl of Frances Quinlan (Hop Along) helps boost the song into the stratosphere and cement it as the top song of 2015. With a bullet.

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Wanna listen to each of the top tracks, all packaged up nice and neat in their own Spotify playlist? Well you’re in luck. Dive into my favorite tracks of 2015 playlist to the right and spread the love.

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