Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Best Songs of 2015

As mentioned in the last post, I've decided to make this a separate entity from the album post coming in the next few days. This list was constructed throughout the year with a final revision in the past week, which incorporated full-on consumption of numerous other lists of the year's best singles. Though it's missing a few tracks (including #1), I've created a Spotify playlist of the upper layer here, which is in a coherent sequence for ideal listening if you're interested. The missing songs should be easy enough to find on Soundcloud, Youtube, etc.

As usual: only one song allowed per album. The songs listed below that were not part of albums I reviewed have been covered better elsewhere than I could, though it bears mentioning that I believe "Hell You Talmbout" is probably the most resonant and brilliant protest song since the '60s.

1. Janelle Monáe & the Wondaland Arts Society "Hell You Talmbout" [non-album single]
2. Susanne Sundfør "Fade Away" [Ten Love Songs]
3. Heems "Patriot Act" [Eat Pray Thug]
4. Lady Lamb "Penny Licks" [After]
5. Royal Headache "Wouldn't You Know" [High]
6. Twerps "I Don't Mind" [Range Anxiety]
7. Courtney Barnett "Depreston" [Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit]
8. D'Angelo & the Vanguard "Another Life" [Black Messiah]
9. Twin Shadow ft. D'Angelo Lacy "Old Love / New Love" [Eclipse]
10. Ezra Furman "Haunted Head" [Perpetual Motion People]
11. The Chemical Brothers ft. Beck "Wide Open" [Born in the Echoes]
12. Leon Bridges "Pull Away" [Coming Home]
13. Chastity Belt "Drone" [Time to Go Home]
14. Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight" [Sound & Color]
15. Joanna Newsom "Waltz of the 101st Lightborne" [Divers]
16. Miguel "waves" [Wildheart]
17. Lonelady "Hinterland" [Hinterland]
18. The Wave Pictures "I Could Hear the Telephone (Three Floors Above Me)" [Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon]
19. STS x RJD2 "Doin' It Right" [s/t]
20. Yo La Tengo "Butchie's Tune" {Lovin' Spoonful cover} [Stuff Like That There]
21. Charli XCX "Boom Clap" [Sucker]
22. Blackalicious ft. Vursatyl & Jumbo "That Night" [Imani Vol. 1]
23. Beach House "Bluebird" [Depression Cherry]
24. Jason Derulo "Want to Want Me" [Everything Is 4]
25. Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams "WTF (Where They From)" [non-album single]
26. Built to Spill "When I'm Blind" [Untethered Moon]
27. Kwabs "My Own" [Love + War]
28. Tame Impala "Eventually" [Currents]
29. Kelela "The High" [Hallucinogen EP]
30. Lower Dens "To Die in L.A." [Escape from Evil]
31. Darkstar "Go Natural" [Foam Island]
32. The Mountain Goats "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" [Beat the Champ]
33. Carly Rae Jepsen "Emotion" [E-MO-TION]
34. Ghost Culture "Mouth" [s/t]
35. Kendrick Lamar ft. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley "How Much a Dollar Cost" [To Pimp a Butterfly]
36. Beach House "Common Girl" [Thank Your Lucky Stars]
37. Gunplay ft. PJK "Just Won't Do" [Living Legend]
38. The Unthanks "Mount the Air" [Mount the Air]
39. Deerhunter "Carrion" [Fading Frontier]
40. Lianne La Havas "Green & Gold" [Blood]
41. The Underachievers "The Dualist" [Evermore]
42. Kanye West ft. Theophilus London/Allan Kingdom/Paul McCartney "All Day" [non-album single]
43. The Go! Team ft. Samira Winter "What D'You Say?" [The Scene Between]
44. Vince Staples "Like It Is" [Summertime '06]
45. Mary J. Blige "My Loving" [The London Sessions]
46. Ghostface & BadBadNotGood ft. Elzhi "Gunshowers" [Sour Soul]
47. Natalie Prass "My Baby Don't Understand Me" [s/t]
48. Justin Bieber "Sorry" [Purpose]
49. Ducktails "Headbanging in the Mirror" [St. Catherine]
50. Polar Bear "We Feel the Echoes" [Same as You]
51. Ryley Walker "Sweet Satisfaction" [Primrose Green]
52. Apollo Brown ft. Big Pooh & Dynasty "Gettin' By" [Grandeur]
53. Nicki Minaj ft. Drake & Lil Wayne "Only" [The Pinkprint]
54. Advance Base "The Only Other Girl from Back Home" [Nephew in the Wild]
55. J. Cole "St. Tropez" [2014 Forest Hills Drive]
56. Bop English "Dani's Blues" [Constant Bop]
57. Meg Baird "Past Houses" [Don't Weigh Down the Light]
58. Surfer Blood "I Can't Explain" [1000 Palms]
59. Curren$y feat. Styles P "Alert" [Pilot Talk III]
60. The Paranoid Style "New Age Tricks" [Rock & Roll Just Can't Recall]

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