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Our 50 Favourite Songs Of 2015

One track per artist. Listed in alphabetical order.

Note: There’s obviously music we missed, and inevitably we’ll spend the coming months and years finding more music from 2015 loved. Maybe we’ll write another post a few months from now for the ones that got away.

FKA Twigs

Beach House – ‘Space Song’
The most beautiful song on a particularly beautiful record, straddling sadness/desire/hope/joy and all of the other emotions (JR)

Big Narstie & Show N Prove – ‘Gas Pipe’
If I was going to be beaten up by any song on this list, it would be this one (JW)

Bjork – ‘Lionsong’
Song I Shed The Most Tears To #1 (JR)

Earl Sweatshirt – ‘DNA’ feat. Nakel
Song I Shed The Most Tears To #2 (JR)

Eddington Again – ‘Lyft’
Electronic Anthem for a Weird Youth (JW)

Fetty Wap – ‘679’ feat. Remy Boyz
Best Slap From The Wap. Best enjoyed while Fetty-level tipsy (see the video for pointers) (JR)

FKA twigs – ‘Glass & Patron’
Vocals are nasty and the beat is truly sickly. MUST be consumed with the video (JR)

Fuego – ‘Cuando Suena El Bling’ (Hotline Bling Remix)
Why not ‘Hotline Bling’? For me, the Latin-flavoured beat seems better suited to Spanish crooning and this being in another language makes the song’s problematic treatment of its ex-“good girl” easier to ignore. It also bangs (JW)

Future – ‘Blood On The Money’
The last track on my least favourite of the Future solo projects (JR)

Future and Drake – ‘Plastic Bag’
Money can buy happiness, but only for other people (JW)

Fwdslxsh – ‘Enough’
2015’s Music to have sex to. 2015’s Music to break up to. 2015’s Music for driving at night (JW)

Grimes – ‘REALiTi (demo)’
‘Life in the Vivid Dream’ should trump this, but at just a minute-and-a-half that song always leaves me unfulfilled. ‘REALiTi’ however is a near-perfect pop tune, especially the smoother demo version (JR)

J Hus – ‘Dem Boy Paigon’
Song I Most Wanted To Hear At A Party, But Never Did (JR)

Jack J – ‘Thirsting’
My taste in house music is casual and debatable, but this charming, breezy track is objectively excellent (JR)

Jack Ü – ‘Where Are Ü Now’ (feat. Justin Bieber)
I remember taking my sister to see Justin Bieber in 2010 and being outraged by every single aspect of it. Now I listen to more Bieber than her (JW)

Jamie xx (feat. Young Thug) – ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’
This song is about and an assurance of good times. If you’re not smiling by the time Thugger warbles “Imma ride in that pussy like a stroller” you are afterward (JW)

Jeremih – ‘Impatient’ ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Perhaps even greater than the sum of its sleazy parts, this song just pips Jeremih’s life-affirming celebration of intoxication, ‘Paradise’ (JR)

Jerreau Vandal – ‘Be Alright’
Playing this song is like recreating this scene from High Fidelity (JW)

Kehlani – ‘Champion’ ft. G-Eazy, IAMSU! and Lil B
Best Ode To The Golden State Warriors. “Call me Draymond because I’m about Green” (JR)

Kendrick Lamar – ‘King Kunta’
Chosen over ‘The Blacker The Berry’ simply because I played it more. I’m waiting anxiously for the YG remix this beat deserves (JR)

Kirin J Callinan – ‘The Teacher’
It’s lusty, smoky, tragic, and the most comprehensive statement on masculinity and sexuality from a man who has been interrogating it his entire career (JW)

Lil B – ‘In Love With The BasedGod’
TYBG (aka the thirst for the thugged out pissed off mixtape is real) (JW)

Metro Thuggin – ‘Free Gucci’
So many Young Thug songs, only one spot on this list (JR)

Neon Indian – ‘Annie’
The funk is real with this one (JR)

Nsolo – ‘Drown’
Drowning is interesting in that it’s the fear of claustrophobics but it occurs in a vast space (assuming you are in the ocean). This song helps with imaging that, but emotionally. It’s also one of the four songs released by the criminally overlooked San Diego artist who put out my favorite album of 2014 (we reviewed it here) (JW)

Null – ‘Luv U, Luv Me’
This is the soundtrack of Neuromancer’s cyberspace: Music to navigate false geographies and impossible geometries to (JW)

Panda Bear – ‘Tropic Of Cancer’
Song I Shed The Most Tears To #3. Tackles life and death and other such things as well as anything else I have heard (JR)

Rae Sremmurd – ‘This Could Be Us’
Best Song I Actually Heard At A Party This Year (JR)

Samantha Urbani – ‘U Know I Know’
Best Pop Song because it is; a) catchy as fuck, and b) the drums knock (JR)

Shlohmo – ‘Beams’
After 54 minutes of Dark Red’s musical approximation of the colour black, there’s “Beams”: A song moving at a speed of light (JW)

Skrapz – ‘They Ain’t Ready’
Skrapz is softly spoken and always looks tired (read: stoned), but weirdly these characteristics only amplify his gravitas (JR)

Snoh Aalegra – ‘Emotional’
Best Swedish Song, even if it’s just a rehash of The Emotions track it samples (so nice the RZA used it twice) (JR)

Snoop Dogg – ‘I’m Ya Dogg’
Rick Ross smooth-talking for the ladies. One of Kendrick’s best features since “Fucking Problems.” How the hell did Snoop Dogg make this song in 2015? (JW)

The Galleria – ‘Mezzanine’
Purely joyful and positive production combined with delightful Jessy Lanza vocals (JR)

Tinashe – ‘Player’
Plz date me Tinashe (JW)

TOPS – ‘Anything’
I am clinging to this song about loss while I impatiently wait to gain a new TOPS album (JR)

Viet Cong – ‘Silhouettes’
Best Rock Track in a year I mostly forgot about rock (JR)

YG – ‘Twist My Fingaz’
An homage to the classic West Coast sound that deserves its own place in the canon (JR)

Young Fathers – ‘Sirens’
Police? Ambulances? Creatures of myth? I don’t know, but something is violated, lost and its this loss’ beautiful ruminative treatment that had me coming back to this song constantly over this year (JW)

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