2015 turned out to be a year where a ton of artists I love released albums I…liked. Still, even in an off year like this, there are always great songs released. I’m not saying these were the best, or most important songs of the year, but they’re the songs that dug deep into my head and wouldn’t leave.
By shear play count (both in iTunes and in my head), The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face wins by a mile. I’ve loved The Weeknd since his first 2011 mixtape House of Balloons, and the mainstream success he has achieved this year has beeb wonderful to watch.
Meanwhile, artists like Kendrick Lamar and Grimes released albums that finally grabbed me after years of “not getting it” with either of them. Hot Chip had a really good album come out, but their best song was a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark which transitions into a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s All My Friends (my favorite song of all time).
1. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
2. King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar
3. Clearest Blue – Chvrches
4. Dancing in the Dark – Hot Chip
5. Flesh Without Blood – Grimes
6. Let it Haoppen – Tame Impala
7. The Legend of Chavo Guerrero – The Mountain Goats
8. Nobody’s Empire – Belle & Sebastian
9. Five Foot Ten (I) – Passion Pit
10. Give Me a Try – The Wombats