Sunday, January 17, 2016

Top 100 Tracks of 2015

Presenting the list of my 100 favorite tracks of 2015. If the track was released as a single or on an album that was released in 2015, it was eligible.




100.

"push pull"
by Purity Ring
begin again








99.

"Rarri"
by Young Thug
Slime Season








98.

"Baby Blue" (feat. Chance The Rapper)
by Action Bronson
Mr. Wonderful








97.

"Majorette"
by Beach House
Thank Your Lucky Stars








96.

"Them Changes" (feat. Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington)
by Thundercat
The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam EP








95.

"Antidote"
by Travi$ Scott
Rodeo








94.

"A New Wave"
by Sleater-Kinney
No Cities To Love








93.

"Giv No Fuks" (feat. Migos)
by Jeremih
Late Nights: The Album








92.

"Back to Back"
Drake
Back to Back - Single








91.

"I Blew It Off"
by Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent Blues








90.

"Summertime"
by Vince Staples
Summertime '06








89.

"The Wait"
by Tobias Jesso Jr.
Goon








88.

"Space Song"
by Beach House
Depression Cherry








87.

"Elevator Operator"
by Courtney Barnett
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit








86.

"These Walls" (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)
by Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly








85.

"Mountain At My Gates"
by Foals
What Went Down








84.

"Windows" (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid & Raury)
by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment
Surf








83.

"Eventually"
by Tame Impala
Currents








82.

"Stonemilker"
by Bjork
Vulnicura








81.

"Call It Off"
by Shamir
Ratchet








80.

"The Point of No Return"
by Surfer Blood
1000 Palms








79.

"M.P.A." (feat. A$AP Rocky & Kanye West)
by Pusha T
King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude







78.

"Flesh Without Blood"
by Grimes
Art Angels








77.

"Brought to the Water"
by Deafheaven
New Bermuda







76.

"When We Were Young"
by Adele
25








75.

"Big Rings"
by Drake & Future
What A Time To Be Alive








74.

"Another One"
by Mac Demarco
Another One








73.

"Sorry"
by Justin Bieber
Purpose








72.

"Continental Shelf"
by Viet Cong
Viet Cong






71.

"Miracle"
by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment
Surf







70.

"King Kunta"
by Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly








69.

"Indian Summer"
by Jia Wolf
Indian Summer - Single








68.

"The Hills"
by The Weeknd
Beauty Behind the Madness








67.

"It Is You"
by Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass








66.

"All of Me Wants All of You"
by Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell








65.

"Deep Water" (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Justus & Anderson .Paak)
by Dr. Dre
Compton








64.

"Heavydirtysoul"
by Twenty One Pilots
Blurryface








63.

"Cha Cha"
by D.R.A.M.
#1EpicSummer








62.

"Bar-Breaker"
by Prof
Liability








61.

"Leave A Trace"
by Chvrches
Every Open Eye








60.

"The Knock"
by Hop Along
Painted Shut








59.

"'Cause I'm A Man"
by Tame Impala
Currents








58.

"Heaven Only Knows" (feat. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)
by Towkio
.Wav Theory






57.

"Run Away With Me"
by Carly Rae Jepson
Emotion







56.

"Dots & Lines"
by Lupe Fiasco
Tetsuo & Youth









55.

"Coffee (Fucking)"
by Miguel
Wildheart








54.

"On GP"
by Death Grips
jenny death








53.

"Times Square"
by Destroyer
Poison Season







52.

"Jumpman"
by Drake & Future
What A Time To Be Alive








51.

"Lift Me Up"
by Vince Staples
Summertime '06








50.

"Swell"
by Archy Marshall
A New Place 2 Drown








49.

"I Am The Greatest"
by Logic
The Incredible True Story








48.

"Know Yourself"
by Drake
If You're Reading This It's Too Late








47.

"True Affection"
by Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear







46.

"Realiti"
by Grimes
Art Angels








45.

"Angels" (feat. Saba)
by Chance The Rapper
Angels - Single








44.

"Half Life Crisis"
by Jim O'Rourke
Simple Songs







43.

"The Blacker the Berry"
by Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly









42.

"Oui"
by Jeremih
Late Nights: The Album








41.

"Pornography"
by Travi$ Scott
Rodeo








40.

"Constantly Hating" (feat. Birdman)
by Young Thug
Barter 6








39.

"Depreston"
by Courtney Barnett
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit








38.

"Señorita"
by Vince Staples
Summertime '06








37.

"The Battle Is Over"
by Jenny Hval
Apocalypse, girl








36.

"Boys Latin"
by Panda Bear
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper








35.

"Gosh"
by Jamie xx
In Colour








34.

"100 Grandkids"
by Mac Miller
GO:OD AM








33.

"Trap Queen"
by Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap








32.

"In Time"
by FKA Twigs
M3LL155X [EP]








31.

"Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)"
by A$AP Rocky
At.Long.Last.A$AP








30.

"Can't Stop Thinking About You"
by Tobias Jesso Jr.
Goon








29.

"The Rhythem Changes"
by Kamasi Washington
The Epic







28.

"My Baby Don't Understand Me"
by Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass








27.

"I Serve The Base"
by Future
Dirty Sprite 2







26.

"Somewhere in Paradise" (feat. Jeremih & R.Kelly)
by Chance The Rapper
Somewhere in Paradise - Single









25.

"Lilly"
by Toro y Moi
What For?








24.

"Can't Feel My Face"
by The Weeknd
Beauty Behind The Madness








23.

"Lean On" (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)
by Major Lazer
Peace is the Mission








22.

"Hello"
by Adele
25








21.

"Annie"
by Neon Indian
Vega Intl. Night School








20.

"Bitch Better Have My Money"
by Rihanna
Bitch Better Have My Money - Single








19.

"Beautiful Blue Sky"
by Ought
Sun Coming Down








18.

"Should Have Known Better"
by Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell








17.

"Let It Happen"
by Tame Impala
Currents








16.

"Sparks"
by Beach House
Depression Cherry








15.

"Where Are Ü Now" (feat. Justin Bieber)
by Jack Ü
Skrillex and Diplo present Jack Ü








14.

"Sea Calls Me Home"
by Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness








13.

"Genocide" (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
by Dr. Dre
Compton








12.

"Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)"
by Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear








11.

"u"
by Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly


10.

"Norf Norf"
by Vince Staples
Summertime '06

"Bitch you thirsty, please grab a Sprite" starts off the best track from Long Beach rapper, Vince Staples,' wonderful Summertime '06 record. It shows the lighter side of Vince's, usually dark, lyrics, but only for a moment when it is immediately followed by "My Crips lurkin', don't die tonight." He paints a picture of north side Long Beach, a place where young men think school's no fun because they can't bring their guns. Where "they shootin' everyday 'round [his] momma and them way." Where the people are so tough, they don't run from anything but the police.





9.

"I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)
by Jamie xx
In Colour

Who would have thought one of the members of sad-vibes, indie group the xx would put out one of the most fun songs of the year filled with ridiculous lines like "She gon' get on top of this dick / she gon' squish it like squish" and "I'ma ride in that pussy like a stroller" The feel good song of the summer holds up to be the feel good song of all of 2015.







8.

"Sunday Candy"
by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment
Surf

Another track that dominated peoples summers (though it was released far before then) was the heartwarming, hip-swaying Sunday Candy. From the very opening pianos to the gorgeous final moments, Sunday Candy lifts you up and never lets you down.








7.

"Hotline Bling"
by Drake
Hotline Bling - Single

It couldn't be escaped. From the memes to your coworker randomly humming the chorus as they pass by you, Hotline Bling was unavoidable, and for good reason. This is Drake's masterpiece, the track that his sound has been leading up to. It blends Drake's soft vocal singing style into a bright, attractive, tropical beat and is infused with the sad-boy Drake lyrics we like to make fun of him for but can't seem to get enough of. Hotline bling serves as 2015's signature musical moment.






6.

"All Your Love"
by Jim O'Rourke
Simple Songs

The six and a half-minute closing track of Jim 'Rourke's stellar record Simple Songs, contains all the qualities that made the LP so incredible. The guitar, drums, bass and piano working together in beautiful unison, Jim's soft yet rugged vocals, simple, beautiful lyrics, a soft bridge that picks up quickly and turns into and epic jams session. Just some damn fine musical craftsmanship, all around.







5.

"All Day" (feat. Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London & Paul McCartney)
by Kanye West
All Day - Single

Real shit, the first time I heard this track, I cried. I had held off from listening to it for a month because I wanted to wait for the album to come out first (which obviously wasn't going to happen anytime soon), so I finally gave in. I turned off all of the lights (pun intended), got in bed, put my headphones in and was taken away. It's some of Kanye's best production yet, his lyricism is sharper than ever and it ends with an insane guest appearance by Paul McCartney. What sane person wouldn't ball their eyes out after hearing that for the first time?





4.

"The Less I Know The Better"
by Tame Impala
Currents


The grooviest song of 2015 comes from our good friend Kevin Parker. The Less I Know The Better is the best of several tracks on Currents that showed us a new musical side of Tame Impala. The decision to put synths in the foreground and use less guitar shines brightest on this track. The dreamy pop sound guides us through the story of a man whose lost his lover and is learning more about her new life than he thinks he should.






3.

"Alright"
by Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly

The defining moment of To Pimp A Butterfly, a track that represented a lot of what the record was about. A track with a powerful, social message. A track that served as a voice for the voiceless in a time when they need it the most. Kendrick Lamar is not just another rapper trying to fuck up the game, he's a forward thinker who is trying to fuck up the whole system and he's doing it one magnificent way after another, this is just the beginning.







2.

"Kill v. Maim"
by Grimes
Art Angels

"Some people say I'm a big time bomb/ but I'm only a man / And I do what I can." exclaims Claire Boucher during Kill v. Maim, Art Angels epic, stand out track. In this track, Claire plays an unstoppable antagonist who refuses to behave, as she destroys everything in her path. The arrangements in this track are insane, the beat pounds like an anthem while the vocals pierce through you.








1.

"Pedestrian At Best"
by Courtney Barnett
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett went form 0 to 100, real quick in 2015. From being mostly just popular in Australia to being a Grammy nominated artist. She has proven herself to be one of the best lyricists around. "I want to wash out my head with turpentine, cyanide / I dislike this internal diatribe when I try to catch your eye / I hate seeing you crying in the kitchen / I don't know why it makes me like this when you're not even mine to consider / erroneous, harmonious, I'm hardly sanctimonious / dirty clothes, I suppose we all outgrow ourselves / I'm a fake, I'm a phony, I'm awake, I'm alone, I'm homely, I'm a Scorpio" This is pure poetry we're dealing with here. Paired with her smooth, speedy flow and laid over the crunchy, thrashing guitars and drums, it makes for an irresistible, kick-ass sound.






Also, check out the playlist I made of all of my favorite tracks of 2015 (those that were on Spotify, anyways.) 

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