Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The 100 Best Songs of 2015

Generally speaking, when putting this particular list together, I look for well crafted songs, and I try to sequence them in a manner that ranks them based on how much I like them, as well as how well them flow into each other. Usually the average song length is about three minutes. Except in years like this of course, where David Bowie decides to release a ten minute masterpiece, which now requires a home somewhere in the list.

The other thing I have always done over many years of making this list, is only allowing one song per artist, with a mind to capturing more cool songs by more cool artists. This year though, I decided to allow multiple songs per artist. The result is probably a more solid and accurate list of 100 songs. Usually I second guess these things before even hitting post, but this really feels like 100 songs I thought were most of the best ones I heard this year. Colour me momentarily happy about all my hard work.

With the pending demise of Rdio, I have made the reluctant switch to Spotify, but I have compiled and and made these fabulous songs available in both streaming services.

Spotify playlist

Rdio playlist

As an aside, this was my 50 Best Albums of 2015 blog post from last week.

100Bassem SabryOf Montreal
99Johnny DelusionalFFS
98Oh DonnaLibrary Voices
97The ShadeMetric
96Leave A TraceChvrches
95KillerNew Division
94Eternal (On & On)Grave Babies
93Running WildDrenge
92Museum of Broken RelationshipsVeruca Salt
91Burning For No OneThe Cribs
90The LightEZTV
89I Can't ExplainSurfer Blood
88We Lost EverythingThe Dears
86DisappointingJohn Grant
85In A Future WorldTelekinesis
84GiudecaGhost Culture
83Are You Ready?Mercury Rev
82To Die In L.A.Lower Dens
81Reality In MotionTame Impala
80Heart Of OakRichard Hawley
79Compound FractureMy Morning Jacket
78So OhThe Charlatans
77Minimal AffectionThe Vaccines
76A New WaveSleater-Kinney
75Where You At?The Bohicas
74Pontiac 87Protomartyr
73English SubtitlesSwervedriver
72Lost On MePeace
71Boys LatinPanda Bear
70Decided KnowledgeDutch Uncles
69First LightDjango Django
68Lonesome StreetBlur
67DetroitGaz Coombes
66Turn AroundMikal Cronin
65At 45 rpmBrideshead
64Ready To ShineYoung Galaxy
63Fade AwaySusanne Sundfor
62Classic ManJidenna
61The Right TimeTuxedo
60Tell MeHumans
59Too Much Space ManDiane Coffee
58EmoticonsThe Wombats
57SuperheatedNew Order
56repetitonPurity Ring
55Slow RotorErrors
54Dark NightHot Chip
53DeliriousSusanne Sundfor
51Spit You OutMetz
50Foolin AroundCrocodiles
49WildflowerBeach House
48Life Like ThisKurt Vile
47What Part Of meLow
45Flesh Without BloodGrimes
44Need You NowHot Chip
43BrosWolf Alice
42Pretty Torn UpEZTV
41Different AngleThe Cribs
39Bunker BusterViet Cong
38Living ZooBuilt To Spill
37MansplainerLocal H
36I'm A GirlPeace
35Made My Mind UpMikal Cronin
34Young GirlsPINS
33The PatternCeremony
32Quo VadisLower Dens
31Get To HeavenEverything Everything
30When The Lights Turn OutTwin Shadow
29Real GirlLittle Boots
28Saturday NightYukon Blonde
27The Noisy Days Are OverField Music
26Go OutBlur
25RestlessNew Order
24Over ItJunior Boys
23Let It HappenTame Impala
22No ReptilesEverything Everything
21Black StarDavid Bowie
20Courtesy PhoneTelekinesis
19A Hunger ArtistGirls Names
18SilhouettesViet Cong
17For A Day Like TomorrowSwervedriver
16Eyes On YouVeruca Salt
15Crybaby DemonCrocodiles
14Pretty PimpinKurt Vile
13Heart Of The MatterThe Libertines
12In n OutDutch Uncles
11Birch TreeFoals
10Mr. NoahPanda Bear
9FreazyWolf Alice
8Huarache LightsHot Chip
7Kathleen Sat On The Arm of Her Favourite ChairHooton Tennis Club
6Dust In The SkyEZTV
5Feel LikeMikal Cronin
4OndineLower Dens
3The Less I Know The BetterTame Impala
2The SeparationCeremony
1Distant PastEverything Everything