The Best 20 Singles of 2015

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It’s hard to believe how much has happened since I last time posted here. I’m in a new city working in the industry I’ve always dreamed of. I’ve made a ton of new friends, explored new parts of the country, and realized more than ever that I can’t do life without my wife. It’s been a good (almost) 2 years, but I did miss posting on here.

I’m not committing to any type of posting schedule (I would break it), but I’ve decided to randomly jump on here and share some thoughts during 2016. I want to keep my love for music at the forefront of my mind; now more than ever.

With that said, here’s my top 20 singles of 2015. Overall the year was significantly better than it’s predecessor, and we were left with some classic songs. Relax, read, and have fun.

 

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20. “You Know You Like It” – DJ Snake feat. AlunaGeorge 

A slick chorus paired with a hard-hitting beat. DJ Snake was at his best here, and AlunaGeorge finally got some much needed recognition.

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19.  “Coffee” – Miguel feat. Miguel

Miguel’s lead singles are always jams. “Coffee” was a slow-burner, but Miguel continued his winning streak with this one.

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18.  “Hands to Myself” – Selena Gomez

I’ve never found myself drawn to a Selena Gomez song, but her mysteriously playful delivery mixed with Max Martin’s production is gold. An bonafide guilty please.

#NoShame

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17. “Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots

It’s all about the outro on this one. A great introduction to the band for mainstream listeners.

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16. “Hello” – Adele

The song that literally stopped the world. The perfect choice to start the 25 campaign and welcome back a much needed voice.

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15.  “Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon

An unexpected hit for a deserving band.

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14. “Want You To Want Me” – Jason Derulo

I’m a sucker for a classic sounding pop song, and Jason hit the nail on the head with this one. By far his best performance to date.

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13. “Antidote” – Travis Scott

The beat. It’s all about the beat. It will be interesting to see what 2016 brings for Travis after this huge crossover moment.

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12. “FourFiveSeconds” – Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney 

A lot of you are going to hate me for this one. It was risk. It slightly paid off, but the chorus is what dreams are made of. Don’t hate on #FolkRihRih.

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11. “WTF (Where They From)” – Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams

A comeback 10 years in the making and it was all worth it. The song. The video. The delivery. Everything was on point.

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10. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weekend

After sliding under the mainstream radar for years, 2015 was for The Weeknd’s taking. “Can’t Feel My Face” was a grand slam. Another Max Martin gem with hooks for days. This was the moment The Weeknd needed to become a superstar and he took full advantage of it.

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9. “Cool for the Summer” – Demi Lovato

Here’s the thing, everything Max Martin touches is gold. It’s no surprise that Demi teamed up with him for her infectious lead single. This is the stuff that pop songs are made of; an epic beat, anthemic chorus, and sky-rocketing vocal delivery. Still baffled that this missed the top 10 on the Hot 100. Don’t tell your mother I said so.

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8. “What Do You Mean?” – Justin Bieber

I guess you can say that I became a belieber this year. I said early on that I felt that this album would be his FutureSex/LoveSounds moment, and I still stand by that. “What Do You Mean?” took the world by storm, and if you weren’t a fan before you are now.

Side note: How was this song his first #1???

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7. “Lean On” – Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ

Major Lazer and DJ Snake crafted a euphoric anthem with “Lean On.” The song’s lyrics were full of rich imagery, which only intensified when the beat dropped. MØ was the perfect vocal choice. Her airy vocals were a refreshing break to the monotony of the radio. 

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6. “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap

Fetty was a runaway success this year with multiple top 10 singles and a #1 album, but none of it would have been possible without “Trap Queen.” This is love rap at its finest. From its quotable lyrics to Fetty’s strange delivery, “Trap Queen” was infectious in every way.

I said hey, what’s up, hello

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5. “Stitches” – Shawn Mendes

From vine to the top of the pop chart in one year. “Stitches” was one of the catchiest songs of 2015. It’s the kind of song that got better with each listen. Mendes proved that he’s a force to reckon with when given the right material. Whether he can top “Stitches” in 2016 is yet to be seen, but it was the perfect way to launch his radio career.

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4. “Hotline Bling” – Drake

Drake knows how to create a movement. “Hotline Bling” was so much more than a song. The internet was controlled by Drake once the video dropped, and it only strengthened the song’s performance. Drake continues to reinvent his sound, and this cha-cha infused bop proved that he can do whatever he wants and win.

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3. “Sorry” – Justin Bieber

Anything that is remotely influenced by Caribbean sound will always win in my book. “Sorry” has the potential to be Bieber’s biggest hit, and it deserves to be. “Sorry” is the kind of song that will still be playing on the radio years past its release. It’s the perfect example of Bieber’s progression as an artist and hints at an even bigger future.

*cue tiny trumpet*

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2. “When We Were Young” – Adele

No one captivates emotion like Adele. The 4 year wait for 25 was worth it all for this song along. I would argue that vocally it’s Adele’s strongest to date. She embodies the lyrics with each syllable and delivers them with conviction. Speaking of lyrics, no song has caused an emotional reaction for me like this one – “I’m so mad I’m getting old, It makes me reckless.” So much truth, so much angst, so much beauty.

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1. “Where Are Ü Now” – Jack Ü feat. Justin Bieber

Bieber did the impossible. He bounced back from the perceived “brat” reputation that all of America clung on to with one song.  “Where Are Ü Now” seemed to come out of no where, but its impact is on-going. The collaboration between Diplo, Skrillex, and Bieber ruled the airwaves with its one of a kind sound and gut wrenching lyrics.

 “Where Are Ü Now” left the public with a new respect for Bieber. His album wouldn’t have been this successful without the impact of this song. I wouldn’t have thought that I’d end the year with a Justin Bieber song as my years favorite, but you can’t argue with a game changing song.

Well done, Biebs. Well done.

 

The Iggy Azalea Takeover Is In Full Commence

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It has taken a few years, but it’s finally safe to say that Iggy Azalea has indeed made it in the US.

The Australian rapper’s debut album, The New Classic, was released on Tuesday and shot to the top of the US iTunes chart. For a rapper that’s just getting some real shine here in the states, this is a huge accomplishment, especially after a rocky 2013.

Last year brought a series of highs and lows for Iggy, but none bigger than the push back of her major label debut. A pushback is never a good sign, especially when it’s for a debut. The chances that a label will continue to pump resources into an artist that is not sticking with the public is slim.

After the criminally underrated ‘Work’ failed to impact the US things looked grim. I assumed that Iggy would float around the internet sensation zone and never graduate to full blown star.

But thanks to ‘Fancy’ I was completely wrong.

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Boots ‘Dreams’ With Bey

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Let’s be honest, the biggest mystery of Beyonce’s new album was its unknown producer Boots. (This is excluding the fact that the whole album was a mystery to us all – LOL REMEMBER WHEN THAT HAPPENED??)

Since he blessed us with ‘Haunted’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Jealous’, etc, etc, Boots has been dropping tracks over the last few months leading up to the release of his planned mixtape, WinterSpringSummerFall. He’s slowly began to build his brand, upping the hype for the mixtape with each release.

The fact that he had received so much notoriety from Beyonce is already giving him some major home field advantage with his most recent release ‘Dreams’. A Beyonce fan will love anything that she is on, so he’s winning there, but the song is just another example of his song writing skills.

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Lana Makes The ‘West Coast’ A Little Better

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Lana Del Rey’s ‘West Coast’ dropped yesterday and spoiler alert, it’s perfect.

After the masses traveled to Brooklyn to catch a glimpse of THE billboard, Lana decided not to keep us waiting too long and drop the track on the UK’s Radio 1.

‘West Coast’ is everything you wanted and nothing that you expected all at the same time. The hip-hop based sound of Born To Die has been traded with some 70’s realness that would make your hippy Uncle and Aunt proud. 

Bring us to Woodstock Lana. 

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The Return Of Lana

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Ultraviolence is about to commence.

If you guys aren’t ready for the Lana Del Rey return than you better brace yourself, because it’s-about-to-go-down.

The first signs of promo appeared this week when a billboard for Lana’s third album mysteriously appear in the pretentious hipster capital of the world, Brooklyn.

This is just one of the few pieces of the puzzle that we’ve been given the last few weeks. So naturally I’ll help you piece them together so we can figure out exactly what’s going down (and probably be wrong about most of it).

*born 2 die*

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Ed Sheeran Gets Pharrelled on New Single ‘SING’

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If you were reading my coverage of the Grammy’s back in February than you know that I’m not really an Ed Sheeran fan. His music didn’t do anything for me, and it didn’t help that he was riding off of his Taylor Swift friendship to get more fans.

Even though I wasn’t a fan I never denied his talent or his “sound.” To put it simply, it wasn’t for me but I understood why people liked him. He wrote all of his music, and when he came on the radio you knew that it was him.

With his popularity on the rise he decided to let go of the ‘Lego House’ sound and dive right into the mainstream before the release of this sophomore album.

Maybe I’m becoming a bitter blogger, but this is getting me more angry than I was before.

#NeverHAPPY

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4 Reasons You Love Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

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There’s so much money on your mind that you may have not even noticed the slayage that’s occurring on iTunes.

This past weekend Sam Smith has “his” moment when he performed on SNL.

If you look back through the years countless artists got their big break once they performed on the SNL stage. So being the male answer to Adele like I said back in February, naturally Smith would follow in her footsteps and blow up after his debut appearance.

I don’t know if the release of ‘Stay With Me’ was done because of the appearance, but I’m glad it happened.

‘Stay With Me’ gives us everything we need. I’m talking about some Fighting Temptations realness. Some truth that’s signed sealed and delivered.

Here’s why:

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Calvin Harris Gifts Rita Ora With ‘I Will Never Let You Down’


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Calvin Harris has been a major force in pop music these last few years. He’s always been a king in the dance world, but he has successfully translated that into producing some major pop jams.

Since the worldwide success of ‘We Found Love’, Calvin’s producing and song writing skills have been heavily sought after. It doesn’t hurt that he has a near perfect record of producing/writing hit songs for other artists.

So it doesn’t surprise me that his girlfriend, Rita Ora, decided to launch her second album with one of his songs.

‘I Will Never Let You Down’ has the most bubblegum pop sound that we’ve ever heard Calvin sound. The feel-good love songs strays away from the EDM breakdowns, and treads towards 80’s pop anthems.

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Gif Love: Kanye Set To Release New Album in 2014

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Not an April Fools joke.

I repeat, not an April Fools joke.

This morning Kanye West made the announcement that Australian leg of his tour was going to be postponed. Originally slated for May, the dates are now taking place in September. You’re probably thinking that unless you live down undah (classless joke) this news doesn’t really affect you.

WELL THINK AGAIN

Kanye’s using the time to make/finish his new album. So there’s that.

Here’s a few of the things you’re probably thinking right now, assuming that he is actually going to use the time to finish his album and not marry Kim like everyone is saying.

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R.Kelly and Keyshia Cole Hit The Studio Together

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This past week Keyshia Cole decided to post a picture on twitter that literally contained 1,000 words/stan thoughts. She and R. Kelly are pictured together in a studio with Keyshia sending out the love and R.Kelly advertising for cigars.

Do you guys know what this means?

This is a potential ‘I Believe I Can Fly’/’Heaven Sent’ collaboration.

This is a potential ‘Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12’/’I Should’ve Cheated’ type of magic going on.

What are you suppose to do when two of the best R&B artists meet up in the studio and you have nothing but a picture to imagine the greatness? Start digging for clues, that’s what.

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