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Top 10 Songs of 2015

To be perfectly honest, 2015 wasn't a year that particularly moved me, musically-speaking. And that's important to note, as the prime reason I listen to and enjoy music is to be moved. The emotional catharsis or introspection that results from a great song or bit of music is unlike anything else.

I just wanted to get that out of the way, before providing my annual rundown of top tracks from the past year. I don't wish to diminish these songs by any means, only to note that not all Top 10 lists are made of the same stuff.

And so....

#10. Dissolve, by Absofacto

Hailing from Michigan, this is an artist I just discovered last year, with his most recent song titled Dissolve. Quite mellow and enjoyable.

#9. King, by Years & Years

2015 was also the year that I discovered synthpop group Years & Years. They've got a few good songs, and King is my favorite of the lot.

#8. Ong Ong, by Blur

Their first studio album in twelve years saw Blur with a fairly good return-to-form. While their videos left something to be desired, their songs were pretty solid. This is the best.

#7. Another Lonely Night, by Adam Lambert

I'm not a big fan of American Idol, but will admit it has produced a few talented artists. Adam Lambert is one of them, and his 2015 album, The Original High, was a veritable tour de force. So many good songs to choose from, but Another Lonely Night edges the others out.

#6. WTF (Where They From), by Missy Elliott

100% dope. Missy is back, yo.

#5. Stronger, by Arty (featuring Ray Dalton)

Having never heard of Arty or Ray Dalton before this song, I was surprised at the impact it had on me. Solid gold emotional dance.

#4. High by the Beach, by Lana Del Rey

Not sure I'll ever get tired of Lana's dispassionate, f*ck-you-I-don't-care songs. This one is great. Lusciously arranged.

#3. I Can Change, by Brandon Flowers

I've mentioned before on this blog that I'm a sucker for a song with pathetic lyrics. I Can Change is such a track. Willing to be whatever the person he loves wants, this song is both sad and beautiful.

#2. When I Was a Boy, By ELO

This one almost made it to #1. A touching, bittersweet song from Jeff Lynne reflecting on the stages of growing up, and the influence of music on his life. Love it.

#1. Tutti Frutti, by New Order

New Order was back with a vengeance in 2015. Their Music Complete album was a fun listen, from start to finish, and this particular track was my favorite. A great little ditty to bop along to.

And there you have it, my Top 10 favorite tracks of 2015!


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