Jan 4, 2016

Best Songs of 2015



Last year Kevin Morby took out the number one prize. This year it's a similar artist and perhaps a similar song. Kurt Vile released another great album in 2015 and one song stood out in particular. It's a song of languid majesty. A song that rambles and shifts and changes shapes. It slowly takes you in and then smothers you in its exquisite beauty. The guitar tones are gorgeous and the shift in tempo just after the 5 minute mark gives me chills every single time. Kendrick, Tillman, Vince, Noah. They all brought it in 2015 but one man claimed the mantle for songwriting.

Note: A limit of three songs per artist. 

1. Wheelhouse-Kurt Vile
2. Dream Lover-Destroyer
3. The Blacker the Berry-Kendrick Lamar
4. Let It Happen-Tame Impala
5. Tropic of Cancer-Panda Bear
6. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)-Father John Misty
7. I Ain't Around Much-Frog Eyes
8. How Much a Dollar Cost-Kendrick Lamar
9. Life Like This-Kurt Vile
10. Piss Crowns are Trebled-Godspeed You! Black Emperor
11. Another World-Royal Headache
12. Take Care-Deerhunter
13. Dimed Out-Titus Andronicus
14. Norf Norf-Vince Staples
15. Pretty Pimpin-Kurt Vile
16. Turn Around-Mikal Cronin
17. Gospel Radio-Roadside Graves
18. Stonefist-HEALTH
19. Rip Down the Fences That Fence the Garden-Frog Eyes 
20. Bored in the USA-Father John Misty
21. King Kunta-Kendrick Lamar
22. Something Soon-Car Seat Headrest
23. All Your Yeahs-Beach House
24. Fourth of July-Sufjan Stevens
25. More Perfect Union-Titus Andronicus
26. Mr Noah-Panda Bear
27. Know Yourself-Drake
28. Made My Mind Up-Mikal Cronin
29. Trailways Ramble-Steve Gunn and the Black Twig Pickers  
30. When I Was Done Dying-Dan Deacon
31. I Don't Want to Let You Down-Sharon Van Etten 
32. Some Other Song-Built to Spill
33. The Preakness-Panda Bear 
34. Living My Life-Deerhunter
35. Girl in a Sling-Destroyer 
36. Divers-Joanna Newsom
37. Levitation-Beach House
38. Age of the Sea-Paul de Jong
39. Grief-Earl Sweatshirt
40. No Lite-Blanck Mass
41. No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross-Sufjan Stevens
42. The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box-Modest Mouse
43. Carolina-Royal Headache
44. Airport Bar-Martin Courtney
45. Breaker-Deerhunter
46. Sea Calls Me Home-Julia Holter
47. Hollywood-Tobias Jesso Jr
48. Acne/Ears-Roadside Graves
49. Gold-Mikal Cronin
50. Spring (Among the Living)-My Morning Jacket
51. Jump Off The Roof-Vince Staples
52. No Anthems-Sleater-Kinney
53. Rain or Shine-Young Fathers
54. Continental Shelf-Viet Cong
55. Vital Signs-Gang of Youths
56. Drawn to the Blood-Sufjan Stevens
57. Sororal Feelings-U.S. Girls
58. Web-Thee Oh Sees
59. Donna (Reno)-Roadside Graves
60. High-Royal Headache
61. Feel the Lightning-Dan Deacon
62. Sparks-Beach House
63. Lupine Ossuary-Thee Oh Sees
64. Bad Ideas-Saintseneca
65. Funny Feeling-Titus Andronicus
66. Flesh World (UK)-HEALTH
67. Price Tag-Sleater-Kinney
68. All Our Songs-Built to Spill
69. 3230-Vince Staples
70. Sapokanikan-Joanna Newsom
71. You Satellite-Wilco
72. No One Can Tell-Youth Lagoon
73. Dunes-Alabama Shakes
74. Times Square-Destroyer
75. Big Decisions-My Morning Jacket
76. DNA-Earl Sweatshirt
77. Air-Waxahatchee
78. Leftovers-Dick Diver
79. Silhouettes-Viet Cong
80. Sauna-Mount Eerie 
81. Come Down-Wavves and Cloud Nothings 
82. At Once-Beirut
83. Pipe-Fuzz
84. Grey Days-Chelsea Wolfe
85. The Possum-Sun Kil Moon
86. Acid Wash-Panda Bear
87. Great Tide-Phil Cook
88. Living Zoo-Built to Spill
89. Nervous-Wavves and Cloud Nothings 
90. Energy-Drake
91. For No One-Houndmouth 
92. Young Blood-The Districts
93. I Don't Mind-Twerps
94. FF Bada-Battles
95. M'$-A$AP Rocky
96. City on the Hill-Desaparecidos
97. Future People-Alabama Shakes 
98. Take It to the Max-Dan Deacon
99. Poison Drum-Gang of Youths
100. Heel Turn 2-The Mountain Goats

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