BEST SONGS OF 2015

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

The lists are a bit longer than usual because I liked a lot that came out this year, but here are my favorite Alternative, Hip-hop, and Pop songs from 2015.

Alternative/Rock Songs

  1. Let It Happen – Tame Impala
  2. Gimme All Your Love  – Alabama Shakes
  3. Dream Lover – Destroyer
  4. Realiti – Grimes
  5. Dreams – Beck
  6. What Went Down – Foals
  7. Fourth Of July – Sufjan Stevens
  8. Eventually – Tame Impala
  9. Wide Open – The Chemical Brothers, Beck
  10. Spectre – Radiohead
  11. The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive – Death Cab For Cutie
  12. Huarache Lights – Hot Chip
  13. Pedestrian at Best – Courtney Barnett
  14. Put A Flower In Your Pocket – The Arcs
  15. Loud Places – Jamie xx, Romy
  16. Death With Dignity – Sufjan Stevens
  17. Flesh Without Blood – Grimes
  18. Malukayi – Mnongwana Star, Konono N*1
  19. Air – Waxahatchee
  20. Should Have Known Better – Sufjan Stevens
  21. Lonely Hunter – Foals
  22. Point – The Creases
  23. Bangkok – Destroyer
  24. No Room In Frame – Death Cab For Cutie
  25. Depreston – Courtney Barnett
  26. Reality In Motion – Tame Impala
  27. Time Square – Destroyer
  28. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnet
  29. FloriDada – Animal Collective
  30. Pretty Pimpin – Kurt Vile
  31. Moaning Lisa Smile – Wolf Alice
  32. Ship To Wreck – Florence + The Machine
  33. Suicide Saturday – Hippo Campus
  34. Thought I Was A Spaceman – Blur
  35. Leave A Trace – CHVRCHES
  36. Giant Peach – Wolf Alice
  37. Why Make Sense? – Hot Chip
  38. New Person, Same Old Mistakes – Tame Impala
  39. PPP – Beach House
  40. Keep You On My Side – CHVRCHES
  41. Too Bad, So Sad – Metric
  42. The Yabba – Battles
  43. Them Changes – Thundercat, Flying Lotus
  44. The Ground Walks, with Time In A Box – Modest Mouse
  45. First Light – Django Django
  46. Back To You – Twerps
  47. Return To The Moon – EL VY
  48. In Time – FKA twigs
  49. Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
  50. Souls – Hippo Campus

 

Hip-Hop/R&B Songs

  1. Alright – Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams
  2. The Blacker The Berry – Kendrick Lamar
  3. They.Resurrect.Over.New. – Lupe Fiasco, Ab-Soul
  4. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) – Jamie xx, Young Thug, Popcaan
  5. Mortal Man – Kendrick Lamar
  6. Wesley’s Theory – Kendrick Lamar
  7. Born To Shine – Big Grams, Run The Jewels
  8. Body Of Work – Lupe Fiasco
  9. Angels – Chance The Rapper, Saba
  10. Untouchable – Pusha T
  11. Know Yourself – Drake
  12. Actin Crazy – Action Bronson
  13. Dots & Lines – Lupe Fiasco
  14. Alchemy – Mick Jenkins
  15. All Day – Kanye West
  16. SMUCKERS – Tyler, The Creator
  17. Jump Off The Roof – Vince Staples, Snoh Aalegra
  18. WTF (Where They From) – Missy Elliott, Pharrell Williams
  19. Ain’t I – Lizzo
  20. Fade Away – Logic
  21. Back To Back – Drake
  22. We Are – Justin Bieber, Nas
  23. Fell In The Sun – Big Grams
  24. Hotline Bling – Drake
  25. One Of Us – Rick Ross, Nas
  26. Sunday Candy – Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Chance The Rapper
  27. Shame – Young Father
  28. Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite) – Run The Jewels
  29. King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar
  30. El Chapo – The Game, Skrillex
  31. Tell Your Friends – The Weeknd
  32. Chopper – Lupe Fiasco
  33. u – Kendrick Lamar
  34. Your Love – Mick Jenkins
  35. DEATHCAMP – Tyler, The Creator
  36. Goldmine Junkie – Big Grams
  37. P’s & Q’s – Mick Jenkins
  38. Paper Trail$ – Joey Bada$$
  39. The Brown Stains of Darkeese Latifah Part 6–12 (Remix) – Tyler, The Creator
  40. Slaughtermouse – Joe Budden
  41. You & The 6 – Drake
  42. Electric Body – A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q

Pop Songs

  1. Gosh – Jamie xx
  2. Go – The Chemical brothers
  3. Need You Now – Hot Chip
  4. Dancing In The Dark – Hot Chip
  5. What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber
  6. Here – Alessia Cara
  7. Daffodils – Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker
  8. Lean On – Major Lazor, MO, DJ Snake
  9. Butterfly – Grimes
  10. Love is The Future – Hot Chip
  11. Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld
  12. Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
  13. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
  14. Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen
  15. Magnets – Disclosure, Lorde
  16. Hello – Adele
  17. WTF – (Where They From) – Missy Elliot, Pharrell Williams
  18. Hotline Bling – Drake
  19. The Party Line – Belle and Sebastian
  20. You Know You Like It – DJ Snake, AlunaGeorge
  21. Adventure Of A Lifetime – Coldplay
  22. In The Night – The Weeknd
  23. Electric Love – BORNS
  24. SeeSaw – Jamie xx, Romy
  25. The Things I regret – Brandi Carlile
  26. Lifted Up (1985) – Passion Pit
  27. Wherever Is Your Heart – Brandi Carlile
  28. Renegades – X Ambassadors
  29. Picture This – Kero Kero Bonito
  30. FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney
  31. Teenage Talk – St. Vincent
  32. Good For You – Selena Gomes, A$AP Rocky
  33. Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor, John Legend
  34. I Don’t Like It, I Love It – Flo Rida, Robin Thicke
  35. London Queen – Charli XCX
  36. Stare – Prince
  37. First Time – Icona Pop
  38. Levels – Nick Jonas
  39. Fire N Gold – Bea Miller
  40. Fun – Pitbull, Chris Brown
  41. On My Mind – Ellie Goulding
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