Here’s another late addition to our favorite music of 2015–this time it’s our favorite songs. You’ll find Logan’s favorites first, then Chris’s, each in alphabetical order.
And if you have any interest, here’s a link to a Spotify playlist with most of the songs below–enjoy!
.:Logan’s Favorite Songs of 2015:.
by Aero Flynn
I loved this song when it came out and was eagerly waiting for the full album… which I ended up not really getting into, but this song is still amazing.
mp3: Aero Flynn – Dk/Pi
by Carly Rae Jepsen
This is a duplicate from our year end list. I just think we need to acknowledge, to each other, that this is one of the best songs of the year.
by Crooked Fingers
I saw Eric Bachmann open for Josh Ritter years ago. It was my first proper Josh concert. I wish I had paid more attention to Eric.
Saxophones are back!
by The Dodos
The album this comes from probably should have been on my year-end list.
mp3: The Dodos – Bubble
The album this comes from should not have been on my year-end list… but I still love their sound.
by Kendrick Lamar
Full disclosure. I rarely make it past this song on the album.
by Lord Huron
I couldn’t make up my mind on whether to include this song or “La Belle Fleur Sauvage”… I still wonder if I made the right choice. It haunts me.
by Sufjan Stevens
This song was already on our year-end list… but not this remix. [Note from Chris: this version is closer to how Sufjan performed many of Carrie & Lowell’s songs live (minus about 15 minutes of outro) – as beautiful as the proper album was, I’m hoping and praying for a full remix album, because this is amazing.]
by Titus Andronicus
by Viet Cong
.:Chris’s Favorite Songs of 2015:.
by Belle & Sebastian
I think Stuart Murdoch has made a deal with the devil. There is simply no other explanation for the way he continues to conjure up these kinds of impeccable melodies 20+ years into his career.
by Best Coast
mp3: Braids – Miniskirt
by Brandon Flowers
Flowers’ record this year was way better than it had any right to be, and this song is the perfect example of what made it so special for me. The perfect marriage of Flowers’ melodramatic bombast, producer Ariel Reichstadt’s penchant for ’80’s affectations, and a healthy dose of pure melody-magic–this song is absolutely perfect in every way. “Lonely Town” belongs in the conversation with “Mr. Brightside” and “When You Were Young” for Flowers’ greatest singles. A quick personal aside–the horns on this song sound uncannily similar to something a teenage-Reichstadt’s ska-pop band The Hippos might have done–and The Hippos were pretty foundational for a young Tobler’s musical tastes in 1997–so there’s no way I don’t smile when I hear that brass come in.
Just exactly what you want a CHVRCHES song to be.
by Dan Deacon
Deacon makes sorta self-conscious party music (“I try not to worry / but I always worry“)–which is exactly how I like to party.
by Daniel Martin Moore
This pretty well encapsulates everything I love about DMM–“If you’ll think well of me, I will work to make it true / with a sleepless hand, I’ll do everything I can for you.”
I’m only a fair-weather Dawes fan at best–but these guys are responsible for some near perfect vocal melodies–this being only the most recent example.
by Death Cab For Cutie
by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment
Chance The Rapper’s ode to his grandmother is absolutely my Song of the Year. And if the song wasn’t perfect enough, it’s video seals the deal.
I’ve never paid much attention to Drake, but this song is great.
by EL VY
It’s a close race between “Flesh Without Blood” and “REALiTi” for my favorite Grimes track of the year–ultimately this one wins because of how out-of-the-blue it sounded when I heard it. Also, she kind of sounds like the singer from the Cranberries, and I love the Cranberries.
by Hop Along
This song is unstoppable.
mp3: Hop Along – Waitress
by Hot Chip
by Jamie xx
This song makes me feel things.
by Jens Lekman
In many ways, this year was saturated by Jens Lekman for me. He steadily released a song a week all year as part of his Postcards series, which proved to be consistently wonderful, and he came to Cincinnati this Fall to do a “Ghostwriters” project where he wrote songs based on stories submitted by total strangers. One of those stories was submitted by my wife, and although the resulting song is pretty great, I’m instead including this short and sweet introduction to his Postcards series – released a little over a year ago as a beautiful inauguration for a new year.
by Jon Hopkins
by José Gonzalez
Such a gorgeous melody, such gorgeous guitar work.
by Josh Ritter
by Kanye West
by Mates of State
This has been the opening song for this show for a couple years now, and I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t check in about once a month to see if they’d finally released a full version. Well they finally did, and it’s as euphoric as I’d hope.
by Natalie Prass
This song is so sad and so beautiful and such a perfect introduction to this fantastic new talent.
by Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm
Just one of many beautiful recordings by these two this year, this subdued piano piece is a perfect encapsulation of what I love so much about these guys.
by Only Real
What is this song?? What year did this come from? Because there’s no way it’s from 2015.
mp3: Radiohead – Spectre
by School of Seven Bells
It’s hard to imagine a more fitting farewell for School of Seven Bells than “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up),” the Joey Ramone cover that Benjamin Curtis finished from his hospital bed before tragically succumbing to lymphoma in 2013. For that reason, when I first heard that Alejandra Deheza was finishing and releasing their last work together, I was a little skeptical. I shouldn’t have been. Just listen to “Open Your Eyes” and join me in anxious anticipation for their final record (out in just a few weeks!).
This song makes me anxious.
mp3: Shlohmo – Beams
by The Supreme Jubilees
by The Tallest Man On Earth
by This Is The Kit
As far as I’m concerned, the record this song came from is perfect… but Stables still found a way to improve on it! By adding just a pinch of ’70s-era Eno and a whole lot of spaced-out guitar spazzing, she found just what I didn’t know this song needed!
by Tobias Jesso Jr.
Just try and get this out of your head. I dare you.
mp3: Waxahatchee – Air
by The Weeknd
Tags: Aero Flynn, Belle & Sebastian, Best Coast, Braids, Brandon Flowers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chance The Rapper, CHVRCHES, Crooked Fingers, Dan Deacon, Daniel Martin Moore, Dawes, Death Cab for Cutie, Destroyer, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, Drake, EL VY, Foals, Grimes, Hop Along, Hot Chip, Jamie xx, Jens Lekman, Jon Hopkins, Jose Gonzalez, Josh Ritter, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lord Huron, Mates of State, Natalie Prass, Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Only Real, Radiohead, School of Seven Bells, Shlohmo, Sleater-Kinney, Sufjan Stevens, The Dodos, The Supreme Jubilees, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Weeknd, This Is The Kit, Titus Andronicus, Tobias Jesso Jr, Viet Cong, Waxahatchee, Wilco
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