For 2020 I figured I'd turn this monthly post into a top ten of songs from a particular year. January's date comes courtesy of Marianna who said 'the year I was born'. 2015 it is then!
Downtown - Donkeyboy
Yeah, I know, I'm predictable. I discover a band keeping synthpop alive and I'll stay loyal forever. ♥️ Donkeyboy rarely release their stuff outside of Norway and Downtown was no exception, peaking at #18 on the VG-lista.
Freak of the Week - Krept and Konan ft. Jeremiah
I've always loved a bit of (in the words of the inimitable Dr. Syntax) watered down grime pop. Freak of the Week peaked at #9 on the UK charts.
Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ
I first came across MØ in 2013, when Pilgrim was in the Danish top 20. I heard it and was like, yes, this is gonna be huge. (Spoiler Alert: it wasn't.) Her voice is so distinctive I knew it had to be her as soon as Lean On started getting airplay everywhere. 2015 was a much better year, chart wise. Lean On peaked at #2 in the UK but made #1 in Denmark, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.
See You Again - Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
Commissioned for the [Fast and] Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to Paul Walker, See You Again punches above its weight and is actually quite a beautiful song.
Sun Is Shining - Axwell Λ Ingrosso
Sun Is Shining peaked at a disappointing #56 in the UK, but it made top ten in Belgium, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden.
The Nights - Avicii
Peaking at #6 in the UK, The Nights now feels kind of weirdly prophetic to listen to with lines like: "One day you'll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember." RIP Avicii.
Hotline Bling - Drake
A legend in its own lunchtime.
Six Feet - Patent Pending
Patent Pending deserve to be in the major league. Their tracks are always so well put together, with clever lyrics and tight editing. 2015's Six Feet is typical - catchy, deceptively deep, and horrifically underplayed. Here's to hoping they get their moment in the sun!
Sorry - Justin Bieber
I never thought I'd be listing Justin Bieber in a top ten best anything. Then Sorry came out and I was a Belieber. (Not sorry.)
SHUT UP + DANCE - Walk The Moon
I think it's really fitting that Marianna's favourite song should have been a hit in 2015! SHUT UP + DANCE was released in the US in autumn 2014 and went on to take the world by storm. Seriously, it made top 20 everywhere from Japan to Mexico. It also introduced me to Walk The Moon who quickly became one of my all time favourite bands; there's not a dud among their back catalogue.
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