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Artist - Song Title

1Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away with Me

Album:EMOTION

Released:June 2015

Pop song of the year. 80's sax to the max.

Artist - Song Title

2Grimes - Flesh without Blood

Album:Art Angels

Released:Nov 2015

Grimes goes more experimental on Art Angels and somehow becomes more accessible.

Artist - Song Title

3Wilco - The Joke Explained

Album:Star Wars

Released:July 2015

Wilco put an album out and you're surprized I included it on this list?

Artist - Song Title

4Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love

Album:No Cities To Love

Released:Jan 2015

Don't get mad but I didn't grow up listening to Sleater Kinney. But, hey, this is a really good album. It throws hard punches at you (in the most wonderful way).

Artist - Song Title

5Twin River - Secret In A Seance

Album:Should The Light Go Out

Released:Feb 2015

Favourite album of the year. Twin River leaped away from their folks roots into something with more volume and texture... and they totally stuck the landing.

Artist - Song Title

6Destroyer - Dream Lover

Album:Poison Season

Released:Aug 2015

This could be a Springsteen track, if Springsteen was a surrealist.

Artist - Song Title

7Kurt Vile - I'm an Outlaw

Album:b'lieve i'm goin down...

Released:Sept 2015

Kurt Vile turned down the reverb and turned up the banjo.

Artist - Song Title

8Lianne La Havas - Unstoppable

Album:Blood

Released:July 2015

[Nail polish emoji] [lightning emoji] [fire emoji]

Artist - Song Title

9Julia Holter - Feel You

Album:Have You In My Wilderness

Released:Sept 2015

My favourite song of the year. The mellowest of mellow gold.

Artist - Song Title

10D'Angelo & The Vanguard - Sugah Daddy

Album:Black Messiah

Released:Dec 2014

Yeah, this came out last year, but it just barely came out last year. So as far as I'm concerned it qualifies as 2015 material, guys.

Artist - Song Title

11Jamie xx - Loud Places (feat. Romy)

Album:In Colour

Released:May 2015

My other favourite album of the year. When this track was first released the hair on my arm stood on end for a week.

Artist - Song Title

12OkZharp - Dear Ribane (feat. Manthe)

Album:Dumela 113 - EP

Released:Oct 2015

I have no idea what's going on here, but I dig it.

Artist - Song Title

13Kornel Kovacs - Pantalon

Album:Radio Koko - EP

Released:June 2015

By far the best song about pants released in 2015. Also, the best summer jam of 2015.

Artist - Song Title

14Missy Elliott - WTF (feat. Pharrell Williams)

Album:WTF (Where They From) - Single

Released:Nov 2015

If this was a tumblr post I'd just post a bunch of celebratory reaction gifs. Missy put on a master class in staging a comeback after a decade away.

Artist - Song Title

15Jack U - Where Are U Now

Album:Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U

Released:Feb 2015

I should not like this. I do not like the three artists involved in this project and yet here I am telling you I listened to this track 1,000 times this summer.

Artist - Song Title

16Gilligan Moss - Choreograph

Album:Ceremonial - EP

Released:Aug 2015

Feels like Architecture In Helsinki plugged into Ableton.

Artist - Song Title

17Braids - Blondie

Album:Deep In The Iris

Released:April 2015

Calgary represent!

Artist - Song Title

18Sufjan Stevens - Death with Dignity

Album:Carrie & Lowell

Released:March 2015

This album was surprizingly tough to listen to! The most beautiful songs in the world about the saddest subject in the world.

Artist - Song Title

19Samantha Savage Smith - It Makes No Difference

Album:Fine Lines

Released:Jan 2015

I first saw Samantha Savage Smith play a tiny show at Sled Island 3 years ago. She finally released an album that captured the style and calibre of performance I witnessed. This was so long overdue.