Obsessive Year-End List Fest 2015: Favorite Songs

The first order of business as 2015 comes to a close is to sift through all of my favorite songs that I first heard this year (or perhaps late last year, and it just took me a little longer to appreciate them) and attempt to put them in order, which as usual starts to get a bit silly below the top 30 or so. Music videos and some live performances are embedded for that first chunk of the list. As I’ve done in previous years, I’ve also got a Spotify playlist that covers a lot of these, limited to a song per artist and more in chronological order of when I discovered them.

1. “Us For Them”
Gungor
One Wild Life: Soul

2. “Clearest Blue”
Chvrches
Every Open Eye

3. “Ship to Wreck”
Florence + The Machine
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

4. “Cavalry Captain”
The Decemberists
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

5. “Paradise”
Martel
Impersonator

6. “Like a River”
My Morning Jacket
The Waterfall

7. “Blue Ocean Floor”
The Nor’easters
Equilibrium

8. “Flight”
Lifehouse
Out of the Wasteland

9. “Queen of Peace”
Florence + The Machine
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

10. “Gimme All Your Love”
Alabama Shakes
Sound & Color

11. “Terminal”
Jon Foreman
The Wonderlands: Sunlight

12. “The Party Line”
Belle & Sebastian
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

13. “Lavender”
Copeland
Ixora

14. “Surface Envy”
Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love

15. “Enter Sylvia Plath”
Belle & Sebastian
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

16. “Satellites”
Mew
+ –

17. “Every Good Boy Does Fine”
Owel
Every Good Boy EP

18. “Cascades”
Metric
Pagans in Vegas

19. “Elastic Heart”
Sia
1000 Forms of Fear

20. “Should Have Known Better”
Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell

21. “Stonemilker”
Björk
Vulnicura

22. “Up in Houses”
Falling Up
Falling Up

23. “Straitjacket”
Martel
Impersonator

24. “Dead Inside”
Muse
Drones

25. “Getting Ready to Get Down”
Josh Ritter
Sermon on the Rocks

26. “Leave a Trace”
Chvrches
Every Open Eye

27. “Lampshades on Fire”
Modest Mouse
Strangers to Ourselves

28. “The Everlasting Muse”
Belle & Sebastian
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

29. “Joy Rides”
MuteMath
Vitals

30. “Take a Little Time”
Kathryn Calder
Kathryn Calder

31. “Subterranean”
Foo Fighters feat. Ben Gibbard
Sonic Highways

32. “Never Ending Circles”
Chvrches
Every Open Eye

33. “Hey Mami”
Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

34. “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive”
Death Cab for Cutie
Kintsugi

35. “Cumbia de Donde”
Calexico feat. Amparo Sanchez
Edge of the Sun

36. “Woman (Oh Mama)”
Joy Williams
Venus

37. “Absolution Calling”
Incubus
Trust Fall (Side A)

38. “Outside”
Foo Fighters feat. Joe Walsh
Sonic Highways

39. “Young and Free”
Sucré
Loner EP

40. “What Kind of Man”
Florence + The Machine
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

41. “Skeletons”
Trails and Ways
Pathology

42. “Step Out”
Attalus
Into the Sea

43. “Monument”
MuteMath
Vitals

44. “Congregation”
Foo Fighters feat. Zac Brown
Sonic Highways

45. “Could I Be”
Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

46. “A New Wave”
Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love

47. “Before the Words”
My Brightest Diamond
This Is My Hand

48. “The Great I Am”
Burlap to Cashmere
Freedom Souls

49. “Chiromancer”
Copeland feat. Steff Koeppen
Ixora

50. “You Are the Only One”
The Last Bison
Dorado EP

51. “My Complications”
Mew
+ –

52. “Agape Mou”
Burlap to Cashmere
Freedom Souls

53. “Razors”
Owel
Every Good Boy EP

54. “Black Sun”
Death Cab fur Cutie
Kintsugi

55. “Keep You on My Side”
Chvrches
Every Open Eye

56. “Wildfire”
Noosa
Wonderland

57. “We Are Stronger”
Gungor
One Wild Life: Soul

58. “Siren’s Song”
Jon Foreman
The Wonderlands: Shadows

59. “Harder Edges”
Guy Garvey
Courting the Squall

60. “Life”
Sleeping at Last
Atlas: Life

61. “I Need You”
Archis
Archis EP

62. “Ringo Starr”
Martel
Impersonator

63. “Nobody’s Empire”
Belle & Sebastian
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

64. “Lifted Up (1985)”
Passion Pit
Kindred

65. “Boone Flyer”
Falling Up
Falling Up

66. “Could You”
TV on the Radio
Seeds

67. “Psychosocial”
Brooke Fraser
Brutal Romantic

68. “In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)”
My Morning Jacket
The Waterfall

69. “Witness”
Mew
+ –

70. “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”
Florence + The Machine
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

71. “Future People”
Alabama Shakes
Sound & Color

72. “Moonshot”
Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil
Goliath

73. “Souls in the Sand”
The Last Bison
Dorado EP

74. “Loner”
Sucré
Loner EP

75. “I Must Find You”
Young Oceans
I Must Find You

76. “Price Tag”
Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love

77. “Not Good Enough”
Joy Williams
Venus

78. “Make You Better”
The Decemberists
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

79. “Tapping on the Line”
Calexico feat. Neko Case
Edge of the Sun

80. “Hurt This Way”
Lifehouse
Out of the Wasteland

81. “Gemini”
Alabama Shakes
Sound & Color

82. “Birds”
Coldplay
A Head Full of Dreams

83. “Schema”
Circa Survive
Descensus

84. “Bury Our Friends”
Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love

85. “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Alabama Shakes
Sound & Color

86. “Reapers”
Muse
Drones

87. “Say You Will”
Trails and Ways
Pathology

88. “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box”
Modest Mouse
Strangers to Ourselves

89. “Child of the Desert”
Circa Survive
Descensus

90. “Beneath the City of Dreams”
Calexico feat. Gaby Moreno
Edge of the Sun

91. “Unwind”
Guy Garvey
Courting the Squall

92. “By the Water”
Future of Forestry
Pages

93. “Adelaide”
The Good Mad
Face Your Feels EP

94. “Crystals”
Of Monsters and Men
Beneath the Skin

95. “Death with Dignity”
Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell

96. “Tompkins Square Park”
Mumford & Sons
Wilder Mind

97. “El Dorado”
Death Cab for Cutie
Kintsugi

98. “Fangless”
Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love

99. “Lake Song”
The Decemberists
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

100. “Sparks”
Beach House
Depression Cherry

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s