With 2016 is among us, I thought it best to pay a little tribute to my top 10 songs of 2015.
1. HOW MUCH A DOLLAR COST by KENDRICK LAMAR
To Pimp A Butterfly is a fantastic record and my ultimate favorite of 2015. I love every track on it, but I'd have to say How Much A Dollar Cost has the best message (and I'm not just saying that because it's one of President Obama's favs). Kendrick Lamar's message of the negative effects of greed and the power of generosity are wonderfully depicted in his clever lyrics. It's so refreshing to see a present-day rapper with a positive message. So shout out to Kendrick who isn't just a rapper, but a poet.
2. GIMME ALL YOUR LOVE by ALABAMA SHAKES
Let's all just take a moment and appreciate Brittany Howard's down and gritty voice. After releasing their album Boys and Girls back in 2012, they returned three years later with Sound and Color. Gimme All You Love is my favorite out of the new album. The song begins with a sweet and slow rhythm followed by an upbeat tempo in the middle, all pairing wonderfully with Howard's strong, fierce voice. It's a song that one can't help but sway along to and feel embraced with the warmth of soul.
3. LET IT HAPPEN by TAME IMPALA
Tame Impala really shook it up this year with their album Currents. Their music has always been pretty groovy, but with a track like Let It Happen, they put a bit more uniqueness into their craft. Running about 8 minutes long, the song goes through a number of transitions incorporating funk, techno and sweet guitar riffs all with a nice underlying melody. I can tell they spent some time in studio for this track, and I appreciate it.
4. WHAT DO YOU MEAN by JUSTIN BIEBER
Let's admit it everyone, the Biebs has reclaimed himself this year. It all started after that emotional performance at the VMA's when he basically broke down crying. Ever since then he's been killing it. It's truly the ultimate redemption. What Do You Mean was a great transition for Justin. The beat is on point and the song is really catchy, but not in an annoying way. I really enjoyed Justin's music this year, and that' something I never thought I would say.
5. LOVE ME by THE 1975
I love me some of The 1975 (see what I did there). Seriously though, I'm super stoked for their upcoming album in 2016. Luckily we got a little snip bit of it with the release of Love Me, a fun and playful song with a cool, funky, retro vibe to it. Their whole persona is changing with this upcoming album. Especially as their infamous use of black and white has switched to a pastel pink. I admire the band for being experimental with their music, so experimental that their upcoming album is called I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.
6. I KNOW THERE'S GONNA BE (GOOD TIMES) by JAMIE XX ft. YOUNG THUG & POPCAAN
I've listened to Jamie xx for a while now, back when he had only two tracks on Spotify. So much so that Spotify sent me the Found Them First email congratulating me for my “talent scouting skills”. I enjoyed Jamie xx's early music, especially in his incorporation of the steel pan (being the biased Trini-descent girl that I am). I Know There's Gonna Be Good Times propelled Jamie xx onto the scene. Still messing around with island rhythms, Jamie xx collaborated with Young Thug and Popcaan to create a real club banger. The track brought him success in his solo career aside from The xx.
7. AUTOMATIC by ZHU x AlunaGeorge
Truth is, I don't know much about ZHU, but I love AlunaGeorge. AlunaGeorge is another one of my Found Them First artists on Spotify. Aluna Francis's high-pitched, melodic voice pairs so well with the electronic beat of this song. You've got to admire her for her incredible fashion sense too.
8. SUGAR by ROBIN SCHULZ ft. FRANCESCO YATES
I came across Francesco Yates this year while browsing music artist interviews. Since then, I've become a fan of his music. Under the wing of Pharrell Williams, Yates is making his way toward the spotlight. Yate's voice is gorgeous. He has a soulful, sultry voice that comes as a surprise for someone who appears as youthful as he is. Sugar, paired with Yate's blissful voice, provided 2015 with another club banger.
9. CREATURES OF HABIT by THE KOOKS
After their amazing 2014 album Listen, the song Creatures of Habit came as a delightful treat this year. The song is produced in collaboration with Foster the People's Isom Innis. The result was a magical transportation to euphoria. Creatures of Habit is a feel good kind of song. All of the instruments just seem to mesh in all the right places. I also can't help but love Luke Pritchard's faint British accent when he sings.
10. HELLO by ADELE
Adele has graced the world once again with her angelic voice after three years of seclusion. Hello, as well as 25, was a wonderful surprise this 2015. The drama, intensity and stellar vocals make for a perfect reintroduction to the spotlight. Adele has made us fall in love with her all over again with this single. Her voice is incomparable.