DH’s Top 20 Of 2015 [20-11]:
20. “Love Me” – The 1975
19. “Home” – Madeon
18. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weekend
17. “17” – Cyrus ft. Packy
16. “The Real” – Busty and The Bass
15. “Number One” – Tuxedo
14. “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” – Jamie xx ft. Young Thug & Popcaan
13. “Heaven Only Knows” – Towkio ft. Chance The Rapper, Lido, & Eryn Allen Kane
12. “Omen” – Disclosure ft. Sam Smith
11. “Name & Number” – Shift K3Y
10. “Take It Or Leave It” – Great Good Fine Ok
The 1980s were back in a big way this year thanks to a few different acts,
but none captured that glamorous sound better than Brooklyn duo Great
Good Fine Ok and their glitzy throwback anthem “Take It Or Leave It.”
Synth-laden and falsetto-rich, this easy listener transports the listener to
those sun lit days that lie ahead.
9. “Talking About” – Conor Maynard
This year also saw the return of young British crooner Conor Maynard.
“Talking About,” his first taste of new material since 2013, features a
prominent UK garage backing that suits Maynard’s smooth and sultry
pipes well. If this one doesn’t have you nodding your head or swiveling
your hips you might want to check your pulse.
8. “Right Here, Right Now” – Giorgio Moroder/a> ft. Kylie Minogue
Up to this point, the list reads like 2015 was a young man’s paradise but
that wasn’t the case when earlier this year 74 year old Giorgio Moroder
broke back onto the scene with his nu-disco album Déjà Vu. The
godfather of dance music lined up star after star to show the world he still
had it, none more ear-catching than the Kylie Minogue assisted “Right
Here, Right Now.” A daunting and deep bassline provide ample backing
for Minogue’s rich range, coalescing for a perfect musical tapestry acts
half his age can’t match.
7. “Lay It All On Me” – Rudimental ft. Ed Sheeran
I said this back in September but it’s worth repeating; when you see the
words “featuring Ed Sheeran” in a song title you know you’re about to
experience something substantial.Such is the case with Rudimental’s We
the Generation highlight “Lay It All On Me.” The drum and bass outfit
provide a trop-lite backdrop driven by a relentless beat, allowing Sheeran
to step out of his indie-pop comfort zone and offer up a stirring vocal
6. “Where Are Ü Now” – Jack Ü ft. Justin Bieber
What a year it’s been for these three. Jack Ü, the outrageous union of
producers Diplo and Skrillex released one of 2015’s most compelling LP’s
and we have all been witness to Bieber’s comeback saga. So it’s no
surprise that their collaboration “Where Are Ü Now” is checking in at #6.
The midtempo electro-cut finds the young singer doing what he does
best, melting the listener’s heart with his tender crooning while a melodic
groove glides along. It’s just an impressive piece of pop all around.