Top 15 Songs of 2015

For years I’ve had a challenging relationship with year-end rankings — they seemed exclusionary or faux-conclusory, or even arbitrary. But this year I decided to throw my hat into the ring and make lists of the Top 15 Songs of 2015, Top 15 Albums of 2015, and Top 15 EPs of 2015.

In my attempt to avoid being any of those “-ary” or “-ory” things described above, I tried to approach this thing using the best method I could conjure up: For today’s list, the top songs, I combed through 100s of my favorites of the year, including those that I’ve written about and some that I haven’t for any number of various reasons. Then I assessed their initial and enduring impact on me emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.

Here are the brilliant tracks that came out of that process:

1. Chromatics – “Shadow”

Shadow maxi-single cover. Photo Credit: Italians Do It Better.
Shadow maxi-single cover. Photo Credit: Italians Do It Better.

2. Forêt de Vin – “Carol”

Forêt de Vin is a mysterious 80s retrosynth group/artist/deity from Stockholm, Sweden. Yep. Sweden did it again.
Forêt de Vin is a mysterious 80s retrosynth group/artist/deity from Stockholm, Sweden. Yep. Sweden did it again.

3. Paperwhite – “Get Away”

Photo Credit: Paperwhite.
Photo Credit: Paperwhite.


4. College, feat. Nola Wren – “Save The Day (Maethelvin Remix)”

Photo Credit: Valerie/Alexander Burkart.
Photo Credit: Valerie/Alexander Burkart.

5. ROOM8, feat. King Deco – “No Hard Feelings”

Photo Credit: Room8.
Photo Credit: Jesika Miller/ROOM8.

6. St. Lucia – “Dancing on Glass”

Photo Credit: St. Lucia.
Photo Credit: St. Lucia.


7. Holy Visions – “Cut Me Out”

Coup de Grace has recently released Holy Visions' new cut, the exquisite "Cut Me Out." Photo Credit: Holy Visions.
Photo Credit: Holy Visions/Coup de Grace.

8. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Sticky Drama”

Photo Credit: OPN/Warp.
Photo Credit: OPN/Warp.


9. Nola Wren – “Venom”

Photo Credit: LEYLA LACHERI.
Photo Credit: LEYLA LACHERI.

10. Kristine – “Everybody”

Kristine
Promotional photo of Kristine by Zoe Tsolaki.

11. Slope 114 – “Lost in Space”

Black Catalogue
Photo Credit: Black Catalogue.

12. Marcus Marr – “Brown Sauce”

Photo Credit: DFA Records.
Photo Credit: DFA Records.

13. Negative Gemini – “You Never Knew”

Negative Gemini. Photo Credit: Julia Nichols.
Negative Gemini. Photo Credit: Julia Nichols.

14. SaiR – “Remember When”

SaiR-RememberWhen
Photo Credit: SaiR.

15. Paradise Walk – “Summer Heat”

Photo Credit: Paradise Walk.
Photo Credit: Paradise Walk.

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