The Five Songs of 2015

Travel down the rabbit hole called parenthood, and you’ll discover why your parents seemed out-of-touch when it came to music.

You really have to work harder to pay attention to what’s coming out or what’s on the charts or being touted as the greatest indie thing you’ll never hear.

Unless you were living in Antarctica for the past year, number 1 on this list would have been as ubiquitous as the Obey on teenage ball caps.

It’s catchy, and yes more so than that brain-curdling STD that’s often associated with the contagions. Regardless, it reminds me of a credit role music session for a Police Academy film circa 1986.

There were a few songs I left off since I panned most of the music produced this year. Those absentee-cum-honourable mentions include Beck’s “Dreams”; Alessia Cara’s “Here”; Cage the Elephant’s “Trouble” and Tame Impala’s “Let It Happen”.

Without further ado, here are my five favourite songs from 2015. Feel free to take a boo at my picks from 2014.

5. Song: Fan the Flames
Album: II 7″
Artist: Sheer Mag
Release: April 2015
Why: A case of digging deeper into the lo-fi section of what rock had to offer. These Philadelphians have something here.
4. Song: Biscuits
Album: Pageant Material
Artist: Kacey Musgraves
Release: March 16, 2015
Why: I’ve always had a soft spot for the twangy chords of country chanteuses: Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, etc. Musgraves is no different.
3. Song: I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)
Album: Dodge and Burn
Artist: the Dead Weather
Release: August 17, 2015
Why: Shredding the gears with the opening riffs, and howling at the moon with Allison Mosshart’s rage.
2. Song: Don’t Wanna Fight
Album: Sound and Color
Artist: Alabama Shakes
Release: February 10, 2015
Why: Brittany Howard just belts out the angst-riddled vocals with so much soul it will break the will of relationship-breaking politico types.
1. Song: Uptown Funk
Album: Unknown Special
Artist: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Release: November 10, 2014
Why: Technically released last year, the tune’s funk-infused rhythm reflecting ’80s brand of style hit the masses upside the head for the entire run of 2015.
 

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