2015 has been an incredible year for music. Adele and Bieber made comebacks like no other, Drake dropped an album Beyoncé style, the Weeknd was rocketed into stardom and Taylor Swift went on a world tour of epic proportions. Pitchfork, the online music magazine, has released a staff-picked list of the top 100 songs of 2015 just in time for you to make the best New Year’s party playlist. The list presents a diverse selection of songs from all different artists and genres. Pitchfork’s 100 Best Tracks of 2015 includes the likes of punk rocker Bully, indie singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, and Australian band Tame Impala as well as, Ty Dolla $ign, Earl Sweatshirt and FKA twigs. Most notably Drake and Kendrick Lamar were featured on the list upwards to three times each and were number two and number one on the list respectively – Drake for his hit “Hotline Bling” and Kendrick coming in as number one for his ever empowering jam “Alright.”
Of course hits like Adele’s “Hello”, the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and Alessia Cara’s “Here” were featured on the list along with other fresh artists, such as Grimes, Jamie xx and Vince Staples (who were each also featured on the list more than once.) Each song is described and reviewed by a member of Pitchfork’s staff in the humorous and insightful voices typical of Pitchfork’s writers. The best part about the list is that the staff at Pitchfork didn’t just select the most popular or most played tracks of the year, but instead chose songs that were influential in their respective genres, well written and well performed making us even more excited for what these artists have to bring next year.
Check out the whole list here.
Check out the top 10 tracks of 2015 selected by Pitchfork’s staff below:
10. “Lift Me Up” – Vince Staples
9. “Depreston” – Courtney Bartnett
8. “Really Love” – D’Angelo
7. “Flesh Without Blood” – Grimes
6. “Constantly Hating” – Young Thug
5. “Let It Happen” – Tame Impala
4. “King Kunta” – Kendrick Lamar
3. “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” – Jamie xx
2. “Hotline Bling” – Drake
1. “Alright” – Kendrick Lamar