Top 35 Songs of 2015

It’s that time of year again for my year in review of music. It was a good year and it was tough getting down to 35 songs, but we got there. I have a few restrictions this year in order to make it easier so if you don’t see a song you think should’ve been on the list, there’s probably a reason for it. I have excluded:

  • New versions of songs that were originally released in previous years e.g. Sia’s “Elastic Heart” which appeared on my 2013 list. 
  • Remixes of songs that were originally released in previous years e.g. Major Lazer’s “All My Love” which appeared on my 2014 list.
  • Singles released in previous years but appear on 2015 albums e.g. Say Lou Lou’s “Everything We Touch” which appeared on my 2014 list.

Anyway, on we go! Continue reading


12 Stages of Heartache

I have compiled this playlist of Florence + The Machine songs/covers to get through the grieving stages. Why 12? I don’t know, that’s just the number I got to. Here they are: 


1. Love – Bedroom Hymns. 

“This is his body, this is his love. Such selfish prayers and I can’t get enough.”


2. Anger – Howl.

“I hunt for you with bloody feet across the hallowed ground.”


3. Lust – Drumming Song.

“Louder than sirens, louder than bells. Sweeter than heaven and hotter than hell.”


4. Alcohol – Hurricane Drunk. 

“I’m going out. I’m gonna drink myself to death.”


5. Longing – Over The Love.

“Everybody see I love him.”


6. Sadness – Cosmic Love.

” The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out. You’ve left me in the dark.”


7. Pain – Heavy In Your Arms.

“He took me to the river where he slowly let me drown.”


8. Emptiness – Sweet Nothing. 

“There is a hollow in me now.// You’re giving me such sweet nothing.”


9. Truth – No Light, No Light.

“No light, no light in your bright blue eyes. I never knew daylight could be so violent.”


10. Acceptance – Never Let Me Go.

“A thousand miles down to the seabed, found a place to rest my head.”


11. Healing – Take Care.

“I know you’ve been hurt by someone else.//I’ll take care of you.//Cause I’ve loved and I’ve lost.” 


12. Moving On – Shake It Out.

“And I am done with my graceless heart, so tonight I’m going to cut it out and then restart.”


Top 50 Songs of 2013

So after seeing all the “year in reviews” that are going around, I decided to do a of of my own. After hours of cutting down lists of songs, I finally got to a solid 50 songs! 2013 was a great year for new artists as many pop singers were taking a break to work on their new albums. I think 2012 was a better year for music but 2013 still had its moments. So here we go, counting down my 50 favourite songs:

50: Misty Mountains – Howard Shore.

Album: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Love the booming voices of the male choir and then the instrumental that follows. And of course The Lord of The Rings theme makes an appearance. 

49: Sleeping Ute – Grizzly Bear.

Album: Shields.

Slightly psychedelic with synths and guitar riffs. Tad bit creepy which is always good!

48: Closer – Tegan & Sara (Brad Hale Remix). 

Album: Closer Remixed.

Great remix by Now, Now’s drummer. Heavy electronic chorus relieved with light verses. Expect heavy synths and clever remastering. 

47: Up In The Air – 30 Seconds to Mars.

Album: Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams.

30STM takes a more electronic route with their new music. It is a departure from their older stuff. However they are just as epic as ever. This song a stand out in their album. Mashes up electronic with violins, guitars, heavy bass drums and a choir with Jared singing over as course. 

46: Walking on Air – Katy Perry.

Album: Prism.

I haven’t listened to her album a lot, but from a few sittings I know that it’s not “Teenage Dream.” This song, however, is a stand out in the album. It has a 90’s dance feel to it. I loved it.

45: Treasure – Bruno Mars.

Album: Unorthodox Jukebox.

It’s an upbeat, funky song. It’s light and puts me in a good mood. What’s not to love?

44: Hurricane – MS MR.

Album: Secondhand Rapture.

One of the new artists I discovered this year. Really like the singers voice with the unique sound. The lyrics are so dark. “Welcome to the inner workings of my mind,” great line. There’s a great video for this song, found here: . Such a mishmash of pop culture and retro imagery.

43: Silhouettes – Of Monsters & Men.

Album: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

One of the many songs on the “Catching Fire” soundtrack which feature on this list. I love OMAM and this is another great song. Love their voices and the instruments! What can I say?

42: Daydreaming – Paramore.

Album: Paramore.

Again, there’s a lot of Paramore songs on this list. I will explain my thoughts on their new album another time, but I have included some of their songs because I like them in their selves. This is a cute, little song. It has a sleepy feel to it and is relaxing. It’s a small bit sad if you pay attention to the lyrics. When Hayley sings “Just don’t wanna be here no more” it’s so sad. 😦 But it gets hopeful towards the end.

41: F For You – Disclosure.

Album: Settle.

Another great new act this year. I’m a big fan of Disclosure after their debut album. Great house track.

40: Fantasy – MS MR.

Album: Secondhand Rapture.

The chorus with the pounding drums is amazing. “My reality could never live up to my fantasy” is a great line.

39: Handshake – Two Door Cinema Club.

Album: Beacon.

Another catchy song from the lads up north. The chorus is so infectious. “She said the devil will want you back, And you’ll never find love in an open hand.” It was stuck in my head for days when I first heard it. 

38: Follow Me – Muse. 

Album: The 2nd Law.

This album is a must. Muse always make good music and this is another solid album from them. It’ has a massive, arena filling sound. This song is a personal favourite from the album. It has a heavy electronic chorus. Truly epic. I was surprised when I heard it at the end of World War Z. Fitted in perfectly though!

37: Demons – Imagine Dragons. 

Album: Night Visions.

Epic band here! They’ve got their typical pounding drums in this song. The singer is pretty good too, he can sing with such emotion. It’s like you can hear the pain in his voice.

36: Drinking From The Bottle – Calvin Harris ft. Tinie Tempah.

Album: 18 Months.

I have to say, “18 Months” is one of my favourite all time albums. It ranged from 2011-2013, 3 years! and had so many features. So much amazing songs. If this was 2012 the list would have been filled with his songs. It does contain some though. I can’t remember how many times I’ve danced to this song in nightclubs. Perfect drinking song, gets me hyped up every time!

35: Hearts A Mess – Gotye.

Album: The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film.

Ok I know this song was released years ago, but it was re-released as part of The Great Gatsby‘s soundtrack, so it counts. Amazing soundtrack. One of the best I’ve ever heard. Anyway, love how smooth and suave this song is. Low the instruments, beats and how he almost shouts in the chorus.

34: Crazy In Love – Emeli Sandé ft. The Bryan Ferry Orchestra.

Album:  The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film.

This is an amazing cover of Beyonce’s song. It fitted perfectly into the soundtrack and movie. I love the inclusion of the trumpet. An amazing jazz song. It’s one of those song where it’s almost impossible not to dance. Her voice is suits to music.

33: Girlfriend – Icona Pop.

Album: Icona Pop.

Icona Pop had a great breakthrough last year with “I Love It.” This is another fun, upbeat song about living life to the fullest. Perfect club song!

32: Atlas – Coldplay.

Album: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

I was addicted to this song when it first came out. It fits into the theme of The Hunger Games perfectly. The chorus is just an explosion of melody. It’s just so transcending and hopeful.

31: Ain’t It Fun – Paramore.

Album: Paramore.

This is a big departure from the typical “Paramore” sound. It’s funky, soulful and has a nice beat to it. The line “Don’t go crying to your Mama” has so much soul in it, especially with the addition of the backing choir. I love it!

30: La La La – Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith.

Album: Hotel Cabana.

Relatively unknown until recently, both artists have charted due to their collaborations. Great beat to this song and a catchy tune. 

29: Solo – Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre & Mark Crown.

Album: Home. 

Yet another new artist & more feats! I’m loving Rudimental. This song is over 9 minutes but is amazing. What I love is the trumpet going through the whole song. The first half is mostly instrumental but then features singers in the second half. The latter is a live recording of the singers messing about with beat-boxing,  beats and singing. It’s really interesting and fun just listening to them come up with a tune from very few resources.

28: Baby – Rudimental ft. MNEK & Sinead Harnett.

Album: Home.

I can’t enough of Rudimental! This one’s a house tune. The singers really make this one. They’re a great accompaniment and overlap perfectly with the beat and melody.

27: Superstar – AlunaGeorge.

Album: Body Music.

New artist alert! These guys really know how to make unique music. They’re a perfect mixture of Garage and electronic. Aluna’s voice is so delicate and her accent is brilliant! 

26: Powerless – Rudimental ft. Becky Hill.

Album: Home.

This song blends so smoothly with Becky’s voice. When it gets to the drum & bass chorus, her voice just triumphs. When she reaches the higher notes, I get them feels! Amazing voice.

25: 22 – Taylor Swift.

Album: Red.

Just a fun, little pop song. It’s catchy and I can’t help but like it. 

24: Burn – Ellie Goulding.

Album: Halcyon Days.

Ellie’s really on fire. I love her transition into more electronic songs. Her voice fits perfectly into the melody of this song. The back track is infectious and the repetition of lyrics throughout the chorus makes this a really catchy song. 

23: Lost & Found – AlunaGeorge.

Album: Body Music.

Aluna’s voice is so good here. It’s actually so clever what they do in this song. The sounds they make with her voice and the melody.

22: Part II – Paramore.

Album: Paramore.

One of the stand out tracks from their album. Classic Paramore sound here, reminiscent of “Riot” (2007) or “Brand New Eyes” (2009). It is the sequel to “Let the Flames Begin” which is featured on “Riot.” Hayley’s voice is powerful and full of emotion. One of my favourite all time Paramore songs.

21: Waiting All Night – Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre.

Album: Home.

Great drum and bass tune here. Accompanied greatly with Ella’s voice. The inclusion of a trumpet is also a personal favourite.

20: Summertime Sadness – Lana del Rey (Cedric Gervais Remix).

Album: Born to Die: Paradise Edition.

I love the original version. It’s so sad and depressing. This club remix really brings it to another level. It’s like upbeat and sad at the same time. Love the idea, makes it really catchy.

19: Latch – Disclosure ft. Sam Smith.

Album: Settle.

Another house song! Sam’s voice is superb in this song. The melody is infectious. It’s clean and refreshing.

18: You (Ha Ha Ha) – Charli XCX.

 Album: True Romance.

What I love about this is that it samples Gold Panda. The sample works perfectly with her voice. 

17: Grow Up – Paramore.

Album: Paramore.

This song is a prefect mix of rock and electronic. They bounce off of each other nicely and Hayley’s voice is shown off. The first line is badass: “I told them all where to stick it!” That’s the Hayley I know! What I also love is how the song gradually goes from heavy to light. It’s subtle but really smart. The light electronic outro is is nice addition.

16: Of The Night – Bastille (Kove Remix). 

Album: Bad Blood.

The original is amazing in itself but I decided to choose the remix. It’s a monster of a song and goes from a light piano back track to a massive club tune. The low pitched remaster of the singer is epic. Both the original and remix are beasts of songs. Great production.

15: Stay The Night – Zedd ft. Hayley Williams.

Album: Clarity.

I always wondered what a club song would sound like with Hayley. This is it. Song is good and Hayley gets to use some of her vocal range. Would have liked to have heard more of it though. But great song, really catchy too! Loving Zedd at the moment too!

14: You Know You Like It – AlunaGeorge.

Album: Body Music.

This is the track that got me into AlunaGeorge. Aluna’s voice is as good as ever. I loved that kind of muted/ dimmed drum beat. And of course the electronic back track. Favourite song by them.

13: Do What You Want – Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly.

Album: Artpop.

I’ll discuss Artpop another time. But as for the song, a really superb collab here. Their voices are really good together. Love the beat and back track. Love when Gaga sings passionately. 

12: Counting Stars – One Republic.

Album: Native.

A catchy rock pop song from One Republic. Ryan’s voice is amazing in this. Really great song.

11: Radioactive – Imagine Dragons.

Album: Night Visions.

This song was a massive rock anthem throughout the year. It is epic and is the epitome of Imagine Dragons. Pounding drums, shouting chorus and an extremely heavy electronic backing track. The popularization of dubstep is a sure inspiration for this song.

10: A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie ft. GoonRock & Q-Tip.

Album: The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film.

Seriously one of my favourite songs. It’s a party anthem for the 1920’s. Perfect club song and it fits into the movie’s soundtrack. The bridge is amazing and is very 1920’s. It features Fergie speaking about speak-easy’s and such. Great party piece!

9: You, My Everything – Ellie Goulding.

Album: Halcyon Days.

When I first heard this in Skins Fire, I seriously wanted to listen to it non-stop. However, it wasn’t released and there were only pieces of audio taken from the show. I waited months until finally I could listen to the official version. One of the most outstanding tracks of the year. I absolutely love the steady beat at the beginning. It’s so progressive. Ellie’s voice is perfect as usual. The chorus then opens up to a drum & bass accompaniment. Amazing transitions and little electronic bits throughout make it perfect.

8: Together – The XX.

Album: The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film.

It took me a while to get into The XX, but when I did I was addicted. This song is so stripped down yet it holds so much power. It begins with a steady electronic beat. It’s hypnotic. Their voices are monotone yet entrancing. That’s what I love about The XX. This song causes inner reflection. The simplicity allows me to connect to the song. It’s amazing how so much emotion is in this song. The violins are surely the root of this. What a masterpiece. 

7: Bang Bang – Will.I.Am.

Album: The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film.

What can I say about this? It is a magnificent club song mashed with  1920’s sounds. Perfect for the movie. I loved the trumpets, and big band that played during the verses. The chorus is mental. With Shelby Spillione singing “bang” in a provocative manner and the electronic beat going crazy, it’s just a wonderful experience. Had me dancing many a time.

6: Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Lorde.

Album: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

I know a lot of people love the original version of this song by Tears For Fears but I thought it was a bit fucked up. They sounded so happy about such a dark theme. Bit twisted/ mental hospital if you ask me. This version is so fucking epic!! Sorry but I can’t get enough of this song. I’ve been listening to it non-stop. It’s like she grabbed the absolute true meaning of the song and encapsulated with the theme of the Hunger Games. I was like “YES! THANK YOU!” Ruling the world is dark, dangerous and fucking corrupted and that is the idea I get when I hear this. Slick voice, amazing and tremendous instrumental, epic beats. I loved how there’s didgeridoos in the song (I know Lorde is from New Zealand but it gives the song a kinda Oceania feel to it), almost like we’ve been transported to an uncharted wilderness.  Amazing. Seriously haven’t been this impressed by a song in years. The final 3 beats at the end just solidify how EPIC this song is.

5: Young & Beautiful – Lana del Rey.

Album: The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film.

Loved this song in The Great Gatsby. It’s so sad yet beautiful. Reminiscent and desperate for youth and love. Lana’s voice smoothly wraps around the pounding beats, emotional violins and makes for a masterpiece. Tells the story of Gatsby perfectly.

4: Over The Love – Florence & The Machine.

Album: The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film.

Yes I know! The Great Gatsby is dominating this list. But it’s such a good soundtrack! Anyway, on we go. This song is such a powerful song. All F+TM’s songs are but this one is special. Florence’s soul truly transcends the limits of her body in this song. Her voice goes places I didn’t even know existed until now. When she sings in her upper register, my heart just bleeds. My soul is uplifted. It is so beautiful, emotional and powerful. The accompanying beats and melody work perfectly to create an outstanding song. Towards the outro she almost screams and this is like the defining moment of all music. It is so sublime and beautiful. It is like we can see and hear her soul. It is truly amazing.

3: Youth – Foxes.

Album: Glorious.

A really fun and light song. She has a great voice. The song moves from dark to light throughout and is playful. The bridge is my personal favourite. It just has a great sound and is really enjoyable. 

2: Aura – Lady Gaga.

Album: Artpop.

Best song off of Artpop. I love how “in your face” this song is. It has heavy techno, electronic verses. These are alleviated by the light chorus. I love the 3 beats that are repeated throughout the chorus, like as she says “do you wanna peak underneath the cover.” It gives it a nice feel. “Enigma pop star is fun” is great line. haha. Great bridge and really good contrasts throughout the song.

And Number 1…………..

1: Elastic Heart – Sia ft. The Weeknd & Diplo.

Album: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The song is amazing. From the very beginning, I love it. It features vocals in the background with sounds amazing with Sia’s greta voice. With the steady beats and instrumental melodies, it’s infectious. Then it turns to The Weeknd. He has such a good voice. It contrasts greatly with Sia’s. I just love how she pronounces words. It’s so unique. It’s just a collision of so many great things. Great production here.

So that’s it! My 50 favourite songs of 2013. Hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you thought of my list, what’s in your list?

Songs by country tally up as follows:

  • UK – 22.
  • USA – 20.
  • Australia- 2.
  • Canada –  1.
  • France – 1.
  • Germany – 1.
  • Iceland – 1.
  • New Zealand – 1.
  • Sweden – 1.

No Irish artists feature on the list but technically you could say Two Door Cinema Club are Irish…? I dunno, I counted them as UK but it doesn’t really matter.