We’ve already had best albums of the year and the best soundtracks of the year, but now I’ve done a list of some of the best songs of the year. For this list I decided to try and use predominantly singles. There is a Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page if you want to check them all out.
30. Aphex Twin – Minipops 67
This is the song that had the music world in awe as the king of electronic music reclaimed his thrown with a song that had mountains of groove as well as his signature creepiness.
29. Chandelier – Sia
One of the biggest pop hits of the year was surprisingly one of the most powerful songs of the year too, with incredible vocal performances from Sia as well as powerful lyrics (and a great video).
28. Pusha T – Lunch Money
Pusha voiced how powerful a figure he is becoming in Hip-Hop just through this one track. It was produced by Kanye West giving him an extremely wonky beat to spit his ferocious bars over.
27. Spoon – Inside Out
The highlight off of Spoon’s new record was a song that plodded along nicely, offering up some brilliant melodies and a bass line that’ll be stuck in your head for days.
26. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
The song that was performed on Letterman and then had the world in awe. This song got many people into Future Islands due to the extremely powerful vocal performance and incredible songwriting. It’s an emotional roller-coaster of a song.
25. Sun Kil Moon – The Possum
Even though Sun Kil Moon’s new album ‘Benji’ was easily one of the best of the year – it was this song that caught my attention. The song is a 9 minute piece with Mark Kozelek singing about life with the analogy of seeing a possum dying on the side of the road (paired with some stuff about going to a concert in the middle). He’s a truly incredible songwriter.
24. Death Grips – Inanimate Sensation
The year that Death Grips broke up also saw them release one of the most absurd songs they’ve ever done. ‘Inanimate Sensation’ is to be taken from their upcoming final album and honestly feels like listening to them for the first time again, it’s brutal.
23. tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain
For tUnE – yArDs new album they blended pop with wonky percussion and influences from all around the globe, nothing shows this better than this song ‘Water Fountain’ which is easily the most accessible and enjoyable from the new album.
22. Young Fathers – Get Up
Mercury Prize Winners Young Fathers blend African music with Hip-Hop seamlessly. On this track they blend some of their pop sensibilities into that mix as well as some darker lyrics to make a song that is so distinctively them.
21. Alt-J – Left Hand Free
As one of the more underrated songs on the new Alt-J record, Left Hand Free is a slice of blues rock that cemented Alt-J as a diverse as any and stuck up a middle finger to all the naysayers. If only a bit of this spark had transpired into that new Black Keys record this year.