Favourite songs of 2015 (excluding Hamilton)

My top thirty tracks of the year that aren’t on the Hamilton recording.

Spotify playlist
YouTube playlist

Starts with my top ten for Hottest 100 purposes, the rest are ordered by (Spotify) track length. This year I restricted myself to one track per artist in the top ten. Was itching to have more Barnett, Grimes, Torres.

  1. Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett
  2. Sprinter – Torres
  3. California – Grimes
  4. Fourth of July – Sufjan Stevens
  5. Clearest Blue – CHVRCHES
  6. Electric Indigo – The Paper Kites
  7. Price Tag – Sleater-Kinney
  8. Huarache Lights – Hot Chip
  9. Automaton – Là-bas
  10. Puppet Theatre (feat. Peter, Bjorn and John) – Claptone
  • Waste the Alphabet – Dick Diver
  • Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party – Courtney Barnett
  • Fading Out – Lurch & Chief
  • Too Much Time Together – San Cisco
  • Never Ending Circles – CHVRCHES
  • Running With The Wolves – AURORA
  • Hiding To Nothing – Bad//Dreems
  • Distant Past – Everything Everything
  • Born Again Teen – Lucius
  • Cream On Chrome – Ratatat
  • Leave A Trace – CHVRCHES
  • A Heroine – Holy Holy
  • Boys Latin – Panda Bear
  • Flesh without Blood – Grimes
  • Son, You Are No Island – Torres
  • Into The Cave – Lonelady
  • Poison Drum – Gang of Youths
  • Evil Eyes – Róisín Murphy
  • Let It Happen – Tame Impala
  • Blackstar – David Bowie

Honourable Mentions:

The Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording is my album of the decade, hands-down. Nothing came close to topping it this year. But being a musical – and a good musical – most of its songs require the context of the others, so it’s difficult to name them in a list like this.

Since it’s primarily a hip-hop musical, Cabinet Battle #1 is the best example of the show. But if there was going to be a breakaway pop hit it would probably be Wait For It, sung by Leslie Odom Jr’s Aaron Burr.

Favourite songs of 2014

My top thirty tracks of the year. Starts with my top ten, the rest are ordered by (Spotify) track length.

Spotify playlist
YouTube playlist

“I’m wearing Win Butler’s hair
There’s a scalpless singer of a Montreal rock band somewhere
And he’s all right”

  1. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Do I Have The Time
  2. Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument (The Inevitable End Version)
  3. Happyness – Montreal Rock Band Somewhere
  4. St. Vincent – Birth In Reverse
  5. La Roux – Kiss And Not Tell
  6. Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna
  7. Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
  8. Eleanor Dunlop – Disguise
  9. The Preatures – Better Than It Ever Could Be
  10. Bertie Blackman – War Of One
  • Bad//Dreems – Dumb Ideas
  • The Bohicas – XXX
  • SBTRKT – NEW DORP. NEW YORK
  • Broods – Mother & Father
  • East – Your Ghost
  • St. Vincent – Digital Witness
  • The Griswolds – Beware The Dog
  • The Preatures – Somebody’s Talking
  • Highasakite – Darth Vader
  • Ecca Vandal – White Flag
  • Kimbra – 90s Music
  • First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
  • Jack White – Lazaretto
  • CHVRCHES – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
  • The Babe Rainbow – Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest
  • Superfood – Right On Satellite
  • Interpol – All The Rage Back Home
  • City Calm Down – Pavement
  • Glass Animals – Pools
  • Lana Del Rey – Shades Of Cool

Honourable mention:

My top thirty are those I can play over and over again, and although this one doesn’t qualify on that count it’s the most entertaining song of 2014. And it did us a favour by allowing us to listen to the catchy tune of the original without being subjected to its lyrics.

Favourite songs of 2013

Here are my thirty favourite tracks of 2013. I won’t say ‘best’ because that’d suggest knowledge and objectivity.

While Parquet Courts’ sensational Stoned And Starving is way out on top, Chvrches has eight of the thirty. Their debut – The Bones Of What You Believe – is my album of the year.

The full list

The top ten are my votes for the Triple J Hottest 100 (in order, despite the ballot’s approval voting system).

  1. Parquet Courts – Stoned And Starving
  2. The Preatures – Is This How You Feel?
  3. World’s End Press – To Send Our Love
  4. Chvrches – We Sink
  5. Grouplove – Borderlines And Aliens
  6. Boy & Bear – Southern Sun
  7. Lorde – Royals
  8. Big Scary – Belgian Blues
  9. Chvrches – Lies
  10. Haim – The Wire
  11. RAC, Kele, MNDR – Let Go
  12. Wolf Alice – Bros
  13. Chvrches – Science/Visions
  14. Bad//Dreams – Hoping For
  15. The Cairos – Obsession
  16. Chvrches – Broken Bones
  17. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  18. The Blow – Make It Up
  19. Bibio – À tout à l’heure
  20. Chvrches – Lungs
  21. Noah And The Whale – There Will Come A Time
  22. Vampire Weekend – Step
  23. San Cisco – Beach
  24. Chvrches – The Mother We Share
  25. Daughter – Human
  26. Chvrches – Recover
  27. Chvrches – Gun
  28. Regina Spektor – You’ve Got Time
  29. Holy Ghost! – Dumb Disco Ideas
  30. Hookworms – Away / Towards