The 20 Best Songs of 2015

[Ellis O’Connell | Contributing Writer]

2015 has seen some fab pop music. It saw The Weeknd ensuring we couldn’t feel our faces and Justin Bieber relentlessly apologising. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez tried to keep her hands to herself as Little Mix cast a catchy black magic spell. 2016 is just around the corner (I know, I can’t believe it too), but for the time being, here are the best 20 songs of the year.

But first, a 21st – because this song is just too good to miss out. Think of this as an honourable mention.

~21.~ Years & Years – Shine

Look, the thing is, I don’t necessarily like Years & Years as people. But, I’m willing to overlook that over how incredible this song is.

Right, okay, the top 20.

20. Troye Sivan – WILD


YouTuber-come-popstar Troye Sivan has enjoyed a fab 2015. What better lead single for his album than a mellow-but-better, and more meaningful, version of Katy Perry’s “Roar”?

19. Alessia Cara – Here


I’m pretty sure nearly everyone has felt like Alessia does here. Understated sadbanger. Side note: this is a hit to watch out for here in the UK during 2016.

18. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind


Definitely not an answer song to Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t”, the last chorus is truly impeccable.

17. Charli XCX – Doing It (feat. Rita Ora)


ALL HAIL THE QUEENS OF BRITISH POP MUSIC EXPORT (minus an “& Jess Glynne” shoved on the end). The Rita version isn’t just there for brand image, it genuinely improves the vocals; the “X. C-X. With the R-I-T. AAAY.” outro is brilliant. Thank you, Rita.

16. Major Lazer x DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ)


You’ve got to feel sorry for DJ Snake and his anonymity; ‘Turn Down for What” was “by Lil Jon” and “Lean On” is “by Major Lazer”. Poor DJ Snake. Anyway, MØ sounds great and this song is a banger.

15. Snakehips – All My Friends (feat. Tinashe & Chance the Rapper)


Serving as a sequel, or prequel, to Tinashe’s equally-as-amazing “2 On”, I think we can all ~relate~ to this song. It also happens to sound incredible.

14. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face


The tweens will think he’s just a really happy person. Anyone older will understand the euphemistic and metaphorical undertones. One of Max Martin’s greatest productions this year, it catapulted The Weeknd to bona fide popstar status.

13. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You


What a year Carly Rae Jepsen has had. Yes, this is the “Call Me Maybe 2.0” that her label wanted for the first single, but it’s still a banger.

12. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself