2015: Songs of the Year (25-1)

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Phillips Arena on June 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Here’s the conclusion to the year’s top songs along with a Spotify link to the playlist.

Pt. 1 can be found here.

25. “Jumpman” / Future and Drake

24. Major Lazer and DJ Snake (feat. MØ)

23. “Let it Happen” / Tame Impala

22. “Do It” / Tuxedo

21. “Hotline Bling” / Drake

Goofy, unconscious dancing and instant memability aside, “Hotline” holds its own as more than just another song about Drake holding women to standards the he would never abide himself. It’s a chameleon once again proving he can slip on any style and find gold. Drake is so plugged into the zeitgeist he can take a throw away track from a batch of internet leaks and top the charts. Praise be to the 6 God.

20. “Counter-Clockwise” / Oddisee

19. “Throw Sum Mo” / Rae Srummerd (feat. Nicki Minaj and Young Thug)

18. “Where Ya At?” / Future (feat. Drake)

17. “Water Under the Bridge” / Adele

16. “waves” / Miguel

15. “Where Are Ü Now?” / Skrillex and Diplo (feat. Justin Bieber)

14. “Trap Queen” / Fetty Wap

You know what they say: the couple that cooks up class A felonies together, STAYS together.

13. “Post to Be” / Omarion (feat. Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko)

Jhene Aiko has some VERY high standards for getting with her.

12. “Leave a Trace” / CHVRCHES

11. “Hello” / Erykah Badu (feat. Andre 3000)

Two ex-lovers who still bring the best out of each other creatively.

10. “Loud Places” / Jamie xx (feat. Romy)

9. “Hello” / Adele

They haven’t made caps locks big enough to accurately describe the volume at which I sing this song.

8. “Rewind” / Kelela

7. “All Day” / Kanye West (feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)

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6. “Baby Blue” / Action Bronson (feat. Chance the Tapper)

5. “King Kunta” / Kendrick Lamar

4. “March Madness” / Future

Forgive the self-plagiarizing:

Dirty soda in a styrofoam. Spend the day to get my mind blown.

I don’t know a lot of syrup sippers, but I know enough about heavy drug use to realize a person downing this much codeine and kush isn’t doing it because he’s happy.

Coming off a failed engagement and a commercial and critical flop with his second album, Honest(which I liked), Future didn’t begin 2015 in a good place professionally or personally.

But he bounced up like round ball, and in a year when he channeled the ghost of 2007 Lil Wayne and churned out trap hit after trap hit, “March Madness” is his best.

Never has a rapper put together this many cohesively themed non-sequiturs. What I mean is that even though the shit Future says seems like tossed off afterthoughts, it somehow all fits.

And that common thread is usually “I’m sad and high but still here to turn up through the pain because what else am I supposed to do with my life but live it?”

3. “Pedestrian at Best” / Courtney Barnett

Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you / Tell me I’m exceptional and I promise to exploit you Barnett sings in the most self-lacerating and devastating couplet written all year.

2. “Alright” / Kendrick Lamar

The best song from one of the year’s best albums. The bounce feels at odds with the rest of the album’s jazz and funk numbers but if God Pharrell got you then you’ll be alright.

1. “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” / Jamie xx (feat. Young Thug and Popcaan)

Jamie xx works an Island-infused beat and lets the game’s most indecipherable rapper spit one of his most charismatic verses.

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