Liz’s Best of 2k15
Joyce and I decided that, though we’ve gone a little ghost this year, we wanted to share our favorite music of the year with y’all so we’ve made lists, we’ve checked them twice, and now we’re telling you our top ten favorite albums and singles of the year! Here are my choices –
1. Glitterbug // The Wombats
I’ve been waiting patiently since 2013 when The Wombats released “Your Body Is A Weapon” upon the world for their third studio album and Murph, Dan, and Tord did not disappoint. Their sophomore album, 2011’s The Wombats proudly present… This Modern Glitch, is one of my all-time favorite albums so it says quite a lot that I think I might like Glitterbug more.
2. Communion // Years & Years
3. Badlands // Halsey
4. Made In The AM // One Direction
You may laugh at the thought, but this is no joke. One Direction legitimately made one of my favorite albums of 2015. With songs like “Never Enough,” “Walking in the Wind,” and “What a Feeling” (to name a few), it’s hard to deny this album. P.S. While you’d benefit greatly from listening to the deluxe version of all of these albums – there’s almost no point to MITAM if it’s not deluxe. The bonus four tracks are four of the best on the album.
5. Emotion // Carly Rae Jepsen
I have three words: Listen. To. Emotion.
6. American Candy // The Maine
7. My Love Is Cool // Wolf Alice
8. Get Weird // Little Mix
Even though they’ve been around since they won X-Factor UK back in 2011, Little Mix haven’t seemed to have found their footing state-side and that is truly tragic for the people of America. You may have heard “Black Magic,” Little Mix’s summer anthem, a few too many times at this point but trust me when I say to give Get Weird a chance. It’s got 80’s throwbacks that make you want to bop, power ballads that will give you chills, a rap telling men to step up their game in the bedroom, and they even dramatically bemoan their lives in Latin. It’s fantastic.
9. Blue Neighborhood // Troye Sivan
10. Cry Baby // Melanie Martinez
1. “Greek Tragedy” // The Wombats
2 .”Can’t Deny My Love” // Brandon Flowers
The lead singer of The Killers first struck out on his own in 2010 with Flamingo and this year he was at it again with his sophomore effort. Rife with 80s vibes, The Desired Effect just barely missed my top ten list but it’s first single, “Can’t Deny My Love,” had to be recognized for it’s greatness.
3. “Ugh!” // The 1975
I know it’s been out for a mere three weeks but my goodness is this song fantastic. I rarely have a reaction as strong as when I heard “Ugh!” for the first time. Needless to say, I really can’t wait until February 26th when The 1975’s new album will be released. (I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It is such a long name I think I’m just going to call it “The 1975 ii”).
4. “King” // Years & Years
5. “Drag Me Down” // One Direction
6. “Run Away With Me” // Carly Rae Jepsen
This song was what made me realize we all underestimated Carly Rae Jepsen. After hearing “Run Away With Me,” along with the rest of this year’s Emotion, it becomes clear that the ridiculousness that was “Call Me Maybe” was the exception not the rule when it comes to Ms. Jepsen. If you haven’t heard this album, you are seriously missing out y’all.
7. “Bros” // Wolf Alice
8. “Tear In My Heart” // Twenty One Pilots
9. “T-Shirt Weather” // Circa Waves
10. “What Do You Mean” // Justin Bieber
I wish I could deny the greatness that is Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” but I truly cannot. It sucks you in, makes you dance, and then sticks in your brain for ages. The scariest thing is you don’t even mind that you can’t get it out of your head. The album was a little over hyped for me but the kind (or his manager) definitely knows how to pick singles.
Bonus – Best Music Videos
Joyce and I wanted to give some bonus content but we differed on topic – she wanted five more songs and I wanted to praise The Wombats, The 1975, and Years & Years for their amazing music videos. And because I like symmetry, Adele’s flip phone/dramatic singing in a phone booth along with Drake’s Dad Dancing get some love as well. Here are my top five music videos of the year:
1 .”Greek Tragedy” // The Wombats
2. “Ugh!” // The 1975
3. “King” // Years & Years
4. “Hello” // Adele
5. “Hotline Bling” // Drake