The 40 Best Songs of 2015: Part Four – The Top Ten!

Here we go. Our top 10 songs of 2015. What do you think of our list? Sound off on our Facebook page or Tweet us what we missed!

10. Dick Diver – Waste the Alphabet

“This is Australian music at its best” – Larry Heath

9. Foals – Birch Tree

“My favorite cut off their 4th studio album which was released in August, “Birch Tree” is almost like a homage to the band’s math rock roots. With those intricate guitars and the addition of spacey synths and an old drum machine, it really serves as the albums most colorful track I feel.” – Bridget Hustwaite

8. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best

“A fiery song from Courtney that perfectly sets up her breakout debut album.” – Ingmar Duldig

7. Kelela – Rewind

A song that is simultaneously busy and sparse, Kingdom’s almost cold production warps bass and drum tones subtly, as Kelela runs through one of her strongest vocal performances. This is futuristic R&B that slowly catches up to you and is near impossible to remove from the mind.” – Michael Lean

6. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

The fact that The Weeknd could have a song like this at the top of the charts for as long as it was, was brilliant. Abel’s been on some good shit for years now and it was awesome to see his talent finally be recognised. One of my favourite pop songs of the year.” – Sosefina Fuamoli

5. Courtney Barnett – Depreston

“One of Barnett’s softer songs from “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”, Depreston brings some kind of weird feeling of nostalgia and sadness all rolled into one. It’s definitely one of the standout, yet underrated tracks from this release.” – Elliot Oakes

4. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

There are so many amazing tracks from Currents to chose from, but none of the others have (literally) developed a cult following the way The Less I Know The Better has. It all started at Splendour in The Grass earlier this year when Kevin Parker delightedly pointed out a sign in the crowd which read “F*ck Trevor.” Since then more anti-Trevor signs, t-shirts and hashtags have been appearing all over the place, everyone united in their dislike for this girlfriend-stealing character. It’s a testament to Parker’s lyrical abilities that so many people could become so invested in this narrative, and once you throw in that wicked guitar riff, the reverbed vocals and catchy synths, is it any wonder this is one of the best tracks of the year?” – Clare Armstrong

3. Foals – Mountain At My Gate

“I’ve had this song on repeat ever since it came out. It’s not just one of the best songs of the year – I daresay it’s one of the best rock songs of all time. This is Foals – and music – at its best.” – Larry Heath

2. Gang Of Youths – Magnolia

If I had a longer list there’d probably be three or four Gang of Youths tracks on here but “Magnolia” is an easy standout. I’m not sure how Dave musters up the personal energy needed to perform this one with as much energy as he does each time, given the subject matter, but there’s something brilliantly cathartic about this tune in particular that has you feeling all the emotions at once.” – Sosefina Fuamoli

1. Tame Impala – Let It Happen

Bursting with energy, Let It Happen sounds timeless and new but doesn’t tire with many listens” – Antigone Anagnostellis

This is a song I’ve listened to a million times and still am not the slightest bit bored of. It’s nearly eight minutes of absolutely incredible production and songwriting. Only Kevin Parker could get away with putting an eight minute song at the start of an album and not piss off anyone. ” – Aidan Hogg

Great to listen to in any mood.” – Jennifer Quinlin

That groove, man. ” – Jules LeFevre

Look back at part three HERE, part two HERE and part one HERE. We’ll be kicking off our top 40 albums list shortly – stay tuned!


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Larry Heath

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