The 40 Best Songs of 2015: Part One – 40 to 31

Yes, that time of the year is here where we look back at our favourite songs from all around the world. Every day for the rest of the week we’ll be bringing you 10 more tracks to complete our collection of the 40 best songs of the year, as voted by our contributors. Here we go with part one… press play to watch and listen to all ten and read more about selected tracks underneath…

40. Sarah Blasko – I’d Be Lost

“A beautiful love song with an amazing 80s inspired melody and Blasko’s trademark top-notch lyrics” – Ingmar Duldig

39. Sufjan Stevens – The Only Thing

“The best song tells a story and a story from the heart. Sufjan bares all for a fragile vocal delivery with a melody that would bring tears to any nostalgic memory.” – Antigone Anagnostellis

38. Owen Rabbit – Denny’s

37. Miguel – Coffee

36. Zefereli (feat. Clea) – 54321 

“Without question one of the most underrated Australian songs of 2015.” – Larry Heath

35. Ngaiire – Once

34. The Hard Aches – Loser

An unexpectedly quick follow up from their release of Pheromones, Loser has been catchy and relatable since the first time you heard it. It’s pretty much an anthem that rings true for angsty adolescents everywhere.” – Elliot Oakes

33. Beach House – Sparks

This song is so sonically full yet so simple. It takes hints from shoegaze like My Bloody Valentine in the way it can have layered, reverb drenched distorted sounds yet still be a peaceful song.” – Aidan Hogg

32. Jones Jnr – Perfume

I’ve always had a soft spot for gospel-is tracks with horns and joyous melody. As well as being local lads, Jones Jnr definitely pulled it off here. I picture “Perfume” is what it would be like to go to a gospel church in Alabama or something.” – Dylan Marshall

31. Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?

It’s bloody catchy with an upbeat chorus. Bieber fever is taking over this year but let’s just say this one is a quality single for those who love a good party!” – Jana Angeles

Stay tuned to the AU for more tracks in our countdown as the week continues! 


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Larry Heath

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