I have written a lot about music this semester and since the year is coming to an end I want to share my favorite songs that pushed me along this year. These fifteen songs won’t include any of the artist I have previously written about. Click the song title to listen to the songs and the artists name to learn more about them!
- Stranger by Leo Kalyan
This song was released in November 2014 but I discovered it towards the end of December 2014 and it still hasn’t gotten old to me. How could you ever get tired of the perfect pre-chorus and chorus. The atmospheric background and Leo’s vocals make you feel like you’re in heaven.
- Mascara by Jazmine Sullivan
I think that this song is really important for everyone to hear. The song was inspired by the pressure to keep up with how you look on Instagram and making sure you always have makeup on because you don’t wanna get caught out on the streets looking different than the way you do online. Jazmine’s big vocal performance blows me away every time.
- Skin Deep by Brayton Bowman
This is such a huge tune. Don’t let the super funky electronic beat dismiss what the song is really saying. Brayton is also my second favorite male vocalist of this generation. His voice is liquid gold.
- Emotional by Snoh Aalegra
Who doesn’t love a song that directly speaks to you? Being an overly emotional Cancerian, this was one of those songs that I immediately loved. I’ve never been ashamed of being emotional and I love when an artist can be completely vulnerable on a song and express how they feel too. Snoh’s incredible vocal and the throwback R&B sound assists in selling the song and believing every word she sings.
- New Love by Dua LipaThis is probably my favorite pop song that was released all year. I can’t think of anything better. The heart wrenching pre-chorus, the catchy chorus backed by hard hitting drums that were constructed by one of my favorite producers, Emile Haynie. Dua’s on her way to becoming my favorite pop star. Check out another song by hers called Be The One, a super fun pop song.
- Daffodil Days by Oscar
A great song that reminds me of when I went through a stage where I only listened to pop-rock and soft grunge. His super deep voice brings the song to life. It’s a perfect song for the days that you feel down, this’ll cheer ya right up!
- Deadwater by Wet
This super moody alternative jam was another instant favorite. Patiently waiting for the groups album to be released.
- Resistance by Hudson Mohawke
Hudson Mohawke is one of my favorite producers so when I heard he and Jhené Aiko were teaming up, I was stoked! They make a great pair. Jhené successfully belts over the super charged electronic track.
- Perfect by Selena Gomez
I know, I’m shocked that a Selena Gomez song made the list too. I really enjoy the writing on this track a lot and I think that Selena has finally found her niche with this one. Unfortunately, I’m sure she won’t make any more songs like this one. The downside of being a manufactured pop star.
- Everything Is You by Empress Of
Everything Is You started out as a piano ballad and turned into a fun pop song. Empress Of (a.k.a. Lorely Rodriguez) is another pop artists who is sadly underrated. Her debut album was written and produced all by herself.
- Rewind by Kelela
Rewind is packed with a bunch of melodies over a fun R&B dance track. This gives me hope for the future of R&B.
- Hymn for the Weekend by Coldplay
I love how Coldplay got Beyoncé (yes, Beyoncé had to make the list somehow) to sing on their album and made her represent the angel that shows up throughout the album. How fitting!
- Tear in My Heart by twenty øne piløts
Another song about emotions (and being emotional). Tear in My Heart is about how sometimes you just have to allow yourself to be open and share how you feel. You wouldn’t be able to tell that’s what it’s about because it’s masked by a cheery pop beat.
- Golden by Szymon
This is such a hearty tune. Another nostalgic sounding one for me.
- Hoverboard by Diveo
I love this track so much. It starts off super quirky and then gets super slow and you have no idea what happens next and then it turns into this huge track with excellent vocals! It’s such a fun song. I think the lyrics are really cool, great writing.