As we near the end of 2015, it’s only fitting that Country Outfitter Life shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists. Like you, we are kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we’re putting our own spin on a few!
The year of 2015 has been a really, really good year for music. I mean, Adele, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Sufjan Stevens, Demi Lovato, Alabama Shakes and countless others released absolutely killer albums, which makes it officially impossible to pick a concise “best” list — no complaints.
So, in lieu of that, I have made a list of a bunch of songs that I consider to be some of the best from this year and am presenting them in alphabetical order by artist in an effort to show no favoritism.
In this list you will find my top 11 and their accompanying videos. The full list of favorites is at the bottom and is free to listen to.
Also, if you had told me at the beginning of the year that Justin Bieber would be making an epic comeback, I would’ve called you a liar, but look at him go — damn.
Best Non-Country Songs of 2015:
“Sound & Color” // Alabama Shakes
If you’ve never listened to Alabama Shakes, you’re wrong. The lead singer, Brittany Howard, is incredibly talented and has one of the most powerful voices I’ve ever heard. Also, I’ve seen them in concert and anyone who sounds exactly the same live as they do on their album is worth praising.
“Here” // Alessia Cara
Okay, I’m pretty sure this girl was discovered on YouTube and she is absolutely killing it. As a twenty-something, I can totally relate with these lyrics and finally (FINALLY!) someone is singing about what it’s actually like to be at a party instead of what it’s fantasized to be.
“Roses” // The Chainsmokers
These people are stinking talented. They’ve only recently come out of the shadows and into the world of radio with this awesome song — I’m just really hoping they don’t turn out to be one fit wonders because they really are good.
“Magnets” // Disclosure Ft. Lorde
To put it simply, I’m a huge fan of Lorde. Not only is she talented, but she’s outspoken and has a good head on her shoulders. This song is super catchy, frames Lorde’s voice perfectly and the music video is pretty fun as well.
“New Americana” // Halsey
This girl is super cool and this song is super cool. Halsey and I are around the same age, so everything she sings about in this song, I can relate with. You should also listen to the rest of her latest album because it’s really, really good.
“Where Are U Now” // Jack U, Skrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber
If it were up to me, Justin Bieber’s entire Purpose album would be on this list — he’s been killing it this year. I picked this song specifically though because, to me, “Where Are U Now” is the most representational of his comeback. It was the first released and the first to take the world by storm.
“Downtown” // Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ft. Eric Nally
I think this song is brilliant and I love that Macklemore sings about literally whatever he wants. Also, I thought Eric Nally was a girl until I saw him perform at VMAs — dang the guy’s got pipes.
“Cheerleader” // OMI
Okay, this song is definitely not the most musically or lyrically brilliant, but c’mon, it’s so catchy.
“Elastic Heart” // Sia
Sia ia a genius. Did you know that she’s written countless pop hits for artists like Beyonce, Maroon 5, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Christina Aguilara, Katy Perry, Celine Dion and more? I’m also in love with this music video — genius.
“Wildest Dreams” // Taylor Swift
Let’s just go ahead and say it, Taylor Swift has ruled the world this year. With her sold out world tour, countless No. 1 hits, broken music records, awards won and reinvention of the term ‘girl squad,’ I think it’s a appropriate to call 2015 “The Year of Taylor.” While it’s hard to choose, this is definitely in my top 13 favorites on the album.
“Renegades” // X Ambassadors
These people just recently sprung out of the shadows and into the limelight and man, am I happy. They bring something new and fresh to radio that I think we’ve been craving for a while now. Also, this music video made me cry.
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