2015 was all about the integration of EDM to pop music and the rebirth of the euphoric pop track. My top 20 countdown is loaded with these tracks that were a little bit more memorable and special.
- Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer
Demi Lovato has always been slightly a bit too cheesy but in 2015 that changed. She became sexy, confident and playful. “Cool For The Summer” explored her sexuality and every time that hook drops my head starts banging and I start groping myself.
- Macklemore And Ryan Lewis – Downtown
You either loved or hated this track and with its ridiculous lyrics and euphoric hook I couldn’t help but LOVE it. Both Macklemore and Ryan Lewis managed to make this Uptown Funk 2.0 actually stand out as its own unique piece of work and when it plays in a club I get DOWN and FUNKY.
- KYGO feat. Conrad Sewell – Firestorm
2015 saw the discovery of an amazing talent by the name of Conrad Sewell. He’s toured Australia alongside Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5 and played festivals like Lollapalooza and iheartradio’s Jingle Ball. This collaboration with KYGO had massive international recognition with its captivating beats and mesmerizing vocals.
- Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You
Underappreciated. Underloved. And just an absolute banger that deserves more recognition. Carly Rae Jepsen is no longer that annoying cheesy artist that the world loved to hate and with genuine 80’s inspired synths this song was stuck in my head from the first listen. The music video is possibly one of my favourites of the year, so funny, so smart.
- Drake – Hotline Bling
I don’t think Drake expected this song (or video) to have the impact it did. At first I snoozed pretty hard on it, but after a few listens the ridiculousness grew on me and I was open to this pure great track.
Delta Goodrem – Wings
This was one of my favourite comebacks of this year. I was a bit worried how this song would be after her recent singles only scraped the surface of the charts however “Wings” blew me away with its infectious hook and euphoric beats that will transport you. The lyrics are also very inspiring and all round it’s just the perfect pop song.
- Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man
Florence + The Machine debuted her revised Stevie Nicks inspired sound at the start of the year with this captivating track. The song Is even more impressive live with Florence putting every bit of her body and soul into the performance.
- Fifth Harmony – Worth It
2015 saw me forget the mess that was Fifth Harmony’s debut EP and focus on the brilliance that was their debut album “Reflection”. “Worth It” was a song that got snubbed by radio and found its way to resurface months after being initially released. It’s the ultimate girl group track and slays the existence of anything Little Mix has ever released. Also, one of my favourite moments of the year was when Taylor Swift performed it with them on her “1989 World Tour”, what a magical day that was.
- Selena Gomez – Good For You
Another ex-Disney alumni that made a raunchy comeback was the beautiful Selena Gomez. “Good For You” saw the start of Justin Tranter and Julia Michael’s reign on the pop music industry with their honest approach to songwriting and production. It was a direction that saw the re-birth of her sound and image. It’s a sexy side of Selena that I love.
- Adam Lambert – Ghost Town
Underrated. This song really deserved more love because it’s unusual EDM production was captivating and really suited his improved vocals. Ever since working with Queen his songwriting and quality of tracks have improved and seem less gimmicky. He’s finally found himself as an artist and I’m excited to interpretive dance to this song when I see him live at the end of January.
- Troye Sivan – Wild
I’ve had mixed feelings about Troye Sivan’s musical endeavors this year but there was no denying that this song deserved to be in the top 10. This is another song that had a euphoric hook that has you falling in love as soon as it drops. He is also to be commended on his songwriting and opening up about LGBT issues.
- Years & Years – King
Years & Years were my “band to watch” of 2015 and I can happily say they didn’t disappoint. “King” became your summer anthem and still gets thrashed in clubs and on radio and why shouldn’t it? This band really deserves the success they have had with their debut album and I’m so glad they brought back the retro disco synths.
- Skrillex & Diplo Feat. Justin Bieber – Where Are U Now
This was the exact moment when the whole word put away their irrelevant comments and fell in love with Justin Bieber. This song was incredibly smart in the sense of production and centering it around a simple hook that allowed Bieber’s vocals to really shine. It’s not often that vocals are the forefront of a dance song but this was one that had me going, wow his vocals are impressive on this.
- Tkay Maidza – M.O.B
Tkay Maidza was my “artist to watch” of 2015 and I can’t help but feel like a proud wine mom with the success she has had this year. Seeing her play to a packed tent at Splendour In The Grass was one of my moments of the year and the other was when she dropped this track. When I first heard “M.O.B” in 2014 I knew this was going to be a big song for her and when she finally dropped it at the beginning of the year I was not surprised when mainstream media picked it up and flogged it. It has the perfect amount of sass and attitude all leveled out with a deliciously sweet hook. It will be stuck in your heard for hours and you won’t want it to leave.
- Taylor Swift Feat. Kendrick Lamarr – Bad Blood Remix
It was no secret that “Bad Blood” was one of my least favourite tracks on “1989”, well that was until she released this epic remix. Armed with 2 killer verses from Kendrick Lamarr she revamped this song with extra beats and a new found attitude. It’s the ultimate beef track that everyone can relate to.
Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money
For the whole of 2015 Rihanna has teased us with the “imminent” drop of her eighth studio album “Anti” and it still hasn’t happened. However she did give us 3 singles and one of them was the undeniably savage “Bitch Better Have My Money”. This was a massive change from her pop/radio friendly tracks and saw it become a further viral favourite with ridiculous vines. Whenever this song comes on I start strutting like there’s no tomorrow.
- The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
I really didn’t expect the mainstream success of The Weeknd. Like I always knew he was super talented but his album surprisingly became my favourite album of the year. If you say you don’t love “Can’t Feel My Face” then you’re lying to yourself because this groove is undeniably great.
- Justin Bieber – Sorry
While everyone raved about how amazing “What Do You Mean” was I quickly became obsessed with the quirky and super catchy follow up single “Sorry”. This song had everything a good pop/edm track needed; Infectious hook, relatable lyrics, sick dance breakdowns and smooth vocals. What also sold me on this track was the dance video that was released alongside it.
- Major Lazer Feat. MO – Lean On
MO finally received the breakthrough she deserved after her failed attempt with Iggy Azalea in 2014. “Lean On” is a strong EDM track that will have you bopping, dropping, singing and interpretive dancing for the entire duration. It was another one of those songs that grew on me over time and has made a permanent position in my Top 10 tracks of the year.
- Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
“Love Me Like You Do” was released very early on in the year and throughout the 12 months this song remained as my favourite of the year. Co-written by Tove Lo this song looks at a very honest longing and need for a particular someone in your life. What I loved about it was the simplicity with the way the songs mood builds with the addition of beats and backing vocals. It’s one of those giant euphoric pop songs that you can’t help but smile when you hear it and throw your hands in the air when that giant hook drops.