2015 was a big year of music. A lot of new artists dominated the charts with a few familiar faces making some well waited returns. There were some amazing albums released while others weren’t as impressive. But what were some of the best and worst moments of 2015?
Most Underrated Song
Foxes – Body Talk
This is a dreamy synth pop track you NEED in your life. I was really surprised when it didn’t get the recognition it deserved. From the unforgettable hook to the catchy “la la la’s” and interesting vocal production techniques this 80’s retrospective track was the definition of BOP. It was less Florence And The Machine esque and focused more for mainstream media so I have no idea why it didn’t get picked up like it deserved. I’m still bitter about it. Also her other two new singles “Better Love” and “Amazing” are just as great and deserve some love too okay.
Black Eyed Peas – Back 2 Yesterday
2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Black Eyed Peas’s debut and to mark this milestone the band released a new song minus Fergie. “Yesterday” is a strong rap track that takes it back to the roots of where the band started. The production isn’t over produced, the raps are interesting and I just love hearing these guys making music again. It’s been a long time. Again this song was under loved and people seemed to snooze on it because Fergie wasn’t on it… disappointing.
5 Seconds Of Summer – She’s Kinda Hot
There is so much wrong with this song, I don’t even know where to begin. Oh wait, yes I do. “My girlfriend’s bitchin cause I always sleep in, she’s always screaming when she’s calling her friends. She’s kinda hot though.” Haven’t we moved on from those misogynist type songs? Apparently not. But then they try to turn it into an inspirational song; “They say we’re losers and we’re alright with that. We’re the leaders of the not coming back, but we’re alright though”. It’s just tragic and cringe worthy to be honesty and frustratingly catchy. They do have a few strong tracks, this is not one of them.
Jordin Sparks – Double Tap
The rise and fall of Jordin Sparks is very unfortunate. Back in March I said this may just be the worst song of 2015 and I still stand by that statement. The title may mislead you, it’s not a sexual innuendo themed song, no no, it’s about a guy she’s seeing liking another girls photo on Instagram. Yep, you read that right. She sings so confidently in the hook “Bet you won’t double tap that hoe” as if she thinks the hook is actually good, she was very mislead.
Jason Derulo – Everything Is 4
Just like his ex this year wasn’t the best year for Jason Derulo’s music career. His fourth studio album “Everything Is 4” lacked impact and was sadly majorly compiled of just terrible pop/RNB songs. Want To Want Me” was a jam, “Cheyenne” finally grew on me but the rest…. Yeah, SKIP.
Meghan Trainor – Title
So they tried REALLY hard to make Meghan Trainor the next big pop star and they slightly failed. Obviously “All About That Bass” was an international breakthrough that unknowingly why became one of the biggest songs of 2014. However her debut album lacked any good songs really. Like there were a couple that were “alright” but the rest was repetitive, boring and did I say repetitive?
Best New Artists
All I have to say about Fleur East is YASSSSSSSSSS. “Sax” is a jam. “Breakfast” is a bop. And her album “Love, Sax & Flashbacks” is just a great collection of pure pop goodness. Fall in love, I dare you.
I called these guys your new favourite band and I still stand by that statement. Fronted by Joe Jonas this unique pop/rock band are bringing quirk and funk back with an assortment of fun tracks that are a bit risqué and just darn right catchy. “Cake By The Ocean” and “Toothbrush” will have you d a n c i n g.
Conrad’s vocals are magical. When you see him live he literally takes you to church. He had multiple top 10 singles this year and only just released his EP. 2016 is going to be his year, expect him to blow up even more. He is a star.
Best New Upcoming Aussie
I discovered the enchanting Lucy Neville this year and I am so glad I did. Her magical synth pop perfectly coincides with her unique vocals that will have you intrigued and wanting to hear more. Her debut EP Lady” is a strong collection of indie-pop tracks that dabble in electronic and folk elements. Lead single “On My Own” transforms from a synth-piano led verse into an 80’s inspired hook with a slight EDM breakdown, perfectly showcasing the experimentation that is had on the EP. Title track “Lady” is a lot darker and has a heavier electronic focus with a hook that is destined to feature at a summer festival. “There’s Light” closes the EP with a vulnerable ballad that sees her take it to the next level on her vocals with some effortlessly executed vocal runs. Her artistic approach is commendable with music videos that slay some of your favourites. If you have discovered Lucy Neville yet then it’s about time you do.
Best Pop Comeback
Hilary Duff – Breathe In, Breathe Out
Last year Hilary Duff was featured in my “Worst Comeback” section but this year she revamped her comeback and highly impressed. “Sparks” and “My Kind” were two songs that really deserved to top the charts, like I’m going to make the call and say they are two of her best songs… ever. Yep I will go that far. Armed with strong pop tracks that reflect on relationships and life you will find yourself relating to the well written lyrics. “Stay In Love”, Tattoo” and “Rebel Heats” were some of my favourite moments on this great album that just missed out on my Top 10 albums of the year.
Fifty Shades Of Grey
This soundtrack perfectly offered a collection of well-produced alternative pop songs that pull on the heart strings and tempt the sexier side of your personality. My favourite track from newcomers Vaults who gave you the soulful pop “One Last Night” that soars with synths and slick vocals. Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd also gave you amazing song, but let’s be honest, that was expected. Great from start to finish, and better than the actual movie.
Best Live Acts
Taylor Swift – 1989 World Tour
Possibly delivering the best pop show I have ever seen. Taylor Swift wowed the crowd with pitch perfect vocals, great choreography, interesting remixes, an incredible light show and cool theatrics. It was one of those shows I wanted to attend over and over again. It was a great celebration for a brilliant album.
Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors Tour
This was one band I decided to go see last minute and I couldn’t be happier I did. They did something I didn’t think was possible, they had me falling in love with music again. The show exceeded all my expectations and had me hooked from the moment the intro to “Shots” echoed throughout the venue. Imagine Dragons are an impressive live band and one you need to add to your must see list.