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The 50 best tracks of 2015

The 50 best tracks from the last 12 months or so – plus a Spotify playlist for your Spotify freaks

Putting a hat on it: Julio Bashmore tops the 2015 poll. Photo: Spiros Politis

Wed, Dec 23, 2015, 09:35


(1) Julio Bashmore “Holding On” (Broadwalk)

(2) Courtney Barnett “Pedestrian At Best” (Mon + Pop)

(3) Kendrick Lamar “King Kunta” (Top Dawg)

(4) Jamie xx “I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times” (XL)

(5) Lunchmoney Lewis “Bills” (Kemosabe)

(6) Savages “The Answer” (Matador)

(7) Your Old Droog “Bad to the Bone” (Self release)

(8) Jojee “Think Of Anything” (Self release)

(9) Snakehips “All My Friends” (Sony)

(10) Royce Wood Junior “Midnight” (37 Adventures)

(11) Skepta “Shutdown” (Boy Better Know)

(12) DJ Paypal “Awakening” (Brainfeeder)

(13) Meg Mac “Roll Up Your Sleeves” (300 Entertainment)

(14) Levon Vincent “Small Whole-Numbered Ratios” (Novel Sound)

(15) Lana Del Rey “High By the Beach” (Polydor)

(16) Seven Davis Jr “Sunday Morning” (Ninja Tune)

(17) Grace Mitchell “Jitter” (Republic)

(18) Sigala “Easy Love” (Ministry Of Sound)

(19) Foals “What Went Down” (Transgressive)

(20) Boot & Tax “Balkan Youth” (Meant)

(21) Vince Staples “Lift Me Up” (Def Jam)

(22) Lawrence Rothman “California Paranoia” (Downtown)

(23) DJ Sotofett “Drippin’ For A Tripp” (Honest Jons)

(24) Anderson .Paak “The Season/Carry Me” (Steel Wool)

(25) Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe” (True Panther)

(26) Natalie Prass “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” (Spacebomb)

(27) Joe “Thinkin’ About” (Text)

(28) YG “Twist My Fingaz” (Def Jam)

(29) Kristin Diable “Time Will Wait” (Speakeasy/Thirty Tigers)

(30) Villagers “Hot Scary Summer” (Domino)

(31) Mitski “Townie” (Don Giovanni)

(32) Genevieve “Colors” (Wind-Up)

(33) Colm Mac Con Iomaire “The Finnish Line” (Plateau)

(34) Anthony Naples “Refugio” (Text)

(35) Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight” (Rough Trade)

(36) Matthew E White “Rock & Roll Is Cold” (Domino)

(37) Tor Miller “Midnight” (Glassnote)

(38) Scooter Island “Snap Out Of It” (Amuse Bouche)

(39) Hanni El Khatib “Two Brothers” (Innovative Leisure)

(40) ALA.NI “Cherry Blossom” (No Format)

(41) HNNY “Solsidan” (Let’s Play House)

(42) Bassh “Body” (Self release)

(43) Gavin Turek “Hemisphere” (Young Art)

(44) Para One & the South African Youth Choir “Elevation” (Ed Banger)

(45) Seinabo Sey “Pretend” (Universal Music)

(46) Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “S.O.B” (Bottleneck)

(47) Jidenna “Classic Man” (Wondaland)

(48) Big Scary “Organism” (One Little Indian)

(49) Ty Dolla $ign “Drop That Kitty” (Atlantic)

(50) Torres “Sprinter” (Partisan)

Spotify playlist of 46 of the above – we’ve four Spotify hold-outs which is interesting