Dnak 2015: Top 50 Songs of 2015

I am incredibly fortunate to be able to explore new music as both part of my job and as a personal passion. I saw a ton of live music again this year, and a number of the artist I saw have songs on my list this year. It’s always tough to narrow down the list to 50, but here it is… I love each and every song on this list.

If you prefer, you can jump to the end to see the YouTube and Spotify playlists.

Let’s get started with Songs 41-50

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Sneaking in one more playlist before the end of the year. A slew of new albums are going to hit in the new year, and artists are releasing early singles to get a head start. I’m starting off the list with a new single from Lucius (who I got to see at a KEXP benefit last month). And there’s music from new bands Astropol, Aquilo, Low, and Still Parade, along with some great new tracks from Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Diiv, and more. I hope you find something new to check out.

At last night's @kexp benefit: @ilovelucius with special guest @brandicarlile

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Fall is in the air, and we’re finally getting a few drops of rain in San Francisco. I was lucky enough to be at the Treasure Island Music Festival a few weeks back, with some fantastic performances by The National, FKA Twigs, Chvrches, War on Drugs, Lower Dens, Big Grams, Viet Cong, and many more. In my latest list I’m including some tracks from Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) and FKA Twigs, as well as a track from Small Black (who I just saw at The Crocodile in Seattle). And I’m loving that there’s so much new music coming out from some of my favorite artists, including Miike Snow, BØRNS, Grimes, Chromatics, Júníus Meyvant, Holy Esque, Bloc Party, and Empress Of. Plus some newer discoveries: Car Seat Headrest, The Dø, Julia Holter, and more. Check it out.

Small Black at The Crocodile

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Band formerly known as Viet Cong #TIMF

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Panda Bear #TIMF

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Summer Festival season is just about over, and I was fortunate to experience great performances this year at Outside Lands in SF and The Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle. I’m still looking forward to Treasure Island Music Festival in October. Highlights from my latest list include an ODESZA/Little Dragon collaboration, new tracks from CHVRCHES, FKA Twigs, and Disclosure (including vocals from one of the brothers). We also have brand new albums coming out from Small Black, Empress Of, Destroyer, and more.

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With a ton of music being released these last few weeks, I couldn’t wait to put together a new list. The Tame Impala and Foals albums are fantastic. And checkout the singles of the upcoming albums from Health, Atlas Genius, Painted Palms, !!!, New Order, and more. Matt Berninger from the National has formed a new group called EL VY and just released the title track of their debut album due this fall.

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Summer is here, which means we’re in the swing of Festival season. I was fortunate enough to go to the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle again this year, with some great performances by Father John Misty, Ivan & Alyosha, and Jamie XX. And the rain couldn’t put a damper on a cool performance by Lower Dens. My playlist this time features new music from Of Monsters and Men, Mew, Atlas Genius, and More. Enjoy.

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Lots of great new music to check out. Since my last update, I had a fantastic trip to SXSW and got to see some great up and coming bands. I’m including a few new tracks from some of my favorite SXSW performers: Twin Shadow, Courtney Barnett, and Passion Pit. The new singles from Tame Impala, Future Islands, and Chromatics are amazing, and the new Django Django and Mew albums are must listens. Enjoy.

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