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20. Hiatus Kaiyote – “Breathing Underwater”

Between Courtney Barnett and this Grammy-nominated “future soul” collective, we are considering a pilgrimage to Melbourne, Australia to bottle up what’s in the water there. With slinky and truly wacky singles like this, it’s no wonder R&B legends from Prince to Erykah Badu have been shouting their praises for years now. – Kevin Wicks


19. Paul Weller – “Long Time”

Weller’s 2015 album Saturn’s Pattern continued the upward, outward and wayward trajectory of his most recent releases, and featured this, a barnstorming song about feeling good after a period of being out of sorts. – Fraser McAlpine


18. Carly Rae Jepsen – “All That”

This song brings to mind teased hair, taffeta gowns, and powder-blue tuxes circa 1985, with longing looks shared across a high school dance floor. A rare slow track on Carly Rae’s excellent Emotion album—and its most emotional. – Kevin Wicks


17. Father John Misty – “Bored in the U.S.A.”

While Josh Tillman’s endlessly black heart can be a wearingly place to spend long periods of time, it’s thrilling to sometimes dip a toe into the dark waters. This is a particularly bleak summation of the dog days of an unhappy relationship. Enjoy! – Fraser McAlpine


16. Blur – “Lonesome Street”

If listeners thought Blur couldn’t rock as hard as Parklife ever again, this song proved all of us wrong. – Kevin Wicks


15. Skepta – “Shutdown”

While Lethal Bizzle’s best tracks always raise a giggle, grime’s other main purpose in 2015 was to frighten the hell out of everyone (bar grime fans), and Skepta’s utterly withering stream of self-aggrandisement did the job brilliantly. (Warning: language is NSFW.) – Fraser McAlpine


14. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

This sad little country song sparked some outsize controversy. But it’s really about the desire to re-model yourself into the image of your ex’s current flame. “I want to taste her lips, because they taste like you,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild sings. When you hear the song, you just feel the agony in Fairchild’s voice, expressed with heartbreaking restraint. – Kevin Wicks


13. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”

Straight outta Melbourne, Courtney raised the ghost of early ’90s slacker songwriters like Evan Dando and Kim Deal, while writing smart tunes about seemingly mundane things. This is a song about gentrification, home-made coffee and moving house. – Fraser McAlpine


12. Miguel – “Coffee”

The non-radio edit of this song replaces “coffee” with the present participle form of a verb too explicit to reference here. But even on the sanitized version, Miguel makes sipping a cup of Joe sound like the most erotic thing imaginable. – Kevin Wicks


11. Chemical Brothers – “Go”

Ever feel the need of an urgent musical pick-me-up, the kind that will transform a rainy commute or dreary morning into a day-glo disco with the supporting Broadway cast? That’s the very thing this song is for. – Fraser McAlpine

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