2015 is almost over so I thought I’d use these last few days to reflect on the best things from the year. I’ll be sharing with you my favourite things in music, film and television, and finally, on New Year’s Eve, the all important fashion. Today I’ll begin with music.
In July, I attended an Ellie Goulding concert. The singer exuded energy in her 80 minute performance which saw her belt out renditions to her songs such as ‘Outside’, ‘Burn’, and ‘Lights’. Naturally she encored with her hit single ‘Love Me Like You Do’ from the Fifty Shades of Grey original soundtrack. This year also saw Ellie release her third studio albumDelirium which is jam-packed with fresh pop tracks. ‘Army’, ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Codes’ are my favourites. The 21-track album provided great listening pleasure.
I discovered a few new artists this year that have had a profound effect on my playlists. At the beginning of the year I took a proper listen to Tove Lo’s debut album Queen of the Clouds. It contains the gems ‘Talking Body’, but my personal favourites are ‘Stay High - Habits Remix’ and ‘Timebomb’. The Swedish singer is undoubtedly one of the most talented Scandinavian acts on the scene. In America, Ashley Frangipane, popularly known as Halsey took centre stage this summer with her smash hit anthem ‘New Americana’. Her debut album Badlands was released in August and it is a beautifully written amalgam of the best indie pop has to offer. More recently I discovered LANY, an LA-based electronic boy band have great, easy-listening tunes with heartfelt lyrics. I cannot recommend them enough.
There are a few of favourite albums of the year that are unsurprising—I could’ve told you they’d be my favourites when they were announced. Firstly, there’s Adele’s 25. The gleaming comeback record was the soundtrack to my life in the two weeks after its release. There’s obviously the world famous ‘Hello’ but I favour ‘When We Were Young’ and ‘Love in the Dark’. I’ve been Australian YouTuber Troye Sivan for years and this month he released his debut album Blue Neighbourhood. ‘BLUE’ featuring Alex Hope is my incontestable favourite. I’ve been listening to it non-stop. Finally, British synth pop and electronica boy band Years & Years’ Communion has been on my top albums of the year. I could listen to the 17 songs over and over again.
2016 will be exciting with a Sia album, a potential Beyoncé record and Rihanna and Kanye West’s highly anticipated albums Anti and Swoosh, respectively.
Below are my top 10 lists of 2015, one for albums, the other for songs and the final one for upcoming artists. They have been arranged alphabetically.
Top 10 Albums of 2015
25 by Adele
Badlands by Halsey
Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd
Blue Neighbourhood by Troye Sivan
Caracal by Disclosure
Communion by Years & Years
E-MO-TION by Carly Rae Jepsen
Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey
Make Out - EP by LANY
Sucker by Charli XCX
Top 10 Songs of 2015
Better by Banks
BLUE by Troye Sivan ft. Alex Hope
Colours by Halsey
Fools by Troye Sivan
Freak by Lana Del Rey
Magnets by Discosure ft. Lorde
Reckless Love by Bleachers ft. Elle King
Take Me Home by Jess Glynne
When We Were Young by Adele
Young God by Halsey
Artists to Watch in 2016