Monday 21 December 2015

Top Tracks of 2015: The Ones That Got Away

Hiya, I've compiled a top 30 list of my favourite songs from 2016 and they're all great but due to rules that I constructed by myself for myself, there are some songs that aren't eligible to feature in the actual top 30. To cater for these slices of excellence I have once again decided to feature them in a 'The Ones That Got Away" bonus post, which I know you're all gagging to read, so here it is.

Emily Burns - Homewrecker

Where r u now that I need you Emily?! Around this time last year... or whenever it was that Breaking More Waves started sharing tracks from Miss Burns, I absolutely fell in love with her. From what I recall, 'Homewrecker' was by far one of my favourite songs of 2015's Q1, but at some point early this year all of Emily Burns' music has disappeared from the internet. And it is for this reason alone that 'Homewrecker' doesn't feature in my list of Best Songs of 2015. The most heartbreaking thing is that I can't remember how this song even goes, I just know that I loved it. Please re-upload all of the stuff that was on your Soundcloud because I really loved it... else just send me the MP3s or something. You can check out her YouTube channel for some covers and older original material if you like.

Skepta - Shutdown

I went to Australia in May of this year, and one of the most surreal moments of my 2015 was riding in a car with one of my mother's old school friends and hearing an uncensored version of 'Shutdown' on the radio. For a long time this year, this song also featured my absolute favourite lyric of 2015. Whilst I'm not sure I really get BBK as an outfit, I think I'd definitely like to see 'Shutdown' go down as some kind of cult classic that we can look back on in twenty years like "oh, wasn't that great."

Sophia Grace - Best Friend

It would be horrendously disrespectful to not honour 'Best Friend' as one of the greatest songs of 2015, wouldn't it? Yes, world, yes it would. I think we've become scared hearing children do music but there's no need to be afraid. Maybe we're intimidated by twelve year old girls from Essex who have appeared on US chat shows and sung with One Direction, but that shouldn't hinder us from appreciating their girl power anthems.

Demi Lovato - Cool For The Summer

Oh Demi, oh Demi, Demi, Demi. There was so much potential at the start of this album campaign, exploding back into our lives with the seasonal anthem we all dreamt of receiving. Part of me thinks that we should have realised there was a problem when the official video for 'Cool For The Summer' wasn't as good as the lyric video, yet we persisted, "it'll all be okay", we screamed. It wasn't. But 'Cool For The Summer' is by far one of the best commercial pop songs released this year, it's just a shame that in the UK some label exec thought it would be alright to make the release date the first weekend in September or some bullshit like that.

Fetty Wap - Trap Queen

Due to another one of my stupid rules, even if I'd wanted to back in January, I wouldn't have been able to post 'Trap Queen' as it was actually first released in 2014. Throughout the majority of 2015 I've had an extremely unhealthy relationship with Fetty Wap. I spent a lot of time listening to 'Trap Queen' for work, and I mean what probably amounts to numerous days hearing Fetty over and over again. Unfortunately, even after a brief affair with '679', my love story with Fetty Wap disintegrated upon hearing the 20 track deluxe version of his self-titled debut album. It was unfortunately at around eight tracks in where I realised that nobody needs an album even half this long if every song sounds the same. It was a tough break up, but at least we'll always have 'Trap Queen'. Although, you're tripping if you don't think matey at the end ruins the ENTIRE song. Who is he?!

Major Lazer - Lean On

The heartbreak here is real. I had 'Lean On' drafted to post on the blog for a good few weeks and in the end just never posted it. What a grave mistake that was. One of the biggest songs of the year and I dismissed it. Maybe I'm not qualified for this whole music blog thing after all? I think it was MØ who put me off originally, because despite the unpopular opinion that this is, I'm not a fan of her music, and that's fine by me, but I was probably too quick to judge here. I wish I'd just gone with it. Alas, it's here now.

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