Blue Banana’s Top 25 Songs Of 2015
Another year has blitzed by and, as per usual, us music fans were treated to a wealth of amazing tunes from new bands, established acts and even from places we didn’t expect in 2015. Music is in good health in the alternative scene, and it shows!
So to celebrate this incredible year in music, in the Blue Banana office we’ve collectively racked our brains and put together a list of our top 25 songs released in 2015. We’re not definitively saying these songs ARE the best songs of the year, but they’re the ones we liked the most.
So here they are, in no particular order. Enjoy!
Walk On Water – blessthefall
Metalcore is still very much in good health, and new boys on the block blessthefall are making sure the genre is still as relevant as ever. Mixing aggression and melodic vocals, Walk On Water grabs your attention right away and doesn’t let go.
Brought To The Water – Deafheaven
Critically acclaimed black metal band Deafheaven released perhaps their best album yet this year in the form of “New Bermuda”, and this song, which opens the album, leads a full on frontal assault on your eardrums before gently caressing them them during a mid song breakdown. Utterly fantastic, Brought To The Water is a definite highlight of the year.
Can’t Kick Up The Roots – Neck Deep
Not just for the Americans, pop punk is booming in dear old Blighty these days, and Welsh band Neck Deep make music just as good as the legends of the genre. Full of nostalgic lyrics, Can’t Kick Up The Roots reminds us of our school years and old hometown.
Speed Of Light – Iron Maiden
Good ol’ reliable Iron Maiden, they never change – and that’s a good thing! Speed Of Light is classic Maiden and a definite highlight of their epic new album, “Book Of Souls.”
Undivided – Asking Alexandria
AA fans have nothing to fear with the loss of Danny, Undivided proves Asking Alexandria are well and truly back! Sounding much like their earlier music, this is loud, angry metalcore at its finest. Welcome back boys, now we can’t wait for that new album!
Bros – Wolf Alice
Undoubtedly one of the coolest new alternative bands of 2015, Wolf Alice are a breath of fresh air on the radio. With gorgeous vocals and atmospheric guitar, this is a song for the quieter moments.
Vice Grip – Parkway Drive
More accessible than ever, Parkway Drive still delivers epic melodic metalcore in spadefuls and Vice Grip is definitely one of the best tracks off their latest album. Check it out!
Runaways – All Time Low
We could pick almost any song off All Time Low’s Future Hearts for this list, but Runaways is perhaps our favourite, purely because its so uplifting and catchy. Sing it with us, “Runaways!”
The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles – Marilyn Manson
Although no longer as shocking as back in their heyday, Marilyn Manson need no gimmicks these days – their music does all the talking. One of many amazing songs off of The Pale Emperor, TMOLA is just cool as eff.
Loner – Ghost Town
A new band destined for big things, electronicore band Ghost Town have produced this catchy anthem for all those that need a little time to themselves every now and then. Introverts unite and listen to this!
The Divine Zero – Pierce The Veil
We’re getting antsy over the anticipation for a new Pierce The Veil album, but luckily we have this track to tide us over until it does. If we keep listening to it over and over again, Vic Fuentes and co. will make it faster, right?
Juggernaut – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Remember Frank Carter? The carrot topped former singer of Gallows is back and he’s bringing his righteous punk fury back to the airwaves in his new band The Rattlesnakes. Forget Slaves, this is the angry punk you need in your life!
From The Pinnacle To The Pit – Ghost B.C.
Kicking off with some funky bass and some badass riffs, the Swedish metal band with a wonderful religious like aesthetic produced one of the coolest rock songs of the year. Seriously, check these guys out, they’re fabulous (in a dark way!).
Warriors – Imagine Dragons
This song is the very definition of epic. With pounding drums, strings and an inspirational chorus – Warriors makes you feel powerful and as if you could take on the world. Need some perking up? Just bump this track, it’ll do the trick.
40oz. On Repeat – FIDLAR
An anthem for the self confessed slackers and those without a plan in life (trust us, most people are just winging it) this track from LA band FIDLAR got our attention this year and has been stuck on repeat.
The World I Used To Know – We Came As Romans
A reflective song that’s certainly more accessible than the band’s older music, “The World I Used To Know” gets you thinking about the good ole times. There’s nothing wrong with looking back on the past, and when we need a moment to think, we put on this track.
J1M1 – Atari Teenage Riot
If you want loud angry techno thrash, then you can’t go wrong with Atari Teenage Riot, German pioneers of the genre that have been rocking since the 90’s. J1M1 shows the group have still got it, and their latest album “Reset” is full of tunes like it.
Sunny Side Up – Faith No More
2015 was the comeback year of alternative rock legends Faith No More and luckily for long time fans the return of Mike Patton and co. was glorious! Capturing the imagination of the younger generation with their amazing new album (their first in over 23 years!), Sunny Side Up is a highlight.
Irresistible – Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy, since their returning from their brief hiatus, have fully embraced the pop side of pop punk, and although some of their new tracks have been played to death, Irresistible is… well… irresistible. Definitely our favourite off their new album and one we’ll probably keep coming back to years later.
King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar
Oh shock horror, a hip-hop song on a Blue Banana list of songs of the year! Kendrick Lamar most certainly deserves his place, and that’s because he creates old school influenced rap with a confident swagger that spits on what commercial rap has become. King Kunta is just one of many politically charged and extremely catchy songs off “To Pimp A Butterfly”, his masterpiece album.
We Can Do What We Want – Drenge
Influenced by alternative rock of the 90’s, this catchy number was a surprise hit with us. Brief but explosive, we like it very much (hence why its on the list, duh!)
The Strays – Sleeping With Sirens
“I was born but I wasn’t raised”. Just one of many cool lyrics from this softer acoustic Sleeping With Sirens track that we can’t get enough of. We la-la-love it and we barely had to think twice about including it on our list!
Automatic – DON BROCO
Funky as hell and totally awesome, DON BROCO really took us by surprise this year. Automatic is utterly fantastic and just before the track ends we hit repeat to once, or maybe even twice more. If you’ve not had the pleasure of hearing this track, what are you waiting for?
Happy Song – Bring Me The Horizon
You didn’t think we were going to leave off Bring Me The Horizon from this list did you? Choosing a favourite from the amazing “That’s The Spirit” is tough, but we opted for the immense Happy Song, which embodies the, ahem, ‘spirit’ of the album. BMTH are one of the biggest bands in the world now, and boy do they deserve it with tunes like this!
…and our favourite song of the year overall goes to:
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
Alternative rap? It doesn’t sound like an appealing prospect yet Twenty One Pilots have shown us the light in 2015! Catchy as hell and cool as a frozen cucumber owned by a penguin from the antarctic, this group have blown up big time this year. The duo have reinvented what it means to be alternative. Guitars? You don’t always need them to make a hit. Stressed Out is most definitely one of the best songs of the year and its influence could shape the music of the future. We’re oh so excited!
Here’s the entire list as a Spotify Playlist:
Did you enjoy our list? Which songs are your favourites of the year? Let us know in the comments or send us a message over on social media. Tag your favourite track with #bbsongoftheyear2105
Merry Xmas everyone!