1. Beck - "Dreams"
Not long after winning the Grammy for Rock Album of the Year in 2014, Beck released the single "Dreams" in June of this year. Beck said he made a conscious effort to release a song more upbeat and fun than what was on his last album Morning Phase. Something that could be enjoyable to play live. "Dreams" will be on his as of yet untitled upcoming album.
2. Kalle Mattson - "Avalanche"
This guy lives just around the corner from me here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada! "Avalanche" is a catchy little track that features his shy vocals over a continuous pulsing drum beat. The video for the song got a lot of internet attention as well, it recreates several famous album covers. Albums that i'm sure influenced Kalle in some way or another
3. Viet Cong - "Continental Shelf"
Fellow Canadians and Polaris award nominees Viet Cong have announced that will be eventually changing their name to avoid any further offense, but to date no change has been made, so for now they remain Viet Cong. "Continental Shelf" is the first single off their self-titled album.
4. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - "S.O.B"
As a young teenager growing up in Missouri, Nathaniel Ratliff was writing songs at an early age. Inspired by the rock & roll and R&B roots of his home state. He has several solo albums, but 2015 saw the first release with his band The Night Sweats, it features the rockin', lamentful drinking song "S.O.B" who's video is a tribute to the end of the movie Blues Brothers.
5. Courtney Barnett - "Pedestrian At Best"
If anyone on this list has built a time machine back to the 90's grunge rock era through there music it's Courtney Barnett. "Pedestrian At Best" has the same vibe as Blur's "Parklife" or Suicidal Tendacies' "Institutionalized". That chorus has Sonic Youth and The Pixies' sweat stains all over it too.
6. Moon Taxi - "All Day & All Night"
If I had to pick a top song of the year (I won't) this one would be a serious contender. Moon Taxi come out of Nashville, Tennessee and they seem to have avoided the Country Western birthmark that most bands from that area walk around with. Daybreaker is their fourth studio album and it's there that you can find "All Day & All Night"
7. Adele - "Hello"
I didn't really pay much attention to Adele's previous albums and was perfectly content to let 25 come and go as well, that is until my girlfriend asked to buy the vinyl for her. This entry on this list could really be any song off her new album, I was impressed by how good it was "Send My Love" was the one that stood out more for it's creativity and catchiness, but I can't find a video for it. So we'll do "Hello"
8. Titus Andronicus - "Dimed Out"
I was surprised to see that these New Jersey punks have 4 studio albums to their name as I had never heard of them until I heard "Dimed Out" this year. I likened the experience to the first time I heard Against Me!, who quickly became one of my favourite bands. I guess I got some back-listening to do. "Dimed Out" is the type of punk many people lament not hearing anymore. Just gotta know where to look I guess.
9. Blur - "Ong Ong"
Hey guys, Blur came back. Damon Albarn has been busy with the Gorillaz and Graham Coxon had his share of side projects too. It seems they still had a few Brit-pop gems stashed away somewhere though as "Ong Ong" picks up where they left off in 2003. Good stuff.
10. Chris Cornell - "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart"
Still no word on that new Soundgarden material. Apparently it's coming soon but who knows. In the mean time frontman Chris Cornell released a new solo album Higher Truth which features the unmistakable track "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart"
Bring on 2016!!!