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2015 Year-End Review: Best of Music

Best of Music

Every year a number of new songs end up on our list iTunes’ top 25 most played, but we have a great feeling that the songs on this particular list will be cherished for much longer than a year.

1. Renegades | X Ambassadors

While the rest of the songs on this list are in no particular order, X Ambassadors’ “Renegades” is definitely number one. Frankly, I don’t know if I could write about this song in a way that’ll do it justice, but the fact of the matter is, it’s so powerfully empowering, it’s gotten me through what would’ve otherwise been a very tough year. We live in a world where it’s easy to feel alone even when we’re surrounded by people — it may be due to the fact that we aren’t where we want to be career wise or little things like that, but the song makes you feel at home. And perhaps that’s the most magical part of it, the fact that it reminds listeners that they belong. They are a somebody. They are important. They are valued. They are talented. The underdogs always go far in life and the song revolutionizes the idea gorgeously.

2. Roses and Violets | Alexander Jean

We owe it to Dancing with the Stars for introducing us to this song in the first place because it’s without a doubt the most enthralling song of the year. We have absolutely no idea how they’ve managed to take the biggest cliché in poetry and make it magical. And for that reason alone, we’re dumbfounded. “Roses and Violets” is a poignantly entrancing masterpiece that deals with the pangs of longing beautifully. Additionally, Jean’s voice is so uniquely fascinating and filled with heart and soul making the song absolutely breathtaking.

3. Circular Story | Daniel Pamberton
by (Gissane Sophia)

Surely no one’s surprised that an instrumental from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. soundtrack is on this list right? You know all those reviews I’ve written this year? It was so much easier to focus with “Circular Story” on replay inspiring me. There’s really no way to describe the track other than it’s a fantastic piece that’ll undoubtedly reach 1k plays on my iTunes eventually. Listen to it. You’ll get lost in it then you’ll understand me.

4. Hold Back the River | James Bay

James Bay is probably the artist of the year in our opinion — there’s so much heart and soul in his music, we can’t get enough. While the entire Chaos and the Calm album is a masterful hit, because “Hold Back the River” was the first song we heard, it’s got a special little place in our hearts. It’s fun, riveting, and a perfect display of a talented artist at his finest. There’s a hopefulness in the lyrics we can’t seem to get over, and it’s got such a wonderful summertime vibe to it that we’re certain we’ll be listening to for years to come.

5. Novocaine | Night Terrors of 1927

“Novocaine” is such a sweet song in terms of love being a dedication to share it all — the good, the bad, and the ugly. The opening lines especially have such a gorgeous way of projecting love.

I can put up with the pain, the pain
And I don’t mind a life in vain, in vain
You have so much to give and I can take it I swear
The cross that you carry will be mine to bear
And I can put up with the pain, the pain
Cold ghost town with empty streets
Scarred broken and lost at sea

Let me be …
Your novocaine
If you let me I’ll keep the wolves at bay
Novocaine …
The field will fade
The paths will waste away

Seriously. How sweet and gorgeous in the most haunting way are these lyrics? Also, it’s worth mentioning that one of the reasons we personally love the band so much is because of the 80s feel in their music. This is the kind of song that would sound perfect blaring from the speakers during a random night drive.

6. Fight Song | Rachel Patton

Rachel Patton’s “Fight Song” is probably the one song we’ve all heard everywhere, but the truth is, it’s probably saved someone’s life by inspiring them and we think that alone is indescribable. Songs like this, though they’re often seen as a cliché and frowned upon by some, are the kind of songs we always end up needing. Even if it’s for a single moment, it’ll empower. It’ll inspire. And for a single moment if hopefully not more, it’ll remind listeners of the beauty in life. The power within all of us to fight for what the person we want to be.

7. When We Were Young | Adele

If there’s one thing I just can’t get behind, it’s romanticizing young love. But I shouldn’t even be surprised that somehow Adele can manage to make it magical. And it’s not just her captivatingly indescribable voice, but it’s the gorgeous poetic lyrics that I can’t help but legitimately cry over. Thanks a lot, Adele. How do you manage to do this every time?

You look like a movie
You sound like a song
My God
This reminds me, Of when we were young

Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time
That we might be exactly like we were
Before we realized
We were sad of getting old
It made us restless

I mean?!?! There are no words. Not to mention, literally all of us here at MGcircles agree that this is the best song off of 25. It’s breathtaking, it’s beautiful, it’s poetic, and it’s downright making me angry how much I love it.

8. Demon Days | Wild Wild Horses

Wild Wild Horses’ entire Ordinary Days EP is a melodic little masterpiece. It’s not often EP’s have such captivating tracks, but the band has successfully created something that’ll be talked about for years to come. “Demon Days (Do It All Again)” is especially marvelous for it’s the one track that’ll be stuck in your head all day — an outstanding beat weaved in with haunting nostalgic lyrics are bound to leave listeners entranced. While the song alone is incredible, let’s not forget to mention the fact that the music video tells an evocative and thought provoking story meant to leave listeners/viewers in awe. Directed by Jennifer Morrison, the video for “Demon Days (Do It All Again)” makes the song even more wondrous. Kudos to both artists.

9. See You Again | Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Surely we speak on behalf of many when we admit to bawling upon first hearing this track. Whether you know the deep loss of death or not, it’s the kind of track that takes such indescribable emotions and puts hope into them. Charlie Puth’s expressive voice followed by Khalifa’s stunning lyrics make this song gut-wrenching. You may not be a fan of rap, but it’s the kind that’ll tug on your heartstrings. It’s the kind that’ll break your heart, but remind you of this idea that those we love never truly leave us — we’ll see them again someday. As if the track alone isn’t a masterpiece, create a music video with clips from the Fast and Furious saga as a tribute to the late Paul Walker and there will be tears everywhere.

10. I Will Never Let You Know | Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen

It was tough to choose a favorite song off of ABC’s Nashville this year, but Palladio and Bowen have released some fantastic tunes together making it a bit easier. The lyrics alone are heart wrenching, but the heart and soul Palladio and Bowen sing with is icing on top of the cake.

I’m inside out shot through the center
Feel this scar of where you entered
Took my life and turned it upside down
I’m burned to ashes split down the middle
If anyone asks it hurt just a little

The lyrics fit so perfectly with the duo’s current status, but it’s the fact that it’s essentially relatable to anyone who’s ever loved and lost. The poetic lyrics cobbled with the poignant melody make this track an impeccable one.

11. Uncover | Zara Larsson

Larsson’s voice is a perfect gift and “Uncover” is a wonderful little track with a riveting story. And thankfully, the music video does a fantastic job of exposing the song’s gorgeous lyrics. “Uncover” revolutionizes the idea that love heals in ways nothing else can. Two people disappearing into a world of their own does wonders — love reaches the deepest corridors of a person’s being and effortlessly lights them up. Sometimes, solitude is two people who are one together. And sometimes, it’s being in a crowded city surrounded by hundreds though it feels like it’s just the two of you.

12. Burning House | Cam
by (Ally Mullenite-Overton)

Cam’s Burning House is by far one of the most haunting songs of 2015. I mean this in the best way possible as her lyrics and melody are haunted into me, making me want to hear the tune over and over. Cam’s voice has quickly become one of my favorites and when you pair that with the lyrics and music behind Burning House you have an instant favorite. The song tells the story of a dream Cam had of her ex boyfriend burning in a house. Since Cam couldn’t save him she laid beside him and died as the lyrics “You were stuck inside, I couldn’t get you out, I laid beside you and pulled you close, And the two of us went up in smoke” suggest. It’s beautiful tale of feeling wrong or guilty after a break up but still wanting the other person to come out the other side.

13. One Call Away | Charlie Puth
(by Leen Bernardo)

One of my favorite and a new upcoming artist I discovered this year was Charlie Puth. I basically fell in love with him especially because of his sense of style and his charming looks too. Every single he has released this year has been a hit and definitely been on repeat on my playlists. However,  “One Call Away” has definitely been a personal favorite of mine. Besides his soulful voice, the lyrics behind this remind me of old crushes and even with my own friends that have always been there by my side. It’s one of my favorite tracks of 2015 and you’d definitely enjoy it — if you haven’t, check it out already.

14. The Unfinished Kiss | Daniel Pamberton

Daniel Pamberton is a genius — it’s no surprise he’s on our list twice. We’re not exaggerating when we say the entire Man from U.N.C.L.E. soundtrack has been on replay at our house since the day it released. “The Unfinished Kiss” is magic. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that we’re tying it with the gorgeous Illya and Gaby scenes it was played during, but the bottom line is there’s a haunting serenity in the track which leaves listeners breathless. “The Unfinished Kiss” beautifully captivates the heart and the only complaint we have towards the piece is that it isn’t 10 minutes long.

King | Years and Years

This is perhaps the mostly lively song on the list. Apologies for that? But Years and Years’ “King” will undoubtedly get stuck in your head for hours and hours while you play it on replay and sing along ridiculously loud when no one’s at home. It’s fun and though the story itself isn’t as lively, the track’s cathartic. Who doesn’t love that?

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