Friday, December 25, 2015

Top 25 Songs of 2015: #13-12

#13. Know Yourself - Drake: What a time to be Drizzy. Still riding the late 2013 success of Nothing Was The Same, Drizzy went on to drop the least mixtape of all mixtapes this year - in that it was exceptionally crafted, yet somehow not worthy of the album stamp - If You're Reading This It's Too Late. He then fired off a handful of one-of singles and diss tracks aimed at Meek Mill, proving the kid doesn't need time or a ghostwriter to take the game by surprise. As if that wasn't enough, he teamed up with fellow 2015 all-star Future on What A Time To Be Alive - a good, accessible listen that, if anything, proved neither players can be stopped; they just have too much to say. But, "Know Yourself" off If You're Reading This did something for Toronto that we couldn't have seen coming; it gave us a citywide anthem, a handful of essential new terminology and the knowledge that, every time someone, anywhere around the world, chanted "running through the six with my woes" - Toronto had made it.

#12. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) - Father John Misty: On maybe the oddest, or the most oddly endearing, love song of 2015, Josh Tillman's handsome voice serenades his now-wife Emma on their honeymoon, alongside an uplifting blend of folky guitar, horns and big harmonies. Some of the in-joke love declarations range from the eccentric ("lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in") to the honest ("I haven't hated all the same things as somebody else since I remember") and quite sweet ("people are boring, but you're something else I can't explain") - all proving that Tillman might be one of the most daring but comprehensive songwriters of our time.

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