Thursday, December 24, 2015

Top 25 Songs of 2015: #15-14



#15. Sorry - Justin Bieber: I mean, this is just a perfect pop song. When the world heard the first trop-house notes of this and "What Do You Mean?" (which was a close contender for this Bieber-reserved spot), it was no longer a question whether or not the kid was making a full-fledged return to glory - he was back on top. And, if in your opinion he wasn't on top before, there wasn't a doubt in hell he was going to be this time around. Produced by Skrillex, the irresistible ear candy on Purpose is what we all wanted to hear, whether or not we were willing to admit it.


#14. Should Have Known Better - Sufjan Stevens: Sufjan has been an indie-folk staple for over fifteen years - consistently releasing spiritual thinkers that challenged my generation to step out of the easy mainstream box and into his whimsical world. All of his most recent album, Carrie & Lowell, is his best and most important work yet - heartbreaking, start to finish, but candid in its search for clarity around his empty family. A full-circle sonic and lyrical journey from loneliness to revival, from an almost motherless childhood to solace in his newborn niece, "Should Have Known Better" is stunning.





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