Incredibly, 2015 is almost up. And that means one thing — the return of our annual Top Tracks countdown! As usual, the team from wiwibloggs voted for their favourite 2015 releases and recordings by and featuring Eurovision stars. Songs which competed at Eurovision or national finals were excluded (they’ve been analysed to death in our jury reviews), as were artists who’ve yet to compete on the Eurovision stage (sorry Iveta, Sergey and friends). After considering well over 100 songs, we finally settled on our top 50. And now we’re ready to share it with y’all. We’ll publish five tracks daily for the next ten days. Then on Christmas Eve we’ll announce our number one, giving you just enough time to send any last requests to Santa.
Our top tracks of 2015: (50-46)
50. Anna Rossinelli “Bang Bang Bang”
What we said: “Bang Bang Bang” is the first new music we’ve heard from the group in over a year, and marks quite a substantial change in tack for them. Not just thematically, but also tonally. The light boppy feel good nature of “Shine In The Light” and “Let It Go” is gone. Their latest track is much more noirish, shrouded in a sense of smoky melancholy. (Padraig)
49. Softengine “Big Fat Bass Drums”
What we said: Softengine — that’s Topi, Ossi, Henri and Tuomo — have released critically acclaimed hit after critically acclaimed hit. The magic continues on “Big Fat Bass Drums”. It shows a more modern and urban sound, mixing stadium rock with dance beats and a catchy chorus. “The song was born when Topi was driving home” the band writes on their Facebook page, “this single is compiled from a variety of sounds which reflects how the music sounded just at that moment”. (Sami)
48. Fahrenhaidt feat. Emmelie de Forest “Wildfire”
What we said: Emmelie de Forest, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, has collaborated with Unser Song Für Österreich 2015 act Fahrenhaidt on their song “Wildfire”. The video for this has serious feels y’all. Channelling all her “Drunk Tonight” angst, Emmelie mesmerises the camera and fuses it to her spiritual “Rainmaker” side. It shows the mature sound and style Emmelie has developed since her barefoot performance of “Only Teardrops” almost two years ago. (Angus)
47. Måns Zelmerlöw “Someday”
What we said: One of two Perfectly Damaged tracks co-written by Måns and the “Heroes” songwriters. With its moody, dirty sexual synth pop vibe, as well as being super catchy, the song’s sound makes it one of the few tracks that sounds solidly rooted in 2015. It’s so good that it makes up for the duds. Seriously, this has to be the next single. (Robyn)
46. Emma Marrone “Occhi Profondi”
What we said: We’re treated to a music video that features more interpretive dancing than Elnur Huseynov’s performance in Vienna and enough strobe lights to make Loreen envious. That being said, the costumes and make up are kept extremely minimalist: special mention to Emma’s post-workout hair. The “La Mia Città” hitmaker shouts the lyrics in the way she does best, relying on an electric guitar to carry her through the song, only she’s dropped the glitter and togas for a heartfelt ballad. No one can say she lacks versatility. (Katie)
How’s the list shaping up? Are these among your best songs of 2015? Let us know below.