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’re publishing five tracks daily over the course of 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 (20-16)
20. Krista Siegfrids “Better on my Own”
What we said: Who can look like a supermodel when they’ve got mascara running down their cheeks? Krista Siegfrids! The proof comes in the video release of “Better On My Own”, Krista’s new single about finding inner strength during trying times. She may have found happiness in her own life (the “Marry Me” singer finally landed that elusive ring from her man), but she knows the pain of her sisters. She tells us to ditch relationships when they turn sour and never to stand for bad behaviour: “I am a piece of heaven you’re more a map of Rome, baby I don’t need your love! I’m better on my own.” Holla! (Deban)
19. Kristína “Ta Ne”
What we said: In “Ta Ne” Kristína moves away from traditional folk and gets flirty with rhythms and sounds of 1920’s dance (don’t worry, it’s not Electro Velvet part II). Singing in an eastern Slovak dialect, she plays on the phrase “ta ne”. It normally means “yes”, but in the scenario that Kristina creates it transforms into an ironic “No”, which you can clearly see in the video. She tells the story of one man who tries to pick her up on a train and in a restaurant — and she rejects him every time. Somehow he manages to lure Kristina to a church for a wedding. Ta ne! She goes dancing and leaves him with a GOAT! Bam! (Mikhail)
18. Tooji “The Father Project”
What we said: “The Father Project” is an attack on organized religion’s hypocrisy and willingness to persecute others for being different. The video itself is pretty NSFW, with scenes of the father and Tooji engaged in sexual intercourse in the church mixed with scenes of a service held by Tooji’s lover. There’s a real focus on the anger and conflict that forms their relationship. This is a powerful message and spares no modesty: it’s Ryan Lewis and Mackelmore’s “Same Love”…but way more in-your-face and with a helping of electronica. It’s definitely a winner, great for self-empowerment and fuelling that rage deep within. Great job, Tooji, and we’re so proud of you! (Francheska)
17. Elina Born “Kilimanjaro”
What we said: “Kilimanjaro” is bound to get stuck in your head. It’s an extremely catchy number that will have you humming along to the chorus for weeks. From Estonia to Tanzania, Elina is chasing a shooting star until the break of day and we love the way she rides! (Antranig)
16. Emma Marrone “Arriverà L’Amore”
What we said: Despite her disappointing result at Eurovision 2014, Emma Marrone is still one of the biggest Italian stars of her time. She’s released “Arriverà l’amore” in anticipation of her fifth studio album. In just a few hours it topped the Italian iTunes singles chart….until the arrival of Hurricane Adele wiped the blonde Italian from first place. It’s a power ballad that isn’t that different from her previous releases stylistically. Production wise, it’s reminiscent of Gianna Nannini, one of Emma’s biggest inspirations. But in reality there is no real plagiarism. (Cristian)
How’s the list shaping up? Do these rank among your best songs of 2015? Let us know below.