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 (15-11)
15. Il Volo “L’amore si muove”
What we said: Who can forget Il Volo and their eternal quest for their “Grande Amore?” Definitely not us! The trio continue their quest for the one by waxing and waning on love’s power in their new release “L’amore si muove” (Love Moves). While it follows the tried-and-true formula of classical voices with modern arrangements, it’s by no means a copy of “Grande Amore”. It has a different energy, a different sound (more Iganzio), and is a real eargasm. (Francheska)
14. Lena “Wild & Free”
What we said: “Wild & Free” is taken from the soundtrack for Fack Ju Göhte 2, a German comedy following an ex-con turned teacher as he takes his students on a trip abroad. Hilarity ensues! Whilst absent from Crystal Sky, the track retains much of the album’s DNA. Just like“Traffic Lights”, “Wild & Free” possesses an almost luxurious feel, albeit the tone is considerably less sombre. This is essentially a feelgood, happy clappy tune, minus the cheese. Chuck in the “go oh, oh, oho” hook and you’ve got an instantly uplifting earworm. (Padraig)
13. Polina Gagarina “I Will Not”
What we said: Polina Gagarina may have worn white at Eurovision 2015 (and pretty much everywhere else since then), but she knows life isn’t always about purity and peace. That’s especially true when it comes to relationships. In her latest track “I Will Not”, Miss Gagarina goes EDM and a little dark, telling her misbehaving lover that she’s done. “I will not wait for you anymore, gonne leave you in the past,” she says. “Now you don’t me a thing to me.” (William)
12. Tamar Kaprelian, Elhaida Dani, Elina Born, Maria-Elena Kyriakou and Stephanie Topalian “The Otherside”
What we said: Tamar Kaprelian’s Eurovision 2016 collaboration, “The Otherside” brings together the voices of Tamar, fellow Genealogy member Stephanie Topalian, Elina Born of Estonia, Elhaida Dani of Albania and Maria Elena Kyriakou of Greece. The five ESC singers are united in song and the result is magic. It’s a sweet, emotional ballad. Tamar told us that the song is about survival, specifically about her experience in the music business. She and her four collaborators each add their own texture to the song, and remind us why these five young divas were among our favourite singers in Vienna. (Robyn)
11. Guy Sebastian “Black & Blue”
What we said: He may have abandoned the brass band, but gurl this is gooooood! Despite the title we aren’t bruised — we are smiling from ear to ear! He’s certainly not doing “Tonight Again” as this electronic funk is completely new to him. But radio-friendly Guy has adapted his versatile voice to compliment the track perfectly. Even if the lyrics are a tad mediocre, you’ll be singing along to them after a few listens. Guy’s perfectly inclined to feel “pretty chuffed with this one”. (Katie)
How’s the list shaping up? Do these rank among your best songs of 2015? Let us know below.