Blast the trumpets! Bang the drums! The moment has finally arrived. No, not Christmas. We’re afraid that’s still a day away, but we have something much more important for y’all – our top five songs of the year. Have you been following our countdown so far? If not click HERE and treat yourself to an early Christmas present (yes, the music has been that good).
Just to recap — 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. We’ve already shared 45 great tracks, but what songs have made it into our top five? And which one will join Loreen’s “We Got The Power” and Emmelie De Forest’s “Drunk Tonight” in our Hall of Fame? It’s the final countdown!
Our top tracks of 2015 (5-1)
5. Krista Siegfrids “On & Off”
What we said: “On & Off” is about the two sides of a relationship. At first you might have the greatest feeling ever, but even when the feeling is gone, it might be hard to let go. The song shows a more mature and serene side to Krista. The energy of “Marry Me” is still there but it has changed form. In the music video, which is shot entirely in black and white, Krista shows off her dance moves with a half-naked hunk. The video is very artistic and looks international, but could also work as a Calvin Klein commercial. We ain’t complaining! (Sami)
4. Conchita Wurst “Firestorm”
What we said: “Firestorm” is an obvious nod to Cher and is a floor-stomping disco anthem. And yes, it’s amazing and perfectly produced and it sounds like it’s been lifted from one of Cher’s better albums. You will have a blast putting it on and dancing like nobody’s watching. Not to mention enjoying her fantastic voice throughout, perhaps the real gem of her debut album. (Bogdan)
3. Loreen “Paper Light (Higher)”
What we said: Loreen’s “Paper Light (Higher)” is quite simply magnificent. It’s nearly two years since her last release, but it was worth the wait. Combining luscious strings and piano riffs with pulsating house beats, this sounds retro and completely new all at once. Just like “Euphoria” it stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and ecstasy, and demands multiple replays. While other winners peddle beige clones of their respective Eurovision hits, Loreen boldly steps ahead of the crowd. Constantly innovating, but never losing her original identity. Loreen – your warriors salute you! (Padraig)
2. Conchita Wurst “You Are Unstoppable”
What we said: Conchita Wurst wants all her fans to know they are unstoppable. Well, Conchi baby: the same goes for you! The official video for “You Are Unstoppable” proves once again that Miss Wurst won’t be silenced. It’s a cinematic wonder shot in black and white, and it conveys Conchita’s message of perseverance and self-belief so well. There are no props or fancy backgrounds. It stars Conchita and just one other female — and it works. The simplicity lets the song live and breathe. (William)
1. Lena “Traffic Lights”
What we said: Once again our German gal proves why she’s one of the contest’s greatest exports. The track is a mid-tempo affair, sultry yet hopeful. It’s got a cinematic feel, and would be completely at home nestled between Ellie Goulding and Sia on the Fifty Shades of Grey movie soundtrack. Meanwhile, the video is simple yet effective. We see Lena running through corridors, and dancing with a hunk in a smoky room. It’s all very ethereal, and a huge progression from the quirky songstress we first met five years ago. But at the same time she’s still very much the same Lena we know and love, the mockney accent hasn’t vanished completely. (Padraig)
Is “Traffic Lights” a deserving number one? We think so, but what about you? Do any of the others rank among your best songs of 2015? Let us know below.