“He might have the biggest co-o-o…”
As brilliant as Love Myself is, there are even better songs on Academy Award-nominee Hailee Steinfeld’s debut EP HAIZ which came out in late 2015.
The song that converted the masses in to freshly-turned Beliebers.
Hooking up with Max Martin and his pop cohorts on this big power ballad did Ellie the world of good. Love Me Like You Do held on to the UK number one spot for four weeks and it also earned her both Grammy and Golden Globe nods, to boot.
Giraffes, saxophones and choreographed dance moves. A simple equation for a killer pop debut.
When we wrote about Portland newcomer Grace Mitchell last year, we thought she’d do well but we never expected her to drop one of the best EPs of the year. She did. This English-French sing-song with S.Pri Noir is a closing highlight.
Despite its strange Tom Hanks-starring music video, we still really, really, really, really like this first single from CRJ’s 2015 opus Emotion.
If this is Dua Lipa just getting started, this time next year she’ll be one of the UK’s biggest pop stars.
This second wave of brilliance from Justin Bieber’s Purpose album tidied up the stragglers who had tried to resist What Do You Mean…
Sweden’s best pop star/song combination of the year.
Arguably Madonna’s finest single and music video since her Confessions era, Ghosttown was sadly overlooked by pretty much everyone and barely impacted the charts.
This first single from Aussie newcomer Jarryd James was produced by Lorde and Broods producer Joel Little. One of the most intoxicating R&B debuts of the year, Do You Remember went on to secure the singer his first ARIA last month.
The sweeping ballad from Taylor’s 1989 received an old-fashioned Hollywood studios-style music video, and it’s all very lovely indeed.
27: POWERS – Hot
Mike and Crista came out with guns a blazin’ on Hot, a sweltering pre-EP release taster for their chilled out euphoria and amped-up funk. Ridiculously cool and VERY hot.
That difficult second album, then. No such problems for The Killers’ Brandon Flowers whose second solo full length outing The Desired Effect was chockablock with synth-blasters and scaling rock numbers, and had its tone set by the commanding lead cut Can’t Deny My Love.
With its irresistible earworm of a chorus and cascading waves of punchy, electronic synths, Secret Weapons’ anthemic debut is hell-bent on getting you hooked from the offset, but the track hits even headier heights later as the steamrolling vocals explode in to a handclap-backed, gospel-infused outro that leaves you instantly reaching for the replay button.
If you’re looking for an album that is full of effervescent and emotionally-invested electropop, then don’t forget to download CHVRCHES’ Every Open Eye which came out in September and was preceded by the release of the cracking first single Leave a Trace.
23: Fleur East – Sax
An absolute triumph that deserved a music video a hell of a lot better than the one it ended up with.
An almighty crash, bang and wallop-load of spiky, electronic beats that are permeated by a combo of Sundfør’s usual ethereal but insistently urging vocals, and sparking synths that give way to a gloriously triumphant and cinematic orchestral denouement. Delirious indeed.
A triumph from Jason Derulo, and one of the year’s biggest selling singles, Want to Want Me is so overwhelmingly infectious, you almost forget that your exuberance has translated in to a crazed sky-jabber look on the dancefloor.