Yes, it’s that time of year again when we trawl through everything that the last twelve months had to offer and determine which singles and albums truly stood out. Featuring everything from tropical house and post-dubstep to drum ’n’ bass and nu-disco, here’s the first in our four-part countdown of 2015’s best dance/electronica tracks.
40) Kygo – “Stole the Show”
Offering a more leisurely take on the prevalent tropical house sound, Norwegian DJ Kygo, alongside New York singer-songwriter Parson James, proved that “Firestone” was no fluke with this arguably superior follow-up.
39) Galantis – “Peanut Butter Jelly”
“Runaway (U & I)” may have been the bigger hit, but this glorious fusion of early Daft Punk-esque electro and the orchestral 70s disco of Salsoul Records was the track that truly cemented Galantis’ status as this year’s ultimate party-starters.
38) Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)”
Passion Pit’s hyperactive brand of synth-pop has always been more enjoyable in small doses, and they haven’t come much more enjoyable than this positively giddy ode to the year that Michael Angelakos’ wife was born.
37) Hot Chip – “Need You Now”
Sampling a little-known 1984 R&B single from New York girlband Sinnamon, the highlight from Hot Chip’s underrated sixth studio effort, Why Make Sense?, proved that few can do emotive electro-balladry any better.
36) Sigma feat. Rita Ora – “Coming Home”
Fast-paced beats, sweeping strings, emotive vocals – Sigma rarely stray too far from their winning formula, but this collaboration with the ubiquitous Rita Ora was still 2015’s finest piece of commercial drum ’n’ bass.
35) Jack Garratt – “Weathered”
Heavily tipped to be one of next year’s breakout stars, Jack Garrett laid the foundations in 2015 with a blend of post-dubstep beats, bluesy guitars and whisky-soaked melodies which evoked James Blake at his most mesmerising.
34) Petite Meller – “Baby Love”
Petite Meller’s image, a curious blend of Lolita, Lady Gaga and Brigitte Bardot, may have initially grabbed all the attention. But this flamboyant Italo-house anthem showed that there was substance to her wacky style.
33) XY&O – “Low Tide”
Welsh newcomers XY&O delivered one of this year’s ultimate summer anthems with their very first single, a blissful and breezy blend of funky house and 80s pop melodies that instantly transported listeners to sunnier climes.
32) Julio Bashmore – “Holding On”
A glorious mix of falsetto-led melodies, sweeping strings and French Touch beats, this year’s finest nu-disco anthem appeared courtesy of a pasty ginger-haired bedroom producer from Scotland.
31) New Order – “Tutti Frutti”
The generic indie-rock of New Order’s comeback single “Restless” proved to be a red herring, as this joyous collaboration with La Roux was far more indicative of parent album Music Complete’s attempt to revisit their late 80s Balearic dance-pop heyday.