20) Hurts – “Lights”
Teaming up with Rhye’s Robin Hannibal, dramatic synth-pop duo Hurts embraced their previously hidden funk side on a slinky serenade which suggests they should lighten up a little more often.
19) Class Actress – “More Than You”
Accompanied by a provocative noir-ish video that proved she’s not a woman to be messed with, Elizabeth Harper cemented her reputation as electro-pop’s premier femme fatale with a thumping comeback single that had executive producer Giorgio Moroder’s fingerprints all over it.
18) Niki and the Dove – “Play it on My Radio”
Opting for a refreshingly low-key comeback, Swedish duo Niki and the Dove returned from a three-year absence with a sensual call to radio playlisters everywhere, merging their Scandi-pop sensibilities with the dreamy soft-rock of the mid-80s.
17) Shamir – “On the Regular”
Combining Shamir’s astonishing androgynous tones with the bouncy carnival electro of vintage Basement Jaxx, “On the Regular” was one of this year’s most distinctive and joyous party anthems.
16) Purity Ring – “Push Pull”
The standout from their second album another eternity, the future pop of “Push Pull” showed that even without the occultish lyrics, Canadian duo Purity Ring could still be completely bewitching.
15) Duke Dumont – “Ocean Drive”
Abandoning his trademark sun-soaked house, Grammy-nominated producer Duke Dumont showed his moodier side with a hypnotic electro anthem perfect for that open-top convertible late-night drive.
14) Years and Years – “Shine”
One of this year’s biggest success stories, Years and Years combined the navel-gazing R&B of The Weeknd with the shimmering synth-pop of the 80s and Olly Alexander’s young Michael Jackson-esque tones to glorious effect on this soaring ode to falling in love.
13) Chemical Brothers – “Go”
Proving that lightning can strike twice, big beat veterans The Chemical Brothers joined forces once again with rapper Q-Tip for a bleepy and bubbling bass-pop anthem every bit as infectious as their previous 2005 hook-up, “Galvanize.”
12) Chairlift – “Ch-Ching”
Following Caroline Polachek’s unlikely contribution to Beyoncé’s self-titled opus, Chairlift continued to move towards the mainstream, while still retaining their natural quirkiness, with this utterly addictive piece of brassy hip-pop.
11) Zak Abel – “Say Sumthin’”
Having lent his gutsy wise-beyond-his-years tones to the likes of Gorgon City and Wookie, teenage soulman Zak Abel became an artist in his own right with this sublime piece of booming electro-R&B.