1. "Cool For The Summer" by Demi Lovato
It's becoming blatantly obvious that Demi Lovato has been the greatest export from Disney since Britney Spears. It's annoying because she obviously does not get the credit she deserves. It seems as though she is also the queen of summer jams, considering "Skyscraper" and "Heart Attack" conquered the world during the summer. "Cool For The Summer" is in a league of its own though. From the pool vibe atmosphere to the rock n roll guitar breakdown to Demi's ingenious pronunciation of "type", Lovato is making the kind of forward-thinking song that Lady Gaga used to get credit for. Cannot wait for the album.
2. "Black Magic" by Little Mix
Since Neon Jungle & G.R.L. have broken up, Little Mix has slowly become my favorite girl band until the Saturdays decide to make a new record. Regardless, "Black Magic" is an infectious, throwback chanting song that blows American girl band music out the water (What the hell are you worth Fifth Harmony?!?). Considering the shit that Perrie Edwards has had to deal with from that former 1D douchebag, it is safe to say that the future of music will be in the confident hands of these smart females rather than those obnoxious boys.
3. "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfeld
I have been meaning to do a Next Big Thing article on Hailee Steinfeld because she is currently the most exciting thing in pop. "Love Myself" is the best debut single from a new artist in a while and her relationship in the entertainment industry (Pitch Perfect and Taylor Swift are good things to have on your resume). It makes sense because Mattman & Robin, the guys behind the amazing Tove Lo and Carly Rae Jepsen songs, also made this. Uplifting pop songs were meant for the summer, but this one feels like it will stick around for the next 3 years at least.
4. "Peanut Butter Jelly" by Galantis
In terms of bonkers pop, EDM knows how to do some insane things. In a year of somber pop from across the globe, Galantis managed to make an entire album of bangers that sound futuristic as well as gorgeous. "Peanut Butter Jelly" had some involvement from Dragonette, one of the top 10 pop things of the past 10 years, which explains why it's so incredible. Maybe next time include a feature credit and I won't have to wait so long to talk about your songs guys.
5. "How Deep Is Your Love" by Calvin Harris & Disciples (feat. Ina Wroldsen)
When Calvin Harris isn't cuddling with T. Swift and her crew, he continues to make some of the best dance music out there. His newest cut takes the deep house trend of 2014 and makes a nocturnal dance anthem that this summer really needed. Like the Galantis song, Calvin did not give the vocalist the credit she deserves, and Ina Wroldsen definitely deserves it. She has written almost every amazing Saturdays song and a bunch of others. With the beginning of her own solo career, this song is a great starting point for one of the world's greatest superstars.
6. "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" by Jess Glynne
The queen of features and probably the person to have the most #1's in UK history Jess Glynne has used a thunderstorm of house pianos in this extremely amazing single. Her last NSOTP Song was amazing in the way it grew into a brilliant pop song. This one hits you over the head like a cannonball in its joy. Considering its place at number 1 on the UK iTunes, it looks like Jess Glynne will tie with Cheryl Tweedy Cole Fernandez-Versini in terms of #1's in the UK, so obviously in good company.
7. "Milk-Choc" by Kazaky
It's always awesome when an act with so much potential actually REACHES THEIR POTENTIAL. I already went in depth here but considering the shitty comeback by One Direction, it looks like the best boy band single goes to these fellas in heels. We live in an amazing time, don't we?
8. "Instinct" by BB Diamond
Much like last year's talent Bianca, BB Diamond has been around the block as a backup singer for some of the best in the business, including Jess, Katy B, and Ella Henderson! But her debut single basically encompasses all of 2015's best bits of music into a sexy dance jam that makes me excited to see where she is headed.
9. "Shine" by Years and Years
The first 2015 Years and Years song was a certified banger and this new one is not. Instead, "Shine" shimmers in a way that makes it stand out from the crowd. Bands with boys do not always make the best pop music, but Years and Years just might do it in 2015.
10. "Hey Mama" by David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack
This David Guetta collab was a grower this summer but that chorus was instant superstar material. Once again, Bebe Rexha did not get the credit she deserved at the beginning but eventually got the feature credit. If her own material is anything to go by, Bebe could easily be the best writer in pop since Bonnie McKee, which is a compliment to both.
11. "Nightclub Nirvana" by Lo-Fi-Fnk
This song is basically an anthem for a gay club mixed with a waterpark resort. Just a nonstop party. Just like Kazaky, Lo-Fi-Fnk found the magic they always seemed to possess but never showed. This was also mixed by the same guy who mixed "2 Becomes 1" by The Spice Girls. Need I say more?
12. "Inferno" by Cyril Hahn feat. Say Lou Lou
As if making one of the best albums of the year wasn't enough, Say Lou Lou features on this romantic summer ballad that oozes hypnotic majesty. Cyril Hahn is involved but Say Lou Lou just continues their ridiculous streak of devastatingly beautiful electronica.
13. "Movin On" by Twax feat. Solomina
Trance music is an under appreciated genre of dance that was meant for those long summer car rides and this Twax song does just that. Something about the synths and distortion of Solomina's vocals just screams lazy days on the beach and windy summer nights. The video is just as heartwarming.
14. "Baby Love" by Petite Meller
This song was just as fantastic and mental in June as it was in January. The music video is still ridiculous and if Petite Meller can keep it up, France may have just found its best popstar of all time.
15. "Torn (Don't Stop Believin')" by Eden xo
Eden xo loves us as much as we love her so she gets to be on this list. Her mashup/cover/reworking of these two great songs takes it on a Taylor/Carly 80's pop twist. The only real ballad on the list but not any less magical.
16. "The Other Boys" by NERVO feat. Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears, and Nile Rodgers
17. "Supergirl" by Anna Naklab feat. Alle Farben & YOUNOTUS
This Anna Naklab song is hard to pinpoint in where it falls on the pop spectrum. It sounds like a breezy summer smash that doesn't have much going on. But in an year of depressing songs, even the motivational ones, "Supergirl" is a beacon of hope that just revels in its chill existence. One of the best songs of the year is also one of the most simple. Who knew?
18. "The Original High" by Adam Lambert
The new Adam Lambert album finally realizes his prophecy as the gay male popstar we all wanted and the title track is the best song. If the album had another 10 of these plus "Ghost Town", we would be in business for album of the year. Regardless, Adam seems to be enjoying his new music, which can only be a good thing.
19. "The Way We Are" by Alesha Dixon
Now this is an interesting story. Alesha Dixon used to be in Mis-teeq, who made this really amazing song back in the day. Then she continued on her own on what was not the best solo career in the world. In fact, she was quite bad at it. Then all of a sudden, in 2008, she decided to make this 10/10 song with Xenomania that still holds strong as one of the best swing/pop songs out there. She then continued to be shit after "The Boy Does Nothing." I had written her off as a one-hit wonder until this song came out, which is easily another 10/10. If she keeps this up, we should get another one of these in 2022!!!
20. "Run Away With Me" by Carly Rae Jepsen
I have already gone in depth on just how amazing this song is, but I cannot emphasize how much Carly has done for pop music. Her album comes out this week in America, which will be the start of CRJ week here at NSOTP. "Run Away With Me" will forever be Summer Song of 2015.
Here are all of the songs in an easy to listen to Spotify Playlist, because I care about you all (unfortunately, the BB Diamond and Eden xo songs are not in it, so you're on your own for those). Stay cool for the rest of the summer!