The Top 30 Tracks of 2015

10. Rihanna – “BBHMM”

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Album: ‘BBHMM’ (Single)

Rihanna definitely gave us blue balls this year, and it’s all because of this song. BBHMM is a track that steps outside of anything RiRi has ever done before, but follows her intuition to always try something new. This time, Rihanna tries her hand at the trap-banger, and does it on fucking steroids. She’s flaunting her accent, she’s making machine gun sounds, and she’s aggressive for the entire duration of the song. Her intimidating, hyper confident bars are paired with a beat from banger aficionado’s Kanye West, Wondagurl, and new-boo Travis Scott. Rihanna may not have followed the swaggering BBHMM and the brilliantly countryfied FourFiveSeconds with an album, but her output this year is still something to marvel at—and get down to.  – Vikash Dass

9. Kanye West – “All Day”

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Album: ‘All Day’ (Single)

Maybe it’s because half of the music industry has a writing credit on the record, maybe it’s because of all the hype and anticipation that lead up to the record, maybe it’s because we can’t wait for Swish to drop, or maybe because it’s Kanye Fucking West, but no matter the reason, ‘All Day’ is a banger. Not to mention the fact that the record has the unlikely collaboration of Kanye West , Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney. You can spend all day wondering who wrote which line, but the lyrics behind ‘All Day’ have a swagger and confidence that only Mr. West could record. “Got a middle finger longer than Dikembe, my n*gga!”   – Dan Garcia

8. Chance The Rapper ft. Saba – “Angels”

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Album: ‘Angels’ (Single)

There are few artists as committed to putting on for their city as Chance. The young MC is already more of a positively impacting role model for Chicago than most anyone other than Oprah. Somewhere between his #SaveChicago campaign and ‘Teens In The Park Festivals’ he found time to drop the stellar and free, Surf album  this year and kept it moving with the recently released single, ‘Angels’. The track has enough classic Chance ad-libs and Chicago-love to satisfy even the most diehard, “I went to highschool with him” fans. Snappy hi-hats, vocal harmonies and a troupe of heavenly trumpets back the clean-cut vocal delivery. From cleaning up the streets to lifting up Chicago culture Chance has put one one of the best Chicago anthems to date.  – Evan Vogel

7. Future – “March Madness”

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Album: 56 Nights

This song is absolutely a fucking anomaly. Strictly regarding sonics, it is one of the most unique, powerful, beautiful beats we’ve heard this year constantly cascading and rising back up bar after bar, all while Future’s direct and vividly honest words float above like space objects. In fact, when listening to this song with closed eyes, i’m 100% convinced that there is no gravity. This song not only defies the laws of physics, but it also is the one glaring standout from Future’s incredible run this year. We had 50 Cent back in ’02, we had Wayne’s mixtape run in ’07, and now we have Future’s unparalleled dominance of the rap game in 2015. So when you hear “Dress it up and make it real for me” being spoken thru any speaker around you, get ready to pay your goddamn respects to rap’s current ruler, and flail your limbs like Will Ferrell does when he has temper tantrums in movies.  – Vikash Dass

6.  Lana Del Rey – “High By The Beach”

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Album: Honeymoon

Lana Del Rey’s ‘High By The Beach’ is the standout and lead single from Lana most recent LP, Honeymoon. Sometimes you just need to be by yourself, away from the drama, the problems, and everyone on the outside, and ‘High By The Beach’ encompasses that beautifuly. While the title and some of the record’s lyrics may disguise the track as a song for all the stoners of the world, it is well beyond just that. More so than any record on Lana’s most recent LP, ‘High By The Beach’ is classic Lana Del Rey, and another example of how her unique and beautiful sound cannot be replicated by any others. – Dan Garcia

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