Featuring Emilee Aldridge
F&F Intro: We wanted to give some of our favorite Fans & Fanatics the chance to share their top tracks on F&F. Emilee is at the top of that list (on the right)! We met on Twitter awhile back & now we're friends (go Twitter!) She interns at an independent radio station in Columbus Ohio & her taste in music is top notch! See for yourself below. Also make sure you check out her blog HERE.
With each passing year, we are gifted with more and more incredible music. 2015 is no exception. This year I found myself so impressed by the music talent around me. I was able to experience an overwhelming amount of exceptional live acts, and really cherish all of the memories associated with it. When the Fratzke brothers asked for me to create a playlist of my top twenty songs of 2015, I was very excited to rise to take on this task. Music can serve as a marker of certain eras and periods in life. Below is a playlist and short description of songs I think will bring me back to 2015. Enjoy :)
Outta My Mind // The Arcs
Living in Ohio, and being a fan of alternative rock, it seems only natural to adore The Black Keys. When I heard about Dan Auerbach’s side project, The Arcs, I knew I would have to check them out. Now sure, I am a little late to the game, but better late than never. Unless you are a hipster, I suppose. Outta My Mind is one of those songs that I literally could not get outta my mind!! Go figure!
Wake Up Call // Nothing but Thieves
Oh geez. I remember the exact day I found this song. I was listening to a random alternative playlist on Spotify and this song immediately captivated me. Whether it was the strong guitar sound, or beautiful lead vocals that sealed the deal for me, I decided to dive head first into Nothing but Thieves’ music. I know that they currently have a song on AltNation (Trip Switch), but for me, this is the jam. All throughout 2015, I tried to shove this song down the throats of many. I am glad people are now starting to catch on, and I cannot wait until their new album is released in the states!
Cold Cold Man // Saint Motel
The first Saint Motel song I ever heard was, of course, My Type. Let me tell YOU, that is a SLAPPER. I am pretty sure I was either working in the office of my local radio station, or jamming in my car...either way I am sure I was grooving. I went to check out the rest of their tunes, and Cold Cold Man, is the one that really stuck with me the most as a standout tune.
Young & Unafraid // The Moth & The Flame
I have a really cool internship at a really cool radio station, so I am constantly exposed to incredible music. This is easily one of the best songs that I have heard in a really long time. I am a huge sucker for synths, so the combination of such raw vocals and delicate synths really did it for me. The first time I ever heard this song, I probably went home and listened to it, maybe, fifty times in a row. It also made me want to listen to the rest of their music, which is equally as solid.
Parade // Joywave
I went back and forth with this song, deciding whether or not I wanted to include it on the playlist. In April of 2015, Joywave released the most seemingly flawless album I had ever heard. I definitely knew that I wanted to include a song from How Do You Feel Now? on this playlist, but I was unsure which one because they are all phenomenal. I decided on Parade because there are so many layers, elements, and moving parts that I could really just not get over. Joywave is one of the more underrated yet painfully talented bands that I have heard in a really long time. I strongly recommend their newest album. If you do decide to listen to it, make sure it is from start to finish, because each transition is skillfully executed.
The Business of Emotion // Big Data ft. The White Sea
Another song from another ridiculously underrated artist, Big Data. The dynamic of Big Data accompanied by The White Sea is quite astounding. I truly enjoy this tune because it is one of those songs that gets crowds excited and thoroughly engaged.
What Kind Of Man // Florence + The Machine
Look, I have very little shame. My Spotify activity will show that I have no problem listening to a single song on a loop for three hours. What are you going to do about it? What Kind Of Man is a song where I did just that. Florence Welch is a total badass, and this song perfectly highlights her talent and power.
Give It All // Foals
This is another instance where I was late to the party. I knew that Foals had released a new album, but it took me way too long to get around to listening to it. I am absolutely floored by the talent that is Foals. This is a deeper cut, and a very beautiful masterpiece.
Blood // ARCHIS
This song really inspires me to keep on keepin’ on. It is a very triumphant tune, emphasizing the importance of perseverance. I think vocalist, Dia Frampton, has such an innate quality of sunshine about her, that she able to emit light through her music. This is not cheating because although this song came out as a single last year, it was on the self-titled EP released earlier this year.
Can’t Deny My Love // Brandon Flowers
The Killers are one of my favorite bands of all time, so I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for Brandon Flowers. I really appreciate this song because it is almost impossible for me not to shake my groove thang.
Trustful Hands // The Dø
I honestly do not remember how I even found this song, but I found it towards the beginning of the year and it has stuck with me. Whenever my friends asked me to create playlists for them, this is definitely one of the first songs that I added to it. The vocals are so beautiful and pure, so much so that it is almost hypnotizing.
Here // Alessia Cara
I found this song on Spotify one day, and I thought I discovered the next “best thing”. I was so convinced that I was ahead of the crowd. Little did I know, it was already climbing Top 40 charts. I think I, and so many others, like this song so much because it is so relatable. In high school and college, it seems like everybody is always partying and getting wasted, but you never hear about the people are completely uninterested by the party life. I think it is great to finally hear a song that talks about parties from a different perspective.
Take It or Leave It // Great Good Fine OK
This was a more recent addition to my heart. I found out about Great Good Fine Ok in 2014, and was hooked from the start. When they released Take It Or Leave It a few months ago, I did not fully appreciate the gold mine I was sitting on! It was not until I saw this song performed live, that I was able to completely give it the respect and admiration it deserves. The music video is pretty impressive too!
Acid Rain // Robert DeLong
I hope this is not cheating since this song actually came out on an EP in 2014 (but HEY, it was also on DeLong’s 2015 album In The Cards so it counts, right?!), but this is one of the biggest JAMS I have ever heard. This is easily my favorite song on his album, and it might be one of my favorite songs ever. Robert DeLong has a very special place in my heart, because I completely lose myself in his performances. I absolutely love dancing, and I love dancing like a wild woman. I have had the chance to see DeLong twice, and I pretty much broke my neck both times he performed this song. If that is not the definition of a bop, I do not know what is.
In The Night // The Weeknd
Okay look, I know the general feel of F&F Presents is indie and alternative rock, but I got the go-ahead for my man, Abel. I know that Can’t Feel My Face was a big thing this year, it was for me too, but I think the real golden ticket lies with In The Night. This is absolutely my favorite song from Beauty Behind the Madness.
Wasted Love // City and Colour
I do not think that I have words meaningful enough to accurately describe how wonderful this song is. If City and Colour is not already a thing for you, it definitely should be.
Running in Circles // POP ETC
Can you describe a sound as quirky? If so, that is exactly how I would like to describe Running in Circles.So far, every song I have heard from POP ETC has be very catchy and enjoyable. This song has a real quirky indie-pop sound that is ridiculously enticing.
Sister Of Pearl // Baio
For some reason, I never really got into Vampire Weekend. However, I think that the solo project of Vampire Weekend bassist, Chris Baio, is something that I can really get behind. Baio has delightful vocals, and it is great to experience them front and center. Sister Of Pearl offers a revitalizing sound, and I am interested to see what direction Baio will decide to go in pursuing his solo stuff.
Cake By The Ocean // DNCE
This is one of my absolute favorite songs of the entire year (obviously, it is on the playlist for a reason). When I heard that former JoBro, Joe Jonas, was releasing music with his new band, DNCE, I was a tad apprehensive. The JoBros were a big thing for me as a tween. From the moment I heard Cake By The Ocean, I was fully on board. This does exactly what a pop song is supposed to do: Engage. Energize. Invigorate. I mean, I would listen to this song when I woke up, went to sleep, before I ate dinner, etc. Jonas delivers strong vocals and the band and the sound of the entire band is very promising. Their SWAAY EP rocked my world, so I am very excited for a full length album.
Fading Friends // Mainland
I almost do not even want to talk about this song because it basically ruined my life (in the best way possible). Horn? Check! Funky guitar? Check! Alluring vocals? You got it! This 70’s funk inspired tune is pretty much everything I want in a song, and it really gets me grooving.