The Best Songs From January 2015

Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie © RCA

January 2015 had some great music, if you can believe it. Normally the winter is a ‘cold mess’ if you will, but not in 2015. “New year, new life, new things,” as I once penned in one my songs. But this isn’t about me, well completely – it is my opinion. Here are 11 must-haves to commemorate 1/2015 and to spin right into 2/2015. Here comes ‘The Best Songs From January 2015!’

1) Jazmine Sullivan, “Mascara” (Reality Show)

Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show © RCA

“Mascara” is one of the more clever R&B songs of recent times. Throughout its course, Sullivan continues to cover herself to atone for her imperfections and insecurities. Even though she claims she’s “gotta stay on,” Sullivan’s really addressing a bigger issue. Brilliant!

2) Marilyn Manson, “Killing Strangers” (The Pale Emperor)

Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor © Loma Vista

What else is there to say – “Killing Strangers” is a killer way to open Manson’s latest album The Pale Emperor. All ‘hell’ MM – get it?

3) Charlie Wilson, “Touched By An Angel” (Forever Charlie)

Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie © RCA

While it is arguable that many of Charlie Wilson’s run of ‘Charlie’ named albums have a similar vibe, Forever Charlie is one his stronger efforts. He can thank the soulful, feel-good “Touched By Angel” in part. 

4) Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker, “Daffodils” (Uptown Special)

Mark Ronson, Uptown Special © RCA

How dare “Daffodils” be picked over “Feel Right” or “Uptown Funk!” I’m with you, but since everyone is well aware of those exceptional hits, they should also experience the third-best song from Uptown Special, the infectious, funky “Daffodils.” 

5) George Ezra, “Listen to the Man” (Wanted On Voyage)

George Ezra, Wanted On Voyage © Columbia

Have you seen the fun video clip of “Listen to the Man” with Ian McKellen making an appearance alongside the young, standout British singer/songwriter? If the song by itself isn’t enough to make you smile, tune into the clip and you will find yourself playing “Listen to the Man” on repeat.

6) Ne-Yo, “Religious” (Non-Fiction)

Ne-Yo, Nonfiction © MotownSince I’m a no BS type of guy, I’ll cut to the chase. Non-Fiction as an album was a disappointment, even more so than Ne-Yo’s previous album Red. That said, if you searched and found one enjoyable moment, it would be the gospel-infused “Religious,” where Ne-Yo at least puts more assertiveness in his voice. 

7) Björk, “Lionsong” (Vulnicura)

Björk, Vulnicura © One Little Indian

The best way to describe “Lionsong” is that its typical Björk – in a league of its own. Vulnicura is as a whole, and us hardcore Björk fans wouldn’t have it any other way. “Lionsong” is song numero dos on the Icelandic singer’s latest LP.

8) Rae Sremmurd, “No Type” (SremmLife)

Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife © Interscope

Yeah, I’ll admit that the SremmLife was not for me. Maybe I was just hating that day or perhaps I just don’t have much love for ‘stupid’ rap. Regardless, the duo does have some hits up their sleeves including “No Type.”

9) Meghan Trainor, “Lips Are Movin” (Title)

Meghan Trainor, Title © Epic

Let’s put that “Bass” song behind us, and just keep those “lips movin.” Need I say more?

10) Tyler Carter, “Leave Your Love” (Leave Your Love EP)

Tyler Carter, Leave Your Love © Rise

“Leave Your Love” is chocked full of quick paced, rhythmic lyrics and one lustful Tyler Carter. Shallow, Carter isn’t worried about depth – he just wants to get freaky.

11) Lupe Fiasco, “Adoration of the Magi” (Tetsuo & Youth)

Lupe Fiasco , Tetsuo & Youth © Atlantic

Is this one of Lupe Fiasco’s best songs ever? The Answer is an emphatic YES! Maybe Lupe’s more intellectual joints aren’t known for the catchiness, but “Adoration of the Magi” has it all – it’s the whole package.

Photo Credits: © RCA, © Loma Vista, © Columbia, © Motown, © One Little Indian, © Interscope, © Epic, © Atlantic, © Rise

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