Top Ten Songs of 2015 According to Complex

You probably already expected it, like the last times when I released a list about what I think are the year's ten best songs, I also took a look at the year end lists of Rolling Stone, and Complex. The three all have a different approach, and even though sometimes individual songs can be found on more than one list, the short texts that go along the rankings are always entirely differently.

So, what I have to praise, as I always did so far, is the passion with which Complex picks songs. Just reading the introduction alone where they write an entire paragraph about how they could have just picked the most relevant songs with mathematic precision, and then basically just said, "but no, we didn't do that. We put a lot more heart into it" is just a pure joy.

What I get from Complex is that when they like an artist, they don't just listen to the singles but all of the albums, and often ignore a number one song and pick an obscure track for their list. They may be very hip hop centered (although also picking songs of other genres) but they aren't because the genre is trending right now but because they can identify with them the most. Whether I agree with their choices or not, when I read their texts I know exactly why they picked the respective song and that makes the list so enjoyable and not frustrating in the slightest, as are both Rolling Stone's and's.

Off their list, there is one song that can also be found on my personal top ten ranking of 2015 (the same as on Rolling Stone's list), and one that I had shortlisted because it simply has the most awesome hip hop beat of the decade (number 9 on Complex's list), but that ultimately didn't make it.
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The Top Ten

1 Hotline Bling - Drake UListen to Sample
2 Alright - Kendrick Lamar UListen to Sample
3 March Madness - Future UListen to Sample
4 Where Are Ü Now - Jack Ü & Justin Bieber UListen to Sample
5 The Hills - The Weeknd UListen to Sample
6 This Could Be Us - Rae Sremmurd UListen to Sample
7 Back To Back - Drake UListen to Sample
8 Lean On - Major Lazer, DJ Snake & MØ UListen to Sample
9 I Serve the Base - Future UListen to Sample
10 Here - Alessia Cara UListen to Sample