Transmission's Top Tracks of 2015

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Jake Rudh
Jake Rudh (MPR / Leah Garaas)

Transmission's roots are in the worlds of punk, post-punk, new wave, synth, power and dream pop, shoegaze, psych, mod, space and Krautrock. Here are songs released in 2015 that fit that mold — listed in no particular order with a very simple description of genre or feel.

Top Songs

David Bowie "Blackstar"
New Order "Restless"
FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) "Call Girl"
Tame Impala "The Less I Know the Better"
Mark Ronson (featuring Kevin Parker) "Daffodils"
The Bird and the Bee "Doctor"
Chairlift "Romeo" (synth/indie)
Lower Dens "To Die in L.A."
Wild Nothing "To Know You" & "TV Queen"
Stealing Sheep "Not Real" (Art Pop/Synth)

Here are the rest of the best. Click the title to view and listen to a song's music video, which opens in a new window.

Deerhunter "Breaker" (indie)

Baio "Sister of Pearl" (80s influence)

Star Horse "Slower Now" (Shoegaze)

Alex Lilly "Paranoid Times" (Synthpop)

Flyying Colours "Running Late" (Dreampop)

The Morelings "Less" (Dreampop)

Hideous Towns "Heart Attack" (Dreampop/Shoegaze)

Diiv "Dopamine" (Dreampop)

Duran Duran "You Kill Me With Silence"

Craft Spells "Twirl" (indie)

Stereo Total "C'est La Mort"

Mac DeMarco "Another One"

The Soft Moon "Far" (Darkwave)

Protomartyr "I Forgive You" (post-punk)

Hibou "Dissolve" (Dreampop)

Japan Suicide "A Mood Apart" (post-punk)

Melted Mirror "Subway Moonlight" (Darkwave)

Still Corners "Horses at Night" (Synth)

Haunt "Youth" (Synth/Dreampop)

Ariel Pink "One Summer Night" (Psych)

The Death of Pop "Gardens" (Psych)

Lusts "Waves" (Psych)

A Place To Bury Strangers "Supermaster" (Noise/Psych)

Drape "Round and Around" (Psych)

Mumrunner "Bond" (Dreampop)

Wire "Shifting" (post-punk)

Cheetahs "Sunne" (Shoegaze)

Django Django "Beginning To Fade" (psych)

Beach House "Space Song" (Dreampop)

Gliss "Time" (Dreampop/Indie)

BORNS "Electric Love" (Glam Rock)

St. Vincent "Teenage Talk"

ABC "High and Dry" (classic new wave artists ABC impressively cover classic Radiohead)

Blood Sound "A Fever" (psychedelic post-punk)

Shopping "Take It Outside" (post-punk)

Savages "The Answer" (post-punk)

Moon Dice "Eye 2 Eye" (Dreampop)

Thud "Blank" (Dreampop)

Dress "About the Sea" (Shoegaze/Dreampop)

Lupo "It's Another Day" (Psych)

Tamaryn "Softcore" (Psych/Dreampop/80s Underground)

Ducktails "Headbanging In the Mirror" (Dreampop)

Fazerdaze "Reel" (indie)

Dead Mellotron "Sleepover" (Shoegaze)

Viet Cong "Silhouettes" (post-punk)

Ought "Beautiful Blue Sky" (post-punk)

Wolf Alice "Freazy" (indie)

Blur "Ghost Ship"

The Libertines "Gunga Din"

Sleaford Mods "Tarantula Deadly Cargo" (post-punk)

Cold Beat "Broken Lines" (post-punk)

No Joy "Hollywood Teeth" (Indie/Shoegaze)

Colleen "I'm Kin" (experimental/art pop)

Steve Hauschildt "Anesthesia" (electronic/ambient)

Sarah Cracknell "Nothing Left to Talk About" (Vocalist of Saint Etienne)

ELO "One Step at a Time"

Ghost Culture "Mouth" (Synth/Electro)

Hot Chip "Need You Now" (Synth/Dance)

Martin Courtney "Foto" (Melodic Jangle/Indie pop)

Moscow Club "Celine" ('80s influence)

Toro Y Moi "Lilly" (Dreampop/Chillwave)

Jaakko Eino Kalevi "Double Talk" (indie pop)

Kid Wave "Honey" (indie)

Snow In Mexico "Juno Beach" (Synth/Dreampop)

Splashh "Pure Blue" (Synth/Dreampop)

John Cale "Close Watch"

Telekinesis "In a Future World" (Synthpop)

Mild High Club "Windowpane" (Psych/Indie)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart "Hell" (Indie pop)

Death and Vanilla "California Owls" (Dreampop)

Wildfront "January" (synth/New Wave)

Top Local Songs


The Rope "Annie"

Brilliant Beast "No Fate"

Chatham Rise "Meadowsweet"

Flavor Crystals "Diamond Mine"

Carroll "Aligator"

Strange Names "Neighborhood"

Gramma's Boyfriend "Forget the Stones"

Principality "Young Boys"

The Stress of Her Regard "Class Warfare"

Wastrels "Flogging Boy"

Fury Things "Honest"

Deleter "Seclusion"

OAKS "No Dust"

Magic Castles "The One"

BNLX "Light It Up"

Bliss UK "4"

Honeymoon "Twin Lake"

Bad Bad Hats "Psychic Read"

Katy Vernon "Pearl"

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