#50
Transviolent
50Transviolet
"Girls Your Age"
#49
Colleagues
49Colleagues
"Somewhere"
#48
Haelos
48Haelos
"Earth Not Above"
#47
Hinds
47Hinds
"San Diego"
#46
Stahsi
46Stahsi
"Solo Hunter"
#45
Cafe Lanai
45Cafe Lanai
"Lanai"
#44
Kiiara
44Kiiara
"Gold"
#43
Lauv
43Lauv
"The Other"
#42
Intertwine
42Intertwine
"We Are Fools For Singing This Song"
#41
Cindy
41Cindy Lee
"Power And Possession"
#40
deaths
40Deaths
"Mute Kids"
#39
saltwater
39Saltwater Sun
"Making Eyes"
#38
adna
38Adna
"Beautiful Hell"
#37
salvat
37Josef Salvat
"Till I Found You"
#36
rynweaver
36Ryn Weaver
"The Fool"
#35
Korallreven
35Korallreven
"Here In Iowa"
#34
MuraMasa
34Mura Masa
"Love For That ft. Shura"
#33
EmpressOf
33Empress Of
"Standard"
#32
room8
32ROOM8
"No Hard Feelings"
#31
japanesehouse
31The Japanese House
"Still"
#30
wet
30Wet
"It's All In Vain"
#29
tops
29TOPS
"Anything"
#28
sjowgren
28Sjowgren
"Seventeen"
#27
boycrush
27Boycrush
"Flirt (feat. Madeira)"
#26
xylo
26XYLØ
"America"
#25
verite
25VÉRITÉ
"Sentiment"
#24
rayons
24Rayons
"It Was You"
#23
younggalaxy
23Young Galaxy
"Body"
#22
neonheart
22NEONHEART
"Comatose"
#21
kerokerobonito
21Kero Kero Bonito
"Picture This"
#20
dahliasleeps
20Dahlia Sleeps
"Breathe"
#19
phoria
19Phoria
"Melatonin"
#18
talos
18Talos
"In Time"
#17
arcticlake
17Arctic Lake
"For Us"
#16
iyes
16IYES
"Lessons"
#15
fickle
15Fickle Friends
"Say No More"
#14
mtwolf
14Mt. Wolf
"Hamburg"
#13
rationale
13Rationale
"Fuel To The Fire"
#12
embrz
12EMBRZ
"Silent ft. Amy Rose"
#11
mthadley
11M.T. Hadley
"Funes"
Hannah Lucia
Hannah
10Hannah Lucia - Don't Hold Out

Following the stunning debut single Lights Out, which earned her praises Huw Stephens and Mistajam over at BBC Radio 1, London-based singer/songwriter Hannah Lucia returned this year with Don’t Hold Out, that succeeds not only in equalizing the beauty of its predecessor, but even in overcoming it. Mixing organ and modern synths with R&B-tinged smooth vocals, using as glue a pioneering electronic production, Hannah Lucia definitely stands out as one of the most promising young popstress of 2015.
Leo Kalyan
Leo Kalyan
9Leo Kalyan - Get Your Love

Following up the release of his great EP Silver Linings, London-native R&B crooner Leo Kalyan’s Get Your Love is a smooth, hazy piece of future pop within a soft R&B influence. It sounds exactly how we imagine the future: slightly hectic, appealing and a constant party. Track is about “being with someone you really like, but not knowing if the feeling is mutual.”
Cloves
Cloves
8Cloves - Frail Love

19-year-old singer/songwriter Cloves’ debut single Frail Love is a heartfelt stripped-down piano-ballad that has immediately won us over. Vocally she’s obviously gifted, but we think she has something more to offer than pure talent: the way in which she enriches every single note of the track with deeply emotional nuances is something rare to listen to nowadays. Her emotional voice dances over the sparse piano chords, guiding us through the darkest corners of her soul.
Day Wave
Day Wave
7Day Wave - Drag

The one-man project of 25-year-old Oakland-based musician Jackson Phillips is one of the sickest things we heard this year. Opening his Soundcloud profile causes an addiction that’s impossible to break. Day Wave’s latest offering, Drag, makes no exception and leads you directly into Summer riding a thrilling wave.
Yumi Zouma
Youmi Zouma
6Yumi Zouma - Catastrophe

We're notoriously Yumi Zouma's fanboys and Catastrophe is the best song they ever wrote. Compelling melodies + awesome dreamy guitars + Kim Pflaum’s sexy vocals + dancefloor rythms = everything we love here at the Going Solo office.
Dev09 - You Made Me
Yumi Dev09 - You Made Me
5Dev09 - You Made Me

Dev09 is the moniker of a 18-year-old electro-pop singer from South Bend, Indiana. After having released a tasty appetizer like Lethal, she crashed 2015 with this fiery song called You Made Me. Compared to her previous offerings, this track goes definitely more uptempo, with a slightly catchier approach and the speaking-in-tongues lyrics do nothing but make the song even more sparkling.
Gallant
Gallant
4Gallant - Weight In Gold

2015's been a huge year for Gallant: Weight In Gold was picked by Zane Lowe as first “Future Exclusive” on his highly anticipated debut show on Beats 1, which is simply the best push possible nowadays. The song follows up two other major tracks like Open Up & Talking In Your Sleep and blends classic soul vibes with the modern complexity of R&B. Gallant’s sultry falsetto is the sole constant of the song, which otherwise starts with a smooth guitar riff and is soon joined by heavy synthesizers and deep R&B beats. The result is unsurprisingly special.
chinah
chinah
3CHINAH - Minds


Copenhagen nu-soul trio Chinah are in their best form ever. Following up two great singles such as Away From Me and We Go Back, the Danish three-piece marked 2015 with this real jam, that shows off Fine Glindvad’s vocals at their best as they mix with beautiful electro-pop textures and glorious synth slashes.
Jack Garratt - Wheathered
Jack Garratt - Wheathered
2Jack Garratt - Weathered


Jack Garratt announced that his debut LP will be released in early 2016. He is one of the most talented musician around: everything you can hear on Weathered – from the wobbly intro to the lashing guitar strum, up to the choral finale – is sung or played by Jack himself.
Shura - White Light
Yumi Zouma – Catastrophe
1Shura - White Light


White Light is the latest single from our long-time favourite popstress Shura and a ride on the roller coaster of pop music. The song starts with a xx-esque intro and then literally explodes in a mix of crunchy synths, funky guitar licks and pounding beats. The result is terrific.
Top 50 Songs of 2015
Like any other music nerd, we really love to make year-end evaluations. At the same time, Going Solo isn't and will never be the place for long-winded pieces that approximately everyone would skip anyway in favour of music. We'll just make it short: 2015 has been a great year for singles but not-so-much for the LP format. Good for us as we don't do album reviews. 2015 has also (mostly!) been the year of female pop artists aiming for the mainstream success - and about to succeed. You'll find them literally ruling our chart, but there's also guitars around (provided by Going Solo's protégés Yumi Zouma, Day Wave, Saltwater Sun and Hinds) and something "weirder" (Cindy Lee, to name one).

Please take note that we wrote this year's end-list being adamant about our editorial line. That's why there's no trace of Grimes - though is pretty much unquestionable that REALiTi is one of the most addictive songs that 2015 gave us - Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar or Tobias Jesso Jr. - who we see as a dove we freed last year and is flying resoundingly well. You're already aware of that, as you're aware that Bjork's Vulnicura is a very important record and no-one can resist Courtney Barnett's. We chose to leave to other websites the duty to insist on acclaiming the things these great artists accomplished during the year, as we believe you visit Going Solo for "something different".

Ok, done talking. Enjoy music, Christmas and (above all?) Star Wars Episode VII.