We're ever so close to revealing what The Metaphorical Boat's absolute favourite song of 2015 has been, but before that let's have a look at the songs that feel just short of the final hurdle, with the four fantastic songs that ended up at numbers 5 to 2 on our countdown:
5. The Chemical Brothers - Go
Although The Chemical Brothers may have only got to #5 on our countdown, at least they can console themselves with having the highest placing song with the title "Go" on our list (commiserations to both Public Service Broadcasting & Pleasure Beach on that front).
"Go" saw The Chems team up with rapper Q-Tip for the first time since their monster hit "Galvanize" back in 2005, and is definitely the hookiest song that either has been involved with since then, and showing us that whilst The Chemical Brothers may have abandoned the big beat style that helped them become megastars in the 1990s, they still have enough tricks in their musical arsenal to make great dance music.
4. Enya - Echoes In Rain
Enya descended from the heavens in 2015 to release her first music since 2008, and marked her return with the fabulous "Echoes In Rain". The song is something of a companion piece to her signature tune "Orinoco Flow", whilst "OF" deals with the ecstasy of the journey, "Echoes In Rain" details the joy of finally being able to return home. It was her most joyous and accessible lead single since "Anywhere Is". "Alleluia" indeed.
3. Cheerleader - The Sunshine of Your Youth
Philadelphia indie-rockers Cheerleader make one of the greatest odes to nostalgia on 2015 in the form of "The Sunshine Of Your Youth", which is underpinned by a fantastic yet longing guitar riff. One of the best examples of pre-Britpop indie-rock revivalism, if that makes any sense.
2. All Tvvins - Thank You
Having been involved in any number of different groups over the past few years, the members of Irish duo All Tvvins finally struck gold this year with a series of singles and a growing reputation that has left them on the verge of a major international breakthrough. The single that made both myself and countless other people realise that this is a band worth taking very seriously indeed was "Thank You", a song that took the "driving 80s-rock-but-updated" sound that made The War on Drugs so beloved and twisted it into something uniquely theirs.
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