Which songs have captured your imagination this year, earning a permanent spot on your playlist?
The folks at Entertainment Weekly weighed in this week, choosing “23 Best Songs of 2015 So Far.” Two tunes by artists with Alabama ties are on the list:
“Air” by Birmingham native Katie Crutchfield, who performs as Waxahatchee. She’s a literate, thoughtful singer-songwriter with a penchant for punk rock. “Air,” the track chosen by EW, is included on her 2015 record “ivy tripp.”
Crutchfield, who played here in April at the Spring Street Fire House, is on tour right now in the United Kingdom and Australia. She recently announced a series of fall dates with Kurt Vile, as well.
EW said: “Alabama singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield fully transcends coffeehouse folk on this percussive, bittersweet beauty.”
“Girl Crush” by Little Big Town. This group has become one of the most popular acts in country music, moving into a pop-rock vein yet maintaining its fondness for four-part harmonies. Jimi Westbrook of Sumiton is one of the four principals. The band also includes Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, who met as undergraduates at Samford University in Birmingham.
“Girl Crush” is a single from “Pain Killer,”Little Big Town’s sixth studio album. The song, a poignant ballad, features lead vocals by Fairchild, who’s married to Westbrook. The band performed in Birmingham in March at the BJCC Concert Hall, as part of a tour that stretches through most of this year.
EW said: “Because who hasn’t gotten obsessed with an ex’s new girl? Swaying four-part harmonies are just a way more elegant way to deal with it than stalking her on socials.”
Entertainment Weekly’s list — which isn’t ranked in numerical order — also includes “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepsen, “Everyday” by A$AP Rocky, “Know Yourself” by Drake, “King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar, “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson and “What Kind of Man” by Florence + the Machine.