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The 30 Most Criminally Underrated Pop Songs Of 2015

So good they're unheard of.

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1. "Dancing On Glass" by St. Lucia

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Why it's brilliant: A high-energy fusion of synths, catchy lyrics, and pure, unadulterated pop, "Dancing On Glass" is St. Lucia at their danciest.

2. "Body Talk" by Foxes

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Why it's brilliant:: Foxes has already proven she capable of producing veritable hits with the help of a collaborator or two (see: 2012's "Clarity"), but with "Body Talk," the singer shows she's just as much of a dance floor powerhouse on her own.

3. "Pierre" by Ryn Weaver

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Why it's brilliant: Ryn Weaver's debut single "Octahate" was a heavily produced, bass-thumping hit, and "Pierre" feels like a natural progression for the singer. Taking notes from that single's sparkling production, "Pierre" is a pop gem infused with a folky, alternative edge.

4. "No Words" by Erik Hassle

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Why it's brilliant: Hassle has always had a way with crafting emotionally driven ballads and slow-burning jams, but "No Words" proves he's capable of producing a song that has both depth and a killer beat.

5. "Never Enough" by Allie X

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Why it's brilliant: Few combine internal reflection and candy-coated synth pop quite like Allie X. "Never Enough" is the singer's most enchanting single to date.

6. "Treasure" by LÉON

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Why it's brilliant: Swedish singer LÉON released her debut EP just a few months ago, but she's already garnered rave reviews and an impressive influx of Spotify-induced popularity. Her entire EP is near pop perfection, but "Treasure" is a standout.

7. "More Than a Miracle" by MNEK

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Why it's brilliant: MNEK (pronounced Em-En-Ee-Kay) has proven he's a master of creating R&B-inspired pop bangers sprinkled with pulsating bass. "More Than a Miracle" is one of the singer's best.

8. "All Falls Down" by TOTEM

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Why it's brilliant: Simply put, TOTEM's "All Falls Down" is the catchiest, savviest breakup track of the year.

9. "Leave a Trace" by CHVRCHES

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Why it's brilliant: If you're not familiar with CHVRCHES already, you're missing out. The alternative-pop band has an incredibly impressive discography, but "Leave a Trace" is surely one of their finest (and catchiest).

10. "I Want You" by Wrabel

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Why it's brilliant: Wrabel's seen success with his Afrojack-remixed "Ten Feet Tall," but "I Want You" demonstrates the singer's ability to create a poignant, funky track that's all his own.

11. "Picture This" by Kero Kero Bonito

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Why it's brilliant: Bubblegum pop has found it's covergirl in Kero Kero Bonito, whose "Picture This" is a fast-paced, dreamy pop anthem.

12. "Kamikaze" by MØ

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Why it's brilliant: MØ's "Kamikaze" may very well be the bounciest ear worm of 2015. Riding the success of "Lean On," the artist's subsequent collaboration with Diplo will lead you back to the dancefloor once again.

13. "Get Away" by Paperwhite

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Why it's brilliant: Paperwhite is essential dream pop at its finest, churning out singles that are as wispy and fun as they are genuinely well-crafted alternative-pop songs. Their most recent single is no exception.

14. "Love Me Badder" by Elliphant

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Why it's brilliant: Elliphant's "Love Me Badder" should have been a hit. A poppier, more buoyant counterpart to MAGIC!'s chart-topping "Rude," the single was released this past summer and, were it given proper exposure, could have been a veritable contender for the coveted ~song of the summer~ title.

15. "Sleep on It" by Emmi

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Why it's brilliant: Recalling artists like Jetta and Ella Henderson (and given a shiny seal of approval by Taylor Swift), Emmi has produced a distinctly unique track of her own, enhanced by the singer's emotional, powerful vocals.

16. "Better in the Morning" by Little Boots

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Why it's brilliant: Is it possible to listen to this song without dancing to it? Little Boot's funky, summery "Better in the Morning" is like the piña colada of pop songs.

17. "Black Magic" by Keyes

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Why it's brilliant: The second pop song this year to be titled "Black Magic," and the lesser known of the two, Keyes' moody "Black Magic" seamlessly fuses notes of pop, dance, and alternative genres into one delightful song.

18. "Running Behind" by HOLYCHILD

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Why it's brilliant: HOLYCHILD's "Running Behind" is like a manic, pop-induced trip down a cotton candy waterslide. It's dizzying, it's wild, and it's a whole lot of fun.

19. "Not Letting Go" by Tinie Tempah (feat. Jess Glynne)

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Why it's brilliant: Another song that really should have been a summer hit, "Not Letting Go" is a breezy, R&B-flavored jam from British rapper Tinie Tempah and serial collaborator Jess Glynne.

20. "You're Such A" by Hailee Steinfeld

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Why it's brilliant: If you enjoyed the not-so-subtle allusions to self-pleasure featured in Hailee's debut "Love Myself," then you'll be pleased with the brash, unapologetic nature of "You're Such A." Not only are its lyrics clever and unrestrained, but its bubbly, uptempo beat is infectious.

21. "Mine" by Phoebe Ryan

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Why it's brilliant: "Mine" is as shimmery and spellbinding as Ryan's lime-tinged locks. It's a sweet love note of a song with radio-friendly potential.

22. "Lights Down" by John Newman

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Why it's brilliant: "Lights Down" is like the hotter older brother of Newman's first single, "Love Me Again." Its sound is big and brassy, and Newman's reliably impressive vocals totally slay, as per usual.

23. "Velcro" by Clairity

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Why it's brilliant: "Velcro" is an '80s-inspired, funk-induced pop anomaly. Though its sound is clearly influenced by past trends, "Velcro" doesn't feel banal or forced, and Clairity sings with a genuine, unapologetic confidence.

24. "Model" by Before You Exit

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Why it's brilliant: Your ears don't deceive you: "Model" is a by-the-books pop song. But it's the song's earnest, bubblegum-pop simplicity that makes jamming along to it so fun.

25. "Victoria" by Jordan Bratton

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Why it's brilliant: Bratton has worked with a handful of big-time artists (like Chance the Rapper and Fabolous), yet still remains relatively under the radar. His debut EP, "Youth," is a small masterpiece of its own, and "Victoria" is a solid standout.

26. "Sitcom" by Coleman Hell

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Why it's brilliant: Equal parts biting social commentary and catchy pop song, Coleman Hell's "Sitcom" will leave you dancing and questioning social norms.

27. "Red Eyes" by Alexx Mack

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Why it's brilliant: 2015 was the year of retro-inspired jams, and Alexx Mack made sure to take advantage of that. "Red Eyes," along with the rest of her debut EP, is infused with '80s-influenced beats and highly polished synths. "Red Eyes" is one glossy, nonstop party.

28. "Too Young to Remember (Florrie Remix)" by Florrie

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Why it's brilliant: "Too Young to Remember" is a quintessential, feel-good pop song. While its original composition is impressive on its own, the "Florrie" remix adds a delightful uptempo flair to the song. With a masterful repertoire of pop tracks already under her belt, Florrie is an artist to keep an eye on.

29. "Wishes" by Rhodes

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Why it's brilliant: "Wishes" is the rare pop song that indulges the singer's melancholy without seeming overly sappy or melodramatic. It's honest and emotional, and Rhode's soothing vocals are a welcome addition.

30. "Body on Me" by Rita Ora (feat. Chris Brown)

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Why it's brilliant: It's been said before, and I'll say it again: "Body on Me" should have been a hit. This song is a jam — it's sexy, fun, and a genuinely well-crafted pop song. If her singles continue in this vein, Ora is poised for pop chart domination.

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