It’s that time of year again… when we backspin 2015, counting down the best trap and bass records the last dozen months had to offer. From Jack Ü’s genre-bending production to NGHTMRE and Troyboi’s rise to stardom, we’ve left no stone unturned in archiving the most influential and progressive music that graced festival stages and streamed services alike in 2015.
While musical taste is clearly subjective, we did our best to narrow down a list including tracks that not only dominated the DJ circuit but were influential towards the scene as a whole. If you have an issue with our rankings, let us know why in the comments section below! So without further ado, join us as we reminisce on the best of the best trap songs of 2015. – Max Chung
Run the Trap’s Top 25 Trap Tracks of 2015
25. Hucci – Montana
24. Flume – Left Alone feat. Chet Faker (Gravez x Ta-ku Re-remix)
23. Baauer – GoGo!
22. GTA – Red Lips (feat. Sam Bruno)
21. Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Get Low (Aazar Remix)
20. Major Lazer & DJ Snack feat Mø – Lean On (Ookay It’s Lit Remix)
19. Lil Boosie – Crazy (Brillz & Snails Remix)
18. Flux Pavilion – Exostomp (Jump Up High) [DISKORD Remix]
17. JayKode – Beehive
16. YOGI & Skrillex – BURIAL Feat Pusha T, Trollphace & Moody Good
15. Zeds Dead & LOUDPVCK – Flies
14. Herobust – Skurt Reynolds
13. Jackal – Animal Style
12. TroyBoi – Afterhours (feat. Diplo & Nina Sky)
11. Acrylics (RL Grime Edit) – TNGHT
Formerly known as XVII, Los Angeles producer Vincent shook the scene this year with his huge remix of Alison Wonderland’s “U Don’t Know.” Being played out by the likes of RL Grime, Flosstradamus, and Alison Wonderland herself Vincent’s unique flip fused orchestral, future bass, and trap elements seamlessly. Check out our recent interview on the up-and-coming producer here.
New York producer Party Thieves and Atlanta duo ATLiens both had breakout years, and it all started with their huge original collaboration “Chîef.” The trap anthem received numerous cosigns from big name DJs and spawned its very own remix contest as well. It’s hard to say what’s better: the trappy, vocal-driven first drop or the heavy synth-blaring second drop. Find out for yourself below.
We are the dopest and the raddest motherf*ckers on the planet. If this was a list for hardest vocal drops of 2015, Cesqeaux’s insanely heavy remix would clearly take the cake. Fortunately for us, the track itself is just as crazy. Screeching bass stabs and vocal chops run wild in this remix giving you no choice but to throw those trap hands up.
What would an end of the year list be without a little Jack Ü? Sonny and Diplo absolutely took the scene by storm in 2015, from their chart-topping Bieber collab to the progressive and innovative music showcased in Skrillex and Diplo present Jack Ü. Their record with 2 Chainz, “Febreze,” boasted a unique blending of rap and electronic music not yet heard before, easily landing them in our top 10 list.
Carnage and Breaux absolutely slayed this remix. The 8-bit influenced intro and gnarly trap drop embodied everything a 140-BPM ‘trap banger’ should have – hard-hitting synth stabs, rumbling sub bass, and of course hip-hop samples. Thanks to its uniqueness and versatility the Eptic remix quickly became one of the most bootlegged and played out tracks of the year. OG Maco never sounded so good.
Flosstradamus and GTA’s “Prison Riot” original can only truly be described as a literal prison riot captured in an mp3 file. The big-room influenced banger embodied the hype and raw energy that both acts are known so well for. Lil Jon’s discernible yelling only adds to the chaos ensued when this huge trap anthem hit the dance floor. Shoutout to GTA as well as our very own Chicago trap runners for having another great year.
Back in May Bro Safari linked up with rising star Ricky Remedy to drop one of the biggest collabs of the year. Infusing Zomboy’s “Terror Squad” with even more energy than the dubstep original, the heavy lazer-firing remix had crowds turning up all over the world. Join us in wishing that Bro Safari and young Ricky jump on a track again in 2016.
The Boombox Cartel boys made a huge name for themselves in 2015, establishing themselves on the scene by expertly blending the worlds of hard-hitting trap and melodic future bass music. “B2U” embodied the duo’s unique sound as sparkling synth chords gave way to infectious bass-rumbling trap gold. There wasn’t a club system or festival stage this year that wasn’t infiltrated by this huge original and for a good reason.
Being premiered by none other than Skrillex at Ultra Music Festival, “Street” quickly became one of the undisputed trap anthems of the year, launching LA producer NGHTMRE into complete stardom. The Mad Decent-released original was massive in every sense of the word from its slapping snares to blaring horns. Even the sampling was on point; the metallic lead in the drop came from a recording of a baby hitting a pan!
Without a doubt, the #1 most influential and straight-up massive trap record of the year goes to Flosstradamus & Troyboi’s high-octane collaborative track “Soundclash.” The London beatsmith’s wonky production prowess meeting the HDYBYZ’s rap-infused trap sound blended together seamlessly creating a certified banger and absolute staple for virtually every DJ in the scene.