The Top 10 Songs of 2015 – #5: “Renegades” by X Ambassadors

21 Dec

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Here are a few interesting facts about X Ambassadors: the band is from Ithaca, NY, it was discovered by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, and keyboardist Casey Harris, whose brother Sam is the leadman for the group has been blind from birth. If that does not draw you into the intriguing story of the band that came out of nowhere this year to rock the charts then perhaps its most popular song “Renegades” will trigger your interest.

“All hail the underdogs
All hail the new kids
All hail the outlaws
Spielberg’s and Kubrick’s”

This bridge might very well be possess the best lyrics written in a song this year. It is simple in its message, and possesses such a wonderful message. The video above depicts several people overcoming challenges in life, much like keyboardist Casey Harris, and this lyric is a true testament to that sentiment. While the song was oddly enough initially written to be in tandem with a Jeep Renegade commercial, it has shot beyond the commercial realm with its skillful melody that combines claps, “heys,” and other melodic sounds with a potent acoustic riff, consistent percussion and great keyboard.

It’s a great song all around and well deserving of a spot on our list. X Ambassadors is not a one-hit wonder; look for the band to make a continued rise throughout the music landscape.

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