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The 2015 Playlist

Fall/2014

I was a few months away from turning 30 and the music I was listening to was the same shit I liked in high school.  I realized I was completely out of touch it bummed me out.  So instead of cowering under my tangible album sleeves of yesteryear, I ventured into the deep, dark, digital seas of Spotify.  My life would never be the same.

I quickly became addicted to finding new artists.  I was driven to find great musicians I had never listened to, mark them down and move on to the next great find.  Discovering music I could sit and listen to didn’t interest me at the time.  I just wanted to fill a new roster.  If I did this for a year, eventually I would have a renovated library of music I could enjoy more than ever before.  My theory worked out WAY better than I expected.

By the end of 2015, I had a playlist of 400 songs that was cut down to 125 songs by 125 different artists.  These aren't songs that debutedin 2015 but songs I discovered in 2015.  On the playlist are some new jams from old favs but mostly artists who have become my new obsession.  It all started off when I fell in love with Natalia Kills which lead me to Willy Moon, Charli XCX and Marina and the Diamonds and eventually Tove Lo, Sky Ferreira, Dragonette, Ladyhawke, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Gin Wigmore, Elle King, Royal Headache and Amanda Blank.  I devoured all of their albums and felt renewed as a person.  And that’s just 13 artists of the 125 on my playlist!  I haven’t even looked into discographies of most of the 125 artists!

Half way through the year, I realized my little hobby was actually turning into a solid piece of playlisting.  Since then, I’ve been preparing this page.  A lot of my friends and family ask me for music recommendations and now I can just send them this link.  But I made this mostly as a little musical yearbook.  This was the soundtrack to my life this year through the ups and downs.  I can’t wait to revisit this page for years to come.

So that’s why I’ve collected so much shit.  Below you will find The 2015 Playlist, my 15 Favorite Albums of the Year, my Spotify "Year in Review" information, and a YouTube playlist of all the 2015 songs that have music videos.  This single page provides hours of entertainment.  

I love it.  I hope you do too xoxo
-Jimmy


My Favorite Albums of 2015

#1

Charli XCX
"Sucker"

I grew up listening to punk rock and Britney Spears.  The two scenes never mixed.  Charli XCX mixed the two genres and created a masterpiece.  This girl is a true rockstar.   A brilliant, loose cannon, party animal, songwriting prodigy superbabe.  I want to be her when I grow up.  


#2

MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS
"ELECTRA HEART"

I discovered Marina and the Diamonds this summer so picking between one of three perfect albums was no easy choice.  Marina’s eccentric personality bleeds from Family Jewels and Froot is a sophisticated step forward.  Electra Heart is that awesome stepping stone in between.  This is a pop record perfectly executed.


#3

Natalia Kills
"Trouble"

This was the album that started it all.  According to Spotify, I streamed this album 760 times which is twice a day for an entire year (and I haven’t listened to it in months).  Not only has Natalia Kills (now known as Teddy Sinclair) had the most fascinating life you could ever imagine, she knows how to perfectly illustrate that life with her heartbreakingly personal lyrics.


#4

Kacey Musgraves
"Pageant Material"

As Annie once tweeted “Kacey Musgraves is a gift from God.”  It’s the truth.  She may be the greatest songwriter of her generation.  When you listen to her music, you can tell every single note and lyric were polished until perfection.  It doesn’t hurt she could probably be a supermodel.  But thanks to her title track, we know why she isn’t a supermodel.


#5

Sky Ferreira
"Night Time, My Time"

Sky Ferreira has her own thing going on.  She’s dark and moody and brooding but funny and thoughtful and unique.  I love her dark, visceral approach to everything.  Night Time, My Time mixes Nine Inch Nails, Daria and Heart.  It's awesome.  Pro Tip: This album is (obviously) best experienced late at night.


#6

Willy Moon
"Here’s Willy Moon"

I never understood why modern crooners like Michael Buble sing such dorky god damn music.  Willy Moon knows what’s up.  He takes old school crooner musical stylings and mashes them with modern Wu-Tang and Kanye samples.  As if this dude wasn’t already reading my diary, he likes to dabble in dark themes and get all spooky.  I can’t wait to see what Mr. Moon comes up with next.


#7

Matt Skiba & the Sekrets
"KUTS"

Matt Skiba has been one of my favorite musicians since I was a kid.  The prolific Alkaline Trio frontman doesn’t know how to take a break let alone write a bad song.  KUTS, which is his second solo project’s second full length album, is one of my favorites.  His distinct four chord approach is still there, but the sound of this record is different than anything he’s done before.  Considering he’s made SO. MANY. RECORDS. for SO. MANY. YEARS. that’s saying a lot.


#8

Tove Lo
"Queen of the Clouds"

This girl came out of nowhere.  Her unique look and style separates her from the Charli’s and Marina’s of the world, but she still has that incredible Europop sensibility.  She’s a hell of a songwriter.  The kind who dishes out hits to people like Hilary Duff who are looking for a comeback and need a surefire hit.  Pro Tip: This album is amazing to listen to in the morning. 


#9

Dragonette
"Bodyparts"

I once tweeted that Dragonette may be my favorite band that I never list as my favorite band.  These guys don’t have a bad song.  They don’t have a bad album.  It’s a shame they aren’t big rock stars.  Their distinctly infectious sound spreads across their entire catalogue, but Bodyparts is where they mastered it.


#10

Ladyhawke
"Anxiety"

Ladyhawke was a late discovery in the year, but she sure made an impact.  So many people talk about how Rock N’ Roll is dead, but it’s just not in the mainstream anymore.  Ladyhawke is proof of that.  Her music is asskicking and catchy and great.  The way Rock N’ Roll should be.  Even better, she’s not a 50+ year old dude!


#11

Gin Wigmore
"Gravel & Wine"

This album is an instant classic.  Everything from her name to the album name to the cover, it’s just perfect.  Wigmore captured lightning, shoved it in a bottle and figured out how to reproduce it enough to make Gravel & Wine.


#12

Kitten
"kitten"

Europe is littered with amazing pop stars.  It's unfair.  We basically invented this shit but recently, Europop has leapfrogged American Pop.  God Bless Kitten.  In the world of Europop, Kitten is our Captain America.  Chloe Chaidez is a force of nature.  Only Charli XCX can match her intensity, especially live. Big things are still to come.


#13

Royal Headache
"High"

Shout out to Colorado Open Air for turning me onto these guys.  Not much to say other than the fact that they rule.


#14

Elle King
"Love Stuff"

Like everyone, I discovered Elle King from that HBO commercial and like everyone, discovered her album is a delight from start to finish.  I dug through some older stuff, music videos and live performances and fell in love.  This girl is a badass, super funny and a hell of a songwriter.  Great things are still to come.


#15

Miley Cyrus
"& Her Dead PetZ"

Miley doesn’t get enough credit for dropping this record online, for free.  It’s a fucking weird stoner zone out jam album.  Annie likes to listen to it while doing yoga.  A handful of years ago this girl was Hannah Montana, a few years later she’s twerking with Robin Thicke and now she’s covered in jailhouse tattoos, jamming with the Flaming Lips and Mike Will Made-It in her backyard.  I couldn’t be more infatuated with a person.  If only every musician was this awesome.


WHILE SOME OF THESE ALBUMS CAME OUT IN 2015, THIS IS NOT A “BEST OF 2015” LIST.  THESE WERE JUST MY FAVORITE ALBUMS THAT I LISTENED TO REGULARLY THIS CALENDAR YEAR.


The Artwork

Album covers for every song


The 2015 Music Videos

As if there wasn't enough content on this page, I've gone through YouTube and made a matching playlist.  For songs that don't have official videos, I used lyric videos, audio tracks, live versions and, in some cases, a video of a different song altogether.  It's funny because I've watched some of these videos 50 times while I had no idea most of these existed.  I can't wait to dig through all of these.

Below are some of my favorite songs/videos I saw this year


The 2015 Playlist

Kitten "Like A Stranger" - Kitten

Charli XCX "Break The Rules" - SUCKER

Natalia Kills "Problem" - Trouble

Marina and the Diamonds "Blue" - FROOT

Tove Lo "My Gun" - Queen Of The Clouds

Dragonette "Run Run Run" - Bodyparts

Sky Ferreira "You’re Not The One" - Night Time, My Time

Willy Moon "Get Up (What You Need)" - Here's Willy Moon

Tove Styrke "Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking to You" - Borderline EP

Phoebe Ryan "Ignition / Do You... (Mashup)" - Ignition / Do You... (Mashup)

Hilary Duff "Sparks" - Sparks

Robin Schulz Ilsey "Headlights (feat. Ilsey)" - Headlights (feat. Ilsey)

Matt Skiba and the Sekrets "Lonely and Kold" - KUTS

Bleachers "Rollercoaster" - Strange Desire

Florrie "Call Of The Wild" - Introduction

Kacey Musgraves "High Time" - Pageant Material

Miley Cyrus "4x4" - Bangerz

Becky G "Can't Stop Dancin'" - Can't Stop Dancin'

Demi Lovato "Cool for the Summer" - Confident

David Guetta "Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Minaj)" - Listen

YACHTD "ystopia" - Shangri-La

The Sounds "Shake Shake Shake" - Weekend

Femme "Fever Boy" - Made In Chelsea - The Soundtrack (Volume 3)

Jessie Ware "You & I (Forever)" - Tough Love

The Like "Wishing He Was Dead" - Release Me (All Other Partners)

JJAMZ "Heartbeat" - Suicide Pact

Samsaya "Stereotype" - Bombay Calling

Imaginary Cities "Ride This Out" - Temporary Resident

Heartsrevolution "Kishi Kaisei" - Ride or Die

Steve Aoki, Angger Dimas, Iggy Azalea "Beat Down" - Beat Down

Mary Jane Fonda "I Want It All" - I Want It All

Carly Rae Jepsen "I Really Like You" - I Really Like You

Lana Del Rey "High By The Beach" - High By The Beach

Amanda Blank "Might Like You Better" - I Love You

Thames DEV "How I Want Ya" - How I Want Ya

Awkwafina "NYC Bitche$" - Yellow Ranger

The Ting Tings "Wrong Club" - Super Critical

Gin Wigmore "Devil In Me" - Gravel & Wine

the bird and the bee "Undone" - Undone

Christina Perri "burning gold" - head or heart

Mary Lambert "Secrets" - Heart On My Sleeve (Deluxe)

Hyper Crush "Rage" - Rage

MNDR "Feed Me Diamonds" - Feed Me Diamonds

Diane Birch "Lighthouse" - Speak A Little Louder

Tacocat "Crimson Wave" - VM

Mirah "The Garden" - Advisory Committee

POLIÇA"You Don't Own Me" - Shulamith (Deluxe Edition)

WoodkidAngel Haze "I Love You" - I Love You

Boom! Bap! Pow! "Suit" - So Heavy

School Of Seven Bells "The Night" - Ghostory

2NE1 "I Am The Best" - I Am The Best

Superchick "One Girl Revolution" - RECOLLECTION

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Downtown" - Downtown

Hailee Steinfeld "Love Myself" - Love Myself

Beatrice Eli "Girls" - Die Another Day

Allie X "Bitch" - COLLXTION I

Superhumanoids "Come Say Hello" - Come Say Hello

The Kills "Sour Cherry" - Midnight Boom

Zella Day "Hypnotic" - Kicker

Blondfire "Dear in Your Headlights" - Young Heart

Frank + Derol "Let It Go" - Frank + Derol EP

HOLYCHILD "Running Behind" - The Shape of Brat Pop to Come

La Roux "Sexotheque" - Trouble In Paradise

Lucky Twice "Lucky" - Young & Clever

Melanie Martinez "Carousel" - Cry Baby (Deluxe)

Lucius "Turn It Around" - Wildewoman

Betty Who "High Society" - Take Me When You Go

Nova Rockafeller "Made In Gold" - Made In Gold

Love Amongst Ruin "Lose Your Way" - Lose Your Way

Meiko "Be Mine" - Dear You

Leighton Meester "Heartstrings" - Heartstrings

Mr. Little Jeans "Runaway" - Pocketknife

Kendrick Lamar "King Kunta" - To Pimp A Butterfly

VÉRITÉ "Weekend" - Echo EP

Slow Club "Suffering You, Suffering Me" - Complete Surrender

Lowell "Cloud 69" - We Loved Her Dearly

Kate Nash "Sister" - Girl Talk

Le Tigre "TKO" - This Island

CSS "City Grrl" - La Liberacion

Night Terrors of 1927 "When You Were Mine (feat. Tegan & Sara)" - Everything's Coming Up Roses

Neon Hitch "Gypsy Star" - 301 to Paradise Mixtape (EP)

Rye Rye, M.I.A. "Better Than You" - Go! Pop! Bang! (Deluxe Version)

IAMX "Music People - Us Version" - Volatile Times

Ladyhawke "Black White & Blue" - Anxiety

Scissor Sisters "Sex and Violence" - Night Work

Elle King "Make You Smile" - Love Stuff

BØRNS "Past Lives" - Candy

Tilly And The Wall "Pot Kettle Black" - o

Nicki Minaj "Trini Dem Girls" - The Pinkprint (Deluxe)

Royal Headache "High" - High

The Naked And Famous "I Kill Giants" - In Rolling Waves

Goldfrapp "Ooh La La" - Supernature

Alessia Cara "Here" - Four Pink Walls

Giorgio Moroder, Britney Spears "Tom's Diner" - Déjà vu

San Fermin "No Devil" - No Devil

Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne "Truffle Butter" - Truffle Butter

Tyga "Dope'd Up" - Dope'd Up - Single

Oh Land "White Nights" - Oh Land

Selena Gomez, A$AP Rocky "Good For You" - Revival

Basement Jaxx, Paloma Faith "What's a Girl Gotta Do ?" - Scars

Rilo Kiley "It Just Is" - More Adventurous (U.S. Release)

Birdy "Words As Weapons (US Version)" - Fire Within

Meg Myers "Tennessee (feat. Doctor Rosen Rosen)" - Daughter In The Choir

Skylar Grey, Eminem "C’mon Let Me Ride" - Don't Look Down

The Never Ending "Ruthless" - One (EP)

Clairity "Sharks In The Swimming Pool" - Sharks In The Swimming Pool

CHVRCHES "Empty Threat" - Every Open Eye

Santigold "L.E.S. Artistes" - Santigold

Cymbals Eat Guitars "XR" - LOSE

Phildel "Moonsea" - The Disappearance Of The Girl

Zedd, Selena Gomez "I Want You To Know" - True Colors

Nacey, Angel Haze "I Own It" - I Own It

Ex Cops "Teenagers" - Daggers

Missy Elliott "WTF (Where They From) [feat. Pharrell Williams]" - WTF

Nabiha "Animals - Radio Edit" - Animals (Remixes)

The Yawpers "Deacon Brodie" - American Man

Blood Red Shoes "Welcome Home" - Blood Red Shoes/14 Photographs

Snow Tha Product "Hola" - Hola

Aaradhna "Wake Up" - Treble & Reverb

Yeasayer "Rome" - ODD BLOOD

Class Actress "More Than You" - More Than You

LOLO "Heard It From A Friend" - Heard It From A Friend

Alex Winston "Locomotive" - King Con

The Prodigy "The Day Is My Enemy" - The Day Is My Enemy

Cooper "This Year" - This Year

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Artist "Song" - Album