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
My Favorite Albums of 2015
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.
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
Matt Skiba & the Sekrets
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.
"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.
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.
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!
"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.
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.
Shout out to Colorado Open Air for turning me onto these guys. Not much to say other than the fact that they rule.
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.
"& 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.
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)
Woodkid, Angel 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