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My Favorite Music of 2015


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My Favorite Music of 2015


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 debuted in 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

I wrote up a list of my favorite albums of 2015.  I put a bunch of music videos on there and everything.  But it's too big to post on this page.  So if you're interested, you can check it out below.

Check it out here

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The 2015 Playlist


The 2015 Playlist


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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

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The 2015 Playlist - Music Videos


The 2015 Playlist - Music Videos


The 2015 Video Playlist

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.

Here are some of my favorite songs/videos that aren't embedded above.

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Spotify Year in Music


Spotify Year in Music


2015 was a weird time for music.  It seemed like there were more streaming services than working musicians.  But one served me well this year and it was Spotify.  A majority of the music I discovered was through the Discover Weekly playlist - a two hour playlist of new artists, every week.  Spotify seamlessly linked to everything I used from my iPhone to iPad to Macbook to Playstation 4.  I also like to keep a spreadsheet backup of all my playlists and this was no problem with IFTTT.  I mean, I literally listened to over 670 hours of music through Spotify, so obviously, I'm quite pleased with it.

But my favorite feature from Spotify is its Year in Music profile.  You log in and it generates a bunch of beautiful statistics based on what you listened to throughout the year with cool graphics and corresponding music.  Perusing the results is always fascinating.  In order to revisit this in the future, I've screen captured my Year in Music profile and have posted it below.  Who knows how long these streaming services will be around . . .


Top Five Artists

TOP FIVE ALBUMS

Stats

Music through the seasons


GENRE PLAYLISTS

You don't think Spotify is just going to make some fluffy little stat site without dishing out some new jams, do you?  Spotify's Year in Music lists the top five genres you listened to and then gives you a massive playlist for each.  I've only skimmed through these so far, so I have no idea if they are any good.  I don't even know what Metropolis is, but apparently I like it!

Pop

Metropolis

Synthpop

Indietronica

Alternative Dance