Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope many of you are still enjoying time with friends and family. I’m back at work today, but it’s just today and tomorrow before another four day weekend awaits!
Since I’ve been slacking on #JAMPackedHoliday, I decided I would share my top 15 songs of 2015. Today’s playlist will feature those songs, then tomorrow will be business as usual with #JAMPackedHoliday, and will include the top six of 2015.
Before I get started, I want to say that these are my personal favorites–some of them you’ve likely never heard of, and that’s okay! Hopefully you’ll find some new favorite songs. Let’s get to it!
15. “Running Behind,” HOLYCHILD
Sometimes, I just need something fun–and “Running Behind” definitely delivers! It’s just as fun to sing along as it is to listen, and makes a great addition to a workout playlist.
14. “Gone,” JR JR
I’m pretty sure I’ve already mentioned multiple times how much I love this song–give it a listen and you’ll understand.
13. “The Wolf,” Mumford and Sons
I’m quite loyal to this band because of the special place Sign No More holds in my soul. I haven’t loved any of their albums nearly as much, but I did enjoy this song and I hold out hope that they will get better in the future.
12. “Peaches,” In the Valley Below
Winter of 2015 held quite a few struggles for me personally, and this song was always the perfect fit to my mood.
11. “Dearly Departed,” Shakey Graves
This song wasn’t playing on the top 40 charts, but it certainly made the rounds on just about every playlist I made! I basically lump all songs into two categories: Fun or Moody. Think of it as a Vinn Diagram. “Dearly Departed” falls into the overlap because it always boosts my spirits, but also gets me a little reflective at times. My favorite line is, “You and I both know that the house is haunted…You and I both know that the ghost is you.”
10. “You’re so Beautiful,” Empire Cast featuring Jussie Smollet
I love it when television shows bring me good music, and Empire has constantly delivered! This song was one of our favorites–Matt and I loved singing along together, and sometimes switching out the lyrics to make it a song about Millie (any other dog owners do that?). I also made it a goal of mine to learn the rap Yazz performs in the middle, and I may or may not have nailed it.
9. “Coming Alive,” Kodaline
Kodaline is a band you need to know. Seriously–go check them out on whatever music streaming service you use, then come back here so we can talk about how great they are together. They recently released their second album, and although I definitely prefer the first one, this one is starting to grow on me. “Coming Alive” is probably my favorite on the new album. Favorite line: “You’re the clearest sky in the darkest weather.”
8. “America’s Sweetheart,” Elle King
Elle King is definitely having a moment this year. She dominated the airwaves with “Exes and Ohhs,” but she really got me with her latest hit. I feel like this is an anthem for all of us ladies–maybe you don’t identify with Elle King, who I’ve heard really does have a mouth like a sailor, but I think we can all agree we’re tired of being put into boxes and expected to act a certain way. This also happens to be one of Aida’s favorites–she kicks along when it’s on the radio.
7. “She Used to be Mine,” Sara Bareilles
I waited and waited this year for some new music from my girl Sara B. It had to be about time–after all, it had been almost two years since Little Black Dress came out. Finally, she did release new music, but not like I expected–she scored a musical! Waitress is basically a musical version of the movie, and it’s making its Broadway debut this spring. SB released an album of songs from the musical, all sung by her, and this song is just absolutely stunning.
6. “Hello,” Adele
What would a top 2015 music playlist be without this leading lady? I know by now this song has been played a bajillion times, but you know as well as I do how much we swooned all over ourselves when this song was released.
5. “Could Have Been Me,” The Struts
To describe this song as “epic” would be an understatement. It makes me feel like I could go out and conquer the world–or at least maybe go on a run without taking breaks to walk.
4. “Emoticons,” The Wombats
The Wombats used to be one of those bands I was half interested in–I wouldn’t change the station if I heard them, but I also wasn’t actively seeking out their music. All that changed with their latest release, Glitterbug. Every song just makes me want to wrap myself up in the album and never stop listening.
3. “Never Ending Circles,” CHVRCHES
I was so excited when I heard that CHVURCHES was releasing a new album, I nearly lost my mind. Every Open Eye did not disappoint–it was everything I hoped it would be and more. That may sound dramatic, but I can get a little dramatic when it comes to my music.
2. “Crystals,” Of Monsters and Men
OMAM is hands down one of my all time favorite bands, and since they released a new album this year, it obviously had to be included at the top of this list. I know I keep talking about how follow up albums never compare to the first, but this one certainly does–I listened to it quite a bit this summer and fall.
1. “Lifted Up (1985),” Passion Pit
I know I already included this song on a playlist, and it has definitely been my favorite song of the year. It just makes me so happy when I hear it, and even though it doesn’t rhyme in the song, it just makes me think of how 2016 is going to be a great year.
When I started this list, I thought to myself, “15 is a lot of songs!” But now I’m second guessing and thinking of so many that I left off the list! Any of your favorites on here? What would you add?