My Favorite Songs of 2015

2015 was a weird year for music. It was a year where I found myself saying things like, "man, this Justin Bieber album is really, really good," and "look, the fact is that Carly Rae Jepsen doesn't get enough respect."

On a most likely related note: Doesn't it feel like this was a really weak year for music? The most dominant albums were Taylor Swift's (released in 2014) and Adele's (released at the tail-end of 2015). J. Cole is nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album. Slipknot is nominated for Best Rock Album. Pop radio was mostly dead.

So it will come as no surprise that this year's list is kind of all over the place, though probably no more than usual.

Favorite Songs of 2015

25. A$AP Rocky feat. Joe Fox, "Holy Ghost," At.Long.Last.A$ap
24. Beka, "Compass," Beka
23. Beach Slang, "Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas," The Things We Do To Find People Who Look Like Us
22. WALK THE MOON, "Shut Up and Dance," Talking Is Hard
21. Good Old War, "Don't Forget," Broken Into Better Shape
20. Caleb Lovely, "Into It," (unreleased)
19. Kendrick Lamar, "Alright," To Pimp A Butterfly
18. Ben Rector, "More Like Love," Brand New
17. Son Lux, "You Don't Know Me," Bones
16. For King & Country, "Long Live," Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.
15. Major Lazer feat. Wild Belle, "Be Together," Peace Is The Mission
14. CHVRCHES, "Never Ending Circles," Every Open Eye
13. Andrew Ripp, "Surviving," Andrew Ripp
12. Ryan Adams, "My Wrecking Ball," Live at Carnegie Hall
11. Adele, "When We Were Young," 25
10. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk," Uptown Special
9. Brandon Flowers, "Between Me and You," The Desired Effect
8. Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams," 1989
7. David Ramirez, "How Do You Get 'Em Back," Fables
6. Jamie XX, "Good Times," In Colour
5. Matthew Perryman Jones, "Wresting Tigers," Cold Answer
4. Josh Garrels, "Born Again," Home
3. Grace Potter, "Your Girl," Midnight
2. Tyler Lyle, "Somebody's Someone," The Native Genius of Desert Plants
1. Vance Joy, "Georgia," Dream Your Life Away