These are favorite 50 songs of 2015 ranked. The only rule I set for myself was to include only three songs by each artists. Chance/Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment is sort of an exception. #17 is technically two songs but you'll see why when you get there. Spotify Playlist:
  1. 1.
    Realiti (Demo) by Grimes
    If I'm going to be completely honest with myself and to whoever is reading this, I've been depressed for the majority of this year. Many of the songs on this list reflect that and/or have had the ability to make me feel better. Realiti is the perfect mix of both feelings. I can't even ascribed how it crept into my life and became a major part of it. What I do know though is that it's become the most important song for me over the past year. If anything else it has brought me to where I am today
  2. 2.
    Alright by Kendrick Lamar
    Maybe one of the greatest songs of hope in years. Perhaps the most important song to come out this year
  3. 3.
    Levitation by Beach House
    Pure Bliss
  4. 4.
    Rewind by Kelela
    90s R&B esthetics at its best
  5. 5.
    Ziggy Starfish (Anxiety Raps) by Open Mike Eagle
    Maybe the most underrated rap song/artist of the year. It's also a wonderful song about anxiety
  6. 6.
    Sparks by Beach House
    If Beach House was a drug, they would be my favorite drug
  7. 7.
    Angels by Chance the Rapper
    Chance the Rapper probably out of any artist this year has had definitely found his voice and place in the music-sphere and I can't wait to see what's next
  8. 8.
    Them Changes by Thundercat
    Thundercat and Flying Lotus are probably my two favorite producers of the decade, so any time you put them together you know the result is going to be something good. It's part of the reason why To Pimp a Butterfly is so great. But to the actual song it's wonderful and that's all that needs to be said
  9. 9.
    Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens
    The only song this year to make me cry upon my first listen. So hauntingly beautiful
  10. 10.
    Flesh without Blood by Grimes
    Art Angels features 13 really good pop songs. Flesh without Blood just happens to be the best of them all
  11. 11.
    Loud Places by Jamie XX
    For the first half of the year this song was my favorite of the year. It stuck with me the first time I heard it and wherever I went. I even made a video centered around it. But then it came subjected to the mistake that all of us make, I overplayed it until I was sick of it. I still love the song though
  12. 12.
    Depreston by Courtney Barnett
    I saw Courtney Barnett in concert this year and it is one of the best concerts I've every been to. She's going to high places
  13. 13.
    New Skin by Torres
    I suggest checking out all of Torres' music, she is such a wonderful artist. Also this song is used so well in an episode of You're the Worst
  14. 14.
    Hello by Erykah Badu
    hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello hello ~~~~~The best love song to come out all year
  15. 15.
    Sunday Candy by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
    Perhaps the biggest song this year to bring pure joy into my life
  16. 16.
    Elegy to the Void by Beach House
  17. 17.
    Cel U Lar Device by Erykah Badu/Hotline Bling by Drake
    I really couldn't justify having these songs ranked separately but they are both such great jams. Erykah's version edges out Drake's slightly for me, making Hotline Bling technically 17.5
  18. 18.
    Annie by Neon Indian
  19. 19.
    Leave a Trace by Chvrches
  20. 20.
    Downtown by Majical Cloudz
  21. 21.
    Margarita by Mas Ysa
    Margarita is a song that has really resonated with me throughout the year. There's a loneliness to it that just happens to suck you in.
  22. 22.
    Beautiful Blue Sky by Ought
    Ought makes the best Talking Heads music you've never heard before.
  23. 23.
    Teenage Talk by St. Vincent
    Before the song was officially released, a part of it was used in a Girls episode. I'm not going to lie when I say I probably listened to that same 45-second part over and over at least 50 times. It was that good
  24. 24.
    How Much a Dollar Cost by Kendrick Lamar
  25. 25.
    California by Grimes
    Maybe the greatest example of how Grimes can make a happy sounding song that is actually pretty sad but it works so well. I had this on repeat when I was in California visiting my Sister
  26. 26.
    Clearest Blue by Chvrches
    I absolutely love the buildup in this song
  27. 27.
    The Only Thing by Sufjan Stevens
  28. 28.
    Elevator Operator by Courtney Barnett
  29. 29.
    To Die in L.A. By Lower Dens
  30. 30.
    In Time by FKA twigs
  31. 31.
    John My Beloved by Sufjan Stevens
  32. 32.
    Jungle by Drake
    It's like Drake wrote a lullaby. A really good lullaby
  33. 33.
    I Don't Mind by Twerps
    This is one of those songs that just feels cool. You can't even describe it but it just feels right
  34. 34.
    I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) by Jamie XX
  35. 35.
    Pretty Pimpin by Kurt Vile
  36. 36.
    That Battle is Over by Jenny Hval
    I've had some hard times this year and this song has never failed making me feel less alone
  37. 37.
    King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar
  38. 38.
    A New Wave by Sleater-Kinney
    Surprisingly Sleater-Kinney and Erykah Badu are the only 90s-acts that came back this year to be featured on this list. A New Wave is also probably my favorite music video of the year for simply being set in Bob's Burgers
  39. 39.
    Israel (Sparring) by Chance the Rapper
    This is the one song on the list not to be featured on Spotify. I love the flow and play-around attitude in it
  40. 40.
    Strange Hellos by Torres
  41. 41.
    The Rest is Noise by Jamie XX
  42. 42.
    Sea Calls Me Home by Julia Holter
  43. 43.
    Slumlord by Neon Indian
  44. 44.
    I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around by Chromatics
  45. 45.
    Sandra's Smile by Blood Orange
  46. 46.
    Wanna Be Cool by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiement
    Maybe the most fun song on this list
  47. 47.
    Swirl by Westkust
  48. 48.
    The Glitzy Hive by Neon Indian
  49. 49.
    Control by Majical Cloudz
    Majical Cloudz's Are You Alone? is one of my favorite albums of the year. There are some great feels on the album and I think this is one of the highlights
  50. 50.
    Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra