The fifth annual listing of top music for the year. Categorized more than ranked, pop music heavy because I’m busy, likely missing something profound, but full of good times.

A full accounting YouTube Playlist.

Top 50 Songs of 2015

Album cover for the Bleachers album Strange Desire. In black adn white it shows a man sitting on an undressed mattress.

I wanna get better.

1. I Wanna Get Better by The Bleachers

Thanks Abby. #1 song of the year.

2. Can You Blame Me by Matt and Kim

3. Runners in the Night by The Rural Alberta Advantage

Once it’s in your head, your body moves differently.

4. Second Hand News by Fleetwood Mac

33 Variations

The Theme & Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli Op.120, ‘Diabelli Variations’ by Ludwig von Beethoven was central to the performance of 33 Variations – the piece was inter-spliced with the acting.

Poster for Theatre B stage production of 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman.

Merging Beethoven and Suzuki

5. Theme – Vivace

Diabelli’s Waltz

6. Variation 1 – Alla Marcia Maestoso

7. Variation 6 – Allegro, ma non troppo

8. Variation 14 – Grave e Maestoso

9. Variation 19 – Presto

10. Variation 21 – Allegro Con Brio

11. Variation 22 – Molto Allegro

12. Variation 24 – Fugetta. Andante

“Begins the final mvt. of the variations.” The prettiest of the variations.

13. Variation 32 – Fuga. Allegro

14. Variation 33 – Tempo Di Menuetto, Moderato

Entrance & Exit

The Oil Project

Poster for the Theatre B production "The Oil Project."

An ensemble devised production.

15. The Oil Project by Colin Holter, Cole Bartels and the The Oil Project Ensemble

A collection of original works defining the atmosphere of the performance.


16. Aaa by They Might Be Giants

Dial-A-Song Week 21

17. All the Old Showstoppers by The New Pornographers

18. Alone in My Home by Jack White

Album art for the album The Deep End by Itch. It shows the head of a man looking at the camera, the top half in color the bottom half shaded in blue.

Megan Joy has some pipes.

19. Another Man (feat. Megan Joy) by Itch

20. Catch a Falling Star by Block

21. Closer by Teegan and Sara

22. Cream on Chrome by Ratatat

Thank you Marketplace; this is some of the interlude music.

23. Downtown by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

24. Geronimo by Sheppard

The driving beat makes this feels like one chorus built on another.

25. Get It by Matt & Kim

26. Ghost by Ella Henderson

A little repetitive, but Ella can sing and the backup singers add power.

27. Go! Cubs! Go! By Steve Goodman

28. Gotta Get Away by The Black Keys

29. Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Album cover for The Pretty Reckless album Going to Hell. Shows a naked woman, seen from behind with a cross with an arrow pointing down painted on her back.

Pink Floyd inspired.

30. Heaven Knows by The Pretty Reckless

31. Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack) by David Guetta

32. Hold Back the River by James Bay

Courtesy of Daniel.

33. Jump by John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band

Courtesy of Daniel.

34. Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi

35. Loud Pipes by Ratatat

Another Marketplace find.

36. The Next Storm by Frank Turner

37. Pickles from the Jar by Courtney Barnett

38. Red Meat by Otis Taylor

The hidden gem of the year.

39. Remix (I Like The) by New Kids on the Block

40. Rollercoaster by The Bleachers

41. Shake It Off by The Screaming Females

If music is tension then the Screaming Females take on the Swift anthem are just a tense build up to the release of the guitar solo. (AV Club Undercover Season 6)

42. Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon

All IngridLover’s influence here.

43. Stolen Dance by Milky Chance

Great groove

Album cover for the album Spend the Night by The Donnas. It shows the band in pajamas sitting on a bed in a messy bedroom.

DRM prevented me from putting this album on my iPod for a long time.

44. Take It Off by The Donnas

45. That Black Bat Licorice by Jack White

46. Unpronounceable by They Might Be Giants

Dial-A-Song Week 11

47. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) by Mark Ronson

I was late to this funk party somehow.

48. Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show

49. Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) by Mr. Probz

50. You Wish by Nightmares on Wax

Noteworthy Influencers on this List

The Top 50 Crew: Abby, Betsy, Christine, Drew, No Apologies Advocate, and Sarah.

Music Lovers: Alex, Daniel, John Noel Roberts, Otto

The Oil Project Ensemble: Brad, Chelsea, Cole, Colin, Jay, Matthew, Mia and Pam (with Blaine and Shea).

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