Top 100 Songs of 2015

The complete absurdity of this list can be summed up with a single interaction with my mother over the holidays. After begrudgingly listening to the radio to combat the holiday traffic, I casually referenced that my friends and I were planning to catch the Justin Bieber show at Barclays next year. Her reaction was an understandable mixture of disgust and surprise. I then did something I never thought I would do — I launched into a defense of Bieber. It went something like, “Okay, he’s probably still a little shit, but now he’s the little shit who gave us ‘Sorry’ and ‘What Do You Mean?’ I couldn’t care less about him as a person, but as Prince taught us in Purple Rain: release a great song and the world will forgive you.”

So there you have it. 2015 was the year that we all became Beliebers against our better judgment. It was also the year, though, that Courtney Barnett didn’t give a fuck about the suburbs (and it was amazing), Kendrick Lamar elevated himself beyond even the masterpiece that was good kid, m.A.A.d city, Miguel had audio coitus with you all (and coffee in the morning), and Jamie xx distinguished himself and his sound in a massive way. Not to mention, Carly Rae Jepson stumped us all with a good song that wasn’t “Call Me Maybe”, Tame Impala took us on a sonic journey and Father John Misty gave us the most unlikely of love stories.

We’ve got the full playlist of top tracks available on Spotify, and you can click the individual links below to hear just one. Let us know what you think in the comments!

100 – 81

100. Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf” — Listen
99.  Alessia Cara – “Here” — Listen
98. Ryley Walker – “Primrose Green” — Listen
97. Vince Staples – “Norf Norf” — Listen
96. Tobias Jesso, Jr. – “How Could You Babe” — Listen
95. Small Black – “Boys Life” — Listen
94. The Tallest Man on Earth – “Sagres” — Listen
93. John Moreland – “Sad Baptist Rain” — Listen
92. Joanna Newsom – “Divers” — Listen
91. Happiest Man on Earth – “Broken Back” — Listen
90.  – “Kamikaze” — Listen
89. Lady Lamb – “Ten” — Listen
88. Miya Folick – “I Got Drunk” — Listen
87. Mitski – “Townie” — Listen
86. SEXWITCH – “Kassidat El Hakka” — Listen
85. Chelsea Lankes – “Down for Whatever” — Listen
84. C. Duncan – “Garden” — Listen
83. BØRNS – “Electric Love” — Listen
82. Bomba Esteréo – “Fiesta” — Listen
81. Margo Price – “Hurtin’ on the Bottle” — Listen

80 – 61

80. LANY – “ILYSB” — Listen
79. Smallpools – “Street Fight” — Listen
78. Titus Andronicus – “Dimed Out” — Listen
77. The Japanese House – “Clean” — Listen
76. Rich Homie Quan – “Flex” — Listen
75.  Jidenna – “Classic Man” — Listen
74. Pure Bathing Culture – “Pray for Rain” — Listen
73. Jenny Hval – “That Battle is Over” — Listen
72. Deerhunter – “Snakeskin” — Listen
71. Dilly Dally – “Ice Cream” — Listen
70. Disclosure – “Omen” — Listen
69. Florence + The Machine – “What Kind of Man” — Listen
68. Hinds – “Castigadas En El Granero” — Listen
67. Gallant – “Weight in Gold” — Listen
66. Colleen Green – “TV” — Listen
65. HANA – “Clay” — Listen
64. Screaming Females – “Wishing Well” — Listen
63. Chelsea Wolf – “Iron Moon” — Listen
62. Chairlift – “Cha- Ching” — Listen
61. Day Wave – “Drag” — Listen

60 – 41

60. Frankie Cosmos – “Young” — Listen
59. Lower Dens – “To Die in L.A.” — Listen
58. LA Priest – “Oino” — Listen
57. Wilco – “Random Name Generator” — Listen
56. Speedy Ortiz – “Raising the Skate” — Listen
55. Natalie Prass – “Bird of Prey” — Listen
54. Raury – “Devil’s Whisper” — Listen
53. Sleater-Kinney – “Bury Our Friends” — Listen
52. Wolf Alice – “Bros” — Listen
51. Julia Holter – “Sea Calls Home” — Listen
50. Tame Impala – “I’m A Man” — Listen
49. Grimes – “Kill V. Maim” — Listen
48. Connor Youngblood – “The Birds of Finland” — Listen
47. HONNE – “Love the Jobs You Hate” — Listen
46. Girlpool – “Before the World Was Big” — Listen
45. Father John Misty – “Bored in the USA” — Listen
44. Ezra Furman – “Boy Was Made” — Listen
43. Christine and the Queens (feat. Perfume Genius) – “Jonathan” — Listen
42. Chastity Belt – “Cool Slut” — Listen
41. Björk – “Stonemilker” — Listen

40 – 21

40. Chvrches – “Clearest Blue” — Listen
39. Jack Garratt – “Weathered” — Listen
38. Savages – “The Answer” — Listen
37. Beach House – “Space Song” — Listen
36. Torres – “Strange Hellos” — Listen
35. The Weeknd – “The Hills” — Listen
34. Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money” — Listen
33. Panda Bear – “Boys Latin” — Listen
32. Nathaniel Rateliff – “S.O.B.” — Listen
31. Shamir – “On The Regular” — Listen
30. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “I Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” — Listen
29. Jamie xx – “Loud Places” — Listen
28. D’Angelo – “Sugah Daddy” — Listen
27. Magical Cloudz – “Downtown” — Listen
26. Houndmouth – “Sedona” — Listen
25. Sufjan Stevens – “John My Beloved” — Listen
24. Glass Animals – “Lose Control” — Listen
23. Future – “Percocet and Stripper Joint” — Listen
22. Foals – “Mountain at My Gates” — Listen
21. Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian At Best” — Listen

20 – 1

20. Death Cab for Cutie – “Everything’s a Ceiling”

19. Autre Ne Veut – “Age of Transparency”

18. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me”

17. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

16. Drake – “Hotline Bling”

15. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”

14. Major Lazer – “Lean On”

13. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”

12. Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin'”

11. Leon Bridges – “Coming Home”

10. Jamie xx – “I Know There’s Gonna be (Good Times)”

9. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

8. Miguel – “Coffee”

7. Father John Misty – “I Love You, Honeybear”

6. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

5. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

4. Adele – “Hello”

3. Jack Ü – “Where Are Ü Now”

2. Courtney Barnett – “Depresston”

1. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

  • 3000 Records

    I think it’s great to be able to go to a blog and see a list like this. Thanks for making it easy to check out a bunch of the best of 2015 in one convenient spot. It’s easy to see that this list includes many Top 40 Artists, but I suppose that is why it is the “Top 100” list. I also like that you guys share independent music right next to the big players.

    Terrance
    Music Business Connection
    http://www.musicbusinessconnection.com

  • tapemixtape

    So in what way does this top 100 represent even remotely the music you cover here on the wild honey pie? It almost feels like you copied someone else’s top 100 and claimed it as your own. I find it really hard to believe that Kendrick Lamar would really be YOUR number 1 song of the year. Why even bother doing this chore if you are not going to represent the music you represent. Maybe I need to move to Depresston.


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