My Favorite Albums of 2015. Not Best, Just Favorite!



The one thing I took away from music in 2015 was that this seemed to be the year for women in music. We were everywhere – whether fronting bands, or as solo acts. I think out of all the times I listened to podcasts or to radio, I heard a woman’s voice singing probably 7 times out of ten. I can say that’s huge. Growing up I didn’t hear a tremendous amount of women in music. It seemed like radio didn’t allow more than one woman singing every 5 to 7 years (Janet, Mariah, and Alanis being the standouts of female singers for me growing up). So to hear a variety of musicians singing different varieties of music garner attention – well – it’s pretty freaking fantastic.

Coming up with a list is always a challenge or me. I listen to and crave an abundant amount of music – probably more so on the verge of an addiction – and trying to compile a list of my favorite music is down right difficult. But starting on December 1st, I started going through my ipod and hard drives, finding music I thoroughly enjoyed throughout the year. Some of these artists made the list not so much because of their voices, but because of the production. Some of the artists made it because of melodies an of course, their voices. Songwriting plays a key too. If a song can make me think about my outlook on life and things around me, then it’s a winner in my book. I won’t give you a summarization by each album on most of these. Just trust me when I say these albums mattered. And I hope I open some eyes to artists you might not have heard of this year. So. Here we go. Oh and with the exception of the top 10, these albums are not in any particular order.

40. Lyrics Born – Real People

39. The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily

38. Mutemath – Vitals

37. Givers – New Kingdom

36. Dilly Dally – Sore

35. Matthew Ryan – Boxers

34. Allison Weiss – New Love

33. Idris Elba – Murdah Loves John

32. Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up

31. Brown Bird – Axis Mundi

30. Junglepussy – Pregnant with Success

29. Lovedrug – Notions

28. Hemming – Hemming

27. Adam Lambert – The Original High

26. Rudimental – We the Generation

25. Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

24. Dornik – Dornik

23. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color

22. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material

21. Big Grams – Big Grams

20. Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood

19. NYVES – Anxiety

18. Kid Astray – Home Before Dark

17. Alessia Cara – Know-It-All

16. Mac Miller – GO:OD AM

15. Baroness – Purple

14. Kwabs – Love + War

13. Sick of Sarah – Anthem

12. Adele – 25

11. Tame Impala – Currents

10. Empire Soundtracks (Season 1 & 2)

9. Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes

8. Pusha-T – King Push: Darkest Before Dawn

7. Tori Kelly – Unbreakable Smile

6. Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$

5. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love – Reunion of the year

4. Disclosure – Caracal – They never disappoint. Great dance music with even greater voices accompanying the tracks. It’s a win win.

3. Janet Jackson – Unbreakable – Comeback of the year. The true Janet fans have wanted an album like this for years on end. Working again with original hitmakers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis has proved that “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Well done Janet.

2. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – Thought provoking lyrics and loud guitars. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this one.

1. Andra Day – Cheers to the Fall – SINGER OF THE YEAR. This woman’s voice completely blew me away. She’s old school and she doesn’t sing in runs like most of the vocalists you hear in music today (Yes, I’m pointing to you Beyonce’). This album has a 50s and 60s throwback sound, I’m not going to lie. So it really doesn’t fit in with what you hear today. And it’s also why I love it. You might have seen Andra in the Apple Music commercial with Stevie Wonder, singing his Christmas hit. But once you hear her, you never forget her. Truly a treasure.

Honorable Mention:

Lizzo – Big Grrrl Small World. – Rapper. Singer. She does it all. And she’s no size 2. We need more people like her in the music business. She’s excellent.


That’s it y’all. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year.

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Podcast #43. Electric Boogie..

Fellow Earbudders,

I’m back with another one right before the end of the year. I don’t know if I’ll make another year ender podcast, but stay tuned for my favorite 30 albums of 2015 post. It’s a doozy.. Until then, enjoy this show of dance, shakin’, and lovin’…

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Podcast #43


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Uma Thurman (feat. Wiz Khalifa) [Remix] – Fall Out Boy
Do What You Wanna Do (MYNC Radio Edit) – Nile Rodgers
Indestructible (feat. DBX) – Armin van Buuren
Temptation – Escort
Keep On (feat. Green Velvet) – Catz ‘N Dogz
In the Wild – Capital Kings
Til The Money Runs Out – !!!
We Are Not Alone (Fei-Fei Remix) – Basement Jaxx
When You See Me – Computer Magic
Pay My Rent – DNCE
We Continue – Dam-Funk
Milky Way – Air Waves
The First Heartbreak – Matthew Ryan
No Liars – Matthew Good
Life Is a Fear – Editors
Life is Long – Laura Stevenson
Philip the Engineer – JR JR
Smoke Around the Bend – Small Black
Happy Song – Bring Me the Horizon

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