As we approach the coming of the new year, we take time to reflect and look back upon everything that’s occurred in the past 365 days. As we look back over 2015 and move towards 2016, we see many things we want to change and leave behind, but the following is not about that. The following is about the utterly incredible list of jams that we’ve all vibed too throughout the year. These are our picks for the best songs of 2015 that we’ll continue to enjoy no matter the year. Happy New Year to all of you at home from all of us at the Rock!
“Anyone surprised I claimed this one? With a month left in 2015, this track swooped in and stole the show. End of story. Well done, Queen Adele.” -Melissa Warten ‘16
“Hands down, this is the best song that 2015 has to offer. Ever since I started college, “save dat money” is the code I have tried to live by, but outrageously overpriced Odwallas at Mac have made that very difficult for me. As much as I love white trash rappers and my main man Fetty Wap, the premise of the music video is what really did it for me. Lil Dicky tried to make the most epic rap video ever without spending any money, and he definitely succeeded.” -Trish Rodican ‘19
“Roses” – The Chainsmokers
“I will fight you if you try and say that there was a better song of the year. This is a jam that is multipurpose: trying to get up in the morning and need a song to brush your teeth to (I can’t be the only one who does that). Need to get pumped before going out for the night? How about going for that run around the Res. Boom, Roses. Roses ten times out of ten. In less than a month, you can find me in the Plex losing all of my chill when this comes on.” – Joey Dorion ‘17
“The emergence of Fetty Wap into the music scene was one of the best parts of my 2015 (I’ll leave it to you to decide if this means my 2015 was really great or really horrible). Every time I heard this song at the pregame, I pictured myself right next to Fetty cooking pies and getting fly at the mall. I can’t wait to hopefully get some ridiculously overpriced tickets through the Boston College Facebook group so I can see him live in February.” – Caroline Lewis ‘18
“What world are we living in, that I just said ‘Sorry’ is one of the best songs to come out of 2015? Had you told me six months ago I would be saying this, I would have laughed at you for a week, but here I am singing along to this song like a lunatic every time it comes on. It’s got a great beat, it’s fun, and now that Justin Bieber sounds a little less like a 13 year old boy and a little more like a grown man, you can’t help but love him.” – Saidhbhe Berry ‘17
“Technicolour Beat” – Oh Wonder
“I’ve basically had this song on repeat for the better part of 2015, so I’m actually a little sick of it, but it’s been my favorite for so long that I couldn’t not use it. It’s like simultaneously really chill while also making me feel like a badass, so I really don’t know what else you could want from a song. I listened to this song during EVERYTHING this fall, like seriously: be it riding the T to Dorchester or putting on my makeup for a night wandering around Walsh, this song was playing.” – Grace Rice ‘18
“I have no clue whats going on in the music video to be honest, she calls it ‘the poor mans 7/11 video,’ which doesn’t help my confusion at all. But either way, Alessia Cara, while definitely a new face, broke into huge popularity at the end of 2015 with her song “Here” because of her absolutely amazing voice. This song is fantastic, upbeat, and perfectly captures that last nostalgia of the year when you face so many changes. 2015 has been a huge year for change and while we’re all looking forward to the new year, there’s a few things in this year that I’ll definitely miss.” – Emma Allen ‘18
“The Alabama Shakes make me want to “Alabama Shake” and channel my inner Dancing Kyle. They just have a Midas touch for giving the best grooves with their boss guitars and drums. It has enough funk and soul and meaty rock sounds to get you to start dancing and bobbing along. Plus, Brittany Howard has one of the best voices of modern rock music. She gives just enough of a strung-out squeal to open the song off right, and she makes this song compelling for multiple listens. I’ve been listening to this song over and over again for 10 months now and haven’t gotten sick of it, so it is my favorite song of 2015. Alabama Shakes keeps getting better and better with each listen.” – Kyle Donohue ‘17
“The Hills” – The Weeknd
“The Weeknd could have been the sole proprietor 2015 had there not been so much incredible music being released every month or so. But ‘The Hills’ is without a doubt one of the best songs of the year. The Weeknd combines his sensual vocals (yes, sensual and if you disagree, we can fight) with an almost post-apocalyptic/electronic sound in the hook. ‘The Hills’ is The Weeknd’s complete rejection of intimacy and reality (‘I only love it when you touch me/Not feel me/When I’m f–ked up/That’s the real me’), yet it still manages to appeal to a mass audience and sound so sexy at the same time.” – Edward Byrne ‘18
“Alright honestly this song just tells the story of my life, constantly stressed and wishing I was a kid again, but what can you do right? It’s a very different style and feel from a lot of the music we got this year and I really enjoy the unique take on music Twenty One Pilots brings to the table in regards to modern music. Oh, also, they were right with their statement in the song because given the choice out of student loans and treehouse loans, I really do think we’d all take the ladder.” – Korey Ryan ‘18
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