How would you describe your year? Would you say it was a triumphant success? A resounding failure? Perhaps it was a mix of the two? If we were to describe 2015, we’d have to say it was complex to say the least. Musically, it was a year of walls coming down, genres bending, unlikely collaborations, and records being broken.
Yes it was the year of Adele… or Taylor Swift… or Drake — take your pick. But it was also the year of the upstart retro rapper and the unconventional, pot-smoking, radio-dissing country superstar. It was also the year that what happened in the headlines echoed in the streets, and then gets nominated for music’s highest honor.
There were so many different and well-textured storylines this year, and we did our best to cover all of them. Here are some of our favorite features from 2015.
Does the future of the rap game rest on this young kid’s shoulders? Maybe. But in the meantime, he’s carving up all takers with his unbelievable flow while trying to take care of his family.
This is the incredible story of the team behind so many classic songs who you never knew existed. And it was supposed to be kept that way.
Relive Chance The Rapper absolutely taking the summer over through his fantastic Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 set.
The man who made grunge happen in Seattle has his own story that’s almost too far-fetched to believe.
In terms of activism, it’s often said if you’re not angry, then you’re not listening. Luckily, this year several music acts were definitely listening and turned their music to 11.
The road the Lauren Mayberry and company’s sophomore album in Every Open Eye was a bit tumultuous, but so deeply satisfying.
Sometimes, a project is so utterly charming, that everyone on Earth wants to join in on it. That includes a kids show with a teen boy with a pin-up arm tattoo.
If you have help writing your rhymes, are you less of a rapper? There’s no definitive answer to that, but this story escalated that debate right to the forefront.
Frankly, after the first MTV Video Music Awards aired, it’s a shock that they were even allowed to carry on again.
In 2015, indie became pop, pop became indie, and who knows what anything is anymore. And does it really matter as long as it sounds great?
The fantastic guy behind the perfectly scored, cult hit Wet Hot American Summer.
Bethany Cosentino and Best Coast were the surprise recipients of our song of the summer and she talked about her victory as well as getting the Led out every now and then.
2015 was the year of the Bieberssaince. You just have to accept it now.
Best Of 2015 Lists
Don’t go into 2016 without checking out the best albums of the year.
Don’t bring in the new year without listening to the best singles of 2015.
These are the albums and singles that flew a little under the radar. It would be a shame to pass on these.