Now that 2015 is finally behind us, we at The Busted Amp would just like to extend our thanks for reading. It's a privilege to be able to write about something that we are passionate about and have someone actually care enough to take the time to read our ramblings.
That being said, it's time to reveal our end of year lists. 2015 was a great year for music, both live and recorded. We saw the triumphant returns of many of our favorite bands, while some of them slipped up with their new releases. Artists that we loved passed away, including Lemmy from Motorhead, BB King, Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots, and Chris Squire from Yes. New bands took us by storm and made us instant fans, and we both rocked out to around 150 (100 Derek + 50 Joseph) artists and 4 music festivals (2 Derek + 2 Joseph) during the course of the year. All of that listening made it difficult to narrow down our favorites, but we did it.
So without further adieu, here are our favorite albums and songs of 2015.
While there's no doubt Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is worthy of being the best album of the year, and I respect the hell out of it, it's just not in my wheelhouse.
Here are my favorite albums of the year according to what I've been listening to the most this year. Every album is linked to a song from the album to give you a taste of why I enjoyed it. Take a listen and enjoy.
Well, fortunately for the world, Kendrick Lamar will appear in my favorites, because I'm a rational human being. You'll find our lists to be somewhat similar, but that's definitely in part because our tastes are really quite identical. However, just a reminder, this is not what we felt were the best albums albums of the year. There is simply just too much music out there for us to get to all of it. No these are just our favorites from what we listened to. You probably don't agree with them, but that's ok. We still love you.
But it doesn't stop there. Now let's take a look at some of our favorite singles from the year. This was significantly harder, but we did our best for you. So we hope you enjoy them.
Joseph's Favorite Songs from 2015
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
The official "mainstream" single on this list, Uptown Funk was a refreshing departure from the normal superhit, offering a funky dance line nestled in between some catchy choruses. I have definitely found myself playing this song a lot over the course of 2015.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - S.O.B.
A great shout chorus, combined with Rateliff's lumberjack voice made this a favorite of mine to introduce to friends over the course of 2015. A fun song through and through.
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
While I can't call this the "best" single of 2015, it was definitely the "best" single I listened to throughout the year. A spectacular song featuring a great repeating section that made me think something happened to my computer the first time I listened to it. But it fits within the song! Well played, Kevin Parker.
Diane Coffee - Everyday
My God do I love this song. As an ordinary person might say, Diane Coffee's single, "Everyday," was my fight song for 2015. Whenever I needed a pick-me-up, Coffee was there. This trend will likely continue into the early part of 2016.
Wolf Alice -Moaning Lisa Smile
A late entrant to this list, this song was the moment I realized I had fallen in love with Wolf Alice. Featuring my favorite chorus of 2015, this song really showcases the greatness of Wolf Alice.
Derek's Favorite Songs from 2015:
Diane Coffee - Everyday
I had the honor and privilege of introducing this song to Joseph. Foxygen is, of course, one of my favorite bands of the past few years, and hearing Diane Coffee have such a great release was a very gratifying (especially considering Foxygen's latest ...And Star Power was pretty terrible).
Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
This beautifully constructed acoustic jazz folk song reminds me of a calm summer day, which is comforting in the depths of winter. There's no doubt that Walker has the compositional talent, but I'd like to hear his voice catch up. Unfortunately I missed his tour stop in Cincinnati this fall, but I hope he'll be back around soon enough.
Tame Impala - Eventually
Yes, I included this song above as the example in my album of the year list, but this is easily my favorite song on what is a fantastic album. The vocal effects, the head-bobbing jams, the psychedelic synths. Perfection.
Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands
The song for your ex-love when you wish them well but things just don't work out. Dawes always have had a way to tug at my heart strings, and this may be the best of them all. "I hope the world sees the same person that you always were to me. And may all your favorite bands stay together..."
The Lone Bellow - Fake Roses
When I first heard this song like in February at historic Memorial Hall in downtown Cincinnati, it gave me chills. The passion of this band never ceases to amaze me, and this song is just the tip of the iceberg.
Well, that concludes our look back at 2015! We hope you enjoyed this journey back to some of our favorite music of the year. We sure did! Stay tuned throughout 2016 as we continue our quest to justify our musical habits. Hope you'll join us in the future!