Another year, another moment where I take a break from writing about movies to chronicle the past twelve months in music. It's a season where I shift between pure frustration and getting really excited about pop culture again and again as I browse the lists of others and work obsessively at adding and subtracting from my own accumulated playlist of songs I'm ready to pack into an electronic time capsule. 2015's collection is the 7th annual edition of this nonsense, and I've gotta say: I love looking back at past years even if I do go a little crazy organizing these things.
As per usual, the caveat: this is not a music site. It's a film site, and also a one-person operation. I like making playlists, I like sharing sounds I've enjoyed, and I'm very into archiving my own tastes. That said, this is a list far more about compiling a very subjective set of artifacts and not really about placing labels on the "best" possible songs of the year. They're the best to me, certainly, even if they're not always the most musically ambitious.
Let us begin. Presented with minimal commentary and in no real order, Part 1 of the 100 tracks of 2015:
1. Grimes / "REALiTi" (Demo version) This is the year many of my friends finally acknowledged Claire Boucher, and I've rarely felt so justified. Grimes dropped Art Angels, the pitch perfect electro-pop album that marks a career shift and a bigger, louder presence. "REALiti" is an anthem for all seasons.
★" The Blackstar album hasn't dropped in America just yet, but the single - and wonderfully bizarre music video - have made their mark. As a well-documented Bowie fan, I'm a little bit biased, sure, but I'll be damned if this isn't hard evidence for Bowie's unprecedented ability to fold in chameleonic shifts with truly individual themes. This is not a one listen judgment. Give it time, let it hit that 5:30 mark.