2015 Music Favorites

by Sanai Meles


2016 is upon us.  That means New Year, New Music.

But for a brief time, lets take a look back at 2015. In the words of Frank Sinatra, “It was a very good year,” ……at least in the world of music that is. So without further ado, checkout this list of favorite songs, albums, music videos, and lyrics brought to you by members of the executive board here at WMRE. 

A Spotify playlist of the most favored songs are down at the bottom for your listening convenience. Enjoy!

Note: Bold lettering denotes being favored  by multiple members.


Laura Flint (Promotions)   

  • Songs
    • “I Wear Glasses”- Mating Ritual
  • Albums
    • Dopamine – BØRNS
  • Music Videos
    • “Hotline Bling” – Drake


Brandon Pownall (Tech Director)

  • Songs
    • “Hour” – Porches
    • “Back Baby” – Jessica Pratt
    • “Alex G” – Brite Boy
  • Albums
    • Carrie & Lowell – Sufjan Stevens
    • Divers– Joanna Newsom
    • Beach Music – Alex G
  • Music Videos
    • “Brite Boy” – Alex G
    • “Sapokanikan” – Joanna

Anika Rastgir (Business Manager)

  • Songs
    • “The Traveler” – Beach House,
    • “PPP” – “Beach House,
    • “The Knower” – Youth Lagoon,
    • “Can’t Do Without You” – Caribou,
    • “True Love” – Tobias Jesso Jr.
    •  “Another One” – Mac Demarco,
    • “Let it Happen” and “The Less I Know the Better” – Tame Impala
    • “No No No” – Beirut
    • “Dream Lover” – Destroyer
    •  “I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times” – Jamie xx ft. Young Thug and Popcaan
    • “Pretty Pimpin” – Kurt Vile
    • “Return to the Moon” – EL VY
    • “Fourth of July” – Sufjan Stevens
    • “Alright” – Kendrick Lamar
    • “Should Have Known Better” – Sufjan Stevens
    • “Call It Off” – Shamir
    • “Slow Burn” – Made in Heights
    • “Ch-Ching” – Chairlift,
    • “Chateau Lobby # 4 (in C for Two Virgins)” – Father John Misty
    • “Multi-Love” – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    • “Before” – Wye Oak
    • “Vestiges” Martin Courtney
    • “Down on My Luck” – Vic Mensa
  • Albums
    • Carrie & Lowell – Sufjan Stevens
    • Currents – Tame Impala
    • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
    • Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars – Beach House
    • I Love You, Honeybear – Father John Misty
  • Music Videos
    • “The Less I Know the Better” and “Let It Happen” by Tame Impala


Zachary Issenberg (Co-Editor & Chief of Frequency Magazine)

  • Songs
    • “Complexion” – Kendrick Lamar
    • “Runway H” – Death Grips
    • “Newspaper Spoons” – Viet Cong
    • “Cherry Bomb” – Tyler the Creator
    • “Chlorine” – Title Fight
  • Albums
    • the decline of stupid fucking western civilization – Jordaan Mason
    • I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside – Earl Sweatshirt
    • Viet Cong – Viet Cong
    • Jenny Death – Death Grips
    • Vulnicura – Bjork The Most Lamentable Tragedy – Titus Andronicus
    • Slime Season 2 – Young Thug
  • Music Videos
    • “Chlorine” – Title Fight
    • “Grief” – Earl Sweatshirt
    • “Deathcamp” – Tyler the Creator
  • Memorable Lyric
    • “I like my iPod more than fuckin” – Death Grips

Alisha Uppal (Co-Editor & Chief and Online Editor for Frequency Magazine)

  • Songs
    • “Hunger” – Ross Copperman
  • Albums
    • Communion – Years & Years
    • Of This I’m Sure – Jenny and Tyler
  • Music Videos
    • “Beautiful Now” – Zedd
  • Memorable Lyric
    • “You should know where I’m coming from” – Banks

Loli Lucaciu (Social Media Manager)

  • Songs
    • “Comptine d’un autre été (Nils Hoffmann Bootleg Remix)” – Yann Tiersen
  • Albums
    • Light EP – Odesza
  • Music Videos
    • “5 Minutes” – Her
    • “Open” – Rhye
  • Memorable Lyric
    • “I mean I’m, aggravated, agitated, I admit/Intoxicated, animated, got me feelin’ kinda lit” – Travis Scott

Ben Crais (Music Director)

  • Songs
    • “Now” – Future
    • “Countin’ 100s” – Lil Herb
    • “Big Tymin” – Nef the Pharaoh
    • “Solace” – Earl Sweatshirt
    • “Ice Cream (Freestyle)” – Meek Mill
  • Albums
    • 56 Nights – Future
    • Barter 6 – Young Thug
    • I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside – Earl Sweatshirt
    • Late Nights: The Album – Jeremih
    • Days with Dr. Yen Lo – Dr. Yen Lo
  • Music Videos 
    • “Best Friend”
    • “With That ” – Young Thug ft. Duke
  • Memorable Lyric
    • “Hot Sauce in my cup of noodle/You taught me that” – Earl Sweatshirt

Harrison Farina (Personnel Director)

  • Songs
    • “March Madness” – Future
    • “With That” – Young Thug ft. Duke
    • “Don’t” – K Camp
  • Albums
    • Beast Mode – Future
    • 56 Nights – Future
    • Released From Love – The Body and Thou
    • The Neurobiology Of Moral Decision Making – Mark Fell and Gábor Lázár
    • ID EP – Adda Kaleh
    • The Blue M&M 2 – Peewee Longway
    • Platform – Holly Herndon
  • Music Videos
    • “Don’t Nothing Move But the Money” – Soulja Boy
  • Memorable Lyric
    • “Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman” – Drake

 Sarika Joglekar (Special Events)

  • Songs
    • “Hey I” – Young Thug
    • “Impatient” – Jeremih ft. Ty Dolla $ign
    • “Promo Mix (Deep)” – Winterfieldt
    • “56 Nights” – Future
    • “Purple Coming In” – Future
  • Albums
    • Your Discretion is Trust – Cities Aviv
    • St Germain – St. Germain
    • Beast Mode – Future
    • A Line That Connects – Lycia
    • Mutant – Arca
    • Slime Season – Young Thug
    • Days with Dr. Yen Lo – Dr. Yen Lo
  • Music Videos
    • “REALiTi” – Grimes
    • “Paul” – Girl Band
    • “Sorry” – Justin Bieber
  • Memorable Lyric
    • “I’m a franchise” – Future

Sanai Meles (Online Editor for Frequency Magazine)

  • Songs
    • “Baby Blue” – Action Bronson ft. Chance the Rapper
    • “Excuse Me” – A$AP Rocky
    • “(At Your Best) You Are Love” (Aaliyah/The Isley Brothers Cover) – Frank Ocean
    • “I Wanna Benz” – YG ft. Nipsey Hussle and 50 Cent
    • “Impatient” – Jeremih ft. Ty Dolla $ign
    • “Ryderz” – Hudson Mohawke
    • “Again” and “RGF Island”- Fetty Wap
    • “Angels” – Chance the Rapper
    • “Annie” – Neon Indian
    • “I Know There’s Going to Be (Good Times)” – Jamie xx ft. Young Thug and Popcaan
    • “Realiti (Demo Version)” – Grimes
    • “Powerful (Remix)” – Major Lazer ft. D.R.A.M.
    • “All That” – Carly Rae Jepsen
    • “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” – Tame Impala
    • “Hello” – Erykah Badu ft. Andre 3000
    • i (Album Version) – Kendrick Lamar
    • “Wesley’s Theory” – Kendrick Lamar ft. George Clinton and Thundercat
    • “Might Be Wrong” – Vince Staples ft. Haneef Talib aka GeNNo and eeeeeeee
    • “Lay Up,” “Peacoat,” “Colossal,” and “56 Nights”- Future
    • “Digital Dash” – Future & Drake
    • “Knocked Off” – Young Thug ft. Birdman
    • “As You Are” and “Real Life” – The Weeknd
    • “Drinks On Us (Remix)” – MikeWillMadeit ft. The Weeknd, Swae Lee, and Future
    • “Hey There” – Dej Loaf ft. Future
    • “Lock Arff” – Section Boyz
    • “M.F.T.R.” – Pusha T ft. The Dream
    • “BDP” – Daytona
    • “Hourglass” – Disclosure ft. LION BABE
    • “All Wit My Hands” – Curren$y
    • “Hercules,” “Raw (Might Just),” and “Hey I”- Young Thug
    • “Israel (Sparring)” – Chance The Rapper & Noname Gypsy
    • “Be Together” – Major Lazer ft. Wild Belle
    • “Rhymes Like Weight” and “All Wit My Hands” – Curren$y
    • “On & On” – Joey Bada$$ ft. Maverick Sabre & Dyemond Lewis
  • Albums
    • Beast Mode – Future
    • DS2 – Future
    • King Push-The Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude – Pusha T
    • Currents – Tame Impala
    • Barter 6 – Young Thug
    • Beauty Behind The Madness – Weeknd
    • SremmLife – Rae Sremmurd
  • Music Videos
    • “Borders” – MIA
    • “Best Friend” – Young Thug
    • “L$D” – A$AP Rocky
    • “Play No Games” – Big Sean ft. Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign
    • “Dirt Boys” – KOHH ft. Dutch Montana and Loota
    • “Shutdown” – Skepta
    • “Dem Wah Fi Know” – Popcaan
    • “Down on My Luck” – Vic Mensa
    • “Alright” – Kendrick Lamar
    • “Hotline Bling” – Drake
  • Memorable Lyric
    • “I hope you never get off Fridays/And you work at Fridays that’s always busy on Fridays” – Chance the Rapper

2015 Music Favorites

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