Over the past year, we’ve listened to thousands of singles – way too many to count. Throughout the year, we’ve shared many of them through three regular features – The Melodic TonicThe Matinee, and The Weekend Showcase. While we could have rolled up all those singles into one mammoth playlist, that would have meant a playlist of nearly 1,500 songs, not to mention singles to be added from our 50 Favorite Albums20 Favorite EPs (Parts 1 & 2), Our Favorite Hidden Gems, and then some. But we haven’t done that. Instead, we share with you 111 of our favorite singles from the year in our Mega, Mega Playlist of 2015.

Our Mega, Mega Playlist of 2015 features 111 songs with a total time of 7 hours, 33 minutes. It’s a lengthy playlist, but it just shows that 2015 was a fantastic year in music. Plus, since Ben is New Zealand, we thought 111 was apt (if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, you’ll get the reference).

The greatness of 2015 is demonstrated in the diversity of music created throughout the year, not to mention by whom. Some bands reunited and blew our minds with new LPs, such as Sleater-Kinney. Established bands like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Morning Jacket, Foals, Death Cab for Cutie, and Belle and Sebastian all surprised us with spectacular efforts.

Some of the best singer-songwriters of our time also dropped great albums and singles, including Sufjan Stevens, Dan Bejar (Destroyer), José González, and Jason Isbell. Among the best of the best in indie music released instant classics – Tame Impala, Grimes, and Deerhunter to name a few. Meanwhile, a host of newcomers made breakthroughs, such as Chris Stapleton, Annalibera, Bitter’s Kiss, Steven A. Clark, and American Wrestlers. 2015 will go down as one of music history’s best years, and, therefore, it’s only appropriate to celebrate it with a playlist that offers a glimpse of the past 365 days. Oh, and this playlist doesn’t include singles released this year in anticipation of new albums in 2016. As such, you won’t find Beck, David Bowie, LP, or Shearwater (we’ll save those for another list).

The tracklisting follows the Spotify player. We hope you enjoy this playlist, listening to it over the coming weeks. Have a safe, prosperous, and memorable New Year’s. See you in 2016!

Mega, Mega Playlist of 2015 Tracklisting

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