Best of Music 2015 (So Far) Roundup


Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell © Asthmatic Kitty

Ah, its nearly August my friends and if you were wondering why the Best of 2015 (So Far) roundup articles have been so few and far between, that’s because there have been an assortment of them featured on starpulse.com. The only “best of” features that graced Brent Music Reviews were chart- and sales-oriented posts, which as of yet, include R&B and Rap articles. But here is a list of links and summarizations of my Best Of 2015 (So Far) articles, with some extras thrown in! ENJOY!

 

1) The Best Music Videos Of 2015 (So Far) (Published 6/20/15)

Taylor Swift screenshot from Bad Blood music video (Big Machine, YouTube)

Self-explanatory. This first Best of 2015 post, penned near the end of June, highlights some of the best music videos of 2015. Not to destroy surprise, but yes, Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” tops the list.

2) 25 Most Underrated Songs of 2015 (So Far) (Published 6/28/15)

Twenty One Pilot, Blurryface © Fueled By Ramen

The idea for this best of songs post came from an editor. It was quite fun to compile a list of the years more underappreciated, under-the-radar songs. Miguel’s “Coffee” made the list, but Twenty One Pilots“Fairly Local” topped this list.

 

3) 25 Best Songs Of 2015 (So Far) (Published 7/5/2015)

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness © Republic

A week after writing a post dedicated to the year’s most underrated songs, this article covers the best songs of 2015. The Weeknd scored the most love, landing two songs on the list with both in the top five: “Can’t Feel My Face” (#1) and “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” (#4). Yes, Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” made the top five as well (#2).

 

4) 25 Best Albums Of 2015 (So Far) (Published 7/11/2015)


Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly © Aftermath : Interscope

Ah, the coveted 25 Best Albums of 2015 (So Far) article. Albums seem to be fading in relevancy over tracks, but this years list was top heavy. Kendrick Lamar led the charge with To Pimp A Butterfly, though he had hefty competition from Father John Misty, Sufjan Stevens, and Miguel among others.

5) Biggest Album Flops Of 2015 (So Far) (Published 7/12/2015)

Madonna, Rebel Heart © Interscope

The most popular (aka most viewed) post of the bunch was the Biggest Album Flops Of 2015 (So Far). This included Madonna’s Rebel Heart, which took the top spot. While there were others deserved of their perch “on the bottom” (looking at you Jamie Foxx and Ciara), Madonna’s “epic fail” drew the most attention.

 

6) 32 Most Notable Music Moments Of 2015 (So Far) (Published 7/26/2015)

B.B. King, Ultimate Collection © Geffen

Ah, the final and newest best of 2015 (so far) post was a new idea. Basically, this post examines musical moments and their relevancy with pop culture. This includes notable deaths such as B.B. King and dumb “a$$” things like Bieber’s instagram shot of his… you get the picture.

Oh and how about some extras not tied with the best of 2015 (so far) tag? Here are a couple of other pop culturally relevant evergreen articles you should check – no really, you should! YOU MUST!    

 

1) 50 Songs About Each State To Celebrate The USA (Published 7/4/15)

US map with flag © Public domain

This post was time intensive and a gamble. Wanting to write something left center and offbeat to celebrate Independence Day and contribute an everlasting evergreen work, the result was the quirky 50 Songs About Each State To Celebrate The USA. What made it a gamble? It had the chance to flop. Did it flop? No, but its one of those slowly and sure it’ll get views articles. Still both worth the gamble and a read!

2) 13 Songs Representing ‘God Status’ In Rap (Published 7/25/15)

Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money © Atlantic

Conceitedness is a given in rap music, particularly these days. It’s no surprise that over the past couple of years, the number of songs where rappers liken themselves to gods. This particular article cites 13 examples of songs characteristic of ‘god status.’ And yes, ‘god’ should be lowercase – they aren’t God.

 

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