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15s for ’15: Top 15 albums, songs & party beats of 2015

The year in music earns one more glance back with our Top 15 lists for 2015. check these gay charts for the 15 best songs, albums and party tracks.
By Buck Cooke
Our Top 15 lists for the year that was run a gamut of musical moments, including big splashes from icons like Madonna, Janet, and Reba; big blasts from Ellie Goulding, the Weeknd, and Maroon 5; genre-changing collections from Don Henley (from rock to country) and, in a way, Justin Bieber (from pop to EDM).

Of course, it includes the universal musical moment that dominated the end of the year, Adele. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

 

15 BEST ALBUMS

This year saw some stunningly well-made albums, running the gamut from country to EDM and pure pop. Some of these albums may not have been on everyone’s lips, but they should have been. Darlene Love was finally able to come out of the shadows and into the spotlight after a full career as a background singer (in her 70s!) and Ryan Adam’s song-by-song rock cover of Taylor Swift’s “1989” album was sublimely perfect. In our world of track-by-track downloads, it’s refreshing to find artists still making a collection of songs that form a cohesive body of work.

 

ryan-adams-taylor-swift“1989”

Ryan Adams

 

 

 

 

adele-25-cover-thatgrapejuice“25”

Adele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin_Bieber_-_Purpose_(Official_Album_Cover)“Purpose”

Justin Bieber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

piece by piece“Piece By Piece”

Kelly Clarkson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The_Desired_Effect“The Desired Effect”

Brandon Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I_Cry_When_I_Laugh“I Cry When I Laugh”

Jess Glynne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cass county“Cass County”

Don Henley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

janet jackson“Unbreakable”

Janet Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

emotion“Emotion”

Carly Rae Jepsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darlene-Love-Introducing-Darlene-Love-Cover-Art-for-IG“Introducing Darlene Love”

Darlene Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madonna_-_Rebel_Heart_(Official_Album_Cover)“Rebel Heart”

Madonna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1035x1035-Reba_LoveSomebody_Cover“Love Somebody”

Reba McEntire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giorgio_Moroder_-_Déjà_Vu“Deja Vu”

Giorgio Moroder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

weekendBeauty Behind the Madness”

The Weeknd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Years_&_Years_-_Communion_(cover)“Communion”

Years and Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 15 SONGS OF 2015

2015 saw some huge dance anthems that took the world by storm, tender ballads that warmed the heart, and panty droppers for getting buys. Adele slayed the competition, Janet and Missy set the world on fire, and Ed Sheeran extolled the virtues of capturing time (and feelings!) with photographs. Here are 15 of the best, from the genre-defining to the genre-defying.

 

helloHello”

Adele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JBIEBER_wdym-cover-art_5x5“What Do You Mean”

Justin Bieber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jess-glynne-hold-my-hand-cover-1424708110-custom-0“Hold My Hand”

Jess Glynne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

elliegoulding-onmymind“On My Mind”

Ellie Goulding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calvin-Harris-Disciples-How-Deep-Is-Your-Love-single-cover-art-426x426“How Deep Is Your Love”

Calvin Harris and Disciples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack_U_Where_Are_U_Now_RemixesWhere Are U Now””

Jack U featuring Justin Bieber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet-Jackson-BURNITUP-2015-1500x1500“BURNITUP!”

Janet Jackson featuring Missy Elliott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

little-mix-black-magic“Black Magic”

Little Mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghosttown“Ghosttown”

Madonna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lean-on“Lean On”

Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nicki-minaj-maroon-5-sugar-remix“Sugar”

Maroon 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dejavu“Deja Vu”

Giorgio Moroder featuring Sia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naughty-Boy-Runnin-Lose-It-All-2015-Final“Runnin’ (Lose It All)”

Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

artworks-000119849219-9858q0-t500x500“Photograph”

Ed Sheeran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

weeknd“I Can’t Feel My Face When I’m With You”

The Weeknd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 BEST PARTY TRACKS

As you wrap up the year and get ready for all that 2016 has to offer, don’t forget to rock out to these essential dance tracks from the past year. Even when they’re not  musical moments that endure forever and ever, who can forget the joy you felt dancing at a club, belting out the chorus in the shower, or car-dancing at a traffic light to these great songs?

 

avan-lava-sioux-group“Wanna Live”

AVAN LAVA

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon-Flowers-Can’t-Deny-My-Love“Can’t Deny My Love”

Brandon Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chic“I’ll Be There”

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason-Derulo-Want-to-Want-Me-2015-1200x1200“Want to Want Me”

Jason Derulo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diplo-Be-Right-There“Be Right There”

Diplo and Sleepy Tom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

omen“Omen”

Disclosure featuring Sam Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tn-samfielldt-showmelove-cover1200x1200“Show Me Love”

Sam Feldt featuring Kimberly Anne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

turn the music“Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)”

KDA featuring Tinie Tempah and Katy B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ghost town“Ghost Town”

Adam Lambert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29FA2BD600000578-3139510-image-a-36_1435267696832“Cool For the Summer”

Demi Lovato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitch I'm Madonna - DJ Daniel Roma mix“Bitch I’m Madonna”

Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this summer“This Summer”

Maroon 5 vs. Alesso

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kylie-Minogue-Kylie-Garibay-2015-1280x1280“Black and White”

Kylie Minogue and Garibay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nervo“The Other Boys”

NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

glitterball“Glitterball”

Sigma featuring Ella Henderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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