My Favorite Songs of 2015

Since I did a post about my favorite books of the year, I thought, why not keep on going? TV, Movies, Music–I’ll post about them all before December 31!

Today we’ll focus on my favorite songs from 2015.  Now, some of these *might* have been released before 2015, but I didn’t come across them (anywhere) before then. All righty–let’s get started:


“I Started a Joke” from the Suicide Squad Trailer

Sidney Chase (Feat. Becky Hanson)

From what I can see, you can’t get this version on iTunes (I bought two covers that were close though), so you can bet I’ll buy the soundtrack as soon as it releases. This song is so eerie, so beautiful, so haunting, that it MADE the trailer. To me, it sounds, and feels, like Harley Quinn’s theme song. Check out the lyrics, combine that with her complicated love-story with the Joker, and you’ll see why.


“Up and Up” by Coldplay

Coldplay’s last album was all about heartbreak–and why not. Chris Martin had just split with Gwenyth Paltrow. A Head Full of Dreams could not be more different. There’s joy in every single song on this album. I’ll feature a second song shortly (which happens to be CM’s favorite song ever), but this is my favorite from the new album.


“The Fall” by Imagine Dragons

This song is so beautiful. To me, it feels like discovery, awakening. It also got me through the Sekrit Project. There’s another song (which I won’t post here, to keep a mystery) that sparked that project, but this one captured the heart of my heroine. She’s had her heart broken, then remended in an unexpected way. She’s been waiting for something to change, and it does. Plus the end chorus really sums up her feelings.

Renegades by X Ambassadors

Yes, it’s been played nearly to death by the radio stations, but I LOVE this song. It celebrates the unique weirdness inside us all. Plus it just has a great sound. This is a song my kids and I will always listen to when it comes on. It’s a great song for YA writers, too, because it captures that moment when a teen realizes being different is actually awesome. And the video? The man climbing Kilimanjaro, whose arms and legs end before the first joint, was a speaker at a conference I attended. He’s amazing. Oh, and X Ambassdaors’s keyboardist, Casey? He’s blind. So when you think you can’t do something because it’s too hard, think again.


“A Head Full of Dreams” by Coldplay

So this is Chris Martin’s favorite song–his favorite out of Coldplay’s entire discography. It’s a wonderful, bouyant piece of music. The main theme is that your dreams can be the change you want it to be. This is classic Coldplay, ethereal, vibrant. They are one of the most musical bands you’re going to hear (yes, haters, they are)–if you’ve seen them live, you’ll agree. I can’t help but smile and bounce a little every time I hear this song.

And last, but so not least…

“Time” by Mikky Ekko

This song hit me right in the soul the first time I heard it. And I knew, immediately, that this was Quinn and Lexa’s song. To me, I hear the struggle for two people to finally be together. That time isn’t on their side, but they’re still hoping, waiting, fighting for that chance. There’s such longing in the music and Ekko’s voice is raw with it. It’s the perfect song for star-crossed lovers, and reunited couples.

So that’s my list! How about you? Any songs burst onto your radar this year?

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