2015 is over. For us here at Neuropop, that means its time to reflect on the memories, mistakes, and magic moments evoked when we hear our favorite songs from the year. From Marina & the Diamonds to Tove Styrke, here is how we remember our year in music.
One time in 2015 Carmon was going to get his hair cut in the Castro and was feeling this song so hard in his headphones he accidentally did some embarrassing handography in the middle of the street. It was dark but he is pretty sure that guy on the corner saw him.
One time (many times) in 2015 we listened to the French language version of this album and were excitedly flabbergasted when we saw her live and realized she was re-releasing it in English; like, no more trying to remember that shitty semester of French in college to understand her lyrical genius. Also one time Carmon talked to one of her background dancers on Scruff.
Christine and the Queens has already reached levels of superstardom in her native France with debut album Chaleur Humaine, and is well on her way to being one state side following her 2015 English language re-release, Christine and the Queens.
One time in 2015 we realized how genius the lyrics for this song are because they could be about loving oneself post-breakup or loving oneself alone at night under the sheets (or both).
You may recognize Hailee Steinfeld from her Grammy nominated role in the film True Grit or from acting and singing in Pitch Perfect 2. She followed up this empowering lead single with an equally impeccable EP, HAIZ, in late 2015.
One time in 2015 we notice that, per the lyrics, Ryn met Pierre on the 4th of July, so we put this right next to "Party in the USA" on our Independence Day playlist.
Ryn Weaver and her Charli XCX co-written lead single "Octahate" exploded in the summer of 2014 and we've been enamored ever since. Her first full length, The Fool, was released in 2015.
One time in 2015 we danced to this on the street because the club it was playing from wouldn't let us back in (our wrist stamps wore off. #sweatyboiz)
If you don't already know and love Hilary Duff, who are you?! Her transition from Disney Channel ingenue, Lizzie McGuire, to full blown pop star has been one of the more successful Disney child to adult transitions (to say nothing of her stint on Gossip Girl). 2015 saw the release of her first album in over 7 years, Breathe In. Breathe Out.
One time in 2015 we woke up hungover in Cabo and discovered that it isn't always better in the morning, but we still love this song.
One time in 2015 Daniel read the Pitchfork review of this album and rolled his eyes at the statement saying she's "like a Björk unleashing her inner Beyoncé," but once we heard the tracks "Icon" and "How Do You Do It," we agreed 100% and embraced the witchy vibes this album made us feel.
One time in 2015 Daniel legitimately considered texting this song to an ex who wouldn't stop sending half-assed apology texts. The perfect break-up anthem. #singleandreadytomingle
XOV was discovered and hand selected by Lorde to feature on her curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. His debut album, Wild, is out now.
One time in 2015 we were in Stockholm and we got locked out of our Airbnb so we slept in an expensive hotel for two hours and were so hungover we couldn't enjoy the lavish breakfast included with our room and once we were back in our Airbnb we were like "let's go to bed" but then we were like "no we can't miss Maja singing 'Last Days of Dancing'" so we dragged ourselves to the Popaganda music festival we were there for and it was v worth it. Plus we took a nap after.
One time in 2015 we were at Popaganda (see above) to see Tove Styrke in her homeland and it was magical. This song was a moment.
One time in 2015 we were like this is a tune but who even is Dagny? Still unsure. #journalism
One time in 2015 Daniel became so obsessed with this song he immediately followed Troye on every social media platform, even Snapchat (which he hates).
One time in 2015 we listened to this on the top of a pyramid in Mexico with our squad. #goals
Noonie Bao has already achieved success co-writing with favorites such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Clean Bandit, and Charli XCX, not to mention her Swedish Grammy award winning debut, I Am Noonie. If her latest EP Noonia is any indication of what is to come, we won't be taking our eyes from her in 2016.
One time in 2015 we saw this guy who looked like Erik Hassle at Popaganda and we didn't say hi. It was Erik Hassle.
One time in 2015 our favorite local drag queen put this on at her bubblegum pop night and we realized it's the best teen pop song since "Oops... I Did It Again".
One time in 2015 we got our friend Katrina so obsessed with this song it ended up being her most played track by year's end; Petite Meller's upcoming album (Milk Bath) is her most anticipated album of 2016 (it is one of ours too).
One time in 2015 we listened to this song and wished that The Godfather Part II actually was about a vampire who can switch gender and travel through space.
One time in 2015 we weren't too sure about this tropical house trend (here's looking at you, Bieber), but then we realized if it means more songs like this we don't mind it taking over 2016.
One time in 2015 Carmon was so overwhelmed imagining this song playing at his wedding that he cried.
One time in 2015 we tried listening to Kylie's Christmas album and realized this E.P. was so much better so listened to this through the holidays instead.
One time in 2015 we thought Zara would never break out of Sweden and then she provided us with our summer anthem and we realized it won't be long before the rest of the world catches on. Also, who knew this 17 year-old could ever transcend the barbecue-centric banger "Rooftop"?!
One time in 2015 we both used this song as an excuse to indulge in "one last time" with someone we weren't all that into anymore. Oop.
One time in 2015 we were in Mexico City for New Year's Eve and danced to this song amongst gratuitous Snapchat posts and champagne when the clock struck midnight. A fitting end to a year of worshipping Carly Slay Jepsen.