Here it is, my annual compilation of songs that I felt were good enough to associate with an entire year. Only two more than last year, despite a strong start. It's not a super long list, but I feel like there's a lot of quality and diversity. Some great new finds this year, like K.Flay and Alice Merton, and some great new efforts from Lorde, Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Even Tracy Bonham came back with a stellar remake of her own "Mother Mother." A few songs were largely for Simon's benefit (thus the Moana tunes and Imagine Dragons). Hamilton was again present. The Kimbra track just snuck in, and it's blowing my mind.
For fun, I've linked to videos for everything. Most of them are kind of stupid, but I like some of them. I love how little Lorde cares that she's a freak when she dances. "Immigrants" is super political, but awesome. The Muse video has a ridiculous premise but it's so satisfying. Check out the live performances from The Naked And Famous and Tracy Bonham. Thirty Seconds To Mars have something interesting to see.