Spectrum’s picks: Our staff’s favorite songs of 2015

A survey of Spectrum editors’ favorite hits from the past year


Music is a subjective art form, subject to the fickle whims of listeners who don’t know what they want to hear until they hear it. That’s what makes end-of-year lists so hard – everyone has an opinion they think is right. But music isn’t black and white. So, instead of compiling a substantive “Top 20 Songs of 2015” list, we decided to just keep it simple. Spectrum staff members submitted their favorite few songs from the past year. Among the in-office frontrunners are Drake and Future, Bryson Tiller, Ellie Goulding and, of course, good ol’ Justin Bieber. Check out the staff picks below.

Tom Dinki – Editor in Chief

Drake, “Hotline Bling” – Hotline Bling

Drake, “Know Yourself” – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap

Alyssa McClure – Managing Editor

Adele, “Hello” – 25

Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” – Delirium

JoJo, “Say Love” – III

Marianas Trench, “Wildfire” – Astoria

The Weeknd, “Tell Your Friends” – Beauty Behind the Madness

Kayla Menes – Copy Editor

The 1975, “Love Me” – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

Disclosure ft. Lion Babe, “Hourglass” – Caracal

Miguel, “Waves” – Wildheart

Rihanna, “BBHMM” – Anti

Renée Staples – Copy Editor

Adele, “Hello” – 25

Bring Me The Horizon, “Run” – That’s The Spirit

Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” – To Pimp A Butterfly

Missy Elliott, “WTF (Where They From)” – (Untitled)

Gabriela Julia – Senior News Editor

“Sorry” – Justin Bieber - Purpose

“Exchange” – Bryson Tiller – T R A P S O U L

“Runnin’” – Kehlani - You Should Be Here

“One Man Can Change the World” – Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

Ashley Viola – News Editor

The Vaccines, “Dream Lover” – English Graffiti

Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” – Delirium

Marina & The Diamonds, “Immortal” – FROOT

Marlee Tuskes – News Editor

Drake and Future, “Jumpman” – What A Time To Be Alive

The Chainsmokers, “Roses” – Bouquet EP

Halsey, “Colors” – BADLANDS

Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now” – Purpose

Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood” – 1989

Tori Roseman – Senior Features Editor

Big Sean, “All Your Fault” – Dark Sky Paradise

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, “Slip Slide” – Surf

Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean” – Purpose

Panic! At The Disco, “Emperor’s New Clothes” – Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!

Dani Guglielmo – Features Editor

Avicii, “Can’t Catch Me” – Stories

The Chainsmokers, “Roses” – Bouquet EP

Imagine Dragons, “Shots (Broiler Remix)” – Shots EP

Justin Bieber, “Sorry” – Purpose

Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean” – Purpose

Brian Windschitl – Senior Arts Editor

D.R.A.M., “CHA CHA” – #1EpicEP

Grimes, “Realiti” – Art Angels

Jamie xx, “Loud Places” – In Colour

Tame Impala, “Let It Happen” – Currents

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “The World Is Crowded” – Multi-Love

Kenneth Kashif Thomas – Arts Editor

D.R.A.M., “Gotta Go” – #1EpicEP

Future, “March Madness” – DS2

Villa, “January” – Vertical

Post Malone, “Too Young” – Too Young

Tomas Olivier – Asst. Arts Editor

Bring Me The Horizon, “True Friends” – That’s The Spirit

Drake, “Legend” – If You’re Reading This Its Too Late

Miguel, “Destinado A Morir” – Wildheart

Jordan Grossman – Co-Senior Sports Editor

Calvin Harris ft. Disciples, “How Deep Is Your Love” – How Deep Is Your Love

Drake, “Energy” – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

X Ambassadors, “Renegades” – VHS

Quentin Haynes – Co-Senior Sports Editor

Future, “March Madness” – DS2

Travi$ Scott, “90210” – Rodeo

Bryson Tiller, “Overtime” – T R A P S O U L

Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” – To Pimp A Butterfly

Kainan Guo – Co-Senior Photo Editor

Maroon 5, “Sugar” – V

Rihanna ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds” – Anti

Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” – Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Yusong Shi – Co-Senior Photo Editor

Drake, “Hotline Bling” – Hotline Bling

Drake, “Back to Back” – “Back to Back”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” – Uptown Special

Sam Smith, “Writing’s On the Wall” – Spectre (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Angela Barca – Photo Editor

Bryson Tiller, “Right My Wrongs” – T R A P S O U L

Drake and Future, “Change Locations” – What A Time To Be Alive

Sam Smith ft. John Legend, “Lay Me Down” – In The Lonely Hour

Tekno, “Duro” – Duro

Kenny Cruzer – Creative Director

Disclosure, “Magnets” – Caracal

Halsey, “Drive” – BADLANDS

Lana Del Rey, “High By The Beach” – Honeymoon

Purity Ring, “Begin Again” – another eternity

Pierce Strudler – Asst. Creative Director

Adele, “Hello” – 25

Rihanna, “B*tch Better Have My Money” – Anti

Selena Gomez, “Good For You” – Revival

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