Twenty Fifteen: 50 Righteous Moments in Song

bestLast year when Cat Stevens was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame he questioned the compatibility of “this strange thing called rock and roll” with its “detached and heavily fraternity lifestyle.” That fraternity lifestyle rings true today maybe more than ever. Twenty fifteen saw musical collaborations on the upswing and genres of all stripes were pushed in new directions.

Let’s celebrate this momentous year in music by sharing some tunes together. Here’s a few personal picks, mostly from a songwriting and / or production standpoint.

Most of these are on Spotify so if you’d prefer this goodness as a playlist just hop on here.

Open your headspace and feast your ear holes; in no particular order…

1.) “Pieces” by The O’My’s

2.) “Dog Gonna Play” by Seasick Steve

3.) “Between The Bars” by Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield (Elliott Smith)

4.) “The River” by Son Little 

5.) “Future People” by Alabama Shakes 

6.) “Steady” by The London Souls

7.) “Black Butterfly” by Odessa

8.) “Bullets & Rocks by Calexico

9.) “Grow” by Lianne LaHavas

10.) “The World Ender” by Lord Huron

11.) “The Breeze” by Banditos

12.) “Icing” by 


with OCnotes

13.) “Woman” by City and Colour

 14.) “Unknown Legend” by Shakey Graves with Shovels & Rope (Neil Young)

15.) “From Now On” by Vetiver

16.) “State Streets” by Tommy Halloran 

17.) “La La La Love Me” by Monophonics

18.) “First Of The Week” by Patrick Sweany

19.) “Bulletproof” by 


20.) “Do You Remember” by Jarryd James

21.) “Start A Fire” by Relaxer

22.) “Found Your Way” by Beth Bombara

23.) “Heavy Words” by Alberta Cross 

24.) “That’s Life (Almost Hate To Say)” by Kurt Vile

25.) “Fashion” by The Royal Concept 

26.) “Atchafalaya” by 

Snarky Puppy

27.) “4th and Roebling” by The Districts

28.) “Dirty South” by James Leg (Bob Reuter)

29.) “Heart-Shaped Box” by Lizzie Weber (Nirvana)

30.) “Warm” by SG Lewis

31.) “Goldmine Junkie” by Big Grams

32.) “Long & Lost” by Florence + The Machine

33.) “Cosmic Vision” by JEFF The Brotherhood 

34.) “I’ll Make Time For You” by Kristin Diable

35.) “Fall Out of Love” by Turnpike Troubadours 

36.) “Only Memories Remain” by My Morning Jacket

37.) “Which Side Are You On” by Talib Kweli with Tef Poe and Kendra Ross

38.) “Run Like The River” by Vintage Trouble

39.) Velvet Ditch” by The Arcs 

40.) “Ever Had A Little Faith?” by Belle and Sebastian


41.) “Lisa Sawyer” by Leon Bridges

42.) “S.O.B.” by 

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats 

43.) “Too Tough” by Bully

44.) “If I Have To Wake Up (Would You Stop The Rain?)” by Baroness

45.) “Santa Claus, True Love, & Freedom” by JJ Grey & Mofro

46.) “Something in the Water” by Pokey LaFarge

47.) “Rat Race” by Fuzz

48.) “A New Wave” by Sleater-Kinney

49.) “Daffodils” by Mark Ronson with Kevin Parker

50.) “The Magdalene” by Foxing