Dystopian New Year’s Party Podcast: Our Favorite Songs of 2015

Well, here we are, at the cusp of the New Year: that sacred time when bloggers from all over congregate for one last chance to opine about the pop culture year that was. And we’re no exception–even though, as we note in the introduction, we’re barely up for the task, having spent most of 2015 listening to the same Ying Yang Twins records we’d been listening to since 2005. But what is pop-culture blogging, anyway, if not the chance to exercise one’s self-appointed, mostly illusory authority on an unwilling and mostly uncaring audience?

I originally wanted this inaugural year-in-review podcast to include multiple forms of media, but quite frankly we’re even worse at keeping up with film, television, et. al. than we are at keeping up with music; and besides, seeing as music is 90% of what we write about on Dystopian Dance Party, it kind of makes more sense this way. So here, without further ado, are our favorite songs of 2015. Settle in, because this one’s gonna be even longer and more self-indulgent than usual!

00:00:00   “Sugah Daddy” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard (from Black Messiah)

00:05:09   “Ain’t That Easy” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard (from Black Messiah)

00:07:37   “Another Life” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard (from Black Messiah)

00:10:07   “The Charade” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard (from Black Messiah) – Live at Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, August 2015

00:13:25   “Back to the Future (Part I)” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard (from Black Messiah)

00:17:10   “Feel Right” by Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal (from Uptown Special)

00:20:19   “Fight Night” by Migos (from No Label II, 2014)

00:21:22   “One Time” by Migos (from Yung Rich Nation)

00:22:21   Migos on Noisey Atlanta, January 2015

00:24:28   “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” by Rich Homie Quan (from If You Ever Think I Will Stop Goin’ In Ask RR)

00:25:54   Rich Homie Quan’s Dramatic Speedboat Escape (Which Actually Turned Out to Be a Less Dramatic Yacht Escape)

00:27:53   “Imma Shake” by TT the Artist (from Art Royalty)

00:29:05   Art Royalty Cover by TT the Artist

© Space is the Place Records

00:29:47   The Peak of ’90s Hip-Hop Album Art by Pen & Pixel

© No Limit Records

00:31:35   “Fuck Up Some Commas” by Future (from DS2)

00:35:44   “All Day” by Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, and Paul McCartney (from SWISH…probably)

00:39:00   Kanye West Fans Claim Not to Know Who Paul McCartney Is, Cause Old-Person Conniptions

00:41:44   “Wesley’s Theory” by Kendrick Lamar featuring George Clinton and Thundercat (from To Pimp a Butterfly)

00:42:29   To Pimp a Butterfly Cover

© Top Dawg Entertainment

00:45:35   “King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar (from To Pimp a Butterfly)

00:45:51   “For Free? (Interlude)” by Kendrick Lamar (from To Pimp a Butterfly)

00:46:34   “These Walls” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, and Thundercat (from To Pimp a Butterfly)

00:47:46   “Hood Politics” by Kendrick Lamar (from To Pimp a Butterfly)

00:51:06   JEFF the Brotherhood’s Wasted on the Dream Cover

© Infinity Cat Records

00:52:03   “Black Cherry Pie” by JEFF the Brotherhood (from Wasted on the Dream)

00:56:10   “Don’t Wanna Fight” by the Alabama Shakes (from Sound & Color)

00:59:30   “Mars on Life” by Clear Soul Forces (from Fab 5ive)

01:03:07   “SMUCKERS” by Tyler, the Creator featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne (from Cherry Bomb)

01:08:51   “So Many Pros” by Snoop Dogg featuring Charlie Wilson (from Bush)

01:13:03   “Jukebox Joints” by A$AP Rocky featuring Kanye West (from At.Long.Last.A$AP)

01:19:05   “679” by Fetty Wap featuring Monty (from Fetty Wap)

01:22:29   “NWA” by Miguel featuring Kurupt (from Wildheart)

01:25:20   “Pleasure Toy” by Bilal featuring Big K.R.I.T. (from In Another Life)

01:28:56   “Finna Get Loose” by Puff Daddy & The Family featuring Pharrell Williams (from No Way Out 2)

01:33:50   “Lapdance in the Trap House” by 2 Chainz (from Trap-A-Velli Tre)

01:37:18   “The Hills” by the Weeknd (from Beauty Behind the Madness)

01:41:49   “Heavy Chevy” by the Alabama Shakes (from Boys & Girls, 2012) – Live in the Bing Lounge, Portland, OR, January 2012

01:42:35   “Heavenly Feeling” by Thunderbitch (from Thunderbitch)

01:45:20   “Piss on Your Grave” by Travi$ Scott featuring Kanye West (from Rodeo)

01:48:06   “Howugonfuckaroundandchooseabusta?” by Dâm-Funk (from Invite the Light)

01:53:25   “Substantial Damage” by Keith Richards (from Crosseyed Heart)

01:56:10   “Drum Machine” by Big Grams featuring Skrillex (from Big Grams)

01:57:20 Big Grams Cover

© Epic Records

01:55:58   “Dick in the Air” by Peaches (from Rub) – Live on KEXP Seattle, October 2015

02:02:54   “News from the Sun (live bootleg)” by Neon Indian (from VEGA INTL. Night School)

02:06:45   “She’s So Freaky” by the Egyptian Lover (from 1984)

02:11:39   “Unique” by GoldLink featuring Anderson .Paak (from And After That, We Didn’t Talk)

02:16:46   “Marching Band” by R. Kelly featuring Juicy J (from The Buffet)

02:17:54   Clickhole: “Awkwardly Adorable! Watch These Parents Explain Loud Sex to Their Children for the First Time

02:21:15   “★” by David Bowie (from )

02:30:35   “Hello” by Erykah Badu featuring André 3000 (from But You Caint Use My Phone)

02:36:10   “Untouchable” by Pusha T (from King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude)

02:38:20   King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude Cover

© G.O.O.D. Music

02:38:35   “Sunshine” by Pusha T featuring Jill Scott (from King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude)

02:43:00   “F.I.F.A.” by Pusha T (from King Push – Darkest Before the Dawn: The Prelude)

Last but not least, as always, you can listen to the songs in full sans commentary with the Spotify playlist:



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