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As some of you know, every New Year’s Eve I post a playlist of songs from the past year that have been significant or just damn good. A few of these songs were released last year but exploded this year. Usually there is some bias (I know, where is the country?), but I try to include some different genres to mix things up. I don’t try to justify any of my choices, and I don’t make apologies for leaving off certain songs. At the end of the day, it’s just supposed to be a fun little set of songs for people to listen to.

This was the year of …infectious pop, shall we say? I believe that we generally get one pop album each year that blows everything else out of the water. This year? If I had said anything other than fun., you’d think I’d been living under a rock. OK, I kind of was, but it was a small rock. In any case, again, this list is not meant to be taken seriously or as a “Best of” list. It’s just 40 songs that were perhaps significant to the year or I just liked.

There are two playlists. One is created for Spotify, and the other is through Youtube, so if you want to watch the videos or don’t have access to Spotify, that’s there for you. Oh, and I’m not at all responsible for the content or language in any of these songs or videos. Some of these have the parental advisory label slapped on them in the store. Be aware of this. Um, and consider the last two songs on there sort of like bonus tracks. It officially ends with "We Are Young" (I thought it was only right to allow fun. to be the bookends to this playlist).

The Spotify Playlist
The Youtube Playlist

“Some Nights” by fun.
“Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
“Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” by Frank Ocean
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Payphone” by Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
“Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood
“Wide Awake” by Katy Perry
“Try” by P!nk
“Burn It Down” by Linkin Park
“Home” by Phillip Phillips
“Runaways” by The Killers
“Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees
“Sixteen Saltines” by Jack White
“Madness” by Muse
“Mercy” by Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz
“Climax” by Usher
“Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars
“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” by P!nk
“That’s Why God Made the Radio” by the Beach Boys
“Every Single Night” by Fiona Apple
“She’s So Mean” by Matchbox Twenty
“Skyfall” by Adele (Not available in Spotify playlist—because Spotify clearly doesn’t want us to be happy*)
“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra
“Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” by Ne-Yo
“When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars
“Going Home” by Leonard Cohen
“Ho Hey” by the Lumineers
“Doom and Gloom” by the Rolling Stones (Spotify playlist features the Jeff Bhasker remix)
“Stay Frosty” by Van Halen
“Duquesne Whistle” by Bob Dylan
“We Take Care of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen
“Girl on Fire – Inferno Version” by Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj
“Hall of Fame” by The Script feat.
“Feel Again” by OneRepublic
“Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” by fun. feat. Janelle Monae
“Gangnam Style” by Psy
“Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

*Actually, I had a similar problem last year with the songs from 21. I think they just have some trouble getting Adele’s music cleared for Spotify.
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