First of all, we're sorry. Seriously. We made a mistake. There is no good reason that this list should be 100 songs long. By the time we realized this, it was too late. We know that you don't want to click through 100 slides, and we don't blame you.
Making this list, we just stopped wanting to cut any more songs. We had around 300, and the goal was to cut it to 50, but it got more and more difficult. Everyone on the team was attached to different singles, and toward the end of one meeting about this list, we just decided, "Fuck it, let's just make it 100." Maybe not the best decision, but here we are.
This year, probably more than any other in our lifetime, we saw a shift in music consumption. Not just from the album to the single, but from the six-month hit to the two-week hit. As soon as you fall in love with a song, something else comes along and steals your attention. Adele is still selling CDs, but most young music fans are committed to a stream-only lifestyle, and with access to that much music comes a change in how we view things.
The upside: we've got so much fucking music. It's great. The downside, of course, is that it becomes harder to distinguish what's really important. Clearly, that's something that we're still trying to figure out.
Here are our 100 favorite songs of 2015.