Getting this in on the last day of the year! I like to take part with my version of the usual best-of lists/year-end recaps, which is basically just a list of my favourites from the past year. It is in no particular order at all. It is what it is.
- PENTATONIX, Pentatonix
- KELLY CLARKSON, Piece by Piece
- ADELE, 25
- MATT NATHANSON, Show Me Your Fangs
- TORI KELLY, Unbreakable Smile
- JAMES BAY, Chaos and the Calm
- JOY WILLIAMS, Venus
- HAMILTON Soundtrack
- DAVID COOK, Digital Vein
- SARA BAREILLES, What’s Inside – Songs from Waitress
Some of my favourites released some truly good albums this year that I haven’t stopped listening to. 2015 also brought on new favourites in Tori Kelly and James Bay, plus Joy Williams’ first solo effort since The Civil Wars ended. And of course, there was Hamilton; how I wish I could witness it in all its glory, but I’ll have to settle for hearing the soundtrack on repeat.
- JANET JACKSON, BURNITUP! ft. Missy Elliott
- MISSY ELLIOTT, WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell
- JOJO, Save My Soul
- ROZZI CRANE, Crazy Ass Bitch
- BRITTANY CAIRNS, Everybody’s Got That Something
- JUSSIE SMOLLETT & YAZZ, No Apologies
- DEMI LOVATO, Confident
- SELENA GOMEZ, Same Old Love
- NICK JONAS, Levels
Outside of all the songs I loved on my favourite albums this year, there were these songs. First of all, the return of Missy Elliott! I would’ve been fine with just the feature on Janet’s song, but then she released “WTF“, which is just so classic Missy. Also, the return of JoJo who was in record label limbo for so long; she came back with an EP that was a nice re-introduction to her and I can’t wait for what’s next. I loved a lot of the songs that came out of Empire, but my favourite of the bunch is definitely “No Apologies” which fuses the rap, hip-hop and R&B so well. I have to say that I’m actually quite impressed with what Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez did this year on their respective albums; they’ve really come into their own as music artists.
NEW TV SHOWS
- Fresh Off the Boat
- Agent Carter
- 12 Monkeys
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Dark Matter
- Master of None
SO MANY TV SHOWS!!! These were by far my absolute new favourites of the year. There were also shows I enjoyed like Limitless and Quantico, as well as shows I haven’t had time to watch yet like Jessica Jones.
RETURNING TV SHOWS
- The Flash
- You’re the Worst
- Jane the Virgin
- Agents of SHIELD
- Orphan Black
- The Americans
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
These are the shows that are still tops for me, though there are a whole other bunch that are just below these ones that I still really like to watch.
SHOWS THAT ENDED/GOT CANCELLED
- Parks and Recreation
- Hart of Dixie
- Chasing Life
The first three shows came to their natural end, the other three were abruptly cancelled (or in the case of Hindsight, renewed then cancelled – thanks a lot, VH1). Either way, it sucks.
- The Martian
- The DUFF
- The Last Five Years
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Inside Out
Mind you, there are A LOT of other movies I still haven’t seen yet, so this is a very small sampling.
So that’s that, my favourites of the past year! I hope you all had a wonderful pop culture filled year, and here’s to more fun in 2016!