Instrumental Music 2015: The Best of the Year

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A look at the best instrumental music of 2015. This year was full of great music, and these are some of the best tracks of the year.

The Best of the Year

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the best instrumental music of 2015. This has been a great year for instrumental music, with a wide variety of artists and genres represented. Here are a few of our favorites.

The Best Pop Songs

There were so many great pop songs released in 2015, it was hard to narrow it down to just 10. But we did it! Here are our picks for the best pop songs of the year, in no particular order.

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
This infectious groove topped the charts in more than 20 countries and was impossible to escape — even if you tried.

“Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
With a catchy melody and smooth vocals, this song about being high on life (or maybe something else?) was another huge hit for The Weeknd.

“Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)” by OMI
This irresistible summer anthem was actually originally released in 2012, but it blew up in 2015 thanks to a remix by German DJ Felix Jaehn.

“Lean On” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ
A global collaboration between some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, “Lean On” was an instant club classic.

” Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap’s breakout hit introduced the world to his unique brand of auto-tuned rap/singing and made him one of the year’s biggest new stars.

The Best Country Songs

Instrumental music has always been popular, and 2015 was no exception. Fans of all genres flock to stores and online retailers to buy the latest CDs and MP3s, and many of them are looking for the best of the best.

There were plenty of great country songs released in 2015, but only a few can be considered the best of the year. Here are our picks for the top 10 country songs of 2015:

1. “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
2. “Take Your Time” by Sam Hunt
3. “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
4. “I See You” by Luke Bryan
5. ” crashed and burned” by Jake Owen
6. My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
7. I’m Gonna Love You Through It” by Martina McBride
8. Keep Me in Mind” by Zac Brown Band
9. Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” by Thompson Square
10.”Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw

The Best Hip-Hop Songs

Instrumental music has long been a staple of the hip-hop community, providing the backdrop for some of the genre’s most memorable tracks. In 2015, there was no shortage of great beats, with producers old and new alike crafting instrumental hip-hop anthems that will stand the test of time.

From classics like J Dilla’s “Donuts” to contemporary bangers like Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” these are the best hip-hop beats of 2015.

The Best Rock Songs

The year 2015 was one full of heartache and reckoning, with a long list of tragedies befalling not just the U.S. but the world at large. In difficult times, people often seek solace in music, and 2015 was no different. Here are some of the best rock songs of the year, chosen for their ability to lift our spirits and carry us through.

-“Testimony” by Volbeat
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The Best Albums of the Year

It’s been an amazing year for music, with so many incredible albums being released. It’s hard to narrow it down, but here are our picks for the best albums of the year.

The Best Pop Albums

There’s no shortage of excellent new pop music this year, with standout releases coming from a variety of artists both established and up-and-coming. If you’re looking for something to keep you dancing all night long, these are the albums you need.

1. “Uptown Special” by Mark Ronson
2. “1000 Forms of Fear” by Sia
3. “In the Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith
4. “X” by Ed Sheeran
5. “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine
6. “My Everything” by Ariana Grande
7. “Sucker” by Charli XCX
8. “Pure Heroine” by Lorde
9. “Bad Blood” by Bastille
10. “1989” by Taylor Swift

The Best Country Albums

The best country albums of the year are a varied lot, from classic country sounds to cutting-edge modernity. There’s something for everyone on this list, so take a look and find your next favorite country album.

1. “Angels & Alcohol” by Alan Jackson
2. “Bittersweet” by Shania Twain
3. “Carrying On” by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
4. “The Life of Ricky Benson” by Blake Shelton
5. “Painkiller” by Little Big Town
6. “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell
7. “Southernality” by A Thousand Horses
8. “Travelin’ Light” by Dierks Bentley
9. “Wave on Wave” by Pat Green

The Best Hip-Hop Albums

2015 was a big year for hip-hop, with new albums from some of the genre’s biggest names. But which ones were the best? Here’s our list of the year’s 10 best hip-hop albums.

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
3. Chance the Rapper – Surf
4. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
5. Dr. Dre – Compton
6. Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful
7. Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
8. J Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
9. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
10. Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood – Sour Soul

The Best Rock Albums

It was a great year for rock music in 2015, with a wide variety of sounds and styles represented in the best albums of the year. From classic rock to punk to alternative to metal, there was something for everyone. Here are our picks for the best rock albums of 2015.

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