Aspenbeat Best Repeat Songs of 2015

As broadcast on Aspen Public Radio, Saturday, December 26, 2015. Host and curator: Andrea Young

Adding to the ‘Best of 2015’ music lists, Aspenbeat has come up with its annual attempt to showcase songs commercially released in 2015 that are worthy of consideration for your ‘constant repeat’ playlist. This is a wide field — there are possibly a million songs released each year! So even if you spent most of your days and into your nights listening, you wouldn’t be able to listen to half of the songs released each year. It’s a difficult selection process to come up with a mere 15 songs to reflect the best of an entire year’s releases.

Aspenbeat’s listening resources include the new ‘submission sites’ (fluence, Musicxray), other curators, colleagues, Aspenbeat artists, friends, family, tv, radio, movies, and even walking through malls (that was in the Time Warner building in NYC earlier this year).

From emerging musicians to established well-known artists, the list crosses genres, with rock, alternative, hip-hop, singer-songwriter, reggae, folk, dance, and pop music all represented. What these best of tracks have in common is a catchy ‘earworm’ sensibility, outside of Top 40 Pop and the current EDM/electronic rage, that somehow keeps them showing up on Aspenbeat shows and playlists over and over again. As is customary on Aspenbeat, the show starts out with music that might have you dancing (although not necessarily of the dance music genre), and then tails off into a more mellow thoughtful mood.

Feel free to add the ones you like to your Pandora station or Spotify, Tidal or iTunes playlist or whatever service you are using to listen these days.

Playlist tracks:



Rod StewartPlease


I like to start my shows off with some high energy tunes, and then tail off into more introspective styles (sort of like how I exercise and organize my day ha!)  Stewart released a new album in October and this track “Please” has a great high energy rock & roll vibe, fabulously produced, easy on the ears, and easy to dance to! It’s co-written with his longtime collaborator Kevin Savagar, who also produced, arranged, engineered and mixed all tracks. Rod and Kevin cowrote most of the album.  The video is pretty awesome high energy too (below)
“Slide over here
Let’s keep each other warm
Shelter from the storm
Come closer to me
Give me a little of your time
Tell me what’s on your mind”  Read more: Rod Stewart – Please Lyrics | MetroLyrics

BAIOSister of Pearl

baioI’m a big fan of Daniel Glass and Glassnote Records, and I of course know Vampire Weekend, so I was so excited to find this September new release by Scott Baio (aka Baio), the backing vocalist and bass player from Vampire Weekend, as released by Glassnote.  It’s got a David Byrne/Talking Heads kind of high energy for me.  Pitchfork notes that Baio describes “Sister of Pearl” as “a Bowie and Ferry-referencing throwback pop song with a simple, straight-forward lyrical message: be who you want to be.” You’ve got to listen.

“…Oh sister of pearl
I wouldn’t change you for the world

Think I might forget it
Gonna write it down
Bring it back around
I’m tired of fighting
In another man’s pointless war
So please keep up with it
Just like you had done before”

Listen and watch video of ‘Sister of Pearl’ String Sessions, a fascinating inside look at the track before it was commercially recorded and released

Baio also released a Soundcloud mix for ‘Cold Winter, Warm Beats’

The playlist also includes tunes from Mark Ronson, Tame Impala, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Addal, Kiwini Vaitai, Snoop Dogg with Stevie Wonder, The Milk Carton Kids, Pressing Strings, Tobias Jesso Jr., Elephant Revival, the Rifters and Ola Onabule