Illustrating 2015's Year In Music

There were some big pop-culture moments in 2015: Amy Winehouse returned (in documentary form), black lives became a movement that mattered, #squads > #selfies, and Drake made awkward dancing, well, acceptable. It was a year of great music that brought us together (Kendrick Lamar's "i") while emotionally tearing us apart (Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens To You") and we can relive it all thanks to Spotify's Year In Music experience. We took inspiration from to 2015's best lyrics - from "BBHMM" to "Sorry" - while recognizing the moments that made us tingle and put them in illustration form.

To check out your personal year in music, head on over to Spotify's Year In Music experience.

1. Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money"

Though Rihanna did not drop an album this year, her anthemic "Bitch Better Have My Money" secured her spot as the most listened to female artist on Spotify globally with more than a billion streams.

2. Amy Winehouse's "Me + Mr. Jones"

Amy Winehouse's music spiked 70% this year when the heart-wrenching documentary, Amy, dropped. The uplifting part? There's no better track than "Me + Mr. Jones" to celebrate the waves we made as a nation when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

3. Justin Bieber's "Sorry"

We've all had to utter that 5 letter word. But no one was able to make it sound as upbeat as Bieber did late this year when his album Purpose dropped. Justin Bieber set a record with the most streams in a single day of all time with 36 million streams on November 13.

4. Black Lives Matter Playlist

Arguably the most powerful social movement of the year - the Black Lives Matter movement - was underlined Kendrick Lamar. Spotify has an entire playlist - including Lamar's "i" - curated by Mjeema Pickett and Tuma Bassa, Spotify's Global Programming Heads of RnB and Hip Hop, that brings new dimension to BLM's powerful activism.

5. Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's"

Ever play tic-tac-toe with broken hearts? Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's" was one of Spotify's Top 5 viral tracks because there's nothing more universal than a love lost.

6. Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen"

Imagine if Fetty Wap and his "trap queen" had kids...and settled in the Alps. Introducing the Von Trap Queen and her family. The rapper's hit was the #1 most listened to track in the U.S. this year.

7. Drake's "Hotline Bling"

Even snowmen play with fire. Drake's "Hotline Bling" track burned up Spotify making him the Most Streamed Artist of 2015. Here's to a winter wonderland!
We made these fun illustrations in partnership with Spotify.
All illustrations done in collaboration with Michele Moricci.


Dec 18, 2015


Sian-Pierre Regis