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June 25, 2015 11:24 AM EDT

The music industry usually saves its biggest releases for the fall, but the first six months of 2015 could give the normally jam-packed fourth quarter a run for it’s money. From pop stars going indie to indie acts infiltrating Top 40, the year has plenty of contenders for end-of-year best-of lists that defy easy categorization.

Here, TIME contributors highlight the 14 best songs of the year—so far.

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