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The Verge Playlist: the music of CES 2015

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CES is all about sensory overload. Everything we see, touch, and even taste is amplified here, all in service of products that line these halls for as far as the eye can see. And what do we hear? A chorus of clashing melodies riding atop the din of excited press, buyers, and fans waiting for just a glimpse of the near future. If you're not at some keynote or event, it's easy enough to let this noise wash over you as you turn your gaze to the future. But if you listen closely, you'll get a sense of what moves the minds behind CES right now.

They, too, are into Apocalypse Pop.

CES is dead, but the dream remains. And as we take our flights home, what sticks with us are the songs, the ones we heard at the Las Vegas Convention Center, deep in the bowels of the Venetian, and during those countless cab rides in between. They could have spoken to some deeper meaning Panasonic was trying to mine, or, hey, they could have just sounded amazing on the Strip. In any case, here's just a small sampling of everything we heard this week. Until next year...

  1. Hozier - Take Me to Church
  2. Kiesza - Hideaway
  3. Icona Pop - I Love It feat. Charli XCX
  4. Black Sabbath - War Pigs
  5. U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
  6. Emily King - Ain't No Sunshine
  7. Calvin Harris, Ayah Marar - Thinking About You
  8. Jason Derulo - Wiggle feat. Snoop Dogg
  9. Clean Bandit - Rather Be feat. Jess Glynne
  10. John Mayer - No Such Thing
  11. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Ain't No Time
  12. Ne-Yo - She Knows feat. Juicy J
  13. Urban Dance Squad - Deeper Shade of Soul
  14. Tove Lo - Habits (Stay High)
  15. Sacco - Think You're Pretty
  16. Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home feat. Majid Jordan
  17. Pitbull - Fireball feat. John Ryan
  18. Skrillex - Recess
  19. Michael Jackson - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  20. T.I. - About the Money feat. Young Thug
  21. Sam Smith - Money on My Mind