The music industry has had a phenomenal impact on society. Not only have we welcomed some incredible artists, but we’ve also said our goodbyes to some too. This ever-evolving industry is extremely fast paced and continues to grow every year. So having just welcomed in the New Year, we might begin to notice some fresh names, or some already recognisable names – all who will release songs that will forever have an anchorage to 2016. Bursting with genres, this industry has a lot on offer. But which artists will reign the status as releasing the best songs of 2015?
We’ve got this covered. Below, we have compiled a descending list of which were the most popular songs of 2015.
20. How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples
A dance club anthem, said to be inspired by Harris’ love for his girlfriend Taylor Swift. The song features uncredited vocals by Ina Wroldsen and is a follow up of his song ‘18 Months’. This song was an international hit, charting top ten in over 20 countries and reaching #1 in 10 countries.
19. Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon
A song recorded by American-pop band Walk The Moon for their second studio album Talking Is Hard. The song is based on an experience frontman Nicholas Petricca had when at a Los Angeles nightclub, where his girlfriend asked him to dance. The song is derived from his vision of letting go of frustration and having fun. Although released in 2014, the song became the band’s biggest hit single to date during 2015, where they sold over 4 million copies worldwide. It also made it at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a number one hit for the magazine Alternative Songs.
18. Fourfive Seconds – Rihanna/Kanye West/Mccartney
A folk-pop/soul-pop song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna, American rapper Kanye West, and English musician Paul McCartney for Rihanna’s upcoming eighth studio album Anti. The song involved production from West, McCartney, Mike Dean, Dave Longstreth, and Noah Goldstein, with an additional input from Kirby Lauryen, Ty Dolla Sign, Dallas Austin, and Elon Rutberg.
17. Are You With Me – Lost Frequencies
A song written by Tommy Lee James, Terry McBride and Shane McAnally and performed by country singer Easton Corbin. Lost Frequencies is a Belgian producer called Felix De Laet, who takes the song and refashions it into a dancefloor manna.
16. Want To Want Me – Jason Derulo
A song recorded by American singer Jason Derulo for his fourth album Everything Is 4. This song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, which fell as Derulo’s sixth top ten hit in the United States. The song also topped the UK Singles Chart, with its first week sales reaching 127,000 units.
15. Where Are U Now – Skrillex and Diplo/Justin Bieber
A song produced and performed by American music producers Skrillex and Diplo, in collaboration with Jack U. The song features vocals from Canadian singer Justin Bieber and is the second single from the duo’s debut studio album. The track has peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving both Skrillex and Diplo their first top 1- single on the chart, and Bieber his 11th. The song has peaked in the top 10 charts for eight countries, including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
14. Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne
Song by English singer, which was written by Jack Patterson, Janee Bennett, Ina Wroldsen, and Glynne. Released as her third single, the song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart and held that position for three consecutive weeks. As Glynne’s first solo chart entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, the song made it to number 86.
13. Sugar – Maroon 5
A catchy feel and retro vibe song recorded by American pop rock band, Maroon 5 for their fifth studio album V. It was sent to contemporary hit radio in the United States, as the third single on the album. The disco, funk-pop and soul song was so successful it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the 68th song in history to get at least 2 weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100.
12. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Song by English songwriter Ed Sheeran, recorded for his second studio album X. Thinking Out Loud spent 19 weeks within the top 40 and was Sheeran’s second number-one single. The single has reached the top spot in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and South Africa and also made it at number 2 in both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100. The first song to be streamed over 500 million times on Spotify and is also one of the UK’s most streamed songs.
11. King – Years & Years
Song by British synthpop trio, which entered at the top of the UK Singles Chart. Its 101,000 copies sales-streaming resulted in the first number-one single for Years & Years. This song made it within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, and Switzerland.
10. Sorry – Justin Bieber
A song recorded by Canadian singer, Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album Purpose. This song peaked at number one on the Canadian Hot 100 and also topped the charts in nine different countries including, Australia and Germany.
9. What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
Again, recorded by Canadian Justin Bieber for his fourth album. This song again topped the Canadian Hot 100, and also debuted at the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed for one week. This track also made it to the top of the charts in both Australia, Norway and the United Kingdom.
8. Hold Back The River – James Bay
British singer-songwriter James Bay released this song, which peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. This folk-pop song has been certified platinum.
7. Lean On – Major Lazer ft. Mo and DJ Snake
A song recorded by American/British/Jamaican electronic music group Major Lazer and French producer DJ Snake. The long peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It also reached number one in several other countries including Australia, Syria, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, and Switzerland. The song currently has 526 million streams globally and was titled the most streamed song of all time by Spotify.
6. Hello – Adele
Released in October 2015, Hello is a song by English singer Adele. Co-written by Adele and her producer, Greg Kurstin as the lead single for her third album 25. The song’s genre is a piano ballad with soul influences. The song managed to get to number one in almost every country that it charted in and ultimately became Adele’s second number-one single in the UK. Debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and ended up becoming the first song to sell over a million digital copies in a week.
5. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
The song was recorded by American rapper Wiz Khalifa, featuring American singer Charlie Puth. The track was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 action film Furious 7, in tribute to the late Paul Walker who died in a car accident. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks, as well as reaching number one in several countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland. This song holds the record for the most-streamed track in a single day on Spotify in the United States. Such a popular track, it was even shortlisted for Song of the Year for the BBC Music Awards and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe awards.
4. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
A mid-tempo electro-pop power ballad, recorded by English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding for the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades of Grey. The song was an instant hit and was nominated for several awards, including Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, and Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, becoming Goulding’s first Grammy nomination. The song also spent 4 weeks at the top of the UK Chart Singles.
3. Take Me To Church – Hozier
A mid-tempo soul song, expressing Hozier’s frustration with the Catholic Church and its stance on homosexuality. The song’s music video has contributed to it popularity. The song later achieved widespread global popularity, topping the charts in 12 countries. Take Me To Church was not only nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, but has also been certified 5 times platinum in the United States.
2. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) – OMI
In 2015, Cheerleader became a huge global success and reached number one in 20 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and Germany. The track was written by Jamaican singer OMI and was produced by OMI, Clifton Dillon, Mark Bradford, and Ryan Dillon. Shortly after in 2015, German DJ Felix Jaehn eschewed much of the songs original instrumentation in a remix, where he adapted the song into a very popular deep house rendition.
1. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
This song features heavy inspiration from the Minneapolis sound of 1980’s-era funk music and was recorded by British producer Mark Ronson, featuring vocals from American singer Bruno Mars. This song became the longest reigning single in the entire history of the Vodafone Big Top 40.
Well we’ve just informed you of all the best songs from last year. So, if you’re a passionate music junkie, why don’t you take a listen to these popular tracks that made it to 2015’s most popular and played songs. An objective rundown summing up last years most universal tunes, which offered up some surprising singles, astounding artists and amazing albums.
Who ever thought that teen pop singer Justin Bieber and drum and bass producer Skrillex would ever go together? But it worked so well and let’s not lie – was probably one of your guilty pleasure songs. 2015 without a doubt offered up a number of songs that will be remembered for a long time. Ones that we will definitely be back to hear. But for now, we must embrace the new opportunities within the music industry and be sure to indulge in the ever-evolving combination of genres that pervade. 2016 is sure to be as big as last year, here at Best Offers Bingo we just look forward to who’s going to make it to the top and be the best again.
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