Top Songs of 2015

Nikki Nasiri, Staff Writer

2015 was another successful year for the music industry and our ears, for the most part. Let’s take a look at some of the top hits of this past year.

1.“Hello” by Adele

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Finally everyone’s favorite British singer has made a comeback! After a four year wait, the 27 year old singer-songwriter released the first single of her album 25, “Hello”. “Hello”, a soulful piano ballad, describes a story in which Adele expresses her regrets and nostalgia towards a broken relationship.The song quickly smashed music charts around the world, including the BillBoard Hot 100, which has only seen around a thousand singles hit number one on it’s debut day. This tearjerker of a song has also claimed the number one spot on most teenagers breakup playlists! Sadly we won’t be able to see Adele in the nominations for a Grammy this year due to it being put out past the cut off date to be considered for an award.But fear not,we’ll be looking forward to watching Adele struggle to carry her Grammy’s again in 2017!


2.”Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars


Let’s be honest here. If someone were to come up to you and ask you to play “that Mark Ronson song” you’d most likely respond by saying “Mark Ronson who?”. Although Mark Ronson himself continues to have no public recognition, we can probably agree on “Uptown Funk!” to be one of the most recognizable (and overplayed) songs of 2015. There’s just something about the noise of old time funk combined with the EDM of today that gets us all up on our feet and dancing really, really badly. The music video for “Uptown Funk!” has surpassed one billion views on Youtube, the ninth video in history to make into the Youtube big leagues.


  1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

You’re lying down in a field of soft daisies, the soft wind blowing into your face. The air smells distinctly like spring, or that candle you bought that was on sale at Bath and Body Works. This place is so perfect, the only thing you can compare it to is heaven. This is what you picture when you listen to “Thinking Out Loud”. Yup. It’s just that amazing. If this song doesn’t win at least one Grammy this year, you don’t know what you’ll do other than formally make Ed Sheeran the singer-songwriter version of Leonardo Di Caprio, because it’s about time that these two respectively win their Grammys and Oscar.


  1. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

This song purely exists to make people cry. Created as a tribute to Paul Walker, who died during a single vehicle car accident, “See You Again” is a hip hop ballad written by Puth himself. Perhaps what makes this song so popular is that we can all relate to it. Whether it’s the death of a loved one or saying goodbye to a good friend, this song reassures us that somewhere, somehow, we will be able to reconnect and continue that precious relationship. “See You Again” made one of the biggest climbs in Billboard Hot 100 history, going from 84th to 10th on the prestigious chart in just a week. The song continued on to the number one spot and held it for 12 consecutive weeks, only to be knocked off by OMI’s “Cheerleader”. Thanks alot, OMI.


  1. “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap

If there was a list of the most weird songs of 2015, “Trap Queen” would have to be number one on it. “Trap Queen” describes a relationship that Wap had while in the “trap” (basically, the trap is a crack house, for those of you who don’t know what that means.). This song is just about drugs. Cooking pies? Yeah, that’s about drugs too.  In a way, we can totally blame social media for the blowup of this song. “Trap Queen” was the star of many vines and memes, making it onto social networking platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr. After laughing at these 6 second videos, most teens can’t get the infectious melody out of their head, causing them to scrounge Youtube, Itunes and Spotify to fulfill their innermost musical needs. But answer this question. Was “Trap Queen” Fetty Wap’s one hit wonder, or will he be able to pull off another song in 2016 that will have us googling 90% of the lyrics while jamming out?


Special Mentions-

“Youth” by Troye Sivan

“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

“Drag Me Down” by One Direction

“Hotline Bling” by Drake

“Ship to Wreck” by Florence and the Machine

“Call Me Baby” by Exo

“Watch Me” By Silento

“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon

“I Can’t Feel My Face” by the Weeknd

“Worth It” by Fifth Harmony

“Ex’s and Oh’s” by Ellie King

“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding

“Good For You” by Selena Gomez

“What Do You Mean” by Justin Bieber

*This list was created based off how well it did on the BillBoard Hot 100 Songs of 2015, public recognition and preference of the author