The music industry witnessed a flourishing growth with overall music consumption growing by 15.2 percent in 2015, accounting to 549.4 million track equivalent and streaming equivalent albums. With new artists dominating the industry, the year also saw some fresh beat and foot tapping tunes that scorched parties and dance floors alike. Here is a list of songs that topped the charts in 2015, in no particular order.
1. Hello by Adele
Released on 23 October 2015 by XL Recordings, Hello by Adele was the lead single from her third studio album, 25. It became an international commercial success reaching number one in almost every country it charted in, including the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Hello becoming Adele’s fourth number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and breaking several records such as becoming the first song to sell over a million digital copies in a week.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQHsXMglC9A
2. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
This song was recorded by British producer Mark Ronson, with vocals from American singer Bruno Mars, for Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special. The single received plenty of appreciation from the music fraternity and received two Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0
3. Cheerleader by Omi
Recorded by Jamaican singer Omi, the song saw success in Jamaica, where it topped the charts and also attracted airplay in Hawaii and Dubai. The song became a global success in 2015 reaching number one in 20 counties including UK, the US, France and Germany. The song was written and produced by OMI and Clifton Dillon, Mark Bradford, and Ryan Dillon.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGflUbPQfW8
4. Take Me To Church by Hozier
This song was written by Irish singer Hozier and was released as his debut single. The song got the attention of independent label Rubyworks and they overdubbed the original demo with instruments featuring Hozier and drummer Fiachra Kinder. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The song has been certified five times platinum in the US.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVjiKRfKpPI
5. Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
This song was recorded by English singer and song writer Ellie Goulding for the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades of Grey. The song was a global hit making it Goulding’s most successful song till date. The song was nominated for numerous awards including the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, and Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, becoming Goulding’s first Grammy nomination.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJtDXIazrMo
6. See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth
Recorded by American rapper Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, the track was specially made for the movie 2015 action film Furious 7 as a tribute to the late Paul Walker. The track became a huge success making it the biggest hit for both Khalifa and Puth. The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards under the following categories: Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgKAFK5djSk
7. Hold Back the River by James Bay
Hold Back the River is a song by British recording artist James Bay and was released through Republic Records as the second single from Bay’s debut studio album Chaos and the Calm. The song was released on YouTube and it peaked to number two on the UK singles chart.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqiH0ZSkM9I
8. Sorry by Justin Bieber
Written by Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and Justin Bieber, this song was recorded by Bieber for his fourth album Purpose. Sorry peaked to number one on the Canadian Hot 100 and was a massive success globally.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRh_vgS2dFE
9. Lean On by Major Lazer ft Mo & DJ Snake
Lean On was recorded by American electronic music group Major Lazer and French producer DJ Snake. Lean On was considered a hit, peaking to number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number two on the UK Singles Chart.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqeW9_5kURI
10. What do you mean? By Justin Bieber
This song was recorded for Bieber’s fourth album Purpose. The track topped the Canadian Hot 100. It debuted at the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed for one week, and topped charts in Australia, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Listen to the track @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK_0jXPuIr0