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PopWrapped's 50 Best Singles Of 2015: We Love Them Like You Do

Mike Nied | PopWrapped Author

Mike Nied

11/18/2016 8:14 am
PopWrapped | Music
PopWrapped's 50 Best Singles Of 2015: We Love Them Like You Do | 2015
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2015 is coming to a close, so now it's time to count down the 50 most delectable pop masterpieces of the year! 

As we are coming closer and closer to the beginning of 2016, it is time to take the next few days to look back on the successes of this year. Musically the past year has been a strong one for established favorites as well as rising talents. 2015 pitted Justin Bieber against One Direction, while Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Madonna made glorious returns. The Chainsmokers shook things up, and Troye Sivan turned our world upside down.

With that in mind join PopWrapped in a trip down memory lane, as we highlight the best and brightest singles of 2015! Read on below to see where your favorites fall on our list...

50. "Doctor Pepper," Diplo, CL, Riff Raff, OG Maco

Some raunchy, good fun and nasty beats serves as a fantastic American introduction to K-Pop princess CL.  Put it on ice bitch, and prepare to drop it low while listening...

49. "Loving You," Celeste Buckingham

Resonating with raw emotion and power, Celeste Buckingham bares her heart on an emotional ballad.

48. Fight Song," Rachel Platten

2015 introduced us to Rachel Platten in a big way, and "Fight Song" is an example of pure pop bliss and endurance.

47. "Hypnotic," Zella Day

Indie pop-rocker Zella Day serves a hypnotic ode to falling in love with a bad boy and taking control of the situation. We could not be more impressed!

46. "Invincible," Kelly Clarkson

When two of pop music's most enduring vocalists collaborate in the studio magic is bound to happen. Filled with sweet riffs and incredible vocals, Kelly Clarkson is radiant on her Sia co-written "Invincible."

45. "Right Here, Right Now," Kylie Minogue and Giorgio Moroder

Moroder's Minogue collaboration lives on as a testament to the ultimate disco pairing of 2015. The delectable dance number shines with glimmering synths and Minogue's sweetly enticing vocals.

44. "Firecracker," Dyllan Murray feat. Jack & Jack and Tyga

Sixteen year old Dyllann Murray delivers pop bliss on his anthemic collaboration with Jack & Jack and Tyga. The sweet love song lights up your speakers with the infectious joy of young love.

43. "Pretty Girls," Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea

All around the world fans had an opinion about Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's polarizing duet, but we can't say no to these original pretty girls. You'd have to be from Mars to deny this hit.

42. "I Know What You Did Last Summer," Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

The duo's cheater's anthem sparked all sorts of controversy regarding the (apparently) imminent end of Fifth Harmony, but it also served up a sexy slice of folk-inspired pop.

41. "New Americana," Halsey

Rising alt-pop songstress Halsey provides some updated social commentary on the state of the millennial. Digging amidst the somewhat controversial claims of legal marijuana in the lyrics provides inside into the thoughtful mind of the hitmaker.

40. "Sparks," Hilary Duff

After an attempt at a more indie driven pop record in 2014 Hilary Duff struck (unrecognized) gold on her whistling "Sparks." The former Disney starlet provided a more mature and refined sound to complement her luscious blue locks, and the result is two thumbs up.

39. "Here," Alessia Cara

2015 was the year of the anti-party anthem, and few songs better encapsulate the movement than Alessia Cara's "Here." The slow burning R&B jam introduced the self-identifying "loner" to the public sphere, and we'd say she's doing pretty well with the limelight!

38. "Me, Myself & I," G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha

G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha unveil the darker side of fame on their much lauded collaboration. An impassioned flow and Bebe's soulful chorus (those vocals, bae) remind listeners that you only need you, yourself, and you to make it in the world. Until you figure it all out just keep sipping that bubbly baby!

37. "Player," Tinashe

Tinashe hit the world in a big way in 2015, and her Chris Brown-assisted "Player" is a light and bright dance anthem. The twosome make so much love and get all fucked up before realizing that they are perfect for one another. You better keep up if you want to play with Tinashe, because she pulls no punches and consistently delivers straight fire.

36. "Dance Like We're Making Love," Ciara

No one does a seductive thriller quite as excellently as Ciara, and "Dance Like We're Making Love" is no exception. Her vocals titilate as they soar across the moody production.

35. "Ghost Town," Adam Lambert

Glamberts rejoice, for Adam Lambert took the world by a storm in 2015. A resonating whistle contrasts the dark and dangerous wasteland of Lambert's "Ghost Town," and it is all sorts of excellent.

34. "Good For You," Selena Gomez feat. A$AP Rocky

The song that taught Selena Gomez that she was capable of whispering lives on as one of the most addictive cuts of 2015. Although she sounds like she is singing through a mouthful of marbles (an unpopular opinion, I know) "Good For You" sees Gomez say farewell to her Disney Channel roots in favor of a fully grown woman. It's a revival baby, and only the best will survive.

33. "Cheap Thrills," Sia

Rihana, honey, how did you pass up this gem?! Sia proves that she knows how to have a good time and announces that she enjoys the occasional cheap thrill on her newest This Is Acting promo-single.

32. "Hey Mama," David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack

"Yes I'll do the cooking, yes I'll do the cleaning, and yes I keep the na-na real sweet for your eating." Not sure exactly what that means, but we'd be lying if we said that we didn't sing along to Nicki Minaj and Bebe Rexha's verses with absolute glee.

31. "Lovin' So Hard," Becky G

Becky G kept things fresh with yet another pristine pop treat in 2015. The rising pop princess had a bonafide hit on her hands with her adorable love song.

30. "Talking Body," Tove Lo

Day drunk and keeping her buzz going into the evening, Tove Lo beseeches a perfectly bodied lover to get up close and intimate.

29. "Back 2 Back," Drake

The Miley Cyrus-Nicki Minaj beef may have been the most dramatic of 2015, but it's impossible to forget when Drake reduced Meek Mill to a shaking and crying mess with his second (Grammy nominated) diss track "Back to Back." Nicki Minaj's lover boy was left looking like an opening act sideshow after Drake finished dragging him over the coals.

28. "Never Enough," Allie X

Synth-Pop princess Allie X descends into a glimmering funk as she realizes that love isn't enough to save a relationship for imploding. Lush production and a gorgeous vocal performance create a brokenhearted soundscape for the rising hitmaker.

27. "Should've Been Us," Tori Kelly

A 90's inspired banger, Tori Kelly's "Should've Been Us" featured one of the best choruses of 2015 and is undeniably a solid hit.

26. "Run Away With Me," Carly Rae Jepsen

We really, really, really, really (like, really) didn't like Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You;" however, we were pleasantly surprised by her followup release "Run Away With You." The synthy track reveals a new side of the talented Jepsen, and it feels much less try-hard than her previous viral hits. We do really, really, really like this!

25. "FourFiveSeconds," Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney

If the track was half as "fucking iconic" as The Beatles and her all denim look in the music video, then it would have surely risen higher in this year's rankings. As it stands Rihanna's "FourFiveSeconds" has earned the title of ANTi's best single, but it's just not that impressive all things considered. We are willing to give her credit though for a strong and innovative production.

24. "Worth It," Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony became a certified girl group in 2015 thanks to the release of their Kid Ink-assisted "Worth It." The girls sell a bawdy and empowered female sexuality with ease, and it's without a doubt one of the most enduring hits of the year.

23. "Drag Me Down," One Direction

One Direction's first foray as a foursome remains one of the group's best efforts to date.  Since they are officially on their hiatus now, it looks like it will be holding onto that accolade for the next year or two...

22. "Can't Sleep Love," Pentatonix

Pentatonix created a lush soundscape using just their voices on their "Can't Sleep Love." The acca-awesome hitmakers took listeners back in time, but kept things fresh on the adorable project.

21. "Feeling Myself," Nicki Minaj and Beyonce

In 2015 Nicki Minaj and Beyonce's brag-heavy collab was given the single treatment, and the world is still recovering from the complete and utter slayage. The poster girls for the luxe life did things bigger than big on the track with four flows and all other sorts of excellence.

20. "Living For Love," Madonna

Madonna's Rebel Heart release was plagued with seemingly endless pitfalls; however, the project's lead single "Living For Love" got everything right. The Queen of Pop created a house-influenced musical masterpiece with the single, and the track lives on as one of her best releases to date.

19. "King," Years & Years

Olly Alexander's captivating vocals are at their most entrancing on the trio's 2015 effort "King." Imploring to be released from a controlling lover's grasp, the track still manages to feel all sorts of triumphant as they push for liberation.

18. "Chains," Nick Jonas

We would be hard-pressed to find another musician we'd like to hear sing about being wrapped in chains than Nick Jonas, so we were bound to love his dangerously sexy track. Boasting a more mature production and subject matter than previous releases the former boybander solidified his bid for solo stardom! We couldn't be prouder of the quasi gay icon!

17. "Till It Happens To You," Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga uncovered her personal experiences with sexual abuse on her haunting contribution to The Hunting Ground. With the support of a full orchestra the honest track exposes a whole new level of depth to Gaga's musical voice.

16. "Style" Taylor Swift

It seems as though Taylor Swift will never go out of style, so we're glad to say that we enjoyed her angelic single "Style." She may not be our knight in shining armor, but we'll accept her status at the top of the charts if she keeps churning out such delectably dreamy hits.

15. "Same Old Love," Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez proclaimed that she is sick to death of that same old love on her second Revival single, and it lives on as our favorite release from the former Disney Princess to date. A rousing production and impassioned vocal performance make for an innovative and enjoyable hit.

14. "Hello," Adele

"Hello, it's me." With three words Adele broke countless records and flew to the top of the charts in the fourth quarter of 2015. The UK crooner will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the quintessential performers of our generation, and "Hello" cemented her status atop the charts. Love it or hate it, she ain't going no where.

13. "Tom's Diner," Britney Spears and Giorgrio Moroder

Britney Spears's second collaboration of 2015 has been exponentially more well received than "Pretty Girls." Teaming up with acclaimed producer Giorgio Moroder the duo tackled Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner," providing an innovative and insightful cover of the classic track. B is at her most robotic and experimental as she sings about a mundane trip to the diner. This is the kind of artsy-fartsy, cool, personal, and urban track that we wholeheartedly support!

12. "How Deep Is Your Love," Calvin Harris & Disciples

Calvin Harris teamed up with Disciples for a magical house-inspired lover's joyride. The resulting earworm is magical and a pleaser for all involved!

11. "Cool For The Summer," Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has a taste for the cherry and needs to take a bite on her defining single "Cool For The Summer." The bi-cur

ious single reminded many of Katy Perry; however, Lovato made the track her own with her confident delivery. She may have been cool for the summer, but the single is still heating things up all the way into December!

10. "Lean On," Major Lazer, MO, DJ Snake

The song that was passed on by both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj (and wasn't written by Sia) lives on as one of the most defining hits of 2015. Lush with memories of the past and an Eastern-influenced production the single became one of the most danceable and enjoyable releases in recent memory.

9. "Touch," Pia Mia

Princess Pia Mia turned out some excellent collaborations in 2015, but her first solo effort "Touch" remains as her most impressive to date. A sweet production and some thirsty lyrics set the scene for an excellently produced hit. If they aren't careful, Pia Mia is going to be teaching her elders a thing or two in 2016.

8. "I Can't Feel My Face," The Weeknd

A song about taking drugs and engaging in questionable sexual activities has never been more joyful. The Weeknd's unique musical approach shines on the pop/R&B crossover hit that stormed the charts this year!

7. "Stitches," Shawn Mendes

Viner turned hitmaking musician Shawn Mendes has had an exceptional 2015 thanks in large part to the success of his Handwritten single "Stitches." The emotional midtempo introduced radio to the young musician in a big way, as the dramatic single climbed all the way into the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. With it's heartbreaking lyricism about a parasitic love, Mendes ensnared a nation with his sweet vocal stylings.

6. "Talk Me Down," Troye Sivan

Time to head to the Blue Neighbourhood. Troye Sivan teamed up with friends and fellow musicians Allie X (synth-pop goddess mentioned above) and Leland to work on the production of his debut LP lead single "Talk Me Down," and the result was an emotional sonic treat for fans. Troye's vocals are particularly poignant on the track as he begs for some sort of connection with a loved one.

5. "Bad," Alexx Mack

2015 will forever be the year that Alexx Mack taught us exactly why it felt so good to be bad. Over a luscious bed of crashing synth pop the scintillating pop princess toasted bottles of champaign while singing about embracing her wild side. The rebellious anthem is as joyful as it is naughty, and Mack serves as the ultimate ringleader as she commands her army of listeners to just let it go and enjoy the evening. Why would you ever want to turn her down when it feels so fucking good (in her own words)?!

4. "Sorry," Justin Bieber

Although he promised to stay out of the headlines for anything other than his music in 2015, Justin Bieber kind of let us down on his promise. Dick pics (DAYUM), the occasional douchey comment, and continued rumors about a relationship with Selena Gomez continue to plague the hitmaker, but the Biebs has finally found the appropriate response. He's saying sorry, and we're all about that. The "Baby" hitmaker made a huge comeback this year, and his tropical house inspired cut "Sorry" is one of the brightest releases off his chart-topping Purpose album. Resplendent with a playful trumpet and warm production Bieber's voice is earnest as he begs for one last chance at a relationship. He may keep making mistakes, but I think we'll simultaneously continue leaving the bedroom door open as long as he continues the apology train.

3. "Roses," The Chainsmokers

"Say you'll never let me go." To say that The Chainsmokers have had a truly fantastic year is a bit of an understatement. The "Selfie" pioneering duo kept things interesting by releasing a single every month, culminating in the release of their ethereal Bouquet EP. Each month's track resonated in a particular way; however, they struck pure and unfiltered gold with their eternally dreamy "Roses." Teaming up with fellow rising performer Rozes, The Chainsmokers helmed one of the downright dreamiest cuts that we have ever heard. Over a production lush with shimmering synth Rozes' voice is filled with longing as she attempts to sway her lover to never let go. The track exudes a youthful sense of immortality and eternity, before floating off into the heavens above for the occasional break. With superstar promotion from the likes of Justin Bieber the playful (and hilarious) duo have only continued to improve their game. 2015 may have been a reintroduction, but we have a feeling that 2016 will see The Chainsmokers dominating the game! We're ready for a celebratory Fireball toast when that happens guys!

2. "Where Are U Now," Jack U and Justin Bieber

"Where Are U Now" will live on in infamy as the song that reintroduced the world to Justin Bieber the musician. After years of negative headlines, Biebsie teamed up with Diplo and Skrillex to provide his vocals for their tightly produced midtempo. Bieber's vocals are earnest as he begs for some clarity in a failed relationship, and his heartfelt vocals provide the perfect contrast to the track's soaring synth and driving bass. With the help of "Where Are U Now" Bieber was step further along his apology tour and well on his way towards his glorious return.

1. "Love Me Like You Do," Ellie Goulding

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but in the immortal words of Rihanna whips and chains excite me. That is exactly the case with Ellie Goulding's Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack contribution "Love Me Like You Do," which quite simply gets everything right.

The song sees Goulding teaming up with acclaimed producer Max Martin to create some seductive yet ethereal magic. Starting out as a whisper Ellie’s vocals caress velvety tones and twinkling electronic production; however, things pick up as the track moves into the chorus and an ecstatic choir joins the project. Goulding's signature breathy voice is filled with emotion and elation as things evolve, providing one of the most glorious and anthemic releases in recent memory!

What was your favorite track of 2015? Let us know below!


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