Welcome back everyone! Today the countdown continues with songs 30-21 of the 101 Biggest Hits of 2015! If this is your first time checking in on the countdown, please read this for the process by which I ranked the songs you are about to see! Let’s pick up where we left off with song #30!
#30: Take Me To Church by Hozier
Peak: #2 2015 Weeks on Chart: 23 Points: 1979
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 14
Seemingly destined to become one of this decade’s biggest one-hit wonders, “Take Me To Church” built on an impressive 2014 run and nearly ascended to #1 in early 2015, held at bay by a little song called “Uptown Funk.” Buoyed by a slew of Grammy nominations, Hozier’s breakthrough hit took its Hot 100 stay into June, and narrowly missed out on crossing the magical 2,000 point threshold in my rankings.
#29: Talking Body by Tove Lo
Peak: #12 2015 Weeks on Chart: 30 Points: 1996
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 37
I’ll freely admit that I expected “Habits (Stay High)” to be the only song of impact we’d ever hear from Swedish singer Tove Lo. She had other plans however, and followup single “Talking Body” nearly became a Top 10 hit in its own right. In fact, with “Habits” checking in at #20 on my 2014 rankings, she nearly was able to match the yearlong success of her first hit, as “Talking Body” became one of only 26 songs this year to log at least 30 weeks on the Hot 100.
#28: Take Your Time by Sam Hunt
Peak: #20 2015 Weeks on Chart: 32 Points: 2019
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 45
This year’s highest-ranked country song, Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” mixed elements of bro-country, R&B, and even a little spoken word for good measure to become a genre-spanning mainstream smash hit. One of just three country tracks to hit the Hot 100’s Top 20 this year (“Girl Crush” and Chris Stapleton’s CMA-winning “Tennessee Whiskey” are the others), “Take Your Time” was a massively successful followup to Hunt’s first Country #1 “Leave The Night On.” He’s since extended that #1 streak to four in the past months.
#27: Stitches by Shawn Mendes
Peak: #4 2015 Weeks on Chart: 29 Points: 2035
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 36
It took seven years for an act that rose to fame via YouTube to achieve any amount of real success on the Hot 100 (when Karmin had a 2012 hit with “Brokenhearted”). As for the newer social platform Vine, it only took about a year and a half. 17-year-old Shawn Mendes has quickly risen from a Vine celebrity with six-second covers to a bona fide pop radio star, with four charting hits to his name already. His biggest hit to date, “Stitches” went all the way to #1 on the Pop Airplay charts, and reached the Hot 100 Top 5, making Mendes the most-recently born (1998) owner of a Top 10 hit.
#26: Good For You by Selena Gomez f/A$AP Rocky
Peak: #5 2015 Weeks on Chart: 25 Points: 2111
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 27
Having fully transitioned into mature pop music, former teen star Selena Gomez is experiencing the greatest success of her still-young career. Prior to this year, Gomez had earned two Top 10 singles, but the brooding “Good For You” gave her a first trip into the rarefied air of the Top 5. Gomez has released five singles as a “solo artist” since breaking away from former backing band The Scene, and all five have earned spots on my countdown. As for featured performer A$AP Rocky, “Good For You” became his first Top 10 since taking the lead on 2013’s hit “F**kin’ Problems.”
#25: Photograph by Ed Sheeran
Peak: #10 2015 Weeks on Chart: 30 Points: 2157
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 34
Building off a massive 2014 with an equally successful 2015, Ed Sheeran returned to the Top 10 this summer with “Photograph.” Make that three straight trips to the Hot 100’s uppermost region for the superstar Brit, who remained one of the globe’s most-streamed artists this year with his wide array of pop-sensible ballads. Sheeran is one of a more-than-usual five artists with multiple songs in my countdown’s Top 25 this year. I’ll let you learn the identities of the other four as we go.
#24: 679 by Fetty Wap f/Remy Boyz
Peak: #4 2015 Weeks on Chart: 24 Points: 2162
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 21
Fetty Wap said in an interview that he believes “679” to be the best song he’s done so far, and I don’t disagree with him. This rollicking number incorporating the entire Remy Boyz squad was Fetty’s first single released in 2015 and performed admirably as the immediate followup to the meteoric success that was “Trap Queen.” Reaching the Hot 100’s Top 5 and logging nearly a dozen weeks in the Top 10, “679” finished 2015 at #11, giving it more than a fighting chance to reprise its place on next year’s countdown.
#23: G.D.F.R. by Flo Rida f/Sage The Gemini & Lookas
Peak: #8 2015 Weeks on Chart: 30 Points: 2163
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 32
When “G.D.F.R.” logged a few fruitless weeks on the Hot 100 in late 2014, I thought we might actually be seeing the end of Flo Rida. But proving me wrong once again, the master of bizarre samples took his bizarre mashup of War’s “Low Rider” roaring up the charts in the winter months and earned a 10th trip to the Top 10. The surprising success of “G.D.F.R.” set off a respectable year for Flo Rida, as “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” cracked the Top 50 and current single “My House” seems poised to make the Top 40 as soon as next week.
#22: Style by Taylor Swift
Peak: #6 2015 Weeks on Chart: 30 Points: 2184
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 29
Though it didn’t become Taylor Swift’s third-consecutive #1 single, “Style” was nonetheless an enormous hit from the multi-platinum 1989 album. Frequently cited by music critics as the quintessential example of the 80s revival that has recently gripped pop music, the synth-filled track was ultimately hurt in the long run by Swift’s decision to keep all her music off of Spotify, preventing “Style” and “Wildest Dreams” from gaining the stream count necessary in 2015 to make a run at #1.
#21: Honey, I’m Good. by Andy Grammer
Peak: #9 2015 Weeks on Chart: 31 Points: 2211
Billboard Year-End Ranking: 25
Five years ago, Andy Grammer scored his first two Hot 100 hits, neither of which reached the Top 50. I fully was prepared to never hear any music from him again, but Grammer roared back in 2015 with the year’s most shocking “comeback” single. “Honey, I’m Good” may have been played to death on the radio and still grates to this day with its faux-country cadence, but there’s no denying that it had remarkable staying power, earning a slow and steady climb into the Top 10 and a gentle decline which gave it an impressive 8-month run on the Hot 100.
A big thank you again to everybody for reading the latest installment in the 101 Biggest Hits of 2015! Only two parts of the countdown remain so check back tomorrow for songs 20-11, as we take the penultimate step in revealing the songs that will come to define 2015!