The 64th biggest song of the year, Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud".
At #63 in the year's Top 100 is a song that surfaced as a very unlikely candidate to be a future Pop hit. There were a couple of weeks during the Summer when it was actually listed as going for adds. Now while that may not have stuck, this song sure did on my own chart. Here now is the act with maybe the most unusual name in the entire Top 100:
One of a number of songs that I charted before they later found radio success, Walk the Moon and "Different Colors". Their biggest hit on my chart is one that hasn't been released to radio at all, and we'll hear that one coming up later on.
Speaking of finding good songs away from the radio...up next is one of five songs in the year's Top 100 that were once available - for free!
Winding down the year, Libra Mike's right here counting down my 100 biggest.
This song is one of five songs in the year's Top 100 that were once available as iTunes Free Singles of the Week. This one had its turn right around Memorial Day. Now, I hadn't really bothered with iTunes at all prior to this year, but this year I decided to check out their Free Singles of the Week section to see what I might find there. There were plenty of disappointments, to be sure, but every few weeks it seemed I'd manage to find a diamond in the rough. Maybe the bigger disappointment, however, is the fact that Free Singles of the Week no longer seems to be a thing on iTunes.
At #61 for the year, here is one of those iTunes Free Singles of the Week - they were good while they lasted!:
Josh Dorr, at #60 for the year with "All or Nothing", his biggest hit on my chart this year.
But, talk about big - we're up now to the woman who leads all acts for success on my chart this year. With three Top 5 hits, she claims the title of Top Artist of the Year on my chart. Now, I mentioned that Years & Years finished a very close second place. How close was it? Let's break it down:
Inverse survey: #2 - 1246 total points, #1 - 1271 total points Pyramid survey: #2 - 16578 total points, #1 - 18650 total points
Who's the year's #1 act? Why, it's the one and only - Madonna. Here she is at #59 in my year-end survey with the title track to the album that spawned this chart success for her this year:
Madonna - Rebel Heart
Peak: #5 (so far) Weeks charted: 15 to date Inverse total: 348 points (#60) Pyramid total: 5051 points (#58)
#59 in the year's Top 100 belongs to Madonna with the title track to her otherwise-very-embattled album this year, Rebel Heart.
There are plenty of countries represented in my year-end survey of 2015's best. Now in addition to usual suspects like the USA and England, we've heard from artists who hail out of places such as: Sweden, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Just to name a few!
But now, we're counting down to the one and only act in the year's Top 100 who hails out of France. It's electronic producer Hugo Pierre Leclercq, better known as: Madeon. His Top 10 collaboration with Mark Foster clocks in at #58 for the year. That isn't nonsense - but this song sure is:
Madeon with Mark Foster, coming in at #58 in my Top 100 with "Nonsense".
Three hours down, four hours to go in my Top 100 songs of 2015 countdown! My next hour will bring us up into the Top 50, and perch us close to the Top 40. If things weren't exciting enough already in the Top 100...well, they're about to get even hotter as we press further onward. The songs, the acts, the figures, the facts - it all just gets bigger and bigger and bigger!
Here we go with the 4th hour of my 100 biggest songs of the year 2015!
In this hour, we'll hear more from the two biggest artists of the year, along with the two song titles that appear in the Top 100 twice! We'll also hear from the two acts who charted concurrently on two separate songs both independently and with groups, and so much more!
A recent #6 hit for this English DJ...#57 in the year's Top 100 belongs to Grades with his song called "King".
And back to back with this "King" is a Queen! The Queen of Pop, that is, as per her long-running nickname. And this year, she was the Queen of my chart. Just a few songs ago was her first claim to this fame - now, here's her second. At #56 for the year:
The Queen of Pop, dancing with the devil on that one...#56 for 2015, Madonna's "Devil Pray".
The singer of this next song in the year's Top 100, is thinking of all the miles she has in front of her - and she sure travelled some miles while on my chart. She began at #29 on the first week of the year, and marched on all the way to #5, where she spent three weeks. At #55 for the year:
#55 in the year's Top 100 songs, Angie Miller and "Miles".
There are a total of 15 acts this year who charted prior to this year, but didn't quite manage to make it all the way to #1. That is...until this year! Yes, the old adage, "if at first you don't succeed, try try again," certainly applies here. At #54 in the year's Top 100 is the latest act who managed to do just that - her song hit #1 just this week. I'm talking about:
JoJo has been inconsistently consistent on my chart...if that makes any sense. Her three chart entries are "Leave (Get Out)", which went all the way to #2 back in 2004, "Disaster", which went up to #5 back in 2012, and this one, "Save My Soul", which is now currently perched at #1 and finishes 2015 as the 54th biggest song of the year.
Up next: The only collaboration in the Top 100, that's entirely female.
So many songs passed through this year...but only 100 of them could make the year-end chart, and they're right here in this special survey!
There are plenty of collaborations in the year's Top 100 - and by collaborations I'm referring strictly to one act being paired with another, of course. But, right here at #53 in the Top 100 is the only one of those collaborations that involves two solo women being paired together. Here are:
Great countdown! I hadn't heard the Bean track before (that goes for most of these - will have to check them out!), but I love her (and now I love the song) and I'm ecstatic to see someone else give her credit.
This one clawed its way through to #4 before I got sick of it real quickly...#53 for 2015, Charli XCX and Rita Ora with "Doing It".
The lead act behind this next song in the Top 100 has an interesting claim to fame on my chart this year, as one of only two only acts to be charting concurrently on two different songs, as part of both a group credit and under his name solo. We'll hear this man's group effort as part of New World Punx later on, but he teamed with singer Delacey for the song right here at #52:
This entrancing effort spent three weeks at #6 in late Summer...at #52 for the year, Markus Schulz's "Destiny", with Delacey on vocals.
One of the more interesting phenomena to occur on my chart during the year 2015 lies in the roster of acts to reach my chart at some point during the year. For several months, you could find artists charting who are currently aged in their teens, in their 20s, in their 30s, in their 40s, in their 50s, in their 60s, and even in their 70s! Talk about generational diversity...and featured prominently among this charge is the legendary producer responsible for the song we're about to hear. His album Deja Vu features a host of collaborative efforts, two of which place in the year's Top 100. At #51 is his team-up with Kylie Minogue:
Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue - Right Here, Right Now
They took that song to #5 back in the Spring - #51 for the year, Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue, with "Right Here, Right Now". And at 75 years old, Giorgio is also the oldest act to place in the year's Top 100.
Up next - it's time for us to crack open the Top 50!
Years & Years with "Desire", the 50th biggest song of the year. And you know, in addition to being the year's Top New Artist, Years & Years were also the only act to be charting with at least one song for every single week of the year! They'll look to extend their consecutive run next year, for sure.
And we keep the dance floor pumping with this next song in the year's Top 100. At #49 is a song that danced itself all the way to #1:
Good as this was, it looked like it was going to stall at #4 for a couple of weeks. Then suddenly, it had a jump-start, and it leapt right up to #1 for the week of Valentine's Day. #49 for 2015, "I Loved You" by Blonde and Melissa Steel.
And next in the Top 100 is the song that hit #1 right before that one did:
Like "Foundation" back at #68, it's a song that wasn't released as a proper single, but still had a video made for it. This band made videos for three songs that weren't singles off their album Pop Psychology, actually. At #48:
The 48th biggest song of 2015 belongs to Neon Trees with their song "First Things First".
Just a few songs back, we heard from one of two acts to have charted during the year concurrently on both group and solo efforts. Now, here's the other. Talking about Sean Michael Murray on this one, and actually it's his solo effort that we'll hear later on. Which means: Right here at #47, is his group:
Well, New Year's is almost upon us now, and this right here is a rundown of the 100 Very Important Guests to the year-in-review extravaganza!
We've heard from both songs in the year's Top 100 that go by the title of "King". But now, we're up to the first of two songs in the year's Top 100 that go by the title of: "Ghost Town". Or is it, "Ghosttown"? When I said that "King" was the only title that appeared twice in specific form, that's what I was referring to - the difference in wording. Unlike the two "King"s, these two "GhostTown"s both charted together - in fact, they charted together over nearly their entire durations! The first of these two "GhostTown"s, is right here at #46 for the year:
Adam Lambert, and his song called "Ghost Town" - the 46th biggest song of the year. We'll hear the other "Ghosttown" a little bit later on.
This next song proved itself to be much more capable than I'd originally would've given it credit for in its early run. As it began to go up the chart, I thought of this song as one that would sound pretty nice during the Springtime, one that would last for a little while into the season, but would maybe only end up topping out in the teens or so. Well, this song sure defied those expectations! It chugged along all the way to #5, and remained on the chart until July. And this "little engine that could" ranks as the 45th biggest song for 2015:
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