Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.
In the next ten songs on this year’s Top 100, we go international with acts from Canada, England and Ireland. We’ll also recall the sweet year that was 2015, rev our engines to a rockin’ record, and hunt down a discotheque Juliet teenage dream. Sounds like the time is here to enter into the top 30 with some trivia bites and check out the next ten songs on the list…
030. THE SCRIPT – “Man On A Wire”
Album: No Sound Without Silence
Top 40 Trivia: This Irish trio had a lot to celebrate with their latest era, as it continued to do very well on my survey. The three guys landed two number-one songs, one of which is still to come, and this additional top five, extending their top ten streak to ten in a row. The video, as well as the “Superheroes” clip, was filmed in South Africa, a country that gave us several chart acts in 2015.
029. MAROON 5 – “Sugar”
Peak: #4 for two weeks
Top 40 Trivia: This year was extra… sugary at radio across all formats. At least five of them were serviced: following this was a song called “Sugar, You” by Oh Honey at Hot AC, then “Sugar” by Jennifer Nettles at Country, a different tune titled “Sugar” by Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds at AAA, and finally, “Sugar” by Robin Schulz and Francesco Yates at CHR/Top 40.
028. AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Go Big Or Go Home”
Album: (single only)
Top 40 Trivia: The phrase “go big or go home” originated from a piece of branding by a company called Porker Pipes. Based in California, they created a line of exhaust systems for Harley-Davidson motorcycles about two decades ago. Of course, we hear it a lot today, mostly in the context of sports. However, it was inevitable that those five words would show up in a song or two as well.
027. SHAWN MENDES – “Stitches”
Top 40 Trivia: Mendes’s song took a lengthy 23 weeks to hit #1 on the CHR/Top 40 chart, longer than any other chart entry in 2015. If you’re wondering if that’s a record, it’s close, but not quite. That title still belongs to 2012’s “Give Your Heart A Break” by Demi Lovato, which hit #1 in its 25th week. Mendes’s new duet with Camila Cabello could be a record to watch there in 2016.
026. ONE DIRECTION – “Night Changes”
Peak: #5 for two weeks
Top 40 Trivia: This boy band has one more song in the countdown that they recorded as a quartet, but it was “Night” that lives on as their last official single under their original lineup (including member Zayn Malik.) Malik quit the band pretty close to when this song peaked at radio, though it was already descending on my chart for several weeks. The group goes on a hiatus fairly soon.
025. TAYLOR SWIFT – “Blank Space”
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Top 40 Trivia: Swift’s 1989 is going for a sixth #1 on the CHR/Top 40 chart next year, as “Out Of The Woods” will be, well, out on the charts in a big way. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream managed to accomplish the feat between 2010 and 2012, and perhaps the bad blood between them (allegedly) is serving as fuel for the 26-year-old singer. She has one more entry to come on the Top 100.
024. SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time”
Label: MCA Nashville/Capitol
Peak: #3 for three weeks
Top 40 Trivia: 2015 was a great year for Country crossovers on my top 40. Four of them entered the chart, with one of them in the running to be a smash on next year’s Top 100 (Thomas Rhett‘s “Die A Happy Man”, which climbed to #32 on the weekly list at the close of the chart year.) Hunt’s release was the biggest, and he’s now competing for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards.
023. WALK THE MOON – “Shut Up And Dance”
Album: Talking Is Hard
Peak: #1 for three weeks [2014 CY]
Top 40 Trivia: On the last chart of the 2014 Chart Year, this song began its run at the top. Had all of its weeks been included on this year’s survey, I’m sure it would have been way higher. Alas, “Shut” had a massive 36-week run on my chart and might be their biggest hit for me for some time. If you want to do some more dancing, the third and final of those titles is on the way tomorrow.
022. NATE RUESS – “Nothing Without Love”
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Album: Grand Romantic
Peak: #3 for two weeks
Top 40 Trivia: Perhaps a new fun. era would have been better than what occurred this year for Ruess’s first solo outing. No, it wasn’t particularly grand or romantic to see his debut album dive after its first week or to see this single bottom out quickly, but I still thought it was solid. Past “Nothing” songs to go top ten on my list include ones by Mat Kearney, O-Town and The Script.
021. X AMBASSADORS – “Renegades”
Peak: #5 for three weeks
Top 40 Trivia: The letter X marks a tiny spot in top 40 radio history, as only one act (prior to this one) and one song beginning with the letter had ever reached that portion of the chart. In November 1993, the R&B group Xscape went to #8 with their debut single, “Just Kickin’ It”. In September 1980, “Xanadu”, by Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra, got to #2.
Tomorrow, we’ll reveal #’s 20 through 11, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.