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.
We’ll reveal three songs today, #4 and #3 tomorrow and the top two on Wednesday. We’re so close to the top, you can almost see it in the distance. Here come the songs that rank at #07, #06 and #05 for the year 2015…
007. THE SCRIPT – “No Good In Goodbye”
Album: No Sound Without Silence
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Top 40 Weeks: 24* (29 total, including 2014 Chart Year)
Fifteen years after Danny O’Donoghue and Mark Sheehan first made my top 40 in MyTown with a minor hit, “Now That I Found You”, they’ve been all over my chart with Glen Power since early 2009 as this act. They’ve scored with ten top ten singles in a row.
On My Chart: The trio’s second single off their album debuted at #9 Next In Line for the week of October 19 last year, just a few weeks after “Superheroes” fell out of #1. Two weeks later, it was in the top 40, hitting the top ten by the chart dated December 14, its seventh week on. It didn’t go to #1 until the week of February 15, its 16th (!) week on. By late May, it was “Goodbye” to this one.
On The Charts: “Good” stalled before it could hit the top 20 on the Hot AC chart, marking their lowest-charting top 40 single at the format. It fared better internationally, hitting the top ten in Belgium and Hungary. It’s up to 15.8 million streams at Spotify.
006. DURAN DURAN featuring JANELLE MONÁE and NILE RODGERS – “Pressure Off”
Label: Warner Bros.
Album: Paper Gods
Peak: #1 for five weeks
Top 40 Weeks: 24+ (as of November 29, 2015)
They were “Hungry” for national success when they first hit the top five on the Hot 100 in 1983, and in the three decades since the boys broke the U.S. market, they’ve had plenty of amazing songs. Even though my list began in 1999, they’ve totaled three #1 hits.
On My Chart: “Pressure” bypassed the two sections underneath my survey and debuted at #40 during the week of June 21. Five weeks later, it was in the top ten, and then quickly rose to the top in its tenth week (August 23) on the chart, staying for five weeks. That marks the second-longest run at #1 during the chart year. It’s currently falling on my personal chart, now in its 27th week on.
On The Charts: The odds were against it, but “Pressure” ended up reaching #33 on the Hot AC listing, which was a nice surprise given the band’s four-year absence on the charts and the ageism of radio. It just topped the three million stream mark at Spotify.
005. ED SHEERAN – “Thinking Out Loud”
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Top 40 Weeks: 24* (31 total, including 2014 Chart Year)
If you’re “thinking” that this single will go down as one of the best torch songs of the decade, you may be right. The x era launched four songs into my top ten, making it Sheeran’s most successful. He recently took an extended break from his social media pages.
On My Chart: This entered at #8 Next In Line on the chart dated September 28 of last year, when “Don’t” was still in my weekly top five. It went top 40 on October 19 and, much like in the U.K., took its time climbing my chart until the week of January 18, the list when it hit #1. It was in its 14th week overall. Sheeran’s 31-week run on my survey surpasses “The A Team” and its total of 29.
On The Charts: Beginning in the fall of 2014, this slow burner became an international smash, reaching the top ten in dozens of countries, including a #2 Hot 100 peak and #1 peaks on three radio charts. It’s been streamed on Spotify 555 million times. Huge.
Tomorrow, we go higher into the top five, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.