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, two cuts from one of my favorite albums of the year, the U.K. hit that should’ve gone to radio this summer and didn’t, the case of two “Heartbeat” hits and their battle for airtime, plus, a whole lot more. So, shall we? Let’s get back into the Top 100 of 2015 at #20…
020. JOHN NEWMAN – “Come And Get It”
Peak: #2 for three weeks
Top 40 Trivia: Shortly after Newman’s leadoff single debuted and peaked at #5 in his native U.K., an adds date at CHR/Top 40 radio was posted for the song at the end of August. I was pretty excited, as were a few other people. Then, his U.S. label, Republic Records, decided to pull it, and an impact week was never rescheduled. No additional singles from the album have entered so far.
019. LIFE OF DILLON – “Overload”
Album: Prologue (EP)
Top 40 Trivia: Though their act mentions a Dillon, no members of this trio are actually named that. David, Joe and Robert find themselves telling the story of their band name’s origin quite a bit, recalling the memory of meeting a carefree surfer in Brazil. An unexpected encounter with the man, named Dillon, and the travel stories he shared to the three guys led to the name of their trio.
018. ONE DIRECTION – “Drag Me Down”
Album: Made In The A.M.
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Top 40 Trivia: 2015 marked the year that this boy band’s #1 streak on the Billboard 200 album chart came to an end, thanks to a boy by the name of Bieber. Justin Bieber‘s Purpose gave the young singer a major career boost and a strong #1 set, leaving an upset fan base to take in the disappointment of a, still very solid, #2 entry for the four. It’s their last studio album before a hiatus.
017. CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “I Really Like You”
Peak: #1 for one week
Top 40 Trivia: You couldn’t miss actor Tom Hanks in the music video for Jepsen’s former #1 on my chart, but did you know the 59-year-old star was in another video earlier this year? It was a short cameo filmed for his wife Rita Wilson’s “Girls Night In” clip, which was released as a stand-alone single in March. Could the Big and Forrest Gump actor participate in more videos next year?
016. MARK RONSON featuring BRUNO MARS – “Uptown Funk!”
Album: Uptown Special
Peak: #3 for three weeks
Top 40 Trivia: The number of writers in this single’s credits grew quite a bit during its time in the national spotlight. I guess it’s not the biggest surprise given its nostalgic sound. The total currently stands at 11, five of which belong to The Gap Band for the sampling of “Oops! Upside Your Head”, a 1980 R&B hit. Mars and Ronson are credited as both writers and producers on “Funk”.
015. MAT KEARNEY – “Heartbeat”
Album: Just Kids
Peak: #2 for two weeks
Top 40 Trivia: In January of this year, American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson released a single titled “Heartbeat Song”, and as her leadoff singles do, it quickly soared into the top ten at Hot AC radio. Well, Hot AC is the format that Kearney does the best at, and his single was pulled several weeks later. It was a crushing blow for sure, but it did end up higher on my Top 100 for the year!
014. CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “Run Away With Me”
Peak: #2 for four weeks
Top 40 Trivia: In perhaps one of the weirder chart runs this year, this single managed a week at #50 in August on the pop radio survey, then began to crash downward. Several weeks later, the song began to rise again thanks to a very late block add by the two dozen or so stations that are owned by Cumulus Media. Sadly, it didn’t do much in its second run, but Jepsen’s track is still lovely.
013. A GREAT BIG WORLD – “Hold Each Other”
Label: Black Magnetic/Epic
Album: When The Morning Comes
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Top 40 Trivia: When “Hold” hit the top spot in September, this New York duo, made up of Ian Axel and Chad King, became the latest twosome to have two #1 hits on my survey. Those duos include the brother-sister act named Boomkat (“The Wreckoning” and “What U Do 2 Me”) and England’s Graffiti6 (“Free” and “Stare Into The Sun”.) Will the two guys find an “Oasis” at #1 next?
012. TAYLOR SWIFT – “Style”
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Top 40 Trivia: This is the last of Swift’s four songs to make my Top 100 of the year, which makes her the top solo female on my chart for 2015. The most stylish hit on my chart until her chart-topper reached the summit was “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” by Blu Cantrell, which peaked at #2 during the summer of 2001. Unfortunately, Swift never welcomed her on stage for a surprise duet.
011. CAUSES – “Teach Me How To Dance With You”
Label: RCA (U.K.)
Album: Under Bridges That You Built For Me
Peak: #2 for four weeks
Top 40 Trivia: This song was recently reissued at both retail and streaming platforms here ahead of the release of the quartet’s debut album. In its original chart run in The Netherlands, the song peaked at #21, but was certified Platinum and recently jumped past five million streams on Spotify. As the act looks forward to 2016, we’ll see how Causes and their effect play out on the charts.
Tomorrow, it’s into the top ten, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.