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Top 10 Songs of 2015

Jan 7, 2016 3:14:15 PM published by soundjack

Top 10 Songs of 2015

Happy New Year!

What better way to kick-start 2016 than taking a look back at the Top 10 Songs of 2015! It's been an amazing year for music. With streamed music now counting toward UK album charts and British music taking over the world, we can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for us...

1) Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars

Release Date: 10 November 2014
Combined Sales Total in 2015: 1.76 million

Released at the end of November 2014, "Uptown Funk" dominated 2015 with a combined  total of 1.76 million sales and streams in 2015 alone. The song spent seven non-consecutive weeks at #1! Members of The Gap Band were later credited as songwriters, due to copyright claims that "Uptown Funk" was infringing on their song "Oops! Upside Your Head", as part of a mutual settled agreement.

2) Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) - OMI

Release Date: 19 May 2014
Combined Sales Total in 2015: 1.52 million

The UK's favourite song of the Summer? We think so! Though the original "Cheerleader" was released back in 2012, it was nowhere near as successful as the Felix Jaehn remix. A possible contributing factor to "Cheerleader"'s success is the years of refinement and development the song has had alongside famous Jamaican producer Clifton Dilon. But it was only when the song was taken to be remixed to appeal to a wider audience that the song truly became a global success in 2015.

3) Take Me To Church - Hozier

Release Date: 13 September 2014
Combined Sales Total in 2015: 1.25 million

The soulful sounds of "Take Me To Church" never actually reached #1 throughout 2015 but didn't fail to generate some huge sales regardless! When "Take Me To Church"" was originally released back in 2014, Hozier was still a struggling Irish musician who wrote the song to vent his frustration at the Catholic church and its position in regards to homosexuality.

4) Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding

Release Date: 7 January 2015
Combined Sales Total in 2015: 1.19 million

The song features on the soundtrack of 50 Shades of Grey, and topped at #1 for four weeks in February 2015. The seemingly innocent song (thanks to Ellie's iconic soft vocal stylings) is left to naughtier interpretation upon listening to the lyrics in context of the film.

5) See You Again - Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth

Release Date: 17 March 2015
Combined Sales Total in 2015: 1.17 million

"See You Again" topped the Official Singles Chart in April for two weeks. The song was commissioned for the film soundtrack of Furious 7 as a tribute to the late Paul Walker who died in a vehicular accident in 2013. "See You Again" has become Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's best selling song to date. It is the first hip hop song to reach over 1 billion views on YouTube.

6) Hello - Adele

Release Date: 23 October 2015
Combined Sales Total in 2015: 1.12 million

You might be wondering what Adele is doing down here at #6. "Hello" was only released back in October 2015, meaning that getting to #6 is definitely nothing to be ashamed of. Racking up 1.12 million sales since its release a couple of months ago up to the end of 2015, it's no wonder that the song is the biggest #1 single in three whole years and set a new record for most streams in a week!

7) Lean On - Major Lazer ft MØ & DJ Snake

Release Date: 2 March 2015
Combined Sales Total in 2015: unknown

In November, the independently released "Lean On" was named by Spotify as the most streamed song of all time with 526 million streams worldwide at the time! After originally being turned down by Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, the arrangement was given to the Danish singer, MØ, and was said by Diplo to be "a blessing in disguise. MØ sounds better than anybody was going to sound on that record".

8) Hold Back The River - James Bay

Release Date: 17 November 2014
Combined Sales Total in 2015: unknown

British music artist, James Bay, has done incredibly well for himself in 2015, getting "Hold Back The River" certified Platinum and peaking at #2 in the UK charts. He received three Grammy Award nominations in December 2015, including for Best New Artist of 2015.

9) What Do you Mean - Justin Bieber

Release Date: 28 August 2015
Combined Sales Total in 2015: 988,000

Justin's upbeat song "What Do You Mean" received huge social media promotion from both his social accounts and those of his celebrity friends including Ryan Seacrest, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and more. No wonder the song hit the ground running.

10) Sorry - Justin Bieber

Release Date: 23 October 2015
Combined Sales Total in 2015: 934,000

Bieber in 2015 has managed to get four entries into the Official Top 40 charts. With his collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo ("Where Are U Now") at #15, and his most recent "Love Yourself" at #24. "Sorry" is another one of Justin Bieber's songs that rose incredibly quickly to success thanks to the help of his social media.

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Written by soundjack