I miss hearing the late, great Casey Kasem counting down the biggest songs each week and, especially, his year-end countdowns.
I’ve always loved charts and the best and worst of the year lists. So, now, I compile my own.
Yesterday, I shared my 20 favorite movies I saw in 2015. That’s the link above if you missed it. Tomorrow, I’ll post my favorite albums of the year.
But, today, it’s my 20 favorite songs of 2015 (actually, there are 30 because I’m sneaking the others in).
Before we start, my favorite song in 2014 was “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift.
And, in 2013, it was “My Boyfriend is Gay” by Hailey Rowe with a video featuring the gorgeous and funny Blake Peyrot.
Now, let’s begin.
“HEY MAMA” — DAVID GUETTA, NICKI MINAJ, BEBE REXHA, & AFROJACK
“I DIDN’T JUST COME HERE TO DANCE” — CARLY RAE JEPSEN
“PRAY TO GOD” — CALVIN HARRIS & HAIM
“KISS YOU IN THE MORNING” — MICHAEL RAY
“YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE” — DAVE AUDE FEATURING OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN & CHLOE LATTANZI
“HOLD MY HAND” — JESS GLYNNE
“WORTH IT” — FIFTH HARMONY
“SOMEBODY” — NATALIE LA ROSE & JEREMIH
Here are some of the songs that missed out on the Top 20, but are still some of my favorites of the year: #30 Heartbeat Song (Kelly Clarkson); #29 “Honey I’m Good” (Andy Grammar); #28″Outside” (Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding); #27 “Lay It All On Me” (Rudimental & Ed Sheeran); and #26 “El Mismo Sol” (Alvaro Soler).
And, there’s a version of this song with Jennifer Lopez. Here’s the teaser that came out in October. I’m still waiting for the full video. If it’s released, maybe it’ll make my countdown next year!
Back to the countdown!
“STYLE” — TAYLOR SWIFT
“LEVELS” — NICK JONAS
“GHOSTTOWN” — MADONNA
“CAN’T FEEL MY FACE” — THE WEEKND
“WHAT DO YOU MEAN” — JUSTIN BIEBER
“GOING OUT LIKE THAT” — REBA
“CAKE BY THE OCEAN” — DNCE
Here are more of the songs that missed out on the Top 20, but are still some of my favorites of the year: #25 “Love Me Like You Do” (Ellie Goulding); #24 “Tempted” (Giorgio Moroder & Matthew Koma); #23 “Style (ASAP Science); #22 “Joan of Arc” (Madonna) and #21 “Beautiful Now” (Zedd & Jon Bellion).
Now, back to the countdown!
“BURNITUP” — JANET JACKSON & MISSY ELLIOTT
“SHUT UP AND DANCE” — WALK THE MOON
“KING” — YEARS & YEARS
“WHERE ARE YOU NOW” — SKRILLEX, DIPLO, & JUSTIN BIEBER
Before we get to my favorite song of 2015, here is one of my favorite videos of the year and definitely has style!
“WTF (WHERE THEY FROM)” — MISSY ELLIOTT
And, now, my favorite song of 2015!
“WANT TO WANT ME” — JASON DERULO
That’s it. My list started with 78 songs from 2015 and I kept narrowing it down until I got it to 30.
In 2016, I’m excited to hear new music from Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Kylie Minogue. I hope we also get a new album from Patty Loveless, Lionel Richie, and Erasure. I’m sure we’ll find some new stars and re-discover past hit makers.
Now that you know my favorites of 2015, here are my six least favorite songs of the year. And, I know some were insanely popular! “Hula Hoop” and “Cheerleader” by Omi, “Downtown” and “Growing Up” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Uptown Funk” from Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, and “Pretty Girls” by Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea.
By the way, I’d be perfectly okay in 2016 not hearing the names Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks!
Here’s an artist I hope to see and hear much more from in 2016. This song was on the long list and that’s not “Gibberish”!