This is the first in a set of three end-of-year music stats posts. Going with songs first because they are the most ephemeral, followed by top artists, then top albums. I keep track of every track and podcast episode I listen to on Itunes, my Ipods, Spotify, and Rdio (R.I.P.) by way of scrobbling. If you don’t have all your platforms connected to, then you’re doing it wrong. 

2015 Top Songs

This is the year that I finally gave in to Taylor Swift and accepted that she gets it.

The Weeknd is the shit.

Fetty Wap Wap Wap.

Nicki is qween.

Florence is a bad b.

Can we just talk about what a babe Demi is in the “Cool for the Summer” video? Oof.

1. “The Hills” – The Weeknd

“I only call you when it’s half past five
The only time that I’ll be by your side
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I’m fucked up, that’s the real me
When I’m fucked up, that’s the real me, yeah”

2. “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap

“I’m like, ‘Hey, what’s up? Hello!’…

I be in the kitchen cooking pies with my baby, yeah
And I can ride with my baby
I just left the mall, I’m getting fly with my baby, yeah
And I can ride with my baby”

3. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

“And I know she’ll be the death of me, at least we’ll both be numb
And she’ll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come”

4. “Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar

“Oh, it’s so sad to think about the good times, you and I

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we got bad blood

5. “All You Had to Do Was Stay” – Taylor Swift

“The more I think about it now
The less I know
All I know is that you drove us off the road…”

6. “Get on Your Knees” – Nicki Minaj ft. Ariana Grande

“I be laughing when you begging me to just put the head in
Let me sit on your face, it’s OK you could play with it
When I’m bouncing, it chill out, and don’t you make a mistake with it”

7. “Wildest Dreams” – Taylor Swift

“You see me in hindsight
Tangled up with you all night
Burnin’ it down
Some day when you leave me
I bet these memories follow you around”

8. “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift

“So it’s gonna be forever
Or it’s gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it’s over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game…

Boys only want love if it’s torture
Don’t say I didn’t say I didn’t warn you”

9. “What Kind of Man” – Florence + The Machine

“To let me dangle at a cruel angle
Oh my feet don’t touch the floor
Sometimes you’re half in and then you’re half out
But never close the door”

10. “Cool for the Summer” – Demi Lovato 

“Got my mind on your body
And your body on my mind
Got a taste for the cherry
I just need to take a bite…

Take me down into your paradise

Don’t be scared ’cause I’m your body type…”

Published by Jessica M. DeWitt

Dr. Jessica M. DeWitt is an environmental historian of Canada and the United States. She is passionate about the use of digital technologies to bridge the gap between the public and researchers. In addition to her community and professional work, she offers various editing and social media consultancy services.

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