Music is my life. When I was young, I would dance around my bedroom, belting out the latest hot song and pretending I was on stage. I mean every pre-teen did that right? Let’s just say, my music career didn’t take off. I can’t sing. I can’t dance. And I couldn’t figure out how to play an instrument, except for the flute until 8th grade. I wasn’t good at that either. I did rock at the recorder though.
As I got older, music continued to be a huge part of my life. Songs evoked various emotions, and reminded me of certain times of my life. They helped with creativity, help me to get through a hard workout, or just help me to zone out when I need to focus on one particular task.
I have over 7,000 songs in my iTunes library, with no sign of slowing down. And there were plenty of songs from this year that I definitely listened to on repeat. It was hard to choose the ones from 2015 that I just couldn’t stop listening too, but I think I got it down to a pretty solid list. Make sure to check out the Spotify playlist below.
Oh, and if my playlist looks like it walked right of the iTunes Top Songs Chart, that’s because it did. I kind of live pop music. And I find myself cruising through that list a lot to see what’s new!Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
I can’t even tell you how many times I watched the music video for this song. I didn’t even like the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, but I’ll tell you, the music video made the movie look amazing. I love Ellie Goulding, and have since she came on the scene after Will and Kate’s wedding (Yes, I'm on a first-name basis with them.)
This song just makes me swoon.Fight Song – Rachel Platten
The female empowerment song of 2015. I definitely found myself listening to this every time I needed a boost. Also, it’s going to be at the top of my workout playlist, possibly even on repeat.Black Magic – Little Mix
I kind of hate admitting how much I loved this song. It was/still is my guilty pleasure. These girls are talented. And the video was just plain old fun.Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
The first time I heard this song, I cried. I loved the message. I loved everything about it. And now I want to go dance across a beautiful ballroom under a spotlight with the man of my dreams. Think he’ll go for this? And no, I’m not talking about Ed Sheeran, but rather, my better half.Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
I’m going to assume I’m not the only one who was completely and utterly hooked on this catchy tune this year. I was definitely dancing in my car everytime this came on. Actually, it wasn't just in my car... it was every where.House Party – Sam Hunt
My other half is a big Sam Hunt fan, which has caused me to become a big Sam Hunt fan. This song makes me want to invite all of our friends over and have a big old house party, just like the song says.Crash and Burn – Thomas Rhett
Even though it’s a sad song, it’s a fun and upbeat. Which means it was on repeat a lot. And yes, we know every single word to it.Ghost – Ella Henderson
Another song that I watched the video for over and over. You didn’t really hear much from her after this song came out, and I was hoping for another single from her soon after, but nothing compared to Ghost. What a powerful song. Also, another song to put on the top of my workout playlist.Live Forever – The Band Perry
I heard this song driving home from running errands one night, and immediately cranked it up. I loved the beat and the words. It’s a power song for a new generation!Trap Queen – Fetty Wap
Not going to lie, I just love his voice. Also, I had no idea what a Trap Queen was until I googled it. I’m definitely not supportive of what he’s talking about, but it doesn’t make me like the song any less.Steal My Girl – One Direction
This song may have come out in 2014, but we literally couldn’t stop listening to it for the first half of 2015. Yes, we had become 1D fans. Also, Danny DeVito is in the music video. And how can you not love Danny DeVito?Marvin Gaye – Charlie Puth
If you don’t know who Charlie Puth is by now, then you clearly haven’t listened to the radio, watched the news, or seen any entertainment report in the last year. This kid, well I guess he’s not really a kid since he’s only a few years younger than me, literally came out on the scene out of nowhere in Wiz Khalifa’s song “See You Again.” His first single, Marvin Gaye, features Meghan Trainor. And he’s amazing. His voice is incredible, and he is a talent to watch.Should’ve Been Us – Tori Kelly
Another relative newcomer. Her first single "Nobody Love" was all over the charts earlier this year, but she wasn’t popular per se. Fast forward to the VMAs in 2015, where she had, arguably, one of the best performances of the night. She’s another talent to watch in the coming year.Homegrown – Zac Brown Band
It’s ZBB. They are amazing. And this single rocks. The whole album rocks. Enough said.Downtown – Macklemore
The first time I heard this I was driving to work and actually asked myself, “What am I listening too?” But I liked it. My fiance pointed out that they are essentially rapping about nothing, but he also liked it. It’s catchy, it’s fun, and it’s addicting. Also, for the record, they are rapping about Mopeds and going downtown in them, in case you were wondering.One Last Time – Ariana Grande
I am not an Ariana Grande fan. I need to say that out loud because I just needed to remind myself. I feel like every single song sounds exactly the same. Seriously. They all do. But, I did truly like this song. And the video. And the concept for the video. It’s a sad song, and a sad video, but somehow I couldn’t stop listening and watching.I Know What You Did Last Summer – Shawn Mendes and Camille Cabello
This song literally just came out. And I’ve had it on repeat since. Just listen to it.What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
I have had a firm stance that I am anti-Bieber for years. I’ve never liked him. And suddenly he decides to put out new music, and now I understand what all the fuss is about. I still don’t think he’s talented, or as talented as people seem to think. But his new stuff is catchy and fun. And you may find me singing along to this one.Sledgehammer – Fifth Harmony
I used to love boy bands when I was a teenager. Apparently now I get closer to 30, I have grown to love girl groups. Maybe it’s because they have some awesome songs out this year. This is just a fun, upbeat love song that I could listen to over and over, and I did, all winter long. Also, Fifth Harmony is filled with a pretty talented group of women. Just saying.Cheerleader – Omi
The first time I heard this song, I was annoyed and changed the station. The second time, I was still annoyed but listened all the way through. Same with the third, fourth and fifth times. By the sixth time, I was singing along and dancing in my car. And that’s how it continued this summer.
Because it’s going to be on everyone’s lists and I don’t want to be left out. I’m not going to lie. It’s been overplayed. Everytime I turn on the radio, it’s on. But I won’t hold back belting this ballad out. Get your earplugs ready if you see me at stop sign or a light. Consider this a warning.
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