Top Pop and Dance Hits of 2015

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Walk the Moon

Compilation by Rick Hiduk

Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon (above) was the inescapable dance floor filler of the year, while the folky “Renegades” by X Ambassadors (top) proved to be an excellent bridge song for DJs to mix from country to pop in bars.

Pop rock songs with a good beat made a strong comeback on Contemporary Hit Radio and in bars and clubs in 2015, while the folk pop that been such a strong force in both 2013 and 2014 seemed watered down, an exception being the catchy “Renegades,” which was both a radio staple and the song behind a Jeep commercial.

Straight ahead Dance music maintained its appeal, with clever production giving us some new sounds to shape hit music in the coming years. The perfect example is The Weeknd, scoring at least three number songs in 2015 and contributing to hits by others.

The momentum Meghan Trainor brought into 2015 from her 2014 blockbuster “All About the Base” garnered her a slew of hits in duets and as a solo artist.

My rankings are based not only on what I liked to play but also the reactions I got from patrons at more than 100 gigs I played last year.

  1. Walk The Moon – Shut Up & Dance 
  2. X Ambassadors – Renegades
  3. Major Lazer & DJ Snake f: MO – Lean On 
  4. OMI – Cheerleader 
  5. Fifth Harmony f: Kid Ink – Worth It 
  6. Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s 
  7. Weeknd – I Can’t Feel My Face 
  8. Vance Joy – Riptide 
  9. Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman 
  10. Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias – El Perdon 
  11. George Ezra – Budapest
  12. Shrillex & Diplo w Justin Bieber – Where Are U Now 
  13. Calvin Harris f John Newman – Blame 
  14. Andy Grammar – Honey I’m Good 
  15. Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One 
  16. Shawn Mendes – Stitches 
  17. Charlie Puth f: Meghan Trainer – Marvin Gaye 
  18. Calvin Harris f: Ellie Goulding – Outside 
  19. Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life 
  20. The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shads of Grey) 
  21. Fetty Wap f: Remy Boyz – 679 
  22. Meghan Trainer – Lips Are Movin’ 
  23. Meghan Trainer f: John Legend – Like I’m Gonna Lose You 
  24. Omarion f: Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko – Post To Be 
  25. Drake – Hotline Bling 
  26. Flo Rida – f: Safe the Gemini & Lookas – G.D.F.R.
  27. Fall Out Boy – Centuries 
  28. The Weeknd – Hills 
  29. Demi Lavato – Cool For the Summer
  30. Usher f Juicy J – I Don’t Mind 
  31. Meghan Trainer – Dear Future Husband 
  32. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off 
  33. Pitbull & Ne-Ho – Time of Our Lives 
  34. Maroon 5 – Sugar 
  35. Selena Gomez f A$AP Rocky – Good For You 
  36. Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean? 
  37. Natalie La Rose f Jeremih – Somebody 
  38. Jason DeRulo – Want To Want Me 
  39. David Guetta f: N Minaj, B Rexha & Afrojack – Hey Mama 
  40. Sia – Elastic Heart 
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