These ten songs proved they had what it takes to rule multiple formats this year (see 2014 list here).
9. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
The Pharrell-produced “Alright” became so massive that it (unofficially) stood as the anthem for the #blacklivesmatter movement.
7. Tame Impala – Cause I’m A Man
The lead single from Tame’s third album ‘Currents’ became a bit of a staple on the indie circuit, leading to a slew of equally successful covers.
6. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
“Piece By Piece” is Kelly’s peek into her upbringing, as the biographical song discusses her father’s influence (or lack thereof) on her music.
5. Dr. Dre (feat. King Mez and Justus) – Talk About It
Dre’s comeback album – and soundtrack to ‘Straight Outta Compton’ features this gem, which is packed with so much high energy that it can’t be denied its greatness.
4. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits
Kacey takes one of the world’s most beloved foods and creates a country-pop gem that’ll easily get stuck into your head forever.
3. DJ Fresh (feat. Ella Eyre) – Gravity
This song finds Ella’s vocals literally soaring to new heights, proving that its title is a mere understatement to her true talents.
2. Skrillex and Diplo/Jack Ü (feat. Justin Bieber) – Where Are Ü Now
While “Where Are Ü Now” became one of Diplo’s biggest mainstream hits to date, it also reintroduced the world to a more mature Justin Bieber – to successful results.
1. Shamir – On The Regular
Shamir’s breakout mainstream hit has literally been everywhere this year, proving there’s a place for a truly unique voice in music.