1. Uptown Funk! (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars)- Honestly, this song makes about zero sense, but something about it just makes everyone want to dance. In fact, the DWTS Live Tour used it as the opening number, and let me tell you, it was epic. So, though I don’t approve of performing with hair-curlers in (Bruno Mars wore them while performing on The Voice), I’ve got to hand this one to Ronson and Mars.
2. Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)- I am not a hopeless romantic, and half the lyrics in this song are crazy cheesy. Plus, it really is a bit long (almost five minutes). Still, there’s just that something that makes me want to keep listening. Good job, Ed.
3. Blank Space (Taylor Swift)- Out of the top 20, this might just be my favorite. I mean, this song is basically everything I wanted Taylor Swift to do. It made me fall in love with her all over, and I think this song proved to everyone that she’s still got those smart lyrics in that brain of hers.
4. Take Me to Church (Hozier)- The beat of this song combined with the heavy lyrics make for a hit, in my opinion. Each word has weight behind it, and when I see the artist perform this live, I always get goose-bumps. But, that’s just me.
5. Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)- It happened. The song grew on me. Now, I shamelessly sing it in my car. Oops, I guess. There’s something magical about not caring even if it’s just for a moment. Sure, Swift goes from shaking her butt to skipping like a four-year-old when she performs this live, but she’s created something that will probably never disappear.
6. Lips Are Movin’ (Meghan Trainor)- We’ve all known that someone was lying right to our face at least once, and with this playful tune, M-Train satirizes this topic. It’s catchy with some rhythms that you just have to listen to and repeat.
7. I’m Not the Only One (Sam Smith)- Okay, Mr. Sam Smith. This song sounds exactly like “Stay with Me.” Am I the only one who thinks this? I appreciate a good sad heart-breaky song every now and then, but I want to hear him sing something happy.
8. Sugar (Maroon 5)- Despite the fact that everyone apparently doesn’t like Maroon 5’s sound, I think I like them more and more. Members became wedding crashers for the music video, and I’m positive that I will always love Adam Levine.
9. Jealous (Nick Jonas)- I totally understand the obsession with Nick Jonas, and trust me, I sing along to this hit. However, I think that it has had its run at this point. We get that you’re jealous, Nick, but you are dating a model. Men are going to check her out.
10. All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor)- I think this sound gets kind of annoying sometimes, but I really do love the message of loving yourself. That is quite important, in my opinion, so thank you for reminding us all, Meghan Trainor.
11. Love Me Harder (Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd)- The music video for this hit was pretty weird, but I still love Ariana’s voice on this track. If I’m being honest, this song from Grammy-nominated My Everything is my ringtone.
12. Centuries (Fall Out Boy)- I didn’t even know that Fall Out Boy was still making music until this song recently came out, and I’m not really sure that I get the song. It’s a heavy beat, but it’s just not really my style I guess.
13. The Hanging Tree (James Newton Howard feat. Jennifer Lawrence)- I can’t say that I know why this is so popular. Yes, I agree that it had a profound effect on Mockingjay Pt. 1, but I don’t understand how it was so rapidly converted into a pop song.
14. I Don’t ---- With You (Big Sean feat. E-40)- I don’t really know what to say about this other than the clean version is absolutely terrible and the original version is kind of trashy. Sorry, Big Sean.
15. The Heart Wants What it Wants (Selena Gomez)- Love, love, love mainly because of Selena’s performance at the AMAs. I will literally never forget those three minutes. So emotion was profound on her face, and the music video’s beginning monologue hurt my heart a little bit.
16. Animals (Maroon 5)- I know, I know. This song is kind of cliché and is played way too much on the radio. However, Adam Levine howls like a wolf in it, and that was a wonderful decision by everyone involved in that track.
17. I Don’t Mind (Usher feat. Juicy J)- What is this song even about? I think I know, and it actually kind of disturbs me. I do mind, Usher, and I would like you to stop.
18. 7/11 (Beyoncé)- In my defense, I’m not a big fan of Beyoncé’s style of music, so that’s probably why I’m the only human not obsessed with her. When she sings something like “Listen” or “If I Were a Boy,” I really respect her talent, but rappy songs like this don’t do it for me.
19. Only (Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown)- Has anyone watched this music video? If you haven’t, don’t, and if you have, I’m so sorry. Also, I would like to wash Nicki Minaj’s mouth out with soap. That is all.
20. No Type (Rae Sremmurd)- I don’t have a problem with rap, to clarify. I have a problem with rap that lacks smart lyrics. This lacks smart lyrics. It does not lack profanity, however, so there is that.
So, that's that! I hope you can add a new track to your favorites playlist now! I know I love discovering new songs. Happy kommenting :)