1. Sorry (Justin Bieber)- As I’ve said a million times (this song has been on the charts a long time), it was not too late for JB to apologize to his fans. Now, he has a whole new set of Beliebers, and his newly-found R&B style is gaining him many, many fans.
2. Hello (Adele)- This song has obviously taken the world by storm in a way that music doesn’t do all that often. It seems that everyone knows the words and Adele’s ever-emotional message. Did you get tickets to her 2016 North American tour yet?
3. Love Yourself (Justin Bieber)- Although it seems that JB is subtweeting himself in this song because we all know (whether you love him or not) that he has a huge ego, and oftentimes, he comes off like a spoiled brat. And, that’s coming from a fan. Yet, if you get over that irony, this song is the realest thing to come out of Bieber ever.
4. Stressed Out (Twenty One Pilots)- I’m really a fan of cool lyrical rhythms, which Twenty One Pilots has really nailed in this song. The beat is kind of syncopated and interesting, and the singer’s voice is refreshing relaxed.
5. Same Old Love (Selena Gomez)- I’m tired of everyone thinking of JB and Selena as a pair, and I’m also tired of feminists screeching about how it’s so unfair to Selena. Let’s get this straight: Selena is just fine. She’s epically talented, beautiful, humble, and intelligent. Someone somewhere is always going to say otherwise, but she’s doing just fine combatting them.
6. Here (Alessia Cara)- I’m so very excited to see what kind of artist Alessia Cara becomes after this cool, rhythmic, girl-power song. With lyrics like, “I don’t dance; don’t ask; I don’t need a boyfriend,” Cara shows the world that she’s not afraid to put someone in his place.
7. Hotline Bling (Drake)- Drake really shook up the music scene with this single, and his fans are now anxiously awaiting more music from the rap star. His music video was borderline pathetic when it came to dancing, yet it’s become a phenomenon on social media.
8. Stitches (Shawn Mendes)- And the award for worst lyrics of 2015 goes to… Shawn Mendes for “without your kisses, I’ll be needing stitches.” I’m sorry, but although Mendes is attractive and has a good voice, I just can’t get invested in lyrics this corny.
9. Like I’m Gonna Lose You (Meghan Trainor & John Legend)- Meghan Trainor is such a queen, and combined with the wonderful voice of John Legend, she killed this tune. It was released early this year, yet it’s held a high-ranking spot on the charts almost all year.
10. What Do You Mean? (Justin Bieber)- Girls everywhere re-fell in love with Bieber when he released this single after his long hiatus (and failed Journals album), and honestly, it breathed life into his arguably dying career. The first single off the crazily successful album Purpose, this tune reminded the world that JB was still here.
11. Roses (The Chainsmokers feat. ROZES)- I actually really enjoyed the way these artists played with rhythms in this song, and although the lyrics were a solid “eh” from me, I love, love, love some crazy rhythms, which this song gave me.
12. Jumpman (Drake & Future)- Another boost to Drake’s crazily successful career, this tune has increased anticipation for a new album, and fans everywhere are savoring the sweet sounds of Drake’s voice until an entire work is released.
13. Don’t (Bryson Tiller)- Again not really my type when it comes to music, this song kind of grossed me out, and I just wouldn’t suggest checking it out. However, if you’re the rap type, I guess this is your jam, which is great because we all should exercise our taste in music.
14. The Hills (The Weeknd)- I had really been hoping that I wouldn’t have to put this on my post anymore… but I guess not all dreams come true.
15. In the Night (The Weeknd)- Did you hear me the first time, or should I repeat it?
16. White Iverson (Post Malone)- I found myself genuinely yawning during this song, which was trying too hard to be innovative and failing. I’m not sure what the fascination with it really is if we’re being honest here.
17. Antidote (Travi$ Scott)- Before I start, I have to say that this song just isn’t really my thing, so I shouldn’t even be critiquing it. Yet, I found it kind of trashy (although a bit catchy), and overall, it just isn’t something I would find myself listening to on my own.
18. 679 (Fetty Wap feat. Remy Boyz)- I’m not really into rap, yet even I know who Fetty Wap is. He’s really taken 2015 by storm, and without a doubt, he’s going to have a huge rap career in 2016. He’s become a key part of pop culture, and rap fans everywhere love his music.
19. Me Myself & I (G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha)- This tune is what you’d expect from an artist like G-Eazy (a rapper), and it’s just not my style. I think that he is pretty talented in what he does, but I just am not a fan of his work.
20- I Know What You Did Last Summer (Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello)- This is your classic pop song to be honest, and I don’t mind it, but it’s nothing special. Plus, I haven’t forgiven Shawn Mendes yet for using a slant rhyme between “stitches” and “kisses” in his first hit.
There you have it: the first Billboard chart review of 2016. Let’s hope for some really, really great music coming in the future. Happy kommenting :)