Chart Shaker: Hottest 100 Singles of 2015 (20-1)

Here are the top twenty songs in our countdown of the best singles of 2015 and, at the end of this post, there’s a Spotify playlist featuring all of the tracks from the Chart Shaker Top 100 – well, those that are on Spotify anyway.

20: Scavenger Hunt – Wildfire

Scavenger Hunt - Wildfire

This Wilson Phillips-esque synthscraper from relative newcomers Scavenger Hunt hasn’t been off our iDevices since  we first came across it in June.  It was released alongside an equally as brilliant b-side called Till I See a Sign.

  19: Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type 

Carly Rae Jepsen - Your Type

More above-par pop excellence from Canada’s leading pop songstress.

18: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz – Downtown 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Downtown

“She got 1988 Mariah Carey hair…”

17: CHVRCHES – Clearest Blue 

CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue

That moment two minutes in when the high-octane electronics shift to a whole new level, and take Clearest Blue in to the stratosphere…

 16: School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes 

School of Seven Bells - Open Your Eyes

Sheer beauty manifests itself in this first taster from the final School of Seven Bells album SVIIB which will be released in February 2016.

 15: Avalanche City – Inside Out 

Avalanche_CIty - Inside_Out

A huge hit in New Zealand in 2015, Inside Out brings to the fore its aching sense of heartache, via a combination of expertly-crafted musical arrangements, simple yet heart-rending lyrics and Auckland artist Avalanche City’s immersive delivery.

14: Years & Years – King 

Years & Years - King


13: DNCE – Cake by the Ocean

DNCE - Cake by the Ocean

Not content with letting his younger brother get away with being the only one to put out some blinding post-Jonas Brother tunes, Joe Jonas got in on the act with his band DNCE and dropped a song that still has legs to become an international pop banger.

12: Gwen Stefani – Used to Love You 

Gwen Stefani - Used to Love You

Maybe I’m getting more sensitive with age, but every time I hear this song it makes me feel very emotional. Gwen back to doing what she does brilliantly – taking her experience of heartache and raising something beautiful from the ashes (see Cool, Early Winter, Don’t Speak…)

11: Ed Sheeran -Photograph 

Ed Sheeran - Photograph

Our favourite from Ed’s x album received an official single outing in 2015 and the emotionally-charged track received a personal video treatment that featured family-shot footage of the star growing up.

10: Little Mix – Black Magic 

Little Mix - Black Magic

A ruddy incredible blast of all-out pop amazingness.

 9: Jason Derulo – Cheyenne 

Jason Derulo - Cheyenne

The downside of Want to Want Me being such a huge smash, was that the release of Cheyenne went by totally unnoticed and it’s an absolute banger.

 8:  Nick Jonas feat. Tinashe – Jealous [Remix]   

Nick Jonas - Jealous (Tinashe Remix)

 2015 was the year of the Jonas Brother and it was Nick who grabbed the bull by the horns first and turned out this amazing remix of his sizzling 2014 banger which manages to make jealousy sound sexy. 

7: Dragonette- Let the Night Fall 

Dragonette - Let The Night Fall

2015 saw the return of Canadian pop troop Dragonette with their gloriously hedonistic, summer pop smash Let the Night Fall – “How’s your cute cousin? Yeah – still too young…”

6: Troye Sivan – TALK ME DOWN

Troye Sivan - Talk Me Down

Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood trilogy gave the Australian pop star the chance to share one of the most emotionally-complex and heightened visual narratives of the year. Lyrically and visually traversing the intricacies of human relationships, the decisions we make and the impact that they have on everyone around us, the trilogy culminated in the clip for the incredible TALK ME DOWN.

 5: Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me  

Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away With Me

This should have been a #1 hit ACROSS THE WORLD.

4. Troye Sivan – WILD 

Troye Sivan - WILD

And this is the first chapter of the aforementioned Troye Sivan video trilogy. WILD headed up an EP that preceded his Blue Neighbourhood album, marrying his artistic vision with snapshot lyrics that deal with youthful infatuation like no other pop star around.

3: Demi Lovato – Cool for the Summer 

Demi Lovato - Cool for the Summer

We haven’t even had the chance to enjoy Cool for the Summer in NZ during the summer yet but you can bet this will be played over and over again in the coming months. It just does not get old. An absolutely massive pop tune, accompanied by a brilliant video.

2: Taylor Swift – Style

Taylor Swift - Style 

In January 2015, we were pretty convinced that nothing would beat Taylor’s Style in the race for our favourite single of 2015. In the end, one song did but Style is still uniformly excellent.

 1: Years & Years – Shine 

Years & Years - Shine

After banging on about Years & Years for what seemed like years and years (well, it was about two), it was nice to see Olly and co break through in 2015. King was a belter, but it’s Shine that I can listen to over and over and over again, and only fall in love with it more and more each time. Incredible.

Chart Shaker: Hottest 100 Singles of 2015 – Spotify playlist:

Chart Shaker: Hottest 100 Singles of 2015 (40-21)

Chart Shaker: Hottest 100 Singles of 2015 (60-41)

Chart Shaker: Hottest 100 Singles of 2015 (80-61)

Chart Shaker: Hottest 100 Singles of 2015 (100-81)


  1. […] Taken from the Glaswegian trio’s second studio album Every Open Eye, the energetic track sees the threesome at their insistently-effervescent best, with Lauren’s fluttering vocals dancing over a stream of increasingly high octane electronics. That moment two minutes in when the fast and furious electro-play shifts to a whole new level and propels Clearest Blue in to the stratosphere is enough alone to justify its place in the top twenty of my hottest singles of 2015.   […]


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