It can happen at any time, anywhere. It’s lurking around each corner, getting ready to drop at any moment. It is in your car, on your television and even in your dreams. It’s that catchy AF pop song, and no matter where you go, you can’t escape it.
2015 was no different. Everywhere around the world, radio stations, bars, clubs and department stores were bumping these jams, and like the helpless pop drones we are, we reluctantly sang along, even if it was against our will. Getting these catchy, overplayed songs out of your head is harder than starting that new diet for the 80th time this year. But have no fear, 2016 is just around the corner and so are some new tunes that will surely replace these. #Adele
12. Drake – Hotline Bling, July 31, 2015
“Hotline Bling” is Drake’s first top-10 single in two years and it’s also his highest-charting single. Not only was the song a huge success, the video, which dropped at the end of October, was a Vine and meme sensation. Drake’s dance moves from the video are STILL being duplicated all over the world. It’s just the gift that keeps on giving.
11. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face, June 8, 2015
As soon as this song was released it quickly took the #1 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, the Canadian Hot 100, as well as topping other charts all over the world. It was rare to turn on the radio this year and not hear this song. We still can’t feel our faces, we can’t get this song out of our heads and now we just have a giant headache.
10. Skrillex and Diplo – Where Are Ü Now ft. Justin Bieber, Feb. 27, 2015
Produced by the Skrillex and Diplo duo, Jack Ü, this pop EDM track is about as catchy as it gets. It became a viral success, but didn’t peak on mainstream radio until this past summer. On July 9 the song went to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was Skrillex and Diplo’s first top 10 single on the chart. The song also went platinum in the U.S. in the same month. As overplayed as this song was in 2015, it surprisingly doesn’t get old. As the DJs let us know at the AMAs, none of this would even be possible without Jeff the Dolphin, who really hasn’t gotten enough credit. So thanks, Jeff!
9. Charlie Puth – Marvin Gaye ft. Meghan Trainor, Feb. 10, 2015
This cute bubble gum pop song reached the top 40 charts in America and in the UK, Australia, France, New Zealand and other countries. Seems like they took their own advice on it and definitely had something going on during their performance at this year’s AMAs.
8. The Weeknd – The Hills, May 27, 2015
Seems like The Weeknd is the star of this list with his second big hit of 2015, which peaked at #1 in the U.S. and replaced his own song “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Honestly it was hard to find a time during the day where you turned on the radio and didn’t hear this song. Thanks for that, Abel!
7. Fetty Wap – My Way, July 17, 2015
After the success of “Trap Queen” and “679,” “My Way” peaked at#7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Having Drake on the track definitely helped this song find its way (pun intended) to the top of the charts. We’re literally still singing “Got something I want to sayyyyy Cannot keep you out my brainnnnn” all the time and that’s what we can’t do with this song — get it out of our brains.
6. Silentó – Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), June 25, 2015
This song is the quintessential overplayed song. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for six weeks. It then spent 18 weeks in the top 10 of that chart before dropping out in October. The dance and song spread faster than the flu. Seems like it finally has subsided, but be on the lookout for another outbreak at any moment.
5. Omi – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix), May 19, 2014
Seems like this song became a complete overnight sensation. The original song was released in 2012, but it wasn’t until this remix dropped in May 2014 that everyone went crazy, pushing it to #1 on the charts. The feel good jam gained a lot of momentum this summer, but now that everyone has played it to death we think it may have found its final resting place.
4. Jidenna – Classic Man ft. Kendrick Lamar, Feb. 3, 2015
This song debuted at #89 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in May of 2015 and peaked at #22 on the charts. This classic tune was the perfect hit we just had to keep on repeat, especially with Kendrick Lamar in the remix. Honestly, just try to listen to this song without dancing and singing along. We know you can’t.
3. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars, Nov. 10, 2014
The numbers for this song in 2015 are actually impressive. “Uptown Funk” spent 14 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It streamed 2.34 million times in a single week in the UK and received over a billion views on YouTube this past September. So I think those numbers speak for themselves on how and why this song is one of the most over played of 2015.
2. Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean, Aug. 28, 2015
“What Do You Mean” was released as the lead track off of the Bieb’s fourth studio album back in August, and has been seemingly playing on a loop ever since. And but of course, the jam debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sporting a more mature sound than we know of Bieber songs of the past, were quite sure “Purpose” will usher in a legion of new Bielibers around the world. Watch out, universe.
1. Adele – Hello, Oct. 23, 2015
And then Adele released a song and nothing else on this list mattered. “Hello” came in like a wrecking ball by immediately breaking Vevo’s record for most single-day views, previously held by Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” The song continued its world dominance by landing the #1 spot in 28 countries, including the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. Charts. Records aside, the meme-ibility of “Hello” was just as undeniable as its captivating emotionality, and the song quickly made its way into Tumblrs everywhere. Soon thereafter, hilarious parodies and even skits on “SNL” followed.