By Megan Smedley
This year saw the long-awaited return of Adele and Justin Bieber as well as the continued reign of Taylor Swift. One Direction lost a member while rising stars staked a claim to fame. From country to rap, every music genre thrived in 2015.
“I think that 2015 was a really good year for indie-pop,” says sophomore biology major Rasika Singh. “It’s not the bands that are necessarily popular but their songs that are, like Misterwives has the theme song to Finding Carter and also the song ‘Reflections’.”
Adele made her triumphant return to the music industry with her platinum album, “25.” The album sold over three million copies in its first week, beating the record previously held by NSYNC, according to Billboard.
“My favorite song is the year is “Hello” by Adele because I can belt it at the top of my lungs without being judged,” says sophomore journalism major Samantha Waldenberg.
The 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack brought us two of this year’s biggest hits. Ellie Goulding’s raspy voice crushed “Love Me Like You Do.” The Weeknd burst onto the popular music scene with chart hits “Earned It,” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills.”
After a three-year hiatus from music and countless encounters with the police, Justin Bieber released his latest album “Purpose” on Nov. 13. It spun hits including “What Do You Mean?” “Sorry” and “Love Yourself.” With his mature music, many fans are turning into “Beliebers,” but some still remember his past.
“I respect his music, but I don’t respect him,” says senior biology and psychology Major Dorian Roberts.
The most popular song on the radio was arguably “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth. Ed Sheeran stole hearts with love ballads “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph,” and no one could get the hook of “Uptown Funk” out of their heads thanks to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.
Not to be outdone, Taylor Swift continued her reign of the charts even though “1989” came out last year. She released three singles this year with “Bad Blood,” “Style,” and “Wildest Dreams” reaching the top spot on Billboard’s Pop Songs list for multiple weeks.
What will 2016 bring us in new music? Hopefully, Rihanna’s new album will finally come out.