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With the end of another year imminent and New Year's Eve fast approaching, it wouldn't be surprising if now's the time you start to stress about your NYE party plans. While technology hasn't yet progressed far enough for us to send Chris Hemsworth through your screen as a midnight kiss, we are happy to help with what we can do best: and that's countdowns! This year, we've selected the top ten best singles of 2015 for you to add to your NYE playlist (one for every hour of partying, of course!) - and from 'Call Me Maybe' sugar cube Carly Rae Jepsen to Canadian alternative rock band Glass Face, we've designed it to keep everyone happy. For bonus points, finish off your party with the annual Pop Danthology mashup, where tracks like 'Hello', 'Trap Queen' and 'Bad Blood' do battle against each other! 10. Allie X - Prime You may not have heard of Allie X, who follows in the footsteps of acts like Marina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX as pop's latest indie darling. But rest assured that once you've heard your first taste of her breakout single 'Prime', you won't want to stop. Treading the precarious line between feel good party lyrics and social commentary, X reflexively hides a message on her generations need for instant gratification both sexually and socially through a killer chorus. Just be warned: you will have this song in your head all week. 9. Florence + The Machine - Ship To Wreck Flo's latest offerings from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful never reached the commercial heights of more radio friendly tracks like 'You've Got The Love' or 'Sweet Nothing', which is a shame given that 'Ship To Wreck' is one of her most powerful and ambitious songs to date. The English songstress has always excelled at painting some of the strongest images in pop, and this track is no exception, with Florence calling on nautical imagery to discuss the self-destructive addiction she faced at the tail-end of her Lungs release. Get ready to dance with this one. 8. Adam Lambert - Ghost Town At the beginning of this year, the most we really knew about Adam Lambert was that his killer set of pipes had gotten him far in American Idol, and that he had a penchant for penis. But with the release of 'Ghost Town' in April, we became privy to a new layer of Lambert's personality, and experienced a level of pop knowledge and talent that was almost scary. Edgier and more experimental than anything the singer had worked on before, the (literally) haunting lyrics are improved only by the expertise of the supreme Max Martin, whose heavy beats and whistles propelled the song right onto the dance floor. Have glowsticks on hand for maximum effect. 7. Mark Ronson - UpTown Funk (Feat. Bruno Mars) While it may also qualify for most overplayed song of the year, there's a reason that 'UpTown Funk' was blasted from every radio station, barber shop and boombox for the majority of 2015. Mars has always been known as a prophet in pop, predicting the newest trends years before they happen, and Mark Ronson (best known as Amy WInehouse's most frequent collaborator) was the perfect choice for his new funk and soul inspired project. If you're looking to switch it up a little, try Fleur East's 'Sax': it's a formulaic rewrite but the melody's unique enough to get you dancing all over again. 6. Glass Face - Hotline Bling Probably more appropriate for the morning after than the big night itself, Glass Face's alternative rock cover of Drake's 'Hotline Bling' is admittedly more of a "slit your wrists in the bathtub" kind of song than it is a club banger. Nevertheless, their ambient blend of vocal harmonies, heavy percussion and stunning synths draws a sad vulnerability out from the original song that make the lyrics much more effective than they were in the awkward dancing original. 5. Skrillex & Diplo - Where Are Ü Now (Feat. Justin Bieber) J. Bieb's first major foray into EDM (after the admittedly catchy 'Beauty and a Beat' which was produced by Zedd) also marked a comeback for the one-time teen star, whose overblown antics made more waves than his music for the majority of 2015. With 'Where Are Ü Now', a collaboration with dance music heavyweights Skrillex and Diplo, Bieber strikes a delicate balance between danceable hit song and surprisingly vulnerable lyrics, a formula he'd later replicate somewhat less successfully with follow up singles 'What Do You Mean' and 'Sorry'. Even those who aren't fans of the Ruby Rose lookalike have to admit this track is a jam. 4. Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On (Feat. MØ) Gone are the days when MØ was simply known for being the awkward girl dancing behind Iggy Azalea on SNL. Now, she awkwardly dances behind Diplo in India! In November, 'Lean On' was named by Spotify as the most streamed song of all time, and it's easy to see why with it's global lyrics, powerful vocals and total earworm of a post-chorus. Not only did this track bring both Major Lazer and MØ to the forefront of pop music for 2015, it also sparked a sonical revolution that reverberated through the rest of the scene for the next six months and undoubtedly made Rihanna roll in her grave. Am I the only one who can still jam out to this song? 3. Demi Lovato - Cool for the Summer Before the release of 'Cool for the Summer', no one could have called Demi Lovato a risktaker. But with the first single from her otherwise disappointing album, Confident, Demi reinvented herself as sex kitten supreme, following in the footsteps of former Disney stars like Britney and Christina with a genre breaking hybrid that combines experimental pop, 90s power ballad and heavy metal. Matched with a new image I like to call "Tumblr meets sex shop", the track successfully pushed Demi out of her Disney Channel haze and into the adult world. It becomes even better when you realise the whole thing is basically about lesbianism. 2. Pia Mia - Touch It's crazy that at age nineteen, the ridiculously good looking Pia Mia already has more stellar pop songs under her low strung belt than most of her contemporaries double her age. It's equally silly that the almost amazingly mediocre 'Do It Again' blew up worldwide while the Stargate and Blood Diamonds produced banger 'Touch' went pretty much unnoticed by anyone who wasn't following Kylie Jenner on Instagram. Riding the same tropical house wave that made 'Where Are Ü Now' and 'Lean On' hits, characterised by some steel drum synths, a distorted vocal sample and an island beat, the would be hit was only improved by the super sexy video, in which Pia grinds, emotionlessly stares, and dances (rather well) her way to pop stardom. Make this happen people. 1. Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away With Me It would have been easy to write off 'Call Me Maybe' star Carly Rae Jepsen as yet another flash in the pan after her big comeback single, 'I Really (Really Really Really Really Really) Like You' failed to make waves, even with endorsements from Justin Bieber and, bizarrely, Tom Hanks. But the second single off this year's EMOTION is pretty much everything you could want from a pop song and more. Backed by a saxophone sample that veers the song away from the dangerous bubblegum territory it might otherwise fall into, the song does what only an 80s inspired sax-laden pop song can do: it makes you want to dance, cry, change your life and do push ups all at the same time. Forget the Syrian refugee crisis: the fact that this song didn't blow up is the biggest social issue of the year, and we should all be attending to it as quickly as possible. What are your favourite singles of the year? Are you crying that we left out 'Hello', or screaming that 'Drag Me Down' didn't make the list? Let us know in the comments down below!
We're dangerously close to the end of the year, and as most normal people start to consider Christmas presents and family vacations, pop music lovers are getting ready for another big event in their calendars: mash-up season. First triggered by DJ Earworm way back in 2009 with his hit-filled track 'United States of Pop', epic end of year mash-ups have basically become a tradition in the pop world and are now something fans can look forward to every year, with the biggest recieving millions of views and extensive radio play. First started in 2010 by Daniel Kim, 'Pop Danthology' is one such mashup which often jams in dozens of your favourite pop songs to make a cohesive, danceable track. For the first time, 2015's 'Pop Danthology' is split into two parts a decision Kim says was dictated by the fact that "it has become increasingly more challenging to satisfy my fans and fit in all of their many favourite songs in my year-end mashup". Part one is just over four minutes long and features an impressive 45 songs, ranging from tracks by pop starlets such as Demi Lovato's 'Cool For The Summer', Hilary Duff's 'Sparks', Kelly Clarkson's 'Heartbeat Song' to sleeper hits like 'Fetty Wap's 'Trap Queen', Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber's 'Where Are U Now', Maroon 5's 'Sugar', and Zedd and Selena Gomez's 'I Want You To Know'. Meanwhile, part two clocks in at just over five minutes, featuring a grand total of 37 songs including Adele's 'Hello', Ariana Grande's 'Focus', Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's 'Pretty Girls', Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do', Major Lazer, DJ Snake, and MO's 'Lean On', Rihanna's 'Bitch Better Have My Money', Selena Gomez and A$AP Rocky's 'Good For You', Silento's 'Watch Me', Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar's 'Bad Blood' and The Weeknd's 'Can’t Feel My Face'. What do you guys think? Will you be playing this track at your Thanksgiving dinners, or are the originals always the best? Let us know in the comments down below!