2015 is coming to an end and the year brought about many great tunes that bumped on the radio, graced our Spotify playlists, or that we discovered via blogs. To commemorate the occasion, here's a rundown of the 30 best songs. The list begins with Eden XO, Kelly Clarkson, Little Mix, Thalía and Wonder Girls.
No. 30 Eden XO - “Hold Me Now” / "Hold Me Now" single
Pop singer-songwriter Eden XO dialed it back to the '80s with a cover of the Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now." Her version was a bit more upbeat and synth-tastic than the original but she still kept the heartbreak alive and beautifully interpreted it for a new generation. "We fuss and we fight and delight in the tears and we cry until dawn," Eden sang in one of pop music's most endearing performance this year.
No. 29 Wonder Girls - "I Feel You" / Reboot
Following a three year hiatus, K-Pop group Wonder Girls returned to the scene with a new attitude (and line-up change). The ladies dropped "I Feel You," a step back in time to '80s dance music. Sparkling keyboard synths and drum machine backed them as they detailed feeling head-over-heels in love. "I feel you," Wonder Girls sang with breathy vocals. There was a lot to feel, alright, about this alluring comeback single that captured everything amazing about music that decade.
No. 28 Little Mix - "Love Me Like You" / Get Weird
U.K. act Little Mix channeled girl groups of the '60s on "Love Me Like You," a booming doo-wop single with frank and freaky lyricism. The ladies sang the praises of their men who could put it down like no other. "They try to romance me but you got that nasty and that's what I want," member Perrie Edwards belted. Little Mix's new twist on the baby-come-back tune churned out one of the year's most irresistible pop romps.
No. 27 Thalía featuring Becky G - "Como Tú No Hay Dos" / Amore Mio
Two generations of Latinas teamed up on "Como Tú No Hay Dos," an EDM-heavy cut that Thalía recorded with rising rapper Becky G. The Mexican diva mixed elements of traditional Spanish pop with club-ready beats and the result was muy caliente. Thalía showed her man some love in a flirty performance while Becky G fanned the flames with a spitfire verse of her own. There was nothing else this year like the Spanglish sizzler.
No. 26 Kelly Clarkson - "Heartbeat Song" / Piece by Piece
Following the birth of daughter River Rose last year, Kelly Clarkson got her groove back with "Heartbeat Song." A welcomed return to pop-rock, the Piece by Piece lead single saw Clarkson wail away about her man and new baby. "I can feel it rising / Temperature inside me / Haven't felt it for a long time," she thunderously sang atop the synth-y soundscape. This vocally reinvigorated Kelly was music to our ears.
Did your favorites make the cut? Stay tuned tomorrow as the 2015 countdown continues with nos. 21-25!