The music industry has had a historic 12 months as the streaming wars heated up and album sales reached record-breaking highs thanks to Adele after years of diminishing returns. As the business itself faced incredible changes, breaking artists and veteran musicians alike experimented with their sounds, doing everything from throwing back to the Seventies to getting everyone to cha-cha. As 2015 comes to an end, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite songs of the year. Here are the results.
Even in a great year for pop music, Madonna is still the queen. The power ballad off her March album Rebel Heart was a more classic pop turn for the singer after the house hit “Living for Love” and trap digression of “Bitch I’m Madonna.” On the massive, romantic track, the singer tackles both world issues and a reflection of self. Even though the single didn’t crack the Billboard Hot 100, it still topped the dance charts and showcased one of the singer’s strongest vocal performances.