Top 40 Songs of 2015

It's that time of year again! This is one of my favorite posts of the year as I get to look back at all the music we've received and pick my favorites. While the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country, my list is much more of a journey. Focusing solely on hip-hop and R&B, this list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2015. After making it through this list, I guarantee you will be abreast of the hottest songs from this year. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 40.

(You can listen to each song via the Spotify stream or click the song title for Apple Music.)

1. "Alright (feat. Pharrell)"- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

2. "Hotline Bling"- Drake

3. "Trap Queen"- Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap

4. "Back To Back"- Drake

5. "F*ck Up Some Commas"- Future, DS2

7. "Special Affair"- The Internet, Ego Death

8. "All I Ask"- Adele, 25

9. "Piano Song"- Eryn Allen Kane, Aviary: Act 1

10. "Warm Enough (feat. J. Cole & Noname Gypsy)"- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Surf

11. "Don't"- Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L

12. "Can't Feel My Face"- The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

13. "B*tch Better Have My Money"- Rihanna, Anti

14. "Blessings (feat. Drake)"- Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise

15. "Hello (feat. Andre 3000)"- Erykah Badu, But You Caint Use My Phone

16. "White Iverson"- Post Malone

17. "Oh My Dis Side (feat. Quavo)"- Travi$ Scott, Rodeo

18. "Know Yourself"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late

19. "Caretaker (feat. SZA)"- D.R.A.M., Gahdamn! EP

21. "March Madness"- Future

22. "Lift Me Up"- Vince Staples, Summertime '06

23. "No Sleeep (feat. J. Cole)"- Janet Jackson, Unbreakable

24. "The Line"- dvsn

25. "These Walls (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)"- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

26. "Jungle"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late

27. "Diamonds Dancing"- Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

28. "Deep (feat. Lil Wayne)"- Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise

29. "The Matrimony (feat. Usher)"- Wale, The Album About Nothing

30. "Let It Burn"- Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

31. "Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)"- The Internet, Ego Death

32. "Weight In Gold"- Gallant

33. "The Way (feat. Chance The Rapper)"- Kehlani, You Should Be Here

34. "a beautiful exit"- Miguel, Wildheart

35. "Antidote"- Travi$ Scott, Rodeo

36. "Summertime"- Vince Staples, Summertime '06

38. "100 Grandkids"- Mac Miller, GO:OD AM

39. "Exchange"- Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L

40. "Vice City (feat. Black Hippy)"- Jay Rock, 90059

Here's a playlist so you can listen to all of the songs and if you want to hear me discuss each song in detail, check out Episode 17 of my podcast!

Honorable Mentions:

"Scholarships"- Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

"Say It"- Tory Lanez

"Heaven Only Knows (feat. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)"- Towkio, .Wav Theory

"Madonna (And Other Mothers In The Hood) (feat. Nikki Jean)"- Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo & Youth

"Company (feat. Travi$ Scott)"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late