1. Uptown Funk
“Uptown Funk” is a song recorded by English producer Mark Ronson, with guest vocals by American singer Bruno Mars, for Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). Sony Music Entertainment released the song as the album’s lead single on 10 November 2014. Jeff Bhasker assisted the artists in co-writing and co-producing the track, with additional writing from Philip Lawrence. This is Mars’ fourth collaboration with Ronson (following Mars’ own songs “Locked Out of Heaven“, “Moonshine“, and “Gorilla“) and sixth with Bhasker (after “Talking to the Moon“, “Young Girls” and the three previously mentioned songs).
“Thinking Out Loud” is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was written by Sheeran and Amy Wadge and produced by Sheeran’s frequent collaborator Jake Gosling. The song was released as an “instant grat” digital download to the iTunes Store on 18 June 2014, serving as a promotional single from Sheeran’s second studio album x (2014).
“Sugar” is a song recorded by American pop rock band Maroon 5 for their fifth studio album, V (2014). It was written by Adam Levine, Lukasz Gottwald, Jacob Kasher Hindlin and Mike Posner together with its producers Ammo and Cirkut. It was sent to contemporary hit radio in the United States, as the third single from the album on January 13, 2015. A remix of the song, featuring Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj was digitally released on March 10 via the iTunes Store. “Sugar” is a disco, funk-pop and soul song that features wide range of instruments including percussion, keyboards and guitars.
“Love Me Like You Do” is a song recorded by British recording artist Ellie Goulding for the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). The song was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Ali Payami and Tove Lo, and produced by Martin and Payami. It was released on 7 January 2015 by Republic Records as the second single from the soundtrack.
“FourFiveSeconds” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna, American rapper Kanye West and English musician Paul McCartney for Rihanna’s upcoming eighth studio album. It was written and produced by West, McCartney, Mike Dean, Dave Longstreth and Noah Goldstein with an additional writing from Kirby Lauryen, Ty Dolla Sign, Dallas Austin and Elon Rutberg. Previewed by West at the iHeartMedia Music Summit on January 21, 2015, it was posted on Rihanna’s official website on January 24. The same day the song was released as the first single from her upcoming album being made available for digital download. “FourFiveSeconds” is a pop and soul pop song with country and folk music influences and an instrumentation consisting of an acoustic guitar, organ and cello.
“Take Me to Church” is a song by Irish recording artist Hozier for his debut extended play Take Me to Church (2013), as well as his self-titled debut album (2014). The song was released as his debut single on 13 September 2013. Hozier, a struggling musician at the time of its writing, wrote and recorded the song in the attic of his parent’s home in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. A mid-tempo soul song, its lyrics detail Hozier’s frustration with the Catholic Church and its stance on homosexuality. It first caught the attention of independent label Rubyworks, where producer Rob Kirwan overdubbed the original demo with live instruments. Only two musicians feature on the track, Andrew Hozier-Byrne (Hozier) and drummer Fiachra Kinder.
“Style” is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and is the third track from her fifth studio album, 1989 (2014). The pop rock song was written by Swift, Max Martin, Shellback and Ali Payami. It was released to radio by Republic Records, in partnership with Swift’s label Big Machine Records, on February 9, 2015, as the album’s third single after “Blank Space.
8. Blank Space
“Blank Space” is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from her fifth studio album 1989 (2014). It was written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. The song was released to the radio by Republic Records on November 10, 2014 as the album’s second single, after “Shake It Off” and is the second track on the album. Musically, “Blank Space” is a minimalist electropop song with lyrics that satirize the media’s perception of Swift and her relationships.
9. Earned It
“Earned It” (alternative title “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)“) is a song by Canadian recording artist The Weeknd. The song was released as a single from the soundtrack to the 2015 film Fifty Shades of Grey.
“Time of Our Lives” is a song recorded by American rapper Pitbull and American R&B singer Ne-Yo for the former’s eighth studio album Globalization. It was released on November 17, 2014 as the fifth single from the album by RCA Records. It was produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Michael “Freakin” Everett and Lifted. The song marks the second collaboration by Pitbull and Ne-Yo, following the smash-hit “Give Me Everything” (2011); co-producers Dr. Luke and Cirkut also mark their fourth joint production for Pitbull (after “Timber“, “Wild Wild Love“, and “We Are One (Ole Ola)“) and third for Ne-Yo (after “She Knows” and T-Pain‘s “Turn All the Lights On“). It became Pitbull’s most successful single from Globalization, reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Time of Our Lives” also went to number one on the US Rhythmic chart.
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