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Music 10 E’5: Ed Sheeran to Empire State of Mind

1. Ed Sheeran
I am a fan of Ed Sheeran since his “+” days. He achieved more success with “x” though. Funny how I read some memes saying, if you are really a fan, name another song from Ed Sheeran other than “Thinking Out Loud”. Lol!

2. Eyes Open
An album from the British band Snow Patrol. It is a great album and my favorite song from the album was “Chasing Cars”. It was theor biggest hit then. Other song was “Run”.

3. Earth Song
This is one of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits during the 1990’s. It gives a social message which pertains about the environment. The song was featured from the album “HIStory: Past, Present, and Future”.

4. Ellie Goulding
She is one of the top female artists today. She had a number of top 10 hits and her signature hit was “Love Me Like You Do” from the soundtrack of “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

5. E=MC2
This is an album by Mariah Carey. It was the follow-up and be considered as the sequel of her previous hit album “The Emancipation of Mimi”. It featured the number 1 hit “Touch My Body”.

6. Every Breath You Take
This is a song by The Police which was sang by its member Sting. Puff Daddy released a song “I’ll Be Missing You” which the chorus was sampled from “Every Breath You Take”.

7. Eve
Eve is a rapper who became known during the early 2000’s. If you are not familiar of her, her biggest hits included “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” with Gwen Stefani, and “Gangsta Lovin'” with then newcomer Alicia Keys.

8. Edge of Glory
One of the big hits of Lady Gaga. It was taken from the album “Born This Way”. In its music video, she toned down from her usual outrageous style.

9. Eminem
Eminem is the most successful rapper ever. Also, he can be considered the biggest male artist since 2000 based on his total sales.

10. Empire State of Mind
This can be considered the biggest hit by rapper Jay-Z for reaching number 1. It featured R&B star Alicia Keys who had her own ballad version.

Video from YouTube / Ed Sheeran

Songs that are more popular on YouTube than as a single- 2 (Hundreds of million views)

If there are videos with billions of views of YouTube which were more popular as a single, there are those with views of hundreds of millions too. Here’s my compilation of these songs.

Psy- Gentleman
After the super viral hit “Gangnam Style”, Psy came out with this song which was expected to follow the success of “Gangnam”. However, this song was less successful but still a hit. The music video was viewed over 920 million times, but it reached the top 10 in singles charts in limited countries. Still, it reached the top 20 in majority of countries it was released.

Romeo Santos- Propuesta Indecente
The music video of the song exceeded 880 million in views but its success in music charts is limited. Knowing it’s a Spanish song, views was accumulated from Spanish speaking countries.

Don Omar ft. Lucenzo- Danza Kuduro
The song has been a hit in Spanish speaking countries but didn’t make much impact in other countries. But the music video is one of the most viewed with already more than 750 million views.

Ellie Goulding- Burn
Ellie Goulding used to have lots of views in her music video. The music video of this song is her second biggest after “Love Me Like You Do”, with over 730 million. The song was a top 10 hit single in many countries including number one in UK. But in the US, it peaked at number 13, based from Bilboard.

Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull- Dance Again
After the successful team up with the song “On the Floor”, the two artists collaborated again. The music video was a hit reaching more than 350 million in views. However, the song failed to peaked inside the top in US and UK. It went to top 10 in a few countries.

Wisin and Yandel ft. Jennifer Lopez- Follow the Leader
The video garnered over 320 million in views but was less popular in the charts. In many countries, it performed moderately. Well, at least it has been a video hit.

Wisin featuring Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez- Adrenalina
The music video has accumulated over 490 millions in views, thanks to Wisin’s collaborators Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez. However, the song failed to enter the top 10 in many countries, except some Spaniah countries where it was a hit.

Rebecca Black- Friday
Who will forget Rebecca Black? She became known for the song “Friday” which became viral but met with negative reviews. The music video has earned more dislikes than likes and Rebecca became a subject of cyber bullying after this song. Despite going viral with 160 million views before being removed and re-uploaded in YouTube, it failed in the charts not making it to the top 40.

Credits to YouTube / Wikipedia

Yearend Special: Top Love Songs of 2015

When you’re in love with someone, it is nice to listen to love songs which you can relate to and gives smile to your face. However, not all love songs were happy. There are some love songs that talks about heartbreak, maybe Toni Braxton’s “Just Another Sad Love Song” will come to your mind. This year, there weren’t much love songs played on air and made impact on radio and even in sales. Here are the 10 love songs (happy or sad songs) for the year that did well in the charts.

One Direction- Night Changes
We all knew One Direction often speaks about young love. This song became their 11th UK top 10 and a top 40 position in the US.

Taylor Swift- Widest Dreams
Taylor is making a plea for someone she once love to be remembered. This hot ballad made it to the top 5 in the US just recently.

Sam Smith and John Legend- Lay Me Down
Re-recorded for a collaboration with John Legend, this emotional love song went to the top of UK charts and top 10 in US.

Meghan Trainor and John Legend- Like I’m Gonna Lose You
“Giving all your love” themed song, this is just another sad love song this year brought by Meghan and John Legend which just became Meg’s 3rd top ten hit.

Ed Sheeran- Photograph
A song about being far from whom you love or in other words, long distance relationship. Well, just look at the photograph when you miss that person. This song became Ed’s 3rd US top 10.

Sam Smith- I’m Not the Only One
This is a painful song as being in a relationship with someone who has another one. This song eventually peaked inside the top 5 of both US and UK.

R. City ft. Adam Levine- Locked Away
Asking the one you love if you will still be loved if flaws or negatives were seen. Nicely written song and deserved its top 10 position elsewhere.

Nick Jonas- Jealous
This song was aimed for his then-gf Olivia Culpo and expressing how he felt the jealousy knowing the lady is a beauty queen. It went to the top ten in several countries.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
This is one of the catchiest love songs this year and many will agree it is one of the best this year. The “Fifty Shades” theme went to the top 3 if not number one in majority of the charts globally.

Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
This song is still often heard in the radio. The song’s simplicity, romantic theme and Ed Sheeran’s voice made it the best love song this year. The position is random except this song which I declare as the best love song thos year.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Yearend Special: Top Songs by a Female Artist of 2015

There are lot of big hits this year made by female artists. This year, Taylor Swift led scoring about 5 songs hitting the top 10 while Meghan Trainor scored big singles too. Here are the top female singles this year:

Taylor Swift- Blank Space
Apart from the longest number single of Taylor Swift in Billboard, it is also her first video to reach a billion views. Congrats Taylor for such an achievement in this song.

Meghan Trainor- Lips are Movin’
The pop, doo-wop and upbeat track is such a fresh song during these times. This song was a top ten hit in several countries which included US while it made a higher position at second in UK.

Rachel Platten- Fight Song
This can be considered a breakthrough for Rachel. It ended up as a Billboard top 10 and a surprise UK chart-topper.

Sia- Elastic Heart
The song may not have reach the upper five in countries but it has been in the chart for many weeks and still in charts in some countries as of now.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
Ellie is already a hitmaker but she became a more established singer in this love song which was a top 3 single in Billboard Hot 100 and a number 1 in her home country, UK.

Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney- FourFiveSeconds
It was fresh to hear Rihanna with this kind of music. Plus a collaboration from the legendary Paul McCartney and successful hip-hopper Kanye West. The song stayed in top 5 elsewhere it entered

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar- Bad Blood
The song which was a big hit in the US but a top 4 hit in UK. It was also successful in other countries. The Katy Perry-inspired song was one-week chart-topper because of being almost barred by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.

Adele- Hello
This could possibly top all of the songs here despite a late release. It already became a muliti-million seller in just a week, which set a record. Of course, it is number one globally.

Selena Gomez- Good for You
With a brand new sound, Selena just scored her biggest hit ever. The sensual song made it at top 5 in US.

Natalie La Rose ft. Jeremih- Somebody
She’s one of the artists that made a breakthrough this year, this song from Natalie eventually reached top 10 in several countries.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Yearend Special: Top Female Artists 2015

Female artists played a big part in music this year. Despite male singers dominated the music charts more this year, some female singers did very well and as the year started, a female singer led the charts. The 10 top female artists this year below:

Taylor Swift
The year started with Taylor Swift dominating the music scene as “1989” is still the top album. She also had 5 top ten singles this year which included 2 chart-topping songs.

Meghan Trainor
Meghan released her debut LP as the year started which quickly reached number 1 including US and UK. She did big with “All About that Bass” late last year but she followed with 3 more hits this year.

Adele
Her comeback was announced this last quarter but she easily topped all of the female artists. Her “25” LP effortlessly outsold all of the albums from any artists this year in just few weeks, while “Hello” is one of the biggest songs.

Ellie Goulding
British singer Ellie Goulding scored his biggest hit ever with “Love Me Like You Do” and had a comeback collaboration with Calvin Harris. She just scored her latest top 5 album called “Delirium”.

Rihanna
Her new album “Anti” may not have released yet, but she is one of the most anticipated for a comeback this year. Apart from the “Home” soundtrack, she already released 2 top 20 hits, the folk influenced “FourFiveSeconds” which settled in top 5 worldwide and another explicit top 20 hit.

Selena Gomez
After taking a new sound with top 10 hit “The Heart Wants What It Wants”, she further incorporated a great new sound with “Revival” which recently topped the charts which already had two top 20 hits including the sultry “Good for You”.

Sia
“Chandelier” extended its success in the charts this year followed by the electro-pop “Elastic Heart”. He had numerous Grammy nominations this year.

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato also infused a new sound and has gone sexier. Her summer track “Cool for the Summer” did well in the charts globally as well as number 2 LP “Confident”.

Jessie J
With the success of “Bang Bang” with two successful artists, Jessie J continued her streak with a contribution for “Pitch Perfect 2” soundtrack.

Madonna
Madonna is back as she topped the dance music scene. Her album though failed a top debut as it peaked at 2nd.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Yearend Special: Top Pop Songs of 2015

Pop music has always been popular anytime. Even some artists who did other genres, they crossed over pop music as some of them did this year. Here are the biggest pop songs for 2015.

Taylor Swift- Blank Space
After crossing over to pop music, this song from her full length pop album was one of the biggest pop songs this year. It even crossed 1 billion views on YouTube!

Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
I often hear this song wherever I am and I loved this before even becoming popular. The song was multi-platinum elsewhere and even dubbed as “national anthem” by some people in our country.

Maroon 5- Sugar
I love the 70s funk vibe in this song. Adam’s vocals even fitted. This sone went to top ten worldwide and even had hundreds of millions of views on YouTube.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
This pop song was very popular in sales and radio. It was even very successful in video charts and even non-Fifty Shades fans love this song.

One Direction- Drag Me Down
The first single and video of the UK lads without Zayn Malik is still a hit. It is a record-breaking in streaming and huge sales in initial week.

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar- Bad Blood
Taylor invited Kendrick Lamr to do the rap plus a highly hyped music video could’ve helped the song’s success. How about the assumption that it is meant for Katy Perry? I think it does help as publicity.

Justin Bieber- What Do You Mean?
He’s one of the biggest artists during the last half of the year and this pop EDM song is a streaming record holder.

Rachel Platten- Fight Song
It’s empowering theme helped the song reached number 1 in some countries like UK, and a top ten position in US. Well, I think Taylor’s promotion does help too.

Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor- Marvin Gaye
The song may haven’t broken the top 20 but it was a huge hit in other countries. The sensual song went to number 1 in a number of territories.

Adele- Hello
The biggest record released during the last quarter, this song effortlessly went to number just like her album “25” did. Congrats to you Adele!

Some facts from Wikipedia

Yearend Special: Top Dance Hits of 2015

Dance music is the most common genre today. That’s why there are lots of songs and collaborations between DJs/producers and singers. Here are some of the best dance hits of the year.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars- Uptown Funk
This is considerably the biggest song of the year in any genre (unless Adele’s “Hello” takes over). It topped the charts worldwide for several weeks and had everyone moved with its funky and 1980s influenced sound.

Skrillex and Diplo ft. Justin Bieber- Where are You Now?
Skrillex and Diplo is a big help for the comeback of Justin Bieber as we saw the success of “Purpose”. This top ten hit song became a jumpstart for Justin’s comeback.

Zedd ft. Selena Gomez- I Want You to Know
This started their assumed romance. It was a top 20 hit in many countries and had helped Zedd’s album debut in the top 10.

Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding- Outside
Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding worked again together in this EDM hit after “I Need Your Love”. This track was huge internationally though not as successful as the first one.

Justin Bieber- What Do You Mean?
Justin Bieber incorporated new sound in his comeback, and the result? This song became a worldwide number 1 hit.

OMI- Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
First released years ago, when Felix Jaehn remixed this song, it became a chart-topper worldwide. If I were asked, I prefer the original one though.

Madonna- Living for Love
She’s originally the Queen of Dance and she dominated the genre. This song may not have been a huge success, but it was successful in club play and dance charts.

Pitbull and Ne-Yo- Time of Our Lives
These two are working together again which produced this top 10 hit. Well, who knows they will work again the future?

Demi Lovato- Cool for the Summer
Demi Lovato officially made a pop dance record and this song became a top 15 hit in the US, though more successful in UK for its top ten peak.

Justin Bieber- Sorry
This new song from Justin Bieber is followung the success of “What Do You Mean?”. Guess what? It is becoming a big hit already.

Yearend Special: Top Soundtrack Singles of 2015

Many of us have surely seen blockbuster films this year. Along with the successful movies comes successful soundtracks too. This year, we heard some hit soundtrack albums while some theme songs even became big hits in the music charts. Here are the 5 biggest soundtrack singles this year:

Sam Smith- Writings on the Wall (from 007 Spectre)
Sam Smith was chosen to sing the James Bond song called “Writings on the Wall”. The movie, according to Box Office Mojo, grossed more than $700 million, a big amount, however lesser than “Skyfall” did. The same performance with the song which peaked lower than Adele’s “Skyfall” failing the top 40 entry but did better in the UK when it reached the apex of the singles chart.

Jessie J- Flashlight (from Pitch Perfect 2)
This theme for the “Pitch Perfect 2” was a top 20 hit in the UK. However, it underperformed in the US peaking at #61 according to Billboard. Despite the underperformance of the song, it was a huge hit in the internet as many civer versions were done. The film though was a bigger success than its predecessor.

The Weeknd- Earned It (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
The film “Fifty Shades of Grey” has been overstated before it was even released which resulted to box-office success. The soundtrack even was as successful which scored two big hits. This song from The Weeknd became his first solo hit to reach top 5 worldwide.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
This is also another big hit from “Fifty Shades of Grey”. The song was very successful worldwide and even gained hundreds of millions of hits on YouTube as well as in audio streaming.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again (Furious 7)
This is the biggest soundtrack and one of the biggest hit this year. Sang for the late Paul Walker, Furious 7 reached a billion dollars in ticket sales, according to Box-Office Mojo, and this song stayed long weeks at the summit globally.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Most Iconic Songs Written by Max Martin

Pop music has been successful ever since. During the last two decades there’s this songwriter who made a mark in music industry after he had written some of the biggest pop hits during the period. It was no other than this pop genius Mr. Max Martin.

Max is the mastermind in formulating pop hits of Backstreet Boy, NSYNC, Britney Spears, etc. during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He had also produced some dance and rock hits for many artists.

Here’s the twelve list I made which became iconic hits:

Britney Spears- …Baby One More Time
Who can forget this song that introduced Britney to the pop music scene? This song was a staple in music charts worldwide when it reached the summit and opened a way for pop music to dominate the charts during that era.

Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg- California Gurls
Katy Perry just scored her second number through this song. Actually, it’s the second time for Katy Perry to top the charts with co-songwriting with Max Martin.

Taio Cruz- Dynamite
This is one of the most successful EDM songs co-written by Max Martin. In fact, tge song was even more popular than the artist himself. It was a huge selling single when released.

Backstreet Boys- I Want it That Way
This song may had fall short to top the US chart as it only sat at sixth position, it was a worldwide number hit and considered as BSB’s most successful song. The pop hit was very much remembered for its catchy midtempo tune.

Bon Jovi- It’s My Life
Who would’ve thought this song was co-written by Max Martin? I never though he did too. This song helped reintroduced the band which eventually reached the US top 40 and the top ten in other territories.

NSYNC- It’s Gonna Be Me
The song became the boyband’s first number one song by which Max Martin deserved a big credit for creating its lovely tune.

Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
Max Martin got sensual as he wrote this track for the erotic film “Fifty Shades of Gray”. The song became one of the most memorable pop songs this 2015 after topping the charts worldwide as well as top 3 placement in the US.

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea- Problem
She may already scored a top ten single but through this song, Ariana became more popular internationally. Thanks to Max Martin who co-penned the song.

Katy Perry- Roar
Katy Perry never forgot Max Martin to work with her in records. Her collaboration with this song brought Katy Perry to a new heights when it became among of her number one hits.

Taylor Swift- Shake it Off
After successful collaboration doing pop songs in her last country album “Red”, she decided to work with Max again for her first ever full-length album. The result? It became a blockbuster album and made Taylor the most influential act this 2015.

Pink- So What
Pink is a self-professed rock star and she worked with pop producer Max Martin to create this song. The song became a worldwide smash as it became her first ever solo chart-topper.

Kelly Clarkson- Since You’ve Been Gone
This song may have been hindered to reach the topspot and settled in top 5 in several countries, but this song became one of the biggest singles in 2005 and contributed to Kelly’s superstardom.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Top Movie Soundtracks Hits Since 2010

Since 2010, soundtracks became a trend and several soundtrack albums hit the top 10 in sales. Their singles likewise performed well on the charts.

10. Anna Kendrick- Cups
(from Pitch Perfect)
The musical comedy film grossed well while its soundtrack peaked at top 3 in Billboard 200. While this song was a #6 hit despite its simple production.

9. Bruno Mars- It Will Rain
(from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1)
This ballad from Bruno Mars just became his fifth top 5 hit and contributed to the high sales of Breaking Dawn soundtrack.

8. Charlii XCX- Boom Clap
(from The Fault in Our Stars)
After being part of TFiOS soundtrack, this track became Charlii XCX’s biggest and breakthrough hit as solo. The film itself was a top grossing drama too.

7. Christina Perri- A Thousand Years
(from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1)
With such a voice and beautiful song, this song became a staple for the film as part 2 of this song was ande for Breaking Dawn 2.

6. Flo Rida- Club Can’t Handle Me
(from Step Up 3D)
This is the second time Step Up staff hired Flo Rida for their movie which was first hit with “Low”. The song is still a hit and Flo deserves acknowledgement from Step Up films.

5. Adele- Skyfall
(from Skyfall)
This song became the biggest Bond hit since Madonna’s 2002 hit. Skyfall just became one of the biggest hits of Adele. The film also became a mega blockbuster.

4. Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
(from Fifty Shades of Grey)
Ellie Goulding may have hits prior, but this one became her biggest. As part of Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack which topped the charts, theis song played a big part.

3. Idina Menzel- Let It Go
(from Frozen)
The soundtrack of Frozen became the biggest selling soundtrack album for a long time. Thanks to Idina’s hit which became a multiple platinum hit.

2. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth- See You Again
(from Furious 7)
This song just became one of the biggest hits this year and sales if the single was huge as well as its billion views on YouTube. Thanks to the beautiful melody courtesy of Charlie Puth. The film also was a billion grosser.

1.Pharrell Williams- Happy
(from Despicable Me 2)
This song was the biggest hit in 2014 from the hit animation “Despicable Me 2”. It skyrocketed Pharrell’s career after this.