As 2015 inches toward its end, the NSM family thought it would be a good time to weigh-in on who dominated the Hot 100 charts this year.

Is The Billboard Hot 100 Hot? A Look At 2015

Lauren Bobek, 4 years ago
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If you’re not familiar with the Billboard Hot 100, it’s the weekly record chart that blesses us with a neat list of the hottest songs based on an assortment of factors including radio plays, online streaming and sales. As 2015 inches toward its end, the New Sick Music family thought it would be a good time to weigh-in on who exactly dominated the Hot 100 charts this year.

Typically we see more traditional artists taking over the charts, but times are changing and new traditions are emerging. Pop music often reigns supreme, and it seems that 2015 has summoned a change of supremacy in the music industry as more unconventional genres hit the charts. Among many, artists like Drake and The Weeknd came out on top, with Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Fetty Wap close behind. But then again after this year it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 28 of Drake’s songs earned spots.

With the popularization of free (and paid) music streaming services, have the rise of these technologies influenced what types of music people are listening to? Is this change due to the fact that millennials are the most diverse generation? Or is it simply because our society as a whole is slowly shifting its taste in music?

Our buddies at rukkus.com took a comprehensive look at the Hot 100 in 2015. This first interactive graph details song trends from the top five artists:

Billboard Hot 100 Dominance

Drake accumulated so much success in 2015 that an entire graph is dedicated to visualize his songs’ trends, and rightfully so. The solid blue lines depict single tracks like “Hotline Bling.” Dotted teal show features “R.I.C.O (Ft. Meek Mill),” “100 (Ft. The Game),” and many more. Black lines are for If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and purple represents his recent collaboration with Future, What A Time To Be Alive.

Drake: A League Of His Own

Finally, an all-inclusive sheet gets down to the nitty-gritty, as well as indicates Fetty Wap and The Weeknd’s mark in Billboard history. Do you think Billboard made accurate assessments of the so-called “hottest” songs this year?

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