What's The Song Of The Fall 2015? Here Are The Top 13 Contenders — LISTEN

Summer is over, and I think it's safe to say that The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" took home the title of Song of the Summer for 2015... or was it Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood"? Or WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance"?? If you asked 10 different people, you'd probably get 10 different answers. It's silly. And yet, each year, we spend a lot of time discussing the major Song of the Summer contenders. Why? Why don't we do the same thing with the Song of the Fall? What makes summer so gosh darn special?

Look, I know fall means back to school (and work) for a lot of people, and there's a lot less time to hang out with friends and listen to music... but that doesn't mean we should just completely abandon this strange (and kind of pointless... but fun!) game of trying to predict a season's biggest hit! It's time to start caring about the Song of the Fall, y'all. (Everybody who's anybody knows fall is the best season around, anyway.)

So, what songs are competing to become 2015's Song of the Fall? This year, there seems to be an unusual amount of tunes from newcomers in the mix, which should make for an exciting race. Will a newbie triumph? Or will an industry veteran claim the prize? It's much too early to declare a winner, but be sure to keep an eye out for these 13 top contenders in the coming weeks:

Drake — "Hotline Bling"

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Drake hasn't had a big crossover hit in a while, but "Hotline Bling" is currently blowing up at pop radio, so I think it's safe to say we'll be hearing it quite a bit as the leaves begin to change.

R. City — "Locked Away" (Feat. Adam Levine)

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I had a good feeling "Locked Away" was going to catch on. The track currently sits at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (If its melody sounds familiar, it's because the song samples Captain & Tennille's 1980 hit, "Do That to Me One More Time.")

Elle King — "Ex's & Oh's"

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Newcomer Elle King premiered "Ex's & Oh's" over a year ago, but it's just now starting to take off. It's probably my favorite song of the bunch, so I'm pretty happy it's finally getting a chance to shine. (Side note: King is the daughter of actor Rob Schneider and model London King. The more you know.)

Justin Bieber — "What Do You Mean?"

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I mean, c'mon, it's the Biebs' big comeback single! Of course it's in contention.

Taylor Swift — "Wildest Dreams"

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These days, you can never count out T. Swift. "Wildest Dreams" seems as though it's off to a slower start than some of the singer's previous 1989 singles, but there's no doubt in my mind we'll be inundated with it this fall.

The Weeknd — "The Hills"

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I don't particularly care for The Weeknd's "The Hills," but it just claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 (replacing his own single, "Can't Feel My Face"), so I guess I'm in the minority. I have a feeling it's going to be a a very Weeknd-y October.

Shawn Mendes — "Stitches"

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Shawn Mendes, a 17-year-old singer who got his start on Vine, is on his way to earning the first top 10 hit of his career with "Stitches." (It currently sits at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.) I've got to hand it to him, the song is ridiculously catchy.

Calvin Harris & Disciples — "How Deep Is Your Love"

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Anthem alert!

Ellie Goulding — "On My Mind"

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Ellie Goulding's "On My Mind" is off to a strong start at pop radio. I think the tune is a little too repetitive, but it definitely gets stuck in your head (which might help its chances).

Rudimental — "Lay It All On Me" (Feat. Ed Sheeran)

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People cannot get enough of Ed Sheeran right now, and his latest collaboration with U.K. drum and bass band Rudimental, "Lay It All on Me," is totally fantastic. Yeah, I think this one is going to be big.

Hailee Steinfeld — "Love Myself"

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Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld's debut single, "Love Myself," is almost certainly about masturbation — but that hasn't kept it from getting radio airplay! Good on you, 2015. Good on you.

Jess Glynne — "Hold My Hand"

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I've loved "Hold My Hand" from the moment I first heard it back in January. Jess Glynne is huge in her native United Kingdom, but she hasn't had the same success stateside... yet, anyway. "Hold My Hand" is featured in a new-ish Coca-Cola commercial, which I hope will help it to gain some traction. It's such a great track.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — "Downtown"

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I mean, maybe? "Downtown's" structure is all over the place, and I honestly don't know if the general public is going to fully embrace it. But hey, stranger things have happened.

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