2015 was the year of the female musician. Many of the industry's favorite female singers, and some newcomers, released chart-topping singles to compete with favorites like Justin Bieber's "Where Are U Now" and The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face". No matter the month, there was a different woman vying for that top spot on her respective chart, and now that the year is at its end, it's clear that female artists dominated 2015.
The music that was released this year was epic, and many of these female-led tunes will be remembered for years to come. Artists like Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and everyone's main squeeze Adele released singles that have remained on the charts for weeks, and have stayed stuck in my head for even longer. Comprising a list of the most memorable ones wasn't easy, as so many strong female artists emerged this year that singling them out was no simple matter. This list could go on and on, but looking back, some women's stars just shined a little brighter than others. Here's a month-by-month rundown of all of the stand-out songs from female musicians in 2015.
January — Taylor Swift's "Blank Space"
No doubt about it — since its release, Taylor Swift's 1989 has been a mind-blowing success. Every single was just as popular as the next, and while the album was released in 2014, the success of "Blank Space" carried over into the new year, reigning over the charts and our hearts.
February — Ariana Grande's "One Last Time"
Ariana Grande is no stranger to hits. Her single "One Last Time," off her latest album My Everything, was the love song of the love-filled month, with sweet vocals and an even sweeter melody.
March — Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do"
The sensual song from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack electrified audiences everywhere, and served as Ellie Goulding's most successful single from her latest album Delirium. It's one that we'll all definitely be hearing more of in 2016.
April — Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money"
Released at the end of March as one of her first solo singles of the year, this song proved that Rihanna comes back like it's nobody's business. The hard-hitting single became the bad bitch anthem of the year, and is an absolute banger. One of my favorites from the year, hands down.
May — Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar's "Bad Blood"
Nothing was hotter that month than T. Swift's "Bad Blood" remix featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar. The pop song, with its hip hop mastermix and epic music video featuring some of Hollywood's finest, was one of the most memorable tunes of the year, easily.
June — Fifth Harmony's "Worth It"
Fifth Harmony emerged as the girl group of the year with this single. It instantly set them apart from their competitors, and let peeople know that they were not playing around, and that their sound had matured. The single is extremely catchy, and is the perfect companion everywhere from the dance floor to your evening commute.
July — Rachel Platten's "Fight Song"
Rachel Platten was one of this year's biggest break out stars with the release of this inspirational single that we all sang along to all summer long.
August — Hailee Steinfeld's "Love Myself"
Hailee Steinfeld made the transition from actress to singer/songwriter beautifully with this debut single. It became a girl-power anthem everywhere, and preached messages that everyone could relate with. On top of all that, it's extremely catchy.
September — Selena Gomez's "Same Old Love"
Selena (or as I like to call her, Slay-lena) Gomez sang loud and clear this past fall with her latest album Revival. "Same Old Love" was not only sassy, but catchy.
October — Ariana Grande's "Focus"
Ariana Grande's jazzy-pop hit lit up dance floors everywhere. With its dance-y chorus and trumpet-filled instrumental, it was classic Ariana with a 2015 twist.
November-December — Adele's "Hello"
All hail Adele. Literally. She came back after over four years of being MIA, and I, for one, could not have been more thrilled. "Hello" was not only the song of the past two months — it is hands down the song of the year. Welcome back, Adele, we've missed you.
Women, both those on the list above and so many others (Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Florence Welch...) clearly reigned supreme in the year 2015. From the looks of it, they will continue their success into the new year. I can't wait to see what's in store.