The year has brought many songs about love and love lost.
The year may have been filled with news of tension and political unrest — but, fortunately, there were also several songs reminding the world the importance of love.
There were a broad array of genres, stretching from electronic beats to gut-wrenching ballads, but they all included lyrics about love or love lost.
Here’s a list of the 10 best pop love songs of 2015:
1. “Love me like you do” — Ellie Goulding
English singer Ellie Goulding had one of her biggest hits in 2015 with the sultry and sexy song “Love me like you do.”
Featured on the soundtrack of the hit film “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the song perfectly described the torrid love affair between characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
“I’ll let you set the pace, ‘cause I’m not thinking straight,” Goulding sings.
“My head’s spinning around, I can’t see clear no more — what are you waiting for?” the narrator pleads, seemingly consumed by lust and passion.
The song is up for a Grammy and Golden Globe award.
2. “Hello” — Adele
The vocal phenom’s latest single — off new album “25” — may have only been released just over a month ago, but it’s already shaping out to be one of the year’s best hits.
The song about trying to rekindle the fire of a soured relationship has had massive radio play and well as sparked countless covers and internet parodies.
3. “Want to want me” — Jason Derulo
It appears hip hop and R&B artist Jason Derulo has found his “it girl” and wants her badly.
“Girl, you’re the one I want to want me…there’s nothing I wouldn’t do just to get up next to you,” Derulo croons in his crisp falsetto.
Derulo — who told Vh1 the song is about “how obsession feels” — cozies up with model Tianna Gregory in the steamy accompanying music video.
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4. “Stitches — Shawn Mendes
At just 17 years old, Canadian Vine star Shawn Mendes found mainstream success with his catchy tune “Stitches.”
“You watch me beaten till I can’t breathe, shaken, falling onto my knees,” the lovesick teen laments.
“And now that I’m without your kisses, I’ll be needing stitches.”
5. “Heartbeat song” — Kelly Clarkson
This Grammy Award-nominated track off the “American Idol” alum’s seventh album is about a bitter narrator being revived by a new love prospect.
“Until tonight I only dreamed about you, can’t believe I ever breathed without you,” Clarkson belts during the song’s climax.
“Baby, you make me feel alive and brand new,” she sings.
The music video follows several couples going from broken relationships to finding happiness once again.
6. “Like I’m gonna lose you” — Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
This beautifully written soul song celebrates the triumphs of love and never taking a relationship of any kind for granted.
“I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you and…hold you like I’m saying goodbye,” the pitch perfect Trainor and Legend croon in unison.
“…I won’t take you for granted ‘cause we’ll never know when we’ll run of time,” the lyrics promise.
Though Legend is revered for gushy love songs, the ballad seems to be a change of pace for Trainor, who is known for her up-tempo songs such as “All about that bass” and “Lips are movin.”
7. “Sorry” — Justin Bieber
A beauty and a beat was clearly not enough to sustain this relationship as the Biebs was still left apologizing in this recently released track.
“I’m missing more than just your body…I know that I let you down — is it too late to say I’m sorry now?” the lovelorn Bieber ponders.
Though the songwriters insist the tune is about owning up to one’s mistakes, many Beliebers speculate it is a nod to Bieber’s on-and-off again flame Selena Gomez.
8. “Locked away” — R. City ft. Adam Levine
Hip-hop and reggae duo R. City teamed up with Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine for this track, which questions the sustainability and likely the existence of unconditional love.
“If I got locked away and we lost it all today — tell me honestly would you still love me the same?” Levine asks during the song’s chorus.
The song presents several scenarios that may test the durability of any relationship: financial troubles, doing prison time, emotional weakness, etc.
And through everything, one question remains — is love enough to conquer all hardships?
9. “Hold my hand” — Jess Glynne
This feel-good song by English singer Jess Glynne is about putting trust and commitment into a relationship with the one you love.
“Darling, hold my hand… ‘cause I don’t wanna walk on my own anymore, won’t you understand?” Glynne asks.
The song was featured in a heartwarming Coca-Cola commercial earlier this year, showcasing different families drinking and relishing the sugary beverage.
10. “Same old love” — Selena Gomez
What Selena Gomez’s heart clearly doesn’t want is that same old love.
Released this fall, the pop song appears to take a jab at relationships filled with lies and deceit.
“I’m so sick of that same old love, the kind that breaks your heart” the former child star sings.
Many speculated this song was about ex Bieber, but Gomez told Vevo the song was intended to chronicle different kinds of love (ie: parents and their children or new couples) and “describe the cycle of what love can be.”
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