Hot 100 March Madness 2015: The Winner Is…
After weeks of voting and hundreds of thousands of votes cast, Billboard is now able to announce the Hot 100 March Madness 2015 champion! Either Hozier's "Take Me To Church" or Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" was going to follow in the footsteps of past winners "Hold It Against Me," "Scream and Shout" and "Wrecking Ball," and this year, Hot 100 March Madness voters were ready for (ready for) a perfect storm (a perfect storm)!
That's right, "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J is the winner of this year's fan-voted bracket contest! The PRISM smash, which spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in early 2014, earned 64 percent of the vote in its matchup against "Take Me To Church," ending Hozier's Cinderella run and claiming this year's championship.
The 32 original songs were the most recent hits to appear in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, through the chart dated March 14, 2015. The match-ups within the bracket were decided arbitrarily, so any of the 32 songs were given the same chance of following Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," Will.i.am and Britney Spears' "Scream and Shout" and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and capturing Hot 100 March Madness glory.
The voting was close earlier in the week, but in the end, "Dark Horse" lived up to its name and seized Hot 100 March Madness glory. By taking down Passenger's "Let Her Go," Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," Maroon 5's "Sugar," Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" and finally Hozier's "Take Me To Church," "Dark Horse" rode to a championship and was voted your favorite Top 5 single from the past year.
Congratulations to Katy Perry & Juicy J, and thanks to all who voted! Check out the "Dark Horse" music video, and be sure to discuss the results in the comments section.