No dance/electronic artist was bigger in 2015 than David Guetta, as the DJ grabs the honors of Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Artist of the Year. His “Hey Mama,” featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack, notched 11 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and ends the year as the chart’s No. 3 title. The veteran French superstar (who placed another 10 tracks on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs throughout the year) scores more top kudos for “Mama,” which is the No. 1 Dance/Electronic Digital Songs title of 2015. Plus, its parent album, Listen, is the No. 1 Top Dance/Electronic Album of the year, leading to yet another win for Guetta: Top Dance/Electronic Albums Artist.
HARRIS’ YEAR OF HITS: Second to Guetta on Top Dance/Electronic Artists for 2015 is Calvin Harris, the only act with three tracks in the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10. “Outside,” featuring Ellie Goulding, is No. 6; “Blame,” featuring John Newman, is No. 8; and “How Deep Is Your Love,” with Disciples, is No. 9. All three hits spent time at No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, where “Outside” ends the year at No. 5.
MAJOR HEADLINES: Major Lazer and DJ Snake land the No. 1 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs hit of 2015 with “Lean On.” The track, featuring MO, spent 18 weeks at No. 1 during the chart year. With 21 total weeks atop the chart to date (through the Dec. 19-dated chart), it commands second place for the most weeks at No. 1 for any song since the chart’s January 2013 launch, after Avicii‘s 26 weeks on top with “Wake Me Up!”
The Diplo-led Lazer and Snake also boast the top song of 2015 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay with “Lean,” which led the list for 13 weeks. Additionally, with 21 weeks at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs during the chart year (of 22 total), “Lean” is the No. 1 song on that tally. Snake finishes as the No. 1 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Artist, with Lazer ranking No. 4. Meanwhile, Diplo’s “Where Are U Now,” with Skrillex and vocals from Justin Bieber, is No. 2 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the year, having topped the chart for two weeks in July. Snake, too, scores another top five finish on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, along with “Lean”: “You Know You Like It,” with AlunaGeorge, is No. 4.
(TROP) HOUSE PARTY: German DJ Robin Schulz broke out in 2015, parlaying his trop-house talents into five Hot Dance/Electronic Songs hits. His “Prayer in C,” with Lillywood, lead the list for five weeks and finishes as the No. 7 track. Plus, his transformative remix of what was originally a ballad, Mr. Probz‘s “Waves,” ends as No. 5 for the year (after 11 weeks at No. 1), helping drive Probz to his placement as the No. 5 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Artist of 2015.
AXWELL & INGROSSO CONQUER CLUBS: Former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell & Ingrosso, working together again, had a monster year on Dance Club Songs, ranking as the No. 1 artist. Fittingly, they also earn the No. 1 song, “Something New.” The EDM track hit the top in March and stayed on the chart 19 weeks. The DJ duo tallied four top five tracks throughout 2015, the most of any act. In addition to “Something,” the duo scored with “Can’t Hold Us Down” (No. 5, January), “On My Way” (No. 4, May) and “Sun Is Shining” (No. 5, September).
MADONNA’S RECORD-EXTENDING ‘REBEL’: Madonna finishes 2015 as the No. 2 Dance Club Songs Artist, following three more No. 1s in 2015. She upped her total to 46 leaders since the chart’s 1976 inception as a national survey, the most of all acts (Rihanna is second with 23 No. 1s, only half of Madonna’s total) not only on that chart but for any artist on any single Billboard chart all-time. (Country icon George Strait is second with 44 trips to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs.)
All from her album Rebel Heart, “Living for Love” led Dance Club Songs in March, “Ghosttown” hit the top in May, and “Bitch I’m Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj, ruled in August. Madonna is the only act to place two songs in the Dance Club Songs year-end top 10, as “Living” places at No. 4 and “Bitch” is No. 8.