In The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent says, “You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” He was talking about the nature of good and evil, but he might as well have been talking about the life cycle of hit singles: They either wither before their time, or they become so cross-culturally ubiquitous that you cannot help but grow to hate them because they’re literally everywhere.
With that in mind, it’s mildly amazing that many of the songs on EW’s best songs of 2015 list were gigantic smashes but still managed to stay fresh. That’s especially true of the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” our choice for the best song of the year. Everybody with any sort of access to a computer, television, or radio has heard that song seven billion times, and yet it still manages to sound bracing and fresh every time. It’s a remarkable accomplishment.
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But the universe always balances out, so for every great radio gem in 2015, we were presented with something completely heinous. Here are the five songs that made everybody here at EW think, “Wait, maybe we don’t like music anymore?”
To continue reading more on EW’s Best and Worst of 2015, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday, or buy it here.