The 15 Best Pop Songs Of 2015... So Far

From Fifth Harmony to Taylor Swift, here's my list! Is your favorite on here?

This year has been amazing for pop music so far -- we've gotten the return of Carly Rae Jepsen, Selena Gomez's sensual new sound and the new-and-improved, sensitive Justin Bieber -- and that's why it's really hard to narrow down the top 15 tracks that've been released in first six months. I mean, I left Jason Derulo off, and trust me, it wasn't an easy decision. That "Want To Want Me" song is catchy AF.

But MTV wanted me to write a personal list (trust) -- not something that represents what everyone should be listening to or predicting what the song of the summer will be -- so, I present to you, my top 15 tracks of 2015... so far.

  1. Hilary Duff's music is the stuff for late-night sing-alongs and car rides. This song follows "Sparks" on her recently released album Breathe In. Breathe Out., and it has a similar vibe: Hil is definitely in love and she wants you to know. Despite the heartbreak she's had in the past two years, she's come out with incredibly fun tracks, almost saying, 'Hey, you, forget the world and let's just dance for now."

  2. Misterwives' title track off their debut album begins with Mandy Lee's smoky voice and dramatic piano chords, making you think that "Our Own House" will be some kind of ballad. But soon, a bass comes in, and then fingersnaps, then a shaker, then a guitar, then boom! -- a trombone serves as a beat-drop and you're sucked into an infectious, dance-worthy chorus. This song is about friendship, which may not always be celebrated in pop music, and with the delicious instrumentation, this song is perfect in every way.

  3. If you're feeling misunderstood and about to let loose, this is the song for you. I'd listen to this song on loop on a Tuesday, knowing that there were "three more days 'til Friday." Along with the legends that power this track -- Rih Rih, 'Ye and Sir Paul! -- it benefits from a cross-genre feel. Rihanna is paired with an acoustic guitar, giving us something honest and raw. They sing "all of my kindness is taken for weakness," proving that even these kids are only human.

  4. We were waiting for CJR's "Call Me Maybe" followup for eons, and we finally got it with "I Really Like You." The track has the same idea as "Call Me": Her lyrics tell you that she's really hung up on a crush, but she doesn't want to move too fast. So relatable, right? Though the lyrics are most likely to be heard coming out of a middle-schooler's mouth, who hasn't felt that moment when you "really, really, really, really" like someone but you just can't manage to tell them. Carly goes straight for it on this track off Emotion, and with little explosions in its production, it definitely has Song of the Summer potential.

  5. Little Mix really dig into the '80s dance trend with this one. I have to admit, the music video for this song is kind of what made it one of my favorites (the plot: they use their newfound magical powers to make high school more interesting). It has an undeniable rhythm that drives the bass line, along with hand-claps, foot stomps and the occasional "hey!" The whole thing recalls "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and gives each singer a chance for their personality to shine through. Not to mention that the "Black Magic" metaphor is especially crafty...

  6. The beauty of Tori's "Unbreakable Smile" is that she can be sweet and salty at the same time. Sure, she sings "La da da da di" like a songbird, but she also declares that she'll "never be a pawn on your chessboard" with angsty fire. It's these little contradictions -- like "You'll find me at church, but that don't mean I can't cause trouble" -- that make "Unbreakable Smile" such an inspiring jam. She sings in a rap-like cadence, using wordplay to declare that she's not going to be a typical singer caught up in the music industry.

  7. Cashmere Cat and Ariana Grande are magic together. Along with the work the Norwegian producer did on her My Everything album, they cut this track. I really don't know what Ari is saying half the time (the first time I heard it, I thought she was singing "ma ma ma ma ma") but her words melt together in one rich and buttery pool of vocals, which Cashmere drizzles all over the sensual track. In true producer fashion, there's an explosion at every chorus, sending you little doses of euphoria over and over.

  8. Hey! Taylor's song from last year's 1989 got a hip-hop twist when she invited obsessee Kendrick Lamar on for two verses. The remake gave a special menacing "wub-wub-wub" to the juicy pop song, making the revenge track even darker. The best part of Kendrick's second verse is when he raps "Still, all my life, I want money and power," a reference to his "Backseat Freestyle," the song Taylor lip-synced in an Instagram video and started their friendship.

  9. Alessia says everything we've always wanted to say with "Here," a song about wanting to leave a party. Because honestly, who wants to mess with sloppy drunks and backstabbing gossipers when you could just be home, being yourself? The 18-year-old singer lays it all out on this one, pleading with a soulful voice, "I'll be over here."

  10. I still get chills when I listen to this. The way her voice tumbles down, just like her heart. The way that the orchestra swells and sweeps along with the "ooh-aahs." The way she just sings "There's an end to infinity," as if love never existed. She acts dismissive when she sings about a lost love (ahem, looking at you, Nick Cannon), but then she proclaims that "I was yours eternally/ There's an end to infinity" and she's just as vulnerable as the rest of us who've gone through a breakup. I was on a weeklong Mariah kick after this, and yeah, I could do without that high note at the end, but everything about this song slays.

  11. I was breathing so heavily the first time I heard this song. In the past year, she's gone from a tearjerking confessional with "The Heart Wants What It Wants" to a club-ready love song with Zedd with "I Want You To Know," but it seems like she's coming into her own with this one. It's breathy and sensual and hypnotizing, like you're wading through dark water with just the gleam of a treasure chest underneath. Yeah, that's how I feel about it. It's weird enough with a meandering melody, but it still has those repeated words you can sing along with and get stuck in your head. It's truly a unique pop song, and I can't wait to see what else she does.

  12. Ciara perfectly captures the feeling when you love someone, but you know it'll never work out. And since we know her story with Future, and the rumors of infidelity that reportedly caused them to break up, this song is even more meaningful and personal. Truth rings in every drop of this song: "I bet you'll start loving me, soon as you see me with someone else, somebody other than you." She sounds sure of herself, making jabs throughout the song ("I upgraded you"), but the end of the song takes a turn, and she confesses "I hate that I'm singing this song/ 'Cause I love you/ I'm all cried out/ Right now it's killing 'cause now I have to find someone else/ When all I wanted was you." Ugh. Tears.

  13. There are so many gems on 5H's Reflection, including single "Sledgehammer" and "Bo$," but I decided to include this deeper cut because of its maximum sass. Lauren, Normani, Ally, Dinah and Camila twist the idea of wanting to look good for a boy, and make it all about themselves. The in-your-face bass fuels the confident jam, and as each girl takes a verse, the others hype them up with ad-libs, like they're cheering the others on. The punch line will make you squeal: After they list off how good their guy looks, they actually sing, "Boy, I ain't talkin' 'bout you; I'm talking to my own reflection." I share this song with everyone and wait for their reaction once when they realize "they're singing to themselves, not a guy!"

  14. Grimes released this track by saying it was something she scrapped off her upcoming album. "i tried to doctor the mp3 into a listenable state, but it was poorly recorded in the first place and never meant to be heard by anyone, so its a bit of a mess haha," she wrote in a blog post. That's a testament to Grimes' standards for her own music, because I've listened to this song more times than I brush my teeth in a week and I can't find a single flaw. Although I'll never match Grimes' tone or range or anything, it's still fun to sing along with this, and after you watch her video, you'll want to be dancing too!

  15. When Justin Bieber linked up with Diplo and Skrillex for their Jack Ü album, I had no idea what to expect -- was Biebs going EDM? What we got was the singer spilling his heart out in a sweet confessional, which launches into a beat that enhances the moment, rather than distracts from it. "I gave you the key when the door wasn't open, just admit it," he sings. You know that it's genuine when he admits his own weakness. "Where are you now that I need you?" This is so much more than a dance song.

What's your favorite song of 2015 so far? Let us know in the comments!