Adele said “hello” and the world said hello back. Mark Ronson put Morris Day funk at the top of the charts. Justin Bieber asked a simple question while set to sexy dance grooves. The Weeknd churned out an epic drug-loving anthem for the summer. And Drake had us all dancing silly to quasi-reggae while reaching for our cellphones. 2015 was the year when silly gimmicks made us all smile. And lots of chart-topping singles were birth from those ideas, from dance line pandemonium (Silento's “Watch Me”) to Fetty Wap's head boobing “Trap Queen.” Sure, those offerings dominated our music playlists, but they don't conjure the essence of what makes a great song. These forty-five selections summed up what was great about music in 2015.

Check out HiFi's list of 45 best singles of 2015. And be sure to take advantage of the player next to each listing to get into the groove via Spotify.

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"Pressure Off"
DURAN DURAN feat. NILE RODGERS and JANELLE MONAE
(Warner Bros.)

Chic vibes from Nile Rodgers, dangerous synths and Janelle Monae's complementary vocals alongside Simon Le Bon's ageless fun prove to be the recipe of life on this funky dance track lifted from Duran Duran's Rio-inspired Paper Gods.

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"Ex's & Oh's"
ELLE KING
(RCA)

Dressed with Duffy pipes, Elle King's rollicking debut single shows off a perky soul jam highlighted with Black Keys fuzz and clever storytelling that's strong and daring enough to make Meghan Trainor feel like a lightweight. Save the stones; Meghan is.

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" Déjà Vu"
GIORGIO MORODER feat. SIA
(RCA)

Thanks to Daft Punk's hit record Random Access Memories, disco's chief innovator Giorgio Moroder earned a new lease on life. On the manufacturing of his highly anticipated studio album's title track, it sounds slightly sped up. But lead vocalist Sia is really enjoying the type of glittery riffs that turned Cher and Donna Summer into disco queens. And all of this is being produced by a man that's been in retirement for decades.

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"Sorry"
JUSTIN BIEBER
(Def Jam)

The sloppy douchebag lyrics aren't exactly the best (“Is it too late now to say sorry?/Cause I'm missing more than just your body”), but “Sorry” feels like a true Justin Bieber song. It's him armed with a kiddy apology, attached to some very slick production by Skrillex, peppery dancehall riffs and Annie Lennox-inspired background chants (see “No More (I Love You's)”). It's the perfect combination of forgiveness for the beleaguered Bieber.

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"No Sleeep"
JANET JACKSON feat. J COLE
(Rhythm Nation/BMG)

Like Janet's “Anytime Anyplace,” sexy raindrops and seductive bass masquerade throughout this slinky boudoir slow jam. But what makes this effort come alive with superiority is how the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis production perfectly recalls the essence of ‘90's throwback contemporary R&B, a perfect cloak on Jackson's whispery pipes.

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