This is the Top Five Countdown! We’re blasting off with the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart, for the week ending August 22, 2015.
Not only do we have a Hot Shot Debut in third place, we also get a second new song and a new champ.
Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Aug. 22
1. "Can't Feel My Face" The Weeknd
3. "Drag Me Down" One Direction
4. "Watch Me" Silento
5. "Lean On" Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring M0
Let’s start off in fifth place, where Major Lazer, DJ Snake, and MO jump a slot with “Lean On.” Who are these people you ask? Well, Major Lazer is an electronic music project created by well-known producer Diplo. You may remember DJ Snake from his massive 2014 hit with Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What,” while MO – real name Karen Orsted – is a singer-songwriter from Denmark.
Silento slips a slot to fourth place with “Watch Me.” The teenager from Atlanta, Georgia has now gone platinum, selling one million units here in the United States. Meanwhile, the video has racked up more than 100 million views on Vevo. That’s a lot of whipping and nae nae-ing.
When a song earns Hot Shot Debut honors in third place, you know it’s a hit. One Direction gets that distinction this week with “Drag Me Down.” The group has been in the news a lot this year, first Zayn Malik left, then Louis Tomlinson became an expectant father. But, they still have chart power. Here’s a surprising fact: One Direction has never topped the U.S. Hot 100 chart. The guys came close in 2013, when “Best Song Ever” peaked at number two.
OMI slips to second place with “Cheerleader.” He says he hasn’t found a real-life cheerleader yet; his last serious girlfriend was eight years ago. OMI also tells Billboard magazine that his chief indulgence after hitting it big was buying new wheels for his car.
The Weeknd shifts into overdrive this week, as “Can’t Feel My Face” earns him a trip to number one. How did this shadowy Canadian singer become such a big star? The Weeknd began recording five years ago, working with producer Jeremy Rose. He kept his true identity a secret at first, before attracting attention with a series of performances in 2011. He is now poised to take it to the next level with the August 28 release of his album Beauty Behind The Madness.