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7 of 2015's Biggest Hits

These songs that made us bop our heads were on loop this 2015.
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2015's biggest hits

1. "Bad Blood," Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

We know it's really not ideal to write a song about your enemy, but we suppose it's alright to take a pass every now and then. In "Bad Blood," Tay-Tay was very vocal of a feud with someone she really won't name (reports say it's about a certain Katycat though). #SquadGoals is where it's at with Taylor teaming up with the rest of her friends in this star-studded music video. If there's one thing this song taught us aside from the fact that "Band-Aids don't fix bullet holes," it's that you should never mess with T-Swizzle. Like at all.

2. "Sorry," Justin Bieber

It's official. Justin Bieber just made apologizing cooler. As the second single to his latest album Purpose, The Biebs did some meta interpretation of saying sorry about some of his previous antics when he was younger. We can't help but be smitten with lyrics such as "Let me redeem myself tonight" (you surely can!) and that catchy chorus "Is it too late now to say sorry?" (Well it's not!) Don't worry, Justin, you're forgiven!

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3. "Perfect," One Direction

When Zayn left One Direction, it's a bit hard to know the direction (see what we did there?) of where the rest of the 1D boys are headed. But there's really nothing to worry about, because as proven by their ballad "Perfect," they went to a more mature sound but retaining that same, lovable 1D appeal. Who cares if this song was intended for someone else? We love it anyway!

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4. "Hanap Hanap," James Reid and Nadine Lustre

The biggest advantage of the Jadine loveteam is that aside from bringing the ~*feels*~, both are talented singers as well. As part of James Reid's Reid Alert, this romantic duet of James and Nadine joins the list of their previous beloved collaborations "Bahala Na" and "No Erase" in the kilig department. We know you're probably singing to this as well every time it plays as a background song during the mushy moments on On the Wings of Love.

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5. "Wish I May," Alden Richards

Others might not be aware of it but Alden Richards is a recording star too, and he has really good singing skills to boot. "Wish I May," the original lead composition from his current album of the same title, suits the sweet lullaby charming voice of our Pambasang Bae. Listening to the song actually makes it seem like he's personally serenading you. There's a reason why this ballad has stayed on top of the iTunes chart for quite some time, even beating songs from foreign acts.

6. "Thank You For the Love," Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Enrique Gil, and Liza Soberano

Christmas is the season of love, and it doesn't get any bigger than this. Headlined by three of the most famous loveteams right now, the holiday season is the perfect moment to set aside those loveteam battles with JaDine, KathNiel, and LizQuen teaming up to sing the Christmas song of 2015. We're sure that not one person hasn't heard this song, as this has been played from malls to churches and even grocery stores. And for that, we say thank you for the love!

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7. "Hello," Adele

"Hello it's me..." are three words that perfectly suit the comeback of one our favorite artists. Four years since she dropped her album 21, Adele broke all records this year with her comeback single "Hello" from her latest album 25. There's a reason why Adele is the hottest artist right now and one whose appeal transcends different generations. The song gives us all the feels and makes us wonder how it feels like "from the other side."

Think we missed out on your favorite song this year? Leave us a message or tweet us @candymagdotcom!

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted?

I have forgotten when was the last time we shared a smile - the last time when I saw the glow in your eyes and the last time when you whispered an I love you to me. I have forgotten when, but here I am - writing to you again.

I do not know if you will read this or you will just add this one to my proses and poems that you left unread, but you see, I am still hoping. I am mailing the pain of us to the gods out there - hoping they can take the pain away. I should have gotten over you, but instead of forgetting and accepting our ending, I am writing about us in tissue sheets, carving about us on trees, telling about us on the back of my journals, hoping that a thousand or a million write ups about us, can make me forget about what happened.

I am writing, waiting for the point where I can no longer write anymore, for I have none to tell - but when? I have nothing in me anymore, but the memories of us - and no matter how hard I try put those to its own grave, the memories grow back like lilies in the swamp - painful and beautiful at the same time.

No matter how hard I try to silence those and put it at the back of my mind, those ring back, playing like the favorite song we used to listen. They say heartbreaks turn into poetry and that is what happening to us - but poetry should be dulcet and dreamy, why does ours sound like pain and agony? They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted? Darling, I guess not.

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