International Canadian Hits of 2015

Not all countries have official charts and of those that do, not all have annual or year-end charts. Measurements of the success of songs are not standardized internationally. Some counties use karaoke charts, some sales or digital downloads only, some radio airplay, some streaming, and some various combinations of these with different weightings for each parameter. Also, whereas Billboard (which Canada uses) considers the chart year differently from the calendar year, many countries use the strict calendar year. Below is a table of all hits involving Canadian artists that made the official 2015 year-end charts of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. Below that are notes on charts for selected other countries.

Both the UK and Australia preferred Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” over all other Canadian songs, which is 9th of the year on both charts. The United States favoured The Weeknd’s “Earned It” at #9 overall. Canadians sided with The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” at 8th of the year.

international hits in 2015

Japan: Japan is currently the world’s second biggest music market (after the USA). The most successful non-Japanese artist song in the Billboard Japanese Hot 100 year-end chart for 2015 was Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” at #6. Justin Beiber’s “What Do You Mean” was #87. Carly Rae Jepsen’s collaborative song with Owl City, though a few years old, was popular in Japan in 2015 and was #88 on the chart.

China: Mainland China is massive and Greater China even more so. There is no official chart for the region. Radio station Hit FM from the Republic of China has year-end charts on its website from 2003 which give an idea of the more popular songs. The Top 100 of 2015 has Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” at #15, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” at #37, and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” at #51.

The Netherlands: The Dutch chart has similar year-end entries for Canadian artists as the UK and Australia, an exact dozen total. Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” was tops at #10.

Denmark: Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” was tops at #6 for the year.

Austria: The top entry involving a Canadian was “Sugar” by Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates (#10).

Switzerland: As with Austria, tops was “Sugar” by Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates (#18).

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