After a big year in music, streaming platform Spotify has tallied the songs and artists the world has listened to the most in 2016. As expected, Drake and Rihanna top the list, thanks to the new albums and constant hits they released this year, but a whole slew of acts keep them company at the top of the charts, too. Scroll through and see if you’ve helped contributed to the massive stream counts on these tracks, musicians and albums.
- Justin Bieber
- Twenty One Pilots
- Kanye West
Drake comes out on top again for the second year in a row, with over 4.7 billion streams this year (compare that to his winning 1.8 billion in 2015). Surprisingly, The Weeknd, though he set a new record for most streams from an artist in a single day, did not place in the top five. RiRi, however, is also the only woman to land in the rankings. She also leads the list of top female artists, where Ariana Grande, Sia, Adele and Fifth Harmony follow her in first place. In the men’s department, Coldplay closes out the top five male artists.
Top Breakout Artists
- Rob $tone
Spotify served as a great platform for exposure for these rising acts. Zayn proved he could continue his musical success post-One Direction, after releasing his debut solo album,Mind of Mine, in March this year.
Most Streamed Tracks
- “One Dance (feat. Kyla and Wizkid)” by Drake
- “I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)” by Mike Posner
- “Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya)” by The Chainsmokers
- “Work (feat. Drake)” by Rihanna
- “Cheap Thrills” by Sia
The top songs of the year were easily foretold by the biggest hits of the summer, which Drake and Rihanna led as well. In fact, Drizzy’s huge Views single was so big it made history as the most streamed song in Spotify history.
Most Streamed Albums
- Views by Drake
- Purpose by Justin Bieber
- ANTI by Rihanna
- Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots
- Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd
New albums released this year by Drake, Rihanna, Bieber and alternative underdogs Twenty One Pilots take the lead, but The Weeknd’s BBTM stayed popular even after releasing in August 2015.
Other artists came out first in their own niches. For example, Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)” earned the title of top party song, and Eminem’s “Till I Collapse (feat. Nate Dogg)” ranked as top workout song. Another musical tidbit to note: November 11th marked the “most musical day,” gathering the most streams on the app. And some new genres we saw emerge this year included Ambient Fusion, Witch House and Indie Emo—as strange as they seem, be on the lookout for more of these sounds next year.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US