5 December 2014

Spotify names most popular music for 2014

Source: Spotify.

Spotify has released its Year in Music, which sifts through 50 million Spotify users listening to over 7 billion hours of music to identify the most popular soundtracks of the year.

UK's Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist of 2014. His work was listened to more than 860 million times on Spotify. Sheeran also holds the title for the most streamed album, which was released in June to rave reviews and received over 430 million streams by fans.

In Singapore, Jay Chou has topped the charts for the second year running as the country’s most streamed Asian artist. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 holds onto second position while Sheeran claims third place.

Chou also takes first place as the most streamed Asian artist, while Taiwanese group Mayday and Singapore’s JJ Lin take second and third spot in the Asian ranks, respectively.

The top track played by Singaporeans this year is Rude by Magic!, closely followed by John Legend’s hit All of Me and OneRepublic’s Counting Stars. Pharrell Williams’ pop anthem of the year, Happy, reached over 260 million plays worldwide in 2014.

“2014 has been a fantastic year for music fans with a vibrant mix of Asian and global artists topping the end-of-year Spotify charts," said Sunita Kaur, Managing Director (Asia), Spotify. “Spotify's Year in Music is a great way for music fans to look back on their favourite tunes of the year and discover new tracks and playlists."

Steve Savoca, Head of Content, Spotify added: “This has been a phenomenal year for a rich variety of amazing artists on Spotify. Over fifty million dedicated music fans listened to more than 7 billion listening hours in 2014 alone. We’re extremely proud that Spotify allows music fans to discover, enjoy and share a world of new music, while helping artists reach new audiences.”

Visitors to spotify.com/2014 can find out more about the biggest global and local music trends of 2014, while Spotify users will be able to create their own personal Year in Music 2014 card which can be shared on social media. Spotify.com/2014 will identify a user’s most-played songs, favourite artists and the playlist that soundtracked their year. They can also discover how many minutes of music they enjoyed in 2014, which genres they listened to most, favourite artists by season, and their most musical day of the week.

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Top Five Global Artists

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Coldplay
4. Calvin Harris
5. Katy Perry

Top Five Global Males

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Calvin Harris
4. Avicii
5. David Guetta

Top Five Global Females

1. Katy Perry
2. Ariana Grande
3. Lana Del Rey
4. Beyoncé
5. Lorde

Top Five Global Groups

1. Coldplay
2. Imagine Dragons
3. Maroon 5
4. OneRepublic
5. One Direction

Top Five Global Tracks

1. Happy - From Despicable Me 2 - Pharrell Williams
2. Rather Be (featuring Jess Glynne) - Clean Bandit
3. Summer - Calvin Harris
4. Dark Horse - Katy Perry
5. All of Me - John Legend

Top 10 most streamed artists in Singapore

1. Jay Chou
2. Maroon 5
3. Ed Sheeran
4. Coldplay
5. Ariana Grande
6. Katy Perry
7. Calvin Harris
8. OneRepublic
9. Imagine Dragons
10. Sam Smith

Top 10 most streamed Asian artists

1. Jay Chou

2. Mayday
3. JJ Lin
4. Lee Hom
5. Yiruma
6. Stephanie Sun
7. A Mei
8. Jacky Cheung
9. 2NE1
10. G.E.M

Top 10 most streamed tracks

1. Magic! - Rude
2. John Legend - All of Me
3. OneRepublic - Counting Stars
4. Pharrell Williams - Happy - From Despicable Me 2
5. Maroon 5 - Maps
6. Sia - Chandelier
7. Calvin Harris - Summer
8. Coldplay - A Sky Full of Stars
9. Demons – Imagine Dragons
10. Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz

Top 10 most streamed albums

X – Ed Sheeran
In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
V – Maroon 5
My Everything – Ariana Grande
The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
5 Seconds of Summer – 5 Seconds of Summer
G I R L – Pharrell Williams
Native – OneRepublic
The Fault in Our Stars: Music from the Motion Picture – The Fault in Our Stars
Don’t Kill the Magic – Magic!
Oh, What a Life – American Authors

The Spotify Year in Music playlist: