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Spotify’s Year in Music 2014

Spotify-genericAs the year comes to a close, Spotify combs through the listening habits of its 50 some million global users, revealing the most popular songs and artists of 2014. Ed Sheeran came in as Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2014. Pharrell Williams earned his place in the rankings with his hit single "Happy" which claimed the most-streamed track in the world. Aligning with Vevo's recent accouncement of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" being the most watched video of 2014, Spotify announces "Fancy" as the top streamed track in the US. With much to celebrate, Spotify has chosen to do so by offering Premium streaming for 3 months for only $0.99 throughout December. 

"Spotify’s Year in Music looks back at 2014’s soundtrack, which saw more than 50 million Spotify users listen to over seven billion hours of music and create more than 733 million playlists. UK singing sensation Ed Sheeran was crowned the most streamed artist of 2014, racking up more than 860 million listens across the globe this year on Spotify.  Ed also holds the title for the most streamed album for x, which fans have enjoyed more than 430 million times since its release in June. This was also the year Katy Perry unseated Rihanna as the most-streamed female on Spotify. Although Rihanna held the title for the past two years, Katy’s Dark Horse spent 11 weeks at #1 on Spotify’s US Top 50 chart, the longest run in the top spot of 2014."

UrlWith gratitude to Spotify, Hozier who's rock hit "Take Me To Church" landed him the Most Viral Track of the Year, said, "Thank you so much to my fans for listening to the music and sharing it with people. Spotify was a big part of getting the music across the world as quickly as it did and as a new artist, that's invaluable. So thank you for listening and thank you for sharing with your friends."

Were you an avid Spotify user this year? Current users will enjoy the addition to their holiday promotion. Spotify has added the ability to create a shareable snapshot of each users' Year in Music, accessible at

Top Lists (Global and US) are included below: 


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 (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit

3.     Summer – Calvin Harris

4.     Dark Horse – Katy Perry

5.                  All of Me – John Legend


Top Five Global Albums

1.     x – Ed Sheeran

2.     In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

3.     The New Classic – Iggy Azalea

4.     G I R L – Pharrell Williams

5.     My Everything – Ariana Grande


Top Five Global Viral Tracks

1.     Take Me To Church – Hozier

2.     Gooey – Glass Animals

3.     Ojos Color Sol – Calle 13

4.     Coffee – Sylvan Esso

5.     Hey Mami – Sylvan




Most streamed artists in the US

1.     Eminem

2.     Drake

3.     Kanye West

4.     Lana del Rey

5.     Ariana Grande

Most streamed tracks in the US

1.                  Fancy – Iggy Azalea

2.                  Dark Horse – Katy Perry

3.                  Happy – From "Despicable Me 2" – Pharrell Williams

4.                  Problem – Ariana Grande

5.                  All of Me – John Legend

Most streamed albums in the US

1.                  x – Ed Sheeran

2.                  The New Classic – Iggy Azalea

3.                  In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

4.                  Native – OneRepublic

5.                  My Everything – Ariana Grande

Top viral tracks in the US

1.                  Take Me To Church – Hozier

2.                  Gooey – Glass Animals

3.                  Reflections – MisterWives

4.                  Coffee – Sylvan Esso

5.                  Say You’ll Be There – MØ


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