2016’s Most Streamed Songs and Artists

2016 was a huge year in pop music. With the charts dominated by the likes of Justin Beiber, Sia, Rihanna and The Weeknd there was something for everyone.

Fresh new artists such as Zara Larson, The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha have dominated the charts. However, the year has also seen some huge comeback singles from the likes of Justin Timberlake who claimed the song of the summer with ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling‘, which was also the soundtrack to the film Trolls.

Spotify has compiled multiple playlists covering the year’s most played artists, songs and albums. They also give you the option to see your most played songs of the year if you select the playlist ‘Your Top Songs 2016’. Here is part of my list (don’t judge my music taste too harshly):


Whilst this is a nice feature from Spotify, it is less comprehensive than their usual ‘your music’ feature. Last year Spotify gave users the option to see a more detailed breakdown of the time they had spent listening to artists and at which points in the year this occured. It could be the case that spotify will release these features closer to the end of the year.

There seems to be a broad interest in looking back on the year’s most memorable music moments. Avariety of youtube channels have compiled music videos using the biggest and best hits from 2016. This one by the YouTube Channel, Top 10 Music Official is one of the best so far:

Here is Spotify’s full 2016 streaming charts:

Most streamed artists of 2016:
Justin Bieber
Twenty One Pilots
Kanye West

Most streamed female artists:
Ariana Grande
Fifth Harmony

Most streamed male artists:
Justin Bieber
Twenty One Pilots
Kanye West

Most streamed new artists:
Rob $tone

Most streamed tracks:
One Dance (feat. WizKid and Kyla) – Drake
I Took A Pill in Ibiza – Seeb Remix – Mike Posner
Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya) – The Chainsmokers
Work (feat. Drake) – Rihanna
Cheap Thrills – Sia

Most streamed albums:
Views – Drake
Purpose – Justin Bieber
ANTI – Rihanna
Blurryface – Twenty One Pilots
Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd

Top artists by genre:
Classic Rock: The Beatles
Classical: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Country (New): Luke Bryan
Country (Old): Johnny Cash
EDM: The Chainsmokers
Emo: Panic! At The Disco
Hip Hop: Drake
Jazz: Nina Simone
Latin: Enrique Iglesias
Metal: Metallica
New Age: Enya
Pop: Drake
R&B: Rihanna
Reggae: Bob Marley & The Wailers
Reggaeton: Enrique Iglesias
Rock: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Soul: Michael Jackson


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