The music landscape is indeed changing. Unlike years past when you have to buy those precious cassette tapes and CDs to get your music, now all you have to do is go online to listen to your favorite songs and albums. Technology definitely changed the way people listen to music that it can now be one’s own personal radio.
With dwindling CD sales nowadays—as millennials rarely go to record stores—music streaming keeps record labels and artists afloat save for some issues regarding royalty (but that’s a different story).
The most popular of which, Spotify, recently announced 2016’s most popular albums, songs and artists that modern-day music aficionados are listening to.
Canadian rapper Drake tops the worldwide list as the Most Streamed Artist for 2016 with over 4.7 billion streams, beating his own record of 1.8 billion streams last year. In fact, he is the most streamed artist since the inception of Spotify with over 8.7 billion streams. Additionally, Drake’s single “One Dance” was the Most Streamed Track for 2016 with over 970 million streams. With this feat, the track has overtaken last year’s winner Lean On by Major Lazer (ft. MØ and DJ Snake), as the most popular song ever on Spotify.
Drake further dominated the list as Most Streamed Album for 2016. After dropping Views in April, his album has racked up over 2.45 billion streams on Spotify.
Following Drake is Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth and One Direction.
Ex-One Direction member Zayn became the worldwide top breakout artist after releasing his first solo record this year.
In the Philippines, there is no denying the popularity of the American DJ duo The Chainsmokers being the most streamed artist. Filipinos likewise listened to their singles namely “Closer,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Roses” way more than other tracks, dominating the Top 5 Most Streamed Tracks for 2016.
Below is a summary of Spotify’s year in music:
Philippines’ 2016 Top 5 Most Streamed Artists: 1) The Chainsmokers 2) Justin Bieber 3) Ariana Grande 4) Charlie Puth 5) One Direction.
Top 5 Male Artists: 1) Justin Bieber 2) Charlie Puth 3) Drake 4) Shawn Mendez 5) DJ Snake.
Top 5 Female Artists: 1) Ariana Grande 2) Rihanna 3) Selena Gomez 4) Adele 5) Meghan Trainor.
Top 5 Most Streamed Tracks: 1) “Closer” by The Chainsmokers 2) “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers 3) “Roses” by The Chainsmokers 4) “Middle” by DJ Snake 5) “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber.
Five Most Popular Playlists: 1) Top Hits Philippines 2) Today’s Top Hits 3) It’s a Hit! 4) #Hugot 5) Morning Stroll.
Global Top 5 Most Streamed Artists: 1) Drake 2) Justin Bieber 3) Rihanna 4) Twenty One Pilots 5) Kanye West.
Global Most Streamed Female Artists: 1) Rihanna 2) Ariana Grande 3) Sia 4) Adele 5) Fifth Harmony.
Global Most Streamed Male Artists: 1) Drake 2) Justin Bieber 3) Twenty One Pilots 4) Kanye West 5) Coldplay.
Global Top Five Breakout Artists: 1) Zayn 2) Frenship 3) Anne-Marie 4) Madeintyo 5) Rob $tone.
Global Most Streamed Tracks: 1) “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla) by Drake 2) “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” Seeb Remix by Mike Posner 3) “Don’t Let Me Down” (featuring Daya) by The Chainsmokers 4) “Work” (featuring Drake) by Rihanna 5) “Cheap Thrills” by Sia.
Global Most Streamed Albums: 1) Views by Drake 2) Purpose by Justin Bieber 3) ANTI by Rihanna 4) Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots 5) Beauty Behind The Madness by The Weeknd.
Global Most Popular Playlists: 1) Today’s Top Hits 2) Rap Caviar 3) Hot Country 4) Peaceful Piano 5) BailaReggaeton.
Interestingly, Spotify recognized the following tracks as the top in their amusing categoris: Top Sex Song –“Sex” by Cheat Codes, Kris Kross Amsterdam; Top Sad Song –“Say Something” by A Great Big World (featuring Christina Aguilera); Top Break-up Song – “One Dance” (feat. WizKid and Kyla) by Drake; Top Party/Dance Song – “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars; Top Workout Song – “‘Till I Collapse” (featuring Nate Dogg) by Eminem; Top Gaming Song – Fort Minor, “Remember The Name” (featuring Styles of Beyond); Most Musical Day – November 11, 2016.