So Who Was the Most-Streamed Artist in the World and in Canada (According to Spotify, Anyway)?

Get over it, Thom Yorke and Taylor Swift: streaming is here to stay. Yeah, there are still some details to work out–like how to keep the streaming services from hemorrhaging money–but the sector is only going to continue to grow.

Spotify, the 800 pound gorilla in the streaming space, has released its list of the most-streamed artists for 2014. The 50 million Spotify users streamed 7 billion hours of music–and the artist that got the biggest share of those hours was, believe it or not, Ed Sheeran.

Yes, ginger Ed had his songs heard 860 million times around the world through Spotify. His last album, x, was streamed 430 million. I wonder how much he earned from that? The most-streamed female was Katy Perry while the most-streamed newcomer was Hozier thanks to “Take Me to Church.”  And what one song received the most listens? “Happy” by Pharrell Williams with 260,000,000 streams.

Spotify launched in Canada at the very end of September, so there’s not a lot of data to sift through, but the company can tell us that Ariana Grande was the most-streamed artist and the track people heard the most was “Blame” by Calvin Harris. And yeah, we streamed x by Ed Sheeran the most, just like the rest of the planet.

Here are a few more lists:

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

Canadian Results

Most streamed artists in Canada

  1.  Ariana Grande
  2.  Ed Sheeran
  3.  Maroon 5
  4.   Sam Smith
  5.   Calvin Harris

Most streamed tracks in Canada

  1. Calvin Harris – Blame
  2. Maroon 5 – Animals
  3. Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
  4. Jessie J – Bang Bang
  5. Ariana Grande – Break Free


Most streamed albums in Canada

  1. x – Ed Sheeran
  2. My Everything – Ariana Grande
  3. In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
  4. V – Maroon 5
  5.   Dream Your Life Away – Vance Joy

Top viral tracks in Canada

  1. Take Me To Church – Hozier
  2. Another Love – Zwette Edit – Tom Odell
  3. F**kin’ Problems – A$AP Rocky
  4. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
  5. Jolene – Ray LaMontagne

If you want to look at more stats from the year, go to Spotify’s year in music page.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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