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Drake, Justin, Bieber, Rihanna Dominate Spotify Most Streamed Artists Of 2016

By Ryan Middleton ryan.middleton@musictimes.com | Dec 02, 2016 11:38 AM EST

The end-of-the-year recaps and madness has begun and while we will wait until the end of the month (you know, the end of the year?), others have unveiled their data and picks now. Spotify has shared their data on the most streamed artists of 2016, with Drake, Justin Bieber and Rihanna dominating the field.

Drake was the most dominant artist on Spotify in 2016 - all of this even with Apple Music exclusives.

He was the most streamed artist globally, the most streamed male artist (obviously), had the most streamed album with Views, the top hip-hop song with "One Dance" and was the most streamed hip-hop artist.

Rihanna was the most streamed female artist, followed by Ariana Grande and Sia. The Seeb remix of "I Took A Pill in Ibiza" was the second most streamed song globally of 2016, followed by The Chainsmokers "Don't Let Me Down" and Rihanna and Drake "Work."

We have parsed out the global insights including some fun facts like top breakup and workout songs and then broke it down by the top songs and more in the United States. See it all below and head to Spotify's website to see and listen to it all.

Spotify's Global Year in Music 2016

Most Streamed Artists:
1. Drake
2. Justin Bieber
3. Rihanna
4. Twenty One Pilots
5. Kanye West

Most Streamed Female Artists:
1. Rihanna
2. Ariana Grande
3. Sia
4. Adele
5. Fifth Harmony

Most Streamed Male Artists:
1. Drake
2. Justin Bieber
3. Twenty One Pilots
4. Kanye West
5. Coldplay

Top Five Breakout Artists:
1. ZAYN
2. FRENSHIP
3. Anne-Marie
4. Madeintyo
5. Rob $tone

Most Streamed Tracks:
1. One Dance (feat. WizKid and Kyla) - Drake
2. I Took A Pill in Ibiza - Seeb Remix - Mike Posner
3. Don't Let Me Down (feat. Daya) - The Chainsmokers
4. Work (feat. Drake) - Rihanna
5. Cheap Thrills - Sia

Most Streamed Albums:
1. Views - Drake
2. Purpose - Justin Bieber
3. ANTI - Rihanna
4. Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots
5. Beauty Behind The Madness - The Weeknd

Most Popular Playlists:
1. Today's Top Hits
2. Rap Caviar
3. Hot Country
4. Peaceful Piano
5. Baila Reggaeton

Fun Facts:

  •  Top sex song: Sex - Cheat Codes, Kris Kross Amsterdam
  •  Top sad song: Say Something - A Great Big World
  •  Top breakup song: One Dance (feat. WizKid and Kyla) - Drake
  •  Top party/dance song: Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
  •  Top workout song: 'Till I Collapse (feat. Nate Dogg) - Eminem
  •  Top gaming song: Fort Minor - Remember The Name (feat. Styles of Beyond)

• Most Musical Day: 11th November 2016

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

Emerging 2016 Genres:
1. Ambient Fusion
2. Witch House
3. Indie Emo
4. Underground Latin Hip Hop
5. Baile Funk
6. Dangdut
7. Hoerspiel
8. Speed Garage
9. Brazilian Gospel
10. World Meditation

Most Streamed - U.S.

Top Five Artists in U.S.:
1. Drake
2. Kanye West
3. Rihanna
4. Twenty One Pilots
5. Future

Top Five Males in U.S.:
1. Drake
2. Kanye West
3. Twenty One Pilots
4. Future
5. Justin Bieber

Top Five Females in U.S.:
1. Rihanna
2. Ariana Grande
3. Beyoncé
4. Sia
5. Adele

Top Five Tracks in the U.S.:
1. One Dance (feat. WizKid and Kyla) - Drake
2. Don't Let Me Down (feat. Daya) - The Chainsmokers
3. Needed Me - Rihanna
4. Panda - Desiigner
5. Work (feat. Drake) - Rihanna

Top Five Albums in the U.S.:
1. Views - Drake
2. ANTI - Rihanna
3. Purpose - Justin Bieber
4. Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots
5. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West

Top Five Playlists in the U.S.:
1. Today's Top Hits
2. Rap Caviar
3. Hot Country
4. New Music Friday
5. Peaceful Piano

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