These are the most played songs on Spotify in 2016 4 years ago

These are the most played songs on Spotify in 2016

Earlier in the week we shared the tracks that TIME have immortalised as the worst songs of 2016.

Now Spotify have released their official lists of the most popular and streamed songs of the year.


The top five is probably no surprise as it was pretty much next to impossible to enter a bar in 2016 without hearing at least three of these.

It was a good year overall for Drake, who emerged as the most streamed artist of 2016, followed by Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots and Kanye West and if that wasn’t enough, Views was the most streamed album of the past year.

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In some of the more interesting revelations from the Spotify report, meanwhile, the appropriately titled ‘Sex’ by Cheat Codes, Kris Kross Amsterdam was the ‘top sex song’ of 2016, while Speed Garage and Brazilian Gospel were two of the biggest emerging genres of the year.

Spotify’s Global Year in 2016

Most Streamed Artists of 2016

  • Drake
  • Justin Bieber
  • Rihanna
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Kanye West

Most Streamed Female Artists of 2016

  • Rihanna
  • Ariana Grande
  • Sia
  • Adele
  • Fifth Harmony

Most Streamed Male Artists of 2016

  • Drake
  • Justin Bieber
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Kanye West
  • Coldplay

Top Five Breakout Artists of 2016

  • ZAYN
  • Anne-Marie
  • Madeintyo
  • Rob $tone

Most Streamed Tracks of 2016

  • 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 of 2016

  • Views – Drake
  • Purpose – Justin Bieber
  • ANTI – Rihanna
  • Blurryface – Twenty One Pilots
  • Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd

Most Popular Playlists

  • Today’s Top Hits
  • Rap Caviar
  • Hot Country
  • Peaceful Piano
  • Baila Reggaeton

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

  • Ambient Fusion
  • Witch House
  • Indie Emo
  • Underground Latin Hip Hop
  • Baile Funk
  • Dangdut
  • Hoerspiel
  • Speed Garage

Brazilian Gospel