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one more tune

Here are the songs Irish people couldn't stop listening to on Spotify this year

Drake, Justin Bieber and Sia all feature.

Spotify users Andrew Matthews Andrew Matthews

A FEW WEEKS ago, Spotify revealed that Drake was the most streamed artist globally in 2016, marking the second year in a row that the rapper has been crowned the King of Spotify.

Not only was he the most streamed artist, but he also had the most streamed song (One Dance) and most streamed album (Views).

It got us wondering – what were Irish Spotify users listening to in 2016? And how did it compare to the rest of the world? reached out to Spotify and they sent us data on the most streamed artists, albums and songs in Ireland this year.

Let’s take a gander, shall we?

Most listened to songs in 2016

  1. Drake – One Dance
  2. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  3. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)
  4. Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For
  5. Major Lazor – Light It Up (feat. Nyla and Fuse ODG)
  6. Zara Larsson – Lush Life
  7. Lukas Graham – 7 Years
  8. The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down
  9. Jonas Blue – Fast Car – Radio Edit
  10. Fifth Harmony – Work From Home

It turns out that Drake was as dominant in Ireland as he was everywhere else. His track One Dance was the most streamed song in Ireland last year, followed by Sia’s Cheap Thrills and Mike Posner’s I Took A Pill In Ibiza.

Justin Bieber was the most dominant artist with four songs — Love Yourself, Sorry, What Do You Mean? and Cold Water — appearing inside the top 50 most streamed tracks. DJ Snake, Major Lazer, The Chainsmokers and Zara Larsson weren’t far behind and each had three songs in the top 50.

Sadly, no songs by Irish artists featured inside the top 50. *sad trombone*

Most streamed artists in 2016

  1. Drake
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Rihanna
  4. Coldplay
  5. Twenty One Pilots
  6. Kanye West
  7. Sia
  8. The Chainsmokers
  9. Eminem
  10. Major Lazer

Once again, Drake topped the charts here, just pipping Justin Bieber and Rihanna to the post. Curiously, Eminem appeared inside the top 10, despite only releasing one new song in 2016. We just love Marshall, don’t we?

Other old school acts to appear inside the top 50 include The Beatles (#25), David Bowie (#32) and Bruce Springsteen (#47).

Finally, two Irish acts were among the most streamed artists on Spotify – Hozier came in at #34 while Walking on Cars were in at #42. Fair play, lads.

Most streamed albums in 2016

  1. Justin Bieber – Purpose
  2. Drake – Views
  3. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
  4. Rihanna – ANTI
  5. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
  6. Ed Sheeran – x
  7. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness
  8. Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
  9. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  10. Sia - This Is Acting

Despite Drake’s Views topping the most streamed albums globally, it seems that Irish Spotify users had a slight reference for Justin Bieber’s Purpose. (Soz, Aubrey.)

Once again, Hozier and Walking On Cars appeared in the top 50. Hozier’s debut album from 2014 was the 11th most streamed album of the year while Walking On Cars’ Everything This Way was ranked #28.

The oldest album to appear in the top 50 most streamed albums was none other than Eminem’s Curtain Call, which was released in 2005 and came in at #30. That explains why he was among the most streamed artists, so.

*listens to Lose Yourself for the bajillionth time*

So there you have it!

Here’s to 2017.

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