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Spotify reveals 2016’s most streamed artists and songs

By Erlend Buflaten Posted: 01. Dec, 2016

2016 has been massive year for Norwegian artists, with hundreds of millions of streams globally.

December 1. Spotify released its list of the most streamed artists, albums and songs, and it’s quite an impressive list. It shows a strong year for Norwegian music, both domestic and globally as five Norwegian artists are among the top ten most streamed in Norway. With little surprise, Kygo sits at #1 and Alan Walker claims #3 as teenage sensation Marcus & Martinus take #5 and Freddy Kalas (#7) and TIX (#10).

Alan Walker’s Faded is the most played song in Norway, as well as Sweden and Finland.

Seeb have had a sensational 2016. Their remix of I Took A Pill In Ibiza became one of the biggest songs of the year. It’s the second most streamed song globally on Spotify, only One Dance has more streams.

I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Seeb Remix has been streamed over 710.000.000 streams. It’s not the only remix they did which saw huge numbers this year. Coldplay comissioned Stargate to produce their latest album A Head Full Of Dreams, which was the 8. most streamed album on Spotify in Norway this year. Seeb remixed one of the most popular songs on the album, Hymn For The Weekend and it has reached 254.000.000 streams globally since its release in May.

Most streamed songs globally

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 – Rihanna
5. Cheap Thrills – Sia

In a statement, Spotify’s Director of Artist and Label Services, Nordic, Eva Lægdsgaard Madsen says “never before has Nordic music been played as much on Spotify outside the region as this year. Through Spotify and streaming artists can reach their fans all over the world in a seconds, and as the only European songs on the global top 10 chart we find ‘7 years’ from Danish Lukas Graham and ‘Faded’ by Norwegian Alan Walker. This shows how incredible successful the Nordic region has been as a music market this year”.

Most streamed songs in Norway

1. Faded – Alan Walker
2. Cheap Thrills – Sia
3. One Dance – Drake
4. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers
5. Jovial – Freddy Kalas
6. Sing Me to Sleep – Alan Walker
7. The Ocean – Mike Perry
8. Feel Da Rush – Freddy Kalas
9. Arigato – Julie Bergan
10. Sex – Cheat Codes

The most streamed artists in Norway

1. Kygo
2. Justin Bieber
3. Alan Walker
4. Drake
5. Marcus & Martinus
6. Coldplay
7. Freddy Kalas
8. The Chainsmokers
9. Sia
10. TIX


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