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The UK’s Most Streamed Songs

Written by on April 12, 2019

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The UK’s Most Streamed Songs

The UK’s most streamed songs from the year they were released have been revealed, and the figures yield some surprising results.

Published by the BPI, the list looks at the 90billion songs that were streamed in 2018 by the year that they were released. See below for the most popular year-by-year of the songs streamed in 2018.

Nickelback, Foster The People, The Kooks, George Ezra and Toto are all among those featured, while iconic songs by The Beatles, Abba, Madonna and David Bowie did not make top ranking.

Among the statistics, 2018 saw previous years’ tracks from Drake, The Greatest Showman OST, Bruno Mars, Sia, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and Passenger pull in millions of listeners, but there are some interesting results from tracks released in the decade before.

Foster The People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ reached Number 18 when it was released in 2010, but was streamed 21million times last year – more than previous 2010 Number One singles like ‘Telephone’ by Lady Gaga and ‘Forget You’ by Cee-Lo Green.

Meanwhile, The Kooks’ 2006 single ‘Naïve’ attracted a massive 26.9million streams, beating that year’s biggest selling singles including ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley, Leona Lewis’ ‘A Moment Like This’ and Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’.

Curiously, Nickelback’s ‘How You Remind Me’ is the most streamed song from 2001.

There’s also a strong presence of iconic Christmas singles by Mariah Carey, Chris Rea, The Pogues and Wham!, while TV and film appearances have seen streams by tracks by Queen and Hall & Oates increase.

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