GMA gets "Happy" with a special live concert featuring Pharrell Williams on the roof and in the studio
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By Victor Luckerson
December 3, 2014

Music fans couldn’t get enough of “Happy” in 2014.

The bouncy Pharrell track was the most-streamed song globally on Spotify, the music streaming service announced Wednesday. The song racked up 260 million plays over the course of the year. Trailing “Happy” were “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne and “Summer” by Calvin Harris.

The most-streamed artist of the year was British singer Ed Sheeran, who amassed 860 million plays with hits like “I See Fire.” His latest album, x, was also the most-streamed album of the year with 430 million listens. Eminem followed Sheeran as the second-most-streamed artist, while Coldplay came in third. Katy Perry, at fifth, was the most-streamed female artist.

Musical tastes skewed slightly differently in the U.S., where Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” was the most-streamed track and Eminem was the most-streamed artist.

Overall, Spotify’s 50 million users listened to seven billion hours of music and created more than 700 million playlists this year. To entice more people to try its paid product, Spotify is offering three months of its ad-free Premium service for $0.99 cents. The promotion runs until Dec. 31.

Here’s a full breakdown of the top Spotify charts for the year:

Top Five Global Tracks

  1. Happy – From “Despicable Me 2” – Pharrell Williams
  2. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
  3. Summer – Calvin Harris
  4. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
  5. All of Me – John Legend

Top Five Global Artists

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Eminem
  3. Coldplay
  4. Calvin Harris
  5. Katy Perry

Top Five Global Albums

  1. x – Ed Sheeran
  2. In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
  3. The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
  4. G I R L – Pharrell Williams
  5. My Everything – Ariana Grande

Most streamed artists in the US

  1. Eminem
  2. Drake
  3. Kanye West
  4. Lana del Rey
  5. Ariana Grande

Most streamed tracks in the US

  1. Fancy – Iggy Azalea
  2. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
  3. Happy – From “Despicable Me 2” – Pharrell Williams
  4. Problem – Ariana Grande
  5. All of Me – John Legend

Most streamed albums in the US

  1. x – Ed Sheeran
  2. The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
  3. In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
  4. Native – OneRepublic
  5. My Everything – Ariana Grande

Top Five Global Females

  1. Katy Perry
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Lana Del Rey
  4. Beyoncé
  5. Lorde

Top Five Global Males

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Eminem
  3. Calvin Harris
  4. Avicii
  5. David Guetta

Top Five Global Groups

  1. Coldplay
  2. Imagine Dragons
  3. Maroon 5
  4. OneRepublic
  5. One Direction

Write to Victor Luckerson at victor_luckerson@timeinc.com.

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