The Official Top 40 Most Streamed Albums of 2014 revealed

Following the announcement that streaming will be incorporated into the Official Albums Chart, we reveal the most streamed records of 2014.

Ed Sheeran’s X was the most streamed album of 2014, The Official Charts Company can reveal.

The singer-songwriter’s second LP garnered 200 million track streams in 2014, following its release in June.

The news comes as it is announced today that streaming will be incorporated into the Official Albums Chart for the first time later this month, with the first Top 100 chart including streams announced on March 1.

The chart-topping X, which follows Ed’s multi-platinum debut +, was also the biggest selling artist album of 2014, selling over 1,689,000 copies in the UK (over 1 million copies more than the biggest artist album of 2013, One Direction’s Midnight Memories).

The record, which also claimed three of the 20 most streamed songs of 2014 with Thinking Out Loud, Sing and Dont, has so far spent 12 weeks at Number 1 and has logged just one week outside the Top 5 since its release.

Meanwhile, Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour was the second most streamed album of 2014, with total track streams of 140 million. The record cleaned up at the Grammy Awards earlier this week, picking up four prizes for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album (In The Lonely Hour), Record Of The Year (Stay With Me) and Song Of The Year (Stay With Me).

Rounding off the Top 3 is George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage, which has notched up track streams of 70 million since its release in June. The LP, which includes the hit singles Budapest and Blame It On Me, spent 13 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 before eventually hitting Number 1 in October.

The Official Top 40 Most Streamed Albums of 2014 are:

1 X ED SHEERAN
2 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
3 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
4 + ED SHEERAN
5 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
6 NIGHT VISIONS IMAGINE DRAGONS
7 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
8 THE 1975 1975
9 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 EMINEM
10 SETTLE DISCLOSURE
11 TRUE AVICII
12 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
13 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
14 PURE HEROINE LORDE
15 CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM
16 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
17 MY EVERYTHING ARIANA GRANDE
18 PRISM KATY PERRY
19 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
20 DAYS ARE GONE HAIM
21 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY
22 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
23 MIDNIGHT MEMORIES ONE DIRECTION
24 HOME RUDIMENTAL
25 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
26 THE VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC
27 TIME FLIES - 1994-2009 OASIS
28 DIRECT HITS KILLERS
29 TATTOOS JASON DERULO
30 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M ARCTIC MONKEYS
31 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
32 GREATEST HITS FOO FIGHTERS
33 2.009027778 KASABIAN
34 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
35 NUMBER ONES MICHAEL JACKSON
36 GIRL PHARRELL WILLIAMS
37 MEET THE VAMPS VAMPS
38 SO LONG SEE YOU TOMORROW BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
39 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
40 THIS IS ALL YOURS ALT-J

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