The Official Top 40 most streamed songs of 2015 revealed

As streaming continues to surge in popularity, we reveal the most streamed songs and artists of the year.

It was one of the biggest dance floor hits of the summer; now OfficialCharts.com can reveal that OMI’s Cheerleader is the most streamed song of 2015.

First released in January, Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) has since notched up a massive 71.7 million plays on streaming services, including Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Google Play. The track initially entered the Official Singles Chart at Number 96 and steadily scaled the tally for 14 weeks until its April impact date, eventually reaching the summit in May for four consecutive weeks (see its full chart run here).

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OMI told Official Charts: "Wow this is a major achievement, Cheerleader being the most streamed track for 2015. This has opened a grand window of opportunities for me, the stage is now set for the team and myself to deliver beautiful music to my well-deserved fans. It's been an awesome year for me and the team with some major performances and with the support of my #OMIArmy and my wonderful fans I look forward to an exciting 2016.”

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The dominance of the reggae-pop anthem comes as the BPI announce that 26.8 billion songs were streamed in 2015, up by 82% compared to 2014. Streaming now accounts for 22% of all UK music consumption - that works out at roughly 1,000 streams for each of the UK’s 27 million households. Click to expand the BPI's infographic below, which summarises the highlights of music in 2015:

 

In second place behind OMI is Major Lazer, MO & DJ Snake’s mammoth hit Lean On with 65.4 million streams, while Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk – the biggest overall song of 2015 – finishes third on 64.6 million.

Justin Bieber's triumphant comeback was hugely popular on streaming services, and sees him make four entries on the end of year streaming chart: What Do You Mean is at 4 (58.3 million), Where Are You Now at 7 (with Skillex & Diplo, 51.8 million), Sorry at 9 (48.3 million) and Love Yourself at 24 (36.6 million). See the full Top 40 list of 2015’s most streamed songs below.

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Despite Bieber’s dominance on streaming towards the latter end of 2015, he loses out on the title of most streamed artist to Ed Sheeran, who racked up around 320 million plays across all his releases, compared to Justin Bieber’s 295 million.

Drake and The Weeknd were the third and fourth most streamed acts of the year, with 197 million and 192 million plays respectively, and One Direction complete the Top 5 on 173 million. See the full Top 10 list below:

The Official Top 40 Most Streamed Songs of 2015 are…

1 CHEERLEADER (FELIX JAEHN REMIX) OMI
2 LEAN ON MAJOR LAZER FT MO & DJ SNAKE
3 UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FT BRUNO MARS
4 WHAT DO YOU MEAN JUSTIN BIEBER
5 TAKE ME TO CHURCH HOZIER
6 THINKING OUT LOUD ED SHEERAN
7 WHERE ARE U NOW SKRILLEX & DIPLO/JUSTIN BIEBER
8 SEE YOU AGAIN WIZ KHALIFA FT CHARLIE PUTH
9 SORRY JUSTIN BIEBER
10 HOLD BACK THE RIVER JAMES BAY
11 TRAP QUEEN FETTY WAP
12 CAN'T FEEL MY FACE WEEKND
13 KING YEARS & YEARS
14 SUGAR MAROON 5
15 FIRESTONE KYGO FT CONRAD SEWELL
16 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO ELLIE GOULDING
17 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE CALVIN HARRIS & DISCIPLES
18 ARE YOU WITH ME LOST FREQUENCIES
19 THE HILLS WEEKND
20 WANT TO WANT ME JASON DERULO
21 SHUT UP & DANCE WALK THE MOON
22 PHOTOGRAPH ED SHEERAN
23 HELLO ADELE
24 LOVE YOURSELF JUSTIN BIEBER
25 HOLD MY HAND JESS GLYNNE
26 EARNED IT WEEKND
27 ELASTIC HEART SIA
28 AYO CHRIS BROWN & TYGA
29 FOURFIVE SECONDS RIHANNA/KANYE WEST/MCCARTNEY
30 HOTLINE BLING DRAKE
31 RUNAWAY (U & I) GALANTIS
32 THE NIGHTS AVICII
33 CHANDELIER SIA
34 LET IT GO JAMES BAY
35 STOLE THE SHOW KYGO FT PARSON JAMES
36 STAY WITH ME SAM SMITH
37 BLOODSTREAM ED SHEERAN
38 AIN'T NOBODY (LOVES ME BETTER) FELIX JAEHN FT J THOMPSON
39 BUDAPEST GEORGE EZRA
40 DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF JESS GLYNNE

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The Most Streamed Artists of 2015 are…

1 ED SHEERAN
2 JUSTIN BIEBER
3 DRAKE
4 THE WEEKND
5 ONE DIRECTION
6 SAM SMITH
7 JAMES BAY
8 EMINEM
9 YEARS & YEARS
10 CALVIN HARRIS

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