Napster name Ed Sheeran, One Direction the most streamed artists of the year

by Martin
Paolo Nutini soared to the top of the albums chart earlier this year
Ed Sheeran will perform on the Christmas Day special of Top of the Pops

Ed Sheeran will perform on the Christmas Day special of Top of the Pops

We’re not sure if it’s just us, but we really can’t believe we’re almost at the end of 2014, however, in the music world, it’s been another great year packed with great music.

Streaming services like Napster and Spotify are continuing to grow on a daily basis, making it an easier way to access a world of music, in one place, for a reasonable price.

While many don’t necessarily agree with streaming services (look at Taylor Swift who took down her music on the release of her new album ‘1989’) they’re here to stay.

One Direction named one of the most streamed artists of the year on Napster

One Direction named one of the most streamed artists of the year on Napster

Sure, iTunes and other music stores are still just as popular, but the ability to stream music via these services has proven its worth, and in recognition of the important role it plays, it was included in the Official UK Charts earlier in the year.

This week, Napster have confirmed details about who have been the most streamed artists over the past twelve months, and have also compiled the Top 5 of most listened to songs over the past year.

Unsurprisingly, the most streamed artist is ‘Thinking Out Loud’ singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who has had an incredible year with his new album ‘X’.

Just behind Ed is Coldplay, followed by ‘Stay With Me’ hitmaker Sam Smith, Scottish singer Paolo Nutini and boyband One Direction.

It’s no surprise that these are the Top 5 most streamed artists, given that all have made a considerable impact on the music scene over the past year.

Sam Smith also features in the Top 5.

Sam Smith also features in the Top 5.

As for the Top 5 songs – those streamed the most over the past twelve months – that looks slightly different, and although this won’t come as a shock to many, the most streamed song is the massive ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit, featuring vocals from the insanely talented Jess Glynne.

In second place is John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’, ‘Waves’ by Mr Probz landed in third place, ‘Let It Go’ by Idina Menzel is in fourth place, and ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams in fifth place.

Which song was your favourite? Did it make it onto the list compiled by Napster? Let us know in the comments below and check out the official video for ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit below.