The Weeknd Tops List of Most Thumbs-Upped on Pandora This Year; Adele's '25' Now Streaming

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The Weeknd and Ariana Grande perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov. 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif.  

Who has roughly 14 million thumbs and a hit song? This guy: The Weeknd. Pandora has released its list of the 100 most thumbed up songs of 2015, and the Canadian artist emerged as No. 1 with 13.85 million thumbs-ups for his track, “Earned It.” The rest of the top 10 includes major hits by Wiz Khalifa, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj and of course, Taylor Swift.

The Weeknd notched three songs on the list, while Drake appears a chart-leading 12 times. Swift makes four solo appearances, the highest being “Blank Space” at No. 6. A few artists outside mainstream pop also made the tally, including Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Sweet Home Alabama”), Ben E. King (“Stand By Me”) and Journey ("Don’t Stop Believing’”).

According to Pandora, the combined thumbed up number for the top 10 was 107.65 million, according to data provided to Billboard by Pandora.

An artist you won't find on this year's list, however? Adele, though that's because "Hello" was only added a month ago. In that time, however, Adele station adds have been up 1,200%. (Pandora announced on Tuesday that other songs off 25 are now streaming on the service.)

"Listeners flock to Pandora to hear their favorite music," said Lars Murray, svp of Pandora Music Makers Group. "The Thumb Hundred is unique in radio. It isn't a list of what Pandora told people to listen to, it's a true reflection of what more than 78 million monthly listeners told us their top songs for the year are, through every single thumb up." 

Top 10 of Pandora’s Top Thumb Hundred

1. "Earned It" — The Weeknd 
2. "See You Again" (Feat. Charlie Puth) — Wiz Khalifa 
3. "Uptown Funk" (Feat. Bruno Mars) — Mark Ronson 
4. "Thinking Out Loud" — Ed Sheeran 
5. "Only" (Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown) — Nicki Minaj 
6. "Blank Space" — Taylor Swift 
7. "Trap Queen" — Fetty Wap 
8. "The Hills" — The Weeknd 
9. "I Don't F**k With You" (Feat. E-40) — Big Sean 
10. "Love Me Like You Do" — Ellie Goulding

See the full list here.


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