U.S. On-Demand Music Streams Increase 93% in 2015, With Fetty Wap Leading the Way

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Fetty Wap photographed for Billboard in 2015.

Hip-hop/R&B dominate, with 317 billion streams this year.

In 2015, the popularity of on-demand streaming music continued to surge, with hip-hop, R&B and rap songs leading the way.

Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” generated the most on-demand streams last year, according to Nielsen Music, with a combined total of 616.46 million audio and video streams. It was one of five songs to surpass 400 million in on-demand streams during the year. Comparatively, in 2014, the most streamed song was Katy Perrys “Dark Horse, featuring Juicy J, with 268.3 million streams.

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Total on-demand music streams in 2015 -- again, combining audio and video -- were up a whopping 93 percent to 317 billion, from 164 billion in 2014.

Nielsen Music’s 2015 tracking year ran from Dec. 29, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015.

TOP 10 MOST STREAMED SONGS OF 2015, ON-DEMAND AUDIO & VIDEO COMBINED
RankArtist, TitleTotal Streams
1Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"616,463,000
2Silento, "Watch Me"563,406,000
3Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk!"555,808,000
4Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again"472,264,000
5The Weeknd, "The Hills"444,018,000
6Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"350,579,000
7Adele, "Hello"334,799,000
8OMI, "Cheerleader"328,365,000
9Fetty Wap featuring Remy Boyz, "679"322,176,000
10The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"314,499,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015.

 

Of the year's top 10 most-streamed on-demand songs, over half of the tracks (six out of 10) were hip-hop/R&B tunes. Four of the top 10 overall songs are rap cuts: Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” and “679” (322.18 million) along with Silento’s “Watch Me” (563.41 million) and Wiz Khalifas “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth (472.26 million).

In 2014, four out of the top 10 most-streamed songs were hip-hop/R&B songs. The only rap song on the list was “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (265 million streams).

As for the rest of the top 10, Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, collected 555.81 million streams, while The Weeknd’s “The Hills” tallied 444.02 million. They finish at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, in the top 10. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (350.58 million), Adele’s “Hello” (334.80 million) and OMI’s “Cheerleader” (328.34 million) places at Nos. 6-7. The Weeknd also scores a second cut in the top 10: “Can’t Feel My Face” is No. 10 with 314.50 million streams.

TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2015, AUDIO-ONLY 
RankArtist, TitleTotal Streams
1Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"214,842,000
2The Weeknd, "The Hills"207,504,000
3Drake, "Hotline Bling"177,413,000
4The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"174,451,000
5Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO, "Lean On"167,819,000
6Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk!"160,763,000
7Fetty Wap featuring Remy Boyz, "679"155,994,000
8Justin Bieber, "What Do You Mean?"154,446,000
9Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber, "Where Are U Now"153,575,000
10The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"151,941,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015.
   
TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2015, VIDEO-ONLY 
RankArtist, TitleTotal Streams
1Silento, "Watch Me"487,490,000
2Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"401,621,000
3Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk!"395,045,000
4Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, "See You Again"327,156,000
5Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"237,745,139
6The Weeknd, "The Hills"236,514,000
7Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"204,804,000
8Adele, "Hello"198,963,000
9Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"192,930,000
10Omarion featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, "Post To Be"192,681,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015.

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